The Wangz Hotel, 231 Outram Road, Singapore is an amazing new boutique hotel and quite different from anywhere I’ve ever stayed before. I highly recommend it! Let me tell you why. This barrel-shaped building is noticeable from a distance in its urban oasis in the heritage area of Tiong Bahru. There are 41 guest rooms, all beautiful, with many features such as free internet access, rain shower, DVD player and 37-inch flat screen television. This place oozes luxury. I loved it! But it wasn’t just the amenities that made it so good. After all, you can find luxury just about anywhere – if you know where to look. What made this place so great, above and beyond all the comforts, was the friendliness of the staff. Headed up by Mr David Yap, a hotelier with many years experience in the hospitality industry, the Wangz team know how to make their guests feel at home. (If only home were so luxurious.) The jovial Mr Yap, assisted by Ms Wang Zhiling, devotes much time and energy to ensuring the comfort of the guests. And it shows. Every guest had a big smile on their face; whether it was from spending a comfortable night on the posturepedic bed or by being greeted by the perennially smiling staff, I don’t know. It was such a happy place. All the staff seemed to thoroughly enjoy being there and making sure all their guests were happy too. As for the hotel itself, it is unique. The public areas and the rooms display an art collection valued at around $400,000 – none of your mass-produced stuff here – and most of it has been specially commissioned to complement the nature and floral theme of the hotel. Some of these art works would make you gasp with pleasure. My favourite was Andre Tan’s metal wall mural of wild geese. I regret that I wasn’t able to get a good photo of it so I could share this with you. If you want to see it, you’ll have to go to the Wangz and see for yourself! It was details like this that made the place so enjoyable. There are a variety of different rooms here. The building was converted from its previous uses and retained its quirky shape, which perhaps restricted what could be done to some extent. Nevertheless the architect and designers made full use of the idiosyncrasies of the building to create an incredible living environment. There are 19 Superior Rooms, 9 Deluxe Rooms, 9 Canopy Rooms (four with a bathtub), 2 Balcony Rooms, 1 Soak Room (with a bath big enough for two!), and 1 Deep Suite. The Wangz has two restaurants: Nectar, an all-day dining restaurant on the ground floor, where Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Cheong serves up his culinary magic; and Halo, the rooftop lounge. The Nectar, where we had dinner, has an eclectic menu of modern Asian dishes. We opted for the set dinner and it was superb. The torched tuna was gorgeous, as were all the other dishes. The set lunch and dinner change daily and are designed to tempt every gourmet. I have to say the mushroom cappuccino soup – one of Nectar restaurant’s signature dishes – was the best I’ve ever had too. The Halo on the rooftop is a great place to relax. You can enjoy the views of the Singapore cityscape, or watch sporting events in the big screen, whilst enjoying cocktails or trendy beers and snacks. That is, if you can tear your eyes away from the cocktail barman entertaining the guests with his juggling skill. I was on the edge of my seat anticipating the crash of glass hitting the floor but he never failed to make the catch. Whew! There is free WiFi throughout the hotel premises. The hotel’s rooms are all non-smoking, but if you smoke there are two areas which do allow smoking – al fresco at Nectar and an area at the Halo. The hotel also caters for disabled people. I wasn’t able to see the room adapted for the disabled but I did see a lady in a wheelchair at breakfast time and she looked very cheerful, just like everyone else in the hotel. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who would enjoy a feel-good experience. Mr Yap certainly knows the meaning of hospitality. For more information and booking, please see their website at https://www.wangzhotel.com/ or email [email protected] or telephone (65) 6595 1388.
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