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TravelPod Member ReviewsNew Majestic Hotel Singapore
A boutique hotel in a former shophouses in the Chinatown District. Each room is decorated uniquely by a different designer. The staff are friendly and super helpful.
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Historical Traveler Reviews New Majestic Hotel Singapore
Un hotel bonito y moderno. La piscina es estupenda y las habitaciones son acogedoras pero parecen muy modernas. La ubicación no está mal.
Albergo bello ed eccentrico. Ottima piscina e le camere sono accoglienti ma pur sempre di tendenza. La posizione puň andare.
Nice and funky hotel. Great pool and the rooms are cosy, but look very trendy. The location is OK.
Cool but Stingy Hotel
New Majestic Hotel is known as the cool boutique hotel in Singapore and it definitely has cool decor and interesting rooms. However, it should then just be as a museum instead of letting the rooms out as I have never experienced such a stingy hotel before. The staff is not too polite either. We lost our key card and was told that we need to pay $5 to replace a key card?? unheard of and we paid. The hotel used kiehls toiletries and i accidentally dropped the bottle of shower gel into the bathtub on the 1st of the 2 nites we stayed there and we were told that we need to exchange our empty bottle for a new one? Makes me feel as if im stealing them and doesn't the hotel replenish if you stay there 2 nites? The next day, the housekeeping staff asked what time will we wake up because they need to clean the room and they need to go home by 4pm.
when we checked out, there was a little bit of red wine stain on the bedsheets, i got a call from the hotel who informed me that there will be be charges to me should the stain can't be removed from the bedsheets and i asked how much, she mentioned $300-400. I hung up on the hotel as it is simply ridiculous. honestly the hotel really should just remained as a musem.
Cute hotel; nice location; small room
I stayed at the New Majestic for 2 days and I really liked it! The rooms are interesting because a different local artist does the design for each room, so all of them are different. Rooms are very small with an intimate feel (bathroom area exposed in the room), so only stay here if you are traveling alone or with a significant other. I recommend the garden room because it has a large private garden area with a huge soaker tub outside!
* Great location (in china town, near the MRT)
* Boutique (only 30 rooms)
* Cute rooms with a funky design
* Small rooms
Really Misses the Mark
Poor little Singapore - always trying to hit the mark with 'trendy, boutique, funky' (note: Gallery Evason which opened about 5 years ago) - but it seems to turn out contrived, lacking in true creativity and consequently quite dysfunctional.
(Hotels I have stayed in recently for comparison would be the Met in BKK, Peninsula, BKK, Lindrum MEL, Ritz Carlton DXB, Farimont YVR, Mondrian and Standard LAX, Morgans in NYC, Le Saint Geran in Mauritius)
The key for any hotel is really to respect the driving force of design of 'form follows function.' Somehow in the 'let's get funky' part of the design process, someone forgot that people actually need to sleep in the rooms, potentially work in the rooms, and provide an environment which enables this. That is where the New Majestic falls over.
For all its quirkiness, paying $350 (plus, plus don't forget, so closer to $400 Sing) for a windowless room with the ceiling covered with mirrors (to potentially disguise the no windows?), with the door RIGHT by the elevator door (which is still programmed to announce the arrival onto the floor even at 2AM - and loud wnough to hear through the door and wake me up), and a metal bath which wobbled the minute I stepped into it - is plain stupid.
They are somewhat forgiven for their average service, their hot dogs disguised as sausages on the breakfast plate, the greasy/oily scrambled eggs, the dark cellar which counts as the breakfast cafe, the miniscule room service menu which lists a choice of 2 options from the Chinese restaurant downstairs (c'mon guys - at least stick some delivery menus in the room!) - but only somewhat.
But maybe 'discomfort' is the next step in the realm of boutique hotels? Maybe Morgans in NY does have it all wrong? If the idea of the new boutique hotel is to get you so excited about getting back home, about the comfort of your own bed and your own bedroom, about the peace and quiet of your own environment, then I believe the New Majestic is onto something - as nice place to visit but won't be coming back. I'd much rather stay at home.
Taking the taxi from Changi to NEw Majestic Hotel would probably solicit a naughty smile from the driver.
