Hotel Indigo is the boutique hotel chain of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and these hotels are designed to reflect the local culture and history of their country or neighborhood. Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong (opened in 2016) is no different, and it brings the Peranakan culture and heritage of Singapore into a modern, brand new hotel. A bathtub in the room, a panoramic view of the Katong skyline, and an infinity pool is a rare combination in a hotel room in a 4-star hotel in Singapore.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is located at 86 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428788. It is beside its sister hotel, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong. It is accessible by public buses but not by trains (at least, until the Year 2023 when the Marine Parade MRT station opens). So, taxi is recommended if you are bringing luggage.
There is the 112 Katong mall beside the hotel, though you would fare much better exploring East Coast Road, where there are hipster cafes in the day and bars at night. Famous food stalls such as 328 Katong Laksa are also located along this street.
The hotel is also a walk away to East Coast Park, which offers a nice sea view and cycling options.
I booked the Premier King Room with Bath, which is the most expensive room available. However, I believe this room actually provides the best value for money as it comes with breakfast included (none of the other rooms have breakfast included), late check-out and a bathtub in the room! When I checked in, as an IHG Platinum member I was given a drinks voucher to use at the hotel bar/restaurant, Baba Chews (this was also where I had breakfast the next day).
Being brand new, the hotel rooms are fabulously furnished with wood flooring and modern facilites such as USB charging ports and a 4G-enabled phone that can be used for data in Singapore. I would recommend not wearing your shoes in the room and using the hotel slippers instead (the room was so clean that I actually walked barefoot in the room). Befitting a Peranakan style, the room wall has a mural of Katong’s past, and even a table for playing carrom, a game of South Asian origins. The cupboard beside the closet even houses local sweets and a chicken cup that is oh-so-hipster. Every single feature of the room seems to be well-thought out, with the bathroom sink even sittting on top of an old sewing machine.
What is unique about this particular room type is the bathtub right beside the window. Large enough comfortably fit one(it’s about 1.5 meters in diameter), the bathtub overlooks the Katong district, and such a far-reaching view of low-rise houses is extremely rare in metropolitan Singapore.
The rooftop infinity pool is yet another reason to stay at the Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong. While Marina Bay Sand’s infinitiy pool steals most of the limelight most of the time, this infinity is less well-known but nonetheless pretty enjoyable as well, as it offers a panoramic view of the Katong landscape. There is also a 24-hour gym beside the pool, and the hotel houses two restaurants, Baba Chews and another Taiwanese restaurant.
I used the drinks voucher at night for the house wine at Baba Chews, which was excellent and well-worth the money, especially since alcohol is so expensive in Singapore.
The next day, I had breakfast at Baba Chews, and it features an ala carte menu with the usual western options like omelettes and eggs benedict, but also local specialities like kaya toast and eggs. There is also a self-serve buffet station which has bread, cheese, fruits, cereal and fresh juice. I especially found the juice to be delectable, as it was all freshly squeezed and pulpy.
This hotel is a quintessential stay for the hipster looking for a staycation in Singapore, or the traveller looking to learn more about one small part of Singapore’s vast culture. It’s suitable for people who are either not interested or done with the mainstream tourist spots in Singapore and want to look for the off-track hipster hotspots in Singapore. I’d recommend you get the room with the tub as it comes with breakfast included and a unique bathtub experience in Singapore.