Doyenne.sg turns to Hotel G Singapore for a spot of relaxation and rejuvenation to keep creative ruts at bay.
“Part of the GCP Hospitality group’s line up of attitude lifestyle hotels, Hotel G Singapore boasts a strong design identity that celebrates art.”
It was with reluctance that I took a staycation. Caught between a creative block and a pile of unfinished work, I wanted to fool myself with the illusion of productivity by staring blankly at my laptop. Yet, I found myself at the front desk of Hotel G Singapore, checking in for a one-night stay in the Great Room.
If it was creative rejuvenation that I needed, then Hotel G Singapore was one of the best hotels for it. Part of the GCP Hospitality group’s line up of attitude lifestyle hotels, Hotel G Singapore boasts a strong design identity that celebrates art.
Art by Design
At once, a mural featuring bowler hats caught my eye at reception. It was an apparent homage to Belgium surrealist painter, René Magritte’s iconic self-portrait, The Son of Man. The motif was repeated throughout the reception area, which included an actual bowler hat, cheekily placed over a “Do Not Sit” sign on a rather enticing and Instagrammable metal swing.
Other forms of art are referenced in different parts of the hotel. At Ginett, the hotel’s bistro-styled restaurant and wine bar where I enjoyed a refreshing welcome drink, hard glass, chrome and strong geometric lines invoked the spirit of art deco architecture.
Photo credits: LOCATION Ginett | DRESS MARYLING Colour block trapeze dress
Just next door, the neighbouring 25 Degrees burger joint displayed sensibilities reminiscent of Renaissance art, with its damask wallpaper and use of dark, woody furnishings.
Photo credits: LOCATION 25 Degrees | DRESS MARYLING Colour Mix Flax dress
Hotel G’s vibrant common areas gave way to an oasis of calm in their rooms. A muted colour palette and minimalist furniture replaced rich hues and ornate décor. The only hint of the spirited designs beyond the room door were framed photographs curated by art photography publisher YellowKorner, and a whimsical feathered dream catcher over the bed.
Photo credits: LOCATION Hotel G Great room | DRESS MARYLING Abstract print floaty dress
Centre of the Arts District
Photo credits: LOCATION Hotel G Singapore | DRESS MARYLING Fold ruffle midi dress
Inspiration seekers would enjoy Hotel G’s location, right in the middle of Singapore’s civics and arts district. Within a two-minute walk, I reached Objectifs – an exhibition space for photography works. A collection of images depicting Singapore’s iconic buildings was on display, each structure lovingly captured by the photographer in the most flattering light.
An additional 20-minute walk took me to Haji Lane, a well-known hipster neighbourhood in Singapore. Peppered with indie boutiques, vivid street art, as well as unusual F&B concepts like a cat café and dine in the dark, the pedestrians-only walking district exuded a raw, rebellious vibe that matched the Bohemians. The crowd it drew was young, glamourous and expressive, a joy to people watch.
National institutes of culture were also accessible from Hotel G. Just south west of the hotel, the National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum and Asian Civilizations Museum provided an education on local history and culture; while the Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery encouraged ruminating on art works by South East Asian artists.
After hours of exploring, I head back to the hotel, energy spent but heart full. The room’s efficient layout belied the small 16 square feet footprint. Even with a queen sized bed and a fully equipped work desk, I had plenty of space to access my luggage, which was cleverly stowed away in a nook under the bed platform.
The bathroom boasted a decadent rain shower and sufficient water pressure. With toiletries supplied by Australian cosmeceuticals brand METIS, an aromatic blend of lavender, bergamot and geranium lingers in the air after a hot shower.
Relaxed and rejuvenated, I dove right into soft cotton sheets, a soothing Spotify playlist humming in the background. In between sips of hot tea, I fill an empty notepad with a pen full of ideas.