Sitting unassumingly along North Bridge road, Hotel Clover might just be one of Singapore’s hidden gems. Hotel Clover North Bridge Road is one of the four establishments, each with its own distinctive theme, owned by the Hotel Clover chain.
This particular stretch of North Bridge Road known as ‘Kampong Glam’–the heart of Singapore’s Arab and Malay community still features several traditional carpet and goods merchants as well as some of the best muslim food in the country.
Much like Little India and Chinatown, the area has been restored and many new businesses have moved in, such as IT firms and design companies, that seamlessly fit into a community that’s uniquely steeped in tradition and edgy enough for the young and trendy. Much like the other new businesses here, this particular branch blends in very well with Kampung Glam’s cultural vibe and its eclectic decor will appeal to the hipster inside you.
The moment you enter the lobby you’ll see all sorts of items from the past–from a wooden cart, a dial telephone to a gramophone and a barber’s chair. A look just behind the elevator will reveal a couple of rattan (i think) swing chairs to just chill in.
Check in was pretty much a breeze–I would expect as much from a boutique hotel–and it wasn’t long before we were ready to head into the room. Pro tip: Press the ‘Door Close’ button on the elevator… it won’t close until you do… it’s either that or it’s got an extremely long delay.
As you exit the elevator and enter the corridor, the hotel keeps with the rustic theme wit lamps in front of each doorway. While it looked really nice, a small voice in my head kept screaming that this’d be the perfect place for a slasher flick.
Now we booked into the 35sqm ‘Clover Lavish’ room–the best they had to offer. Hotel Clover says that this room is perfect “if you are a person having an exquisite taste”… which is just me all over.
I have to say while the room wasn’t all that big, space was made use of very well. The room’s colours–(a shade of) white and wood brown had a very calming affect. The bathroom was very spacious and came with a ‘rain’ shower and while the complimentary mini-bar was extremely limited, it came with a Nespresso machine perfect for my daily caffeine fix (yay!).
The highlight of the room was of course, the ‘outdoor’ jacuzzi! Set just outside the bedroom door, you get the ‘outside’ feel while still in the security and privacy of your own place.
The Jacuzzi worked like a charm and did wonders to ease the stress away. There was enough space around the Jacuzzi to accommodate bottles of wine, cheese and cold cuts–which we made good use of to top off the experience.
We really enjoyed our stay and had no real complaints. However, if you’re driving (as I was), parking will be inconvenient. The Hotel does not have its own carpark and while there are lots just outside the lobby, it’s all down to luck. Also yo’ll need to use a bunch of coupons as the traffic wardens move around really frequently in the area.
In the event that you feel a little restless and need to stretch your legs for a bit, or take a break from the room, you might be just a little disappointed because there’s no hotel bar or lounge area. However, there’s plenty of food (Muslim and continental) around the area as well as nightspots and drinking holes. There are a couple of good massage spas just around the corner as well (not the dodgy ones).
At around $300(SGD) a night, the Jacuzzi suite at Hotel Clover North Bridge Road makes for a great escape from the hustle and bustle of work and a perfect place for a staycation.