The Hotel 1929 is a hip boutique located in a historic building just outside Chinatown. It has 32 clean and stylish rooms, and is known for its extensive designer chair collection. While rooms are on the small side (some are teeny tiny), they have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, minibars, Nespresso machines, and free Wi-Fi. Luggage storage can be a problem, but the front desk will store any suitcases too big to fit comfortably in the room. Glass-enclosed bathrooms lack privacy, but they're clean and modern. Hotel highlights include an international restaurant open for lunch and dinner. This hotel is a good pick for people that want to be close to nightlife and public transit.
Just outside Chinatown, a short walk from the subway
Hotel 1929 has a central location in southwestern Chinatown, near nightlife and a few attractions, including the impressive Sri Marimamman Temple, a couple of night markets, and the Chinese Heritage Center. Kreta Ayer, as this section of the neighborhood is known, is a popular tourist destination for its great local food and shops, though stores are geared more toward locals. The hotel is also located a short walk from the Chinatown MRT station and several bus stops, which offer easy access to the downtown area and most other attractions.
Hopping Chinatown is located on the south bank of the river, and is one of the major tourist destinations in town. The neighborhood has a lot of historical and cultural significance, and many of its buildings and streets have been declared National Heritage Sites. Surprisingly, it’s also known for its nightlife scene, which draws crowds on weekends. One of the main attractions here is the night markets, with dozens of food stalls and vendors selling everything from flowers to clothes.
Singapore is known to have heavy traffic at all times, so the following driving times are just for guidance.
30-minute drive to Changi International Airport
6-minute walk to Chinatown MRT station
8-minute walk to Sri Marimman Temple
8-minute walk to the Chinatown Heritage Center
11-minute bus ride or 23-minute walk to the Parliament House
15-minute bus ride or 32-minute walk to famous Raffles Hotel
17-minute bus ride or 28-minute walk to St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the City Hall, and the Padang
20-minute subway ride to Esplanade Park, Theater, and Library
22-minute subway ride to the Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Center
23-minute subway ride to the National Museum of Singapore
25-minute subway ride to Fort Canning Park
10-minute drive to the heart of the action along Orchard Road