Housed in a 1920s Art Deco building located in the lively Little India neighbourhood, the newly-renovated Wanderlust now oozes a more refined and chic vibe.
I stayed in a Studio Loft room, on the top floor of the shophouse. My dwelling felt cosy, thanks to the wooden furnishings and earthy palette. In a corner was a working space with a Bluetooth speaker, a contemporary grey sofa, and a small kitchenette for light cooking. A flight of stairs led up to the loft bed, but there wasnâ€™t much walking room on that level.
Due to the configuration of the original site, room sizes in the same category may vary, but all boast similar fixtures and features.
Strangely, my favourite part of the room was the bathroom, strategically hidden behind a wooden door. The white tiles juxtaposed against the black countertop made the space aesthetically pleasing, and made me think about wanting such a design for my future home bathroom. The shower pressure was great, and the bathroom came well stocked with my favourite brand of body wash and shampoo, Ashley & Co.
Aside from providing large bottles of bathroom amenities, the propertyâ€™s sustainable efforts extend further into the room. For example, two glass bottles could be found in the kitchenette, and these could be filled with warm, cold or sparkling water at the Nordaq filter on Level 2. Guests staying in the studio lofts can also drink directly from the Hyflux filters.
No meeting facilities are available on-site, as this property is geared towards business travellers who are on short-term assignments for around two weeks to a month. Due to current border closures, Wanderlust is currently targeting locals seeking a comfortable and quiet space to live and work in for a short or extended period of time.
To showcase Singaporeâ€™s multiracial and multicultural identity, Wanderlust has partnered with several local companies to offer exclusive activities for guests. Options range from a Little India walking tour with Singabites to a leathercraft workshop by Crafune and a Kombucha masterclass using ingredients sourced in the Lion City.
Being a foodie, I chose the Little India tour, which comprises five delicious food stops, as well as visits to several cultural attractions in the historical district. Separately, Singabites is also able to organise corporate events in Singapore that are centred on the city-stateâ€™s burgeoning food scene.
Soak in the Jacuzzi on the second floor to unwind, or knock back a tipple at the rooftop bar overlooking the charming shophouses in the vicinity.
There is also a laundry room with two dryers and two washers on-site. I was delighted to find out that washing powder comes complimentary, which would be an added perk for long-stay guests.
The ever-smiling staff, who always addressed me by name, put me at ease and feeling welcomed from the moment I set foot into the property.
Meanwhile, the Little India walking tour was an insightful experience. Shabnam, my guide for the two-hour jaunt around the district, was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastically shared more of Singaporeâ€™s backstory with me.
During the tour, we got to admire several wall murals, and made a few stops for delicious South Indian cuisine such as chicken biryani and appams. All of the eating spots were first-time visits for me â€“ rather embarrassing for a local who has lived here for more than three decades.
The peace and quiet I found in that Studio Loft Room made for a restful stay. I can also see myself working comfortably from this space for an extended period of time.
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