Not to bad for a former brothel turned fab property (They said that the hotel is on a street interestingly nicknamed "mistress street)
Anyway, the lobby was pretty happening and quite a marvelous design (but if youre the marble and taupe kind of person, this is not a place for you)
Staff was very warm & friendly (even calling a limo for us which is practically the same cost as the regular cabby, not bad going to the budget terminal in a mercedes s class limo.. oh the irony)
The room had psychedelic female form as a headboard and a flat screen tv at the foot of the bed. I just felt that the lavatories and showers should still be in a separate room... but i felt the best part of the room (aside from the free keihls products) was the fab outdoor tub.
Small lap pool if you want to be watched from underneath at the resto.
Breakfast was a humble selection of east and west though dont expect any mega-buffets ala Line and Straits Kitchen, its quite simple bordering on ascetic.
Quite accessible to subway and other chinatown shopping places.
And i almost took home their chopin playing alarm clock (retails around S$ 200) but decided against it... fab and charming
Good overall, couple of gripes
Overall enjoyed my two nights here. The lobby is amazing, obviously lots of thought gone into it and the sort you'd see in glossy designer mags.
The other two reviews previous to mine say much of what I'd say but here are a few more things.
Very friendly staff.
A nice antidote to the big could-be-anywhere business hotels.
Had to move rooms after only one night - as a non smoker, the smell of really (and I mean REALLY) stale smoke from the previous guest was overpowering - had to leave windows open whenever I went out, which still didn't get rid of the problem so was moved (without fuss). I asked and they don't reserve rooms for non smokers (which I guess in a way is fair enough only having 30 rooms and people in Asia smoking more).
Corridors were quite noisy - there was some commotion in the corridor outside at 5am (guests returning from night out?) and you could really hear everything.
Breakfast - good effort but definitely an Eastern take on fried eggs (still raw egg white, despite them saying they'd come over-easy) and disgusting "from a can" type sausages - went for scrambled eggs and bacon next morning which was better.
Other than those 3 grumbles, still enjoyed my time here. Would I stay again and would I recommend it to others? Yes.
Best address in Singapore
I just retruned from a three night stay at the New Majestic and Singapore and I would highly recommend this hotel to all discerning travellers. Boutique really doesn't say enough for this unique address. Nor does designer describe the artistic flair that went into its creation. The vintage and new design furnishings are amazing, the lobby is extrodinary, every room is unique, the food is perfect, and the staff (especially the manager Mr Thiva!) is top-notch. I recommend the mirror suite or the loft suite -- amazing! Will definitey be back!
Little Gem in Chinatown
stayed here for four nights while my colleagues were all at the Pan Pacific
in terms of location, this is not very close to the central business district but if you don't mind cabbing it (a 5 minutes ride but you'll often have to call for one in advanced)
I have not yet stayed at hotel 1929 (same owner) but this place I had to try, came here coz I heard about the restaurant (good food and cool designs... plug holes that are see through so you'd see the swimmers above you, assuming they are appetizing to look at)
the rooms are not all the same, I stayed in 208, 210 had an outdoor bathtub in a little garden area with a king bed. My room had two single beds that got lots of sun in the morning (unfortunately also heard the garbage trunks in the middle of the night the 1st night, either got used to it or they stopped showing up), also had a little balcony looking at other pretty shop houses in Chinatown
the bathtub is right behind the beds behind a glass panel, two choices of showers, the lighting decorations were very interesting, free wi-fi, promotional rates of S$180, cool cocktail parties in the lobby, good looking younger crowd...
only the 2nd floor is opened up while the rest are still under renovation so I'll forgive the little bugs (literally, tiny little brown bugs that hug out around the sink, although they did disappear after a few days), bathroom area not really clean yet (I thought of going out to buy wet wipes)
but overall, definitely a more interesting experience vs. a corporate hotel, loved the location (whatever cafe is around the corner as well, also walking distance to Club Street's restaurants & bars)
did I mention the delicious breakfast cooked to order? and friendly staff?
will probably come back again to try some of the other rooms, just might bring my own bathroom/cleaning wipes... two of my colleagues claim to know the owner, so I'll just have to tease him one day about providing wipes
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