InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded the Southeast Asian footprint of its Hotel Indigo brand, with the opening of Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong.
Designed by architects Ong & Ong and architectural practice eco.id Architects and Design Consultancy and located 15 minutes’ drive from Changi Airport and the Central Business District, the 131-room Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong integrates a modern multi-storey building with the architecturally significant former Joo Chiat Police Station, constructed in 1928.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong features design elements inspired by the Peranakan culture. This includes a feature wall at the hotel’s reception comprising a collage of ceramic patterns and renditions of water jars, art murals in each room and a pop-up ‘mama stall’ reminiscent of the 1960s, displaying local crafts in the hotel’s pavilion.
The 30-square metre guest rooms mirror the flow of a Peranakan home, taking guests from the living room to the bedroom through to the spa-inspired bathroom which features aromatherapeutic toiletries from Biology Smart Skincare. Guests can utilise a 24-hour Fitness Centre with Technogym equipment or use the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool.
The hotel’s all-day restaurant, Baba Chews Bar and Eatery, serves modern and traditional cuisine from the Straits of Malacca, as well as Western favourites. It also offers locally-inspired food such as Ayam Buah Keluak and Foie Gras Tau Kwa Pau, coffee from beans roasted by local specialty coffee roasters Common Man Coffee Roasters, tea from TWG Tea, and innovative local cocktails.
Adel Aramouni, general manager, Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong said: “The Joo Chiat neighbourhood in Katong is well-loved for its diverse and fascinating mix of architecture, history, culture, and established Peranakan and Eurasian communities.
Leanne Harwood, VP Operations, IHG, South East Asia and Korea commented: “There is a rising wave of travellers seeking differentiated travel and an increasing demand for hotels that offer authentic and refreshingly local experiences, especially amongst seasoned and savvy travellers.
“Singapore has seen a steady increase in boutique hotels that aim to meet this demand for experiential travel and the global boutique hotel industry as a whole now comprises about five percent of the market. We’ve seen success on the back of the launch of the brand in Thailand last year and are confident Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong will be a popular choice amongst travellers to Singapore.”