The charming Keong Saik neighbourhood is in Singapore's Chinatown. Once a red-light district and the hangout of small-time criminals, it's now still brimming with activity -- but of the trendier kind! A favourite among Singaporeans in the know, Keong Saik is the go-to place to experience the city's urban culture, gastronomy, energy and personality. One such quirky addition to this neighbourhood is Hotel Soloha, a boutique establishment that recently welcomed its very first guests.
Josh Hu, Hotel Soloha's founder, shares with us his guide to discovering Keong Saik's hidden gems. If you're getting around Singapore using the MRT, disembark at Outram Park.
Hotel Soloha is the only boutique hotel in the vicinity which has art interwoven into its DNA. The hotel’s personality and visual aesthetic draws from the theme ‘Urban Jungle Chic’, and strives to create an immersive ‘mystical forest’ experience for all its guests, despite being situated at the very heart of a bustling city.
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The hotel is home to a 13-metre tall hand painted art piece by Singaporean artist Danielle Tay; it’s also Singapore’s very first art piece installed into the lift shaft of a shophouse. Aptly named ‘Spirit of the Forest’, it seeks to take guests on a journey of curiosity and adventure in a mystical forest as they ride the lift.
With its clean blue and white façade and vibrant, technicoloured lobby and social spaces, the hotel is perfect for OOTD shots.