Hotels To Suit Every Budget in Kampong Gelam
By Vaishnavi Pumynathan
Dating back to the 1960s, co-working and co-living spaces were already a thriving scene in Kampong Gelam, Singapore. Communal lodging houses, called Pondoks, were set up to house newly arrived migrants from Indonesia and Malaysia. Accommodating more than 40 residents, each Pondok comprised a number of bedrooms, living room, kitchen and washrooms. Those from the same hometown naturally lived together, giving their residential names such as Pondok Melaka and Pondok Java.
Many of the Pondoks disappeared by the 1980s, except for Pondok Java at Sultan Gate which functioned until 2003 before it was demolished. Also known as Rumah Bujangan (House of Bachelors), it was a lodging house for single Javanese men but later on families moved in as well. Many of the residents were itinerant hawkers that sold satay and ketupat which are still a popular street food at numerous eateries in Kampong Gelam. They also held regular traditional arts and music performances such as gamelan (orchestra), rumah ketoprak (opera) and wayang kulit (shadow puppet theatre).
Once a transiting point for travellers in pursuit of business, leisure or the Haj pilgrimage, the diversity and hospitality of Kampong Gelam is still burgeoning today. Whether you are looking for an exclusive luxury, intimate boutique or a budget-friendly experience, there is something for everyone in these four accommodations.
At Andaz Singapore, experience the lion city’s rich culture through fresh perspectives. A stroll away from Marina Bay and cultural districts of Kampong Glam, Bras Basah Bugis and Little India, discover some of the best adventures Singapore has to offer. Guestrooms are inspired by the locale and feature organic, fluid spaces with warm russet and mustard tones. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood spaces with natural light and frame sweeping views of the skyline. The best part? Their commitment to sustainability initiatives include certified energy saving design features, sustainable food sources, recycling of coffee capsules and bar soaps in guestrooms and more. From taking a dip in the rooftop infinity pool, indulging in indigenous cuisines to immersing yourself in the 24-hour fitness centre, luxurious Andaz caters to your every need.
5 Fraser Street
If you are looking for a budget friendly hotel within the cultural belt of Kampong Gelam, look no further than ABC Hostel. No fuss no muss, they provide all the necessities to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Whether traveling as an individual or a group, choose from shared dormitories and family rooms with air-conditioning, fresh linen and free Wi-Fi. With its convenient location, you can easily access the city’s must-see destinations after your daily complimentary breakfast. A thriving hub for creative businesses, from hip cafes and bars to diverse gyms and contemporary art between lanes, immerse yourself in local food, music and culture. A shopper’s paradise, find everything your heart desires at curated shophouse boutiques and bustling shopping malls.
3 Jln Kubor
CUBE is a boutique hotel that brings out capsule living at its best with optimised space fitted with efficient technology. Stylishly designed and sensibly priced, CUBE offers heritage charm and authentic community experiences targeted at adventurous and digital-savvy travelers. Choose from a female-only, private room or the standard capsule with well insulated, soundproof and quality bedded slumber capsules. Amenities include 24-hour reception, self-help laundry, lockable storage area, universal electrical outlets and more. Surrounded by the majestic Sultan Mosque, Malay Heritage Centre, middle eastern restaurants and eclectic shops, delve into popular local culture and heritage. Hop over to Arab Street and Haji lane for the latest fashion, trendy cafes and lively nightlife. Just minutes away from public transportation connecting you to the whole island, look forward to unique journeys everyday.
55 Bussorah Street
Formerly a traditional tailor and a jewellery parlour within the 60s shophouse, Hotel Clover is a 35-room boutique hotel housed in a quartet of 2-storey conserved shophouses. Today, the historical gem is marked by a soothing palette of rustic tones and modern clean lines, forming a canvas for handcrafted wooden furniture and retro decorative pieces. Perfect for romantic getaways, graduation trips or family staycations, Hotel Clover offers simplicity in luxury like no other with SG Clean certified amenities and services. Amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, relax in the in-room jacuzzi and courtyard garden, or enjoy a juicy wagyu burger at their restaurant. A scenic walk or drive to Clarke Quay, Orchard Road and Kampong Gelam, experience the best cultural hotspots and culinary delights the city has to offer.
769 North Bridge Road