Staycation: Wangz Hotel, Outram/ Tiong Bahru

The essence of Wangz Hotel is encapsulated in a bejeweled sparrow, found in every room of the hotel. A Chinese saying goes “Although the sparrow is tiny, it has every organ for it to live.” Same for Wangz: Although it’s not the biggest hotel, it has every comfort you need for a staycation. Not merely comfortable, the beauty of the bejeweled bird is present in all nooks of the hotel with its commissioned beautiful art pieces that are different in every room. Wangz has lots of class, something money cannot buy.

The dramatic barrel-like building stands out among the Art Deco and Straits Settlement style buildings in Tiong Bahru area. Taste is subjective but like it or not, the architecture makes a provocative topic: why do you think the architect design the building in such a way? What is it trying to convey? Does the modern building add diversity in an eclectic neighborhood? Is it beautiful or ugly and what is the basis for its beauty? Art is provocative and raises questions, and in this sense, the architecture of the building is doubtlessly a work of art.

As you check in, look around you and you’ll understand what we mean by classy. To the left of the reception is a metal wall mural by artist Andre Tan and to the right, a beautiful painting by P. Gnana.

This is also a good time to talk about the service of the hotel. We have had staycations at several 5-star hotels in Singapore and we have to say, the service at Wangz is comparable to those hotels. The speed and ease of checking in and out are completed in seconds. The staff strike a good balance of being friendly and not encroaching on your personal space. They are also truly enjoying their job, truly smiling at us, and not those fake-smiles. When we were dining at Nectar Restaurant, which is at the hotel lobby, we noted that the waitress greeted everyone who entered the hotel.

Awarded Best 25 Hotels in Singapore by TripAdvisor, there are 41 rooms, divided into 6 rooms categories. All 41 rooms come with these free items:

-breakfast for two at Nectar Restaurant
-wired and wireless internet access
-local calls
-selected beverages from mini-bar (such as Coke, Coke-light, canned juices, mineral water, coffee and tea)
free parking
-hourly shuttle bus to city
-25% off dining privilege at both Nectar Restaurant and Halo, the rooftop bar.

Superior Room (S$255) and Deluxe Room (S$275)

Space is the main difference between superior and deluxe rooms, with the latter being bigger by about 4 to 8 sq m. We got the deluxe room.

Whenever you see a photographic reproduction on canvas in the room (shown below), the art work belongs to Tan Boen-Hian and Frederick Lee.

Within every 41 rooms, these are the features:
-Sealy Posturepedic beds
-goose feather down duvets
-37-inch flat panel tv with local and international channels
-iPod dock
-DVD player
-iron and ironing board
-hairdryer (very important for Hookerlily)
-electronic safe
-universal power sockets
-piped-in jazz music in the bathroom (but you can off it)
-shower and rain-shower

Although the hotel is opened in Dec 2009, almost 3 years ago, everything is still so new.


The toiletries are from Molton Brown!

The other four categories of rooms include:

Canopy Room (S$295)

The difference between Canopy and Deluxe is that Canopy has a bathtub.

Balcony Room ($355)

The living space extends out to a private balcony, which makes this room good for parties. There are only two balcony rooms, side by side, so you can book two rooms, and remove the partition of the balcony.

Soak Room ($415)
The difference between soak room and other rooms is the big bathtub for two. For obvious reasons, this room is an invitation for a romantic getaway.

Deep Suite ($475)

Additional space to lounge around (pictured below). Also ideal for parties.

We checked in at about 4pm after a late lunch at Tiong Bahru market. We slacked for a while. Hookerlily took a bath because it was a hot day. Mr. NGFL watched tv. And Wise Guy decided to explore the hotel.

One disadvantage of a boutique hotel is the lack of space, so there isn’t a swimming pool. But there is a gym room. The question is: did Wise Guy gym? Hey, it was a staycation. Don’t judge!

So by the time we frolicked on the Posturepedic king-sized bed, it was soon 7pm and we went for our dinner at Nectar Restaurant. Enjoy 25% at Nectar when you’re a guest at Wangz.

After dinner, we could have gone up to the rooftop bar, Halo, to chill. Before this staycation, we have been to Halo a couple of times. On weekends (Fridays and Saturdays), there is a band from 8-10.45pm.

But we were so nuah (lackadaisical) so we borrowed three DVDs from the concierge, and by then, Chiobu and Yan Dao joined us, and five of us cuddled on the bed, watched the movies, drank wine and snacked. The bed was so comfortable that Mr NGFL dozed off and we had to wake him up to leave. They all left at around midnight, leaving Wise Guy to sleep in the huge king-sized bed. Wise Guy much needed this alone-time for himself. The bed was very comfortable, so comfortable he didn’t feel like waking up for the complimentary breakfast (6am-10.30am).

Although there were not many varieties, the major breakfast foods were around: breads, pastries, cereals, prata, eggs, fried noodles, etc.

Besides the amenities, the service, and the comfort of staycation at Wangz Hotel, one major pull factor is definitely its convenient location. Just walk across the street and you’ll come to the hippest cafes in SIngapore. Restaurants are open till late for supper. And it’s a 7 minutes’ walk to Outram MRT or 10 minutes to Chinatown. It’s 10 minutes’ drive from Marina Bay, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay and Orchard. Hourly bus shuttle services are provided during the weekends.

For more information and up-to-date prices of the room, please visit their website.

Wangz Hotel

231 Outram Road
Singapore 169040
T: +65 6595 1388

PS: Thank you, Zhiling and Wangz Hotel, for the staycation.


Categories: Outram, Staycation, Tiong Bahru

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