Entrepreneur opens Singapore design hotel

A new addition to Singapore’s hospitality industry, the 30-room New Majestic Hotel, opens in the historic Chinatown district later this month.Created by 34-year old former lawyer Loh Lik Peng, the man behind the cult boutique hotel 1929 who was recently voted Singapore’s tourism entrepreneur of the year, the New Majestic Hotel features chic contemporary interiors by prominent local designers, while at the same time tastefully preserving an historic shop-house building whose origins as a small hotel date back to 1928.

The hotel features a dramatic all-white open concept period lobby with restored vintage Compton fans, the Majestic Restaurant which is a sleek modern reinterpretation of one of old Singapore’s favourite Chinese dining rooms, a dramatic lap pool with glass inserts floating above the restaurant, as well as chic loft-style guestrooms finished in a variety of styles by local designers and artists.

The guestrooms, all of which are different in design, offer an appealing blend of contemporary styles together with both modern and vintage fittings, including customized freestanding copper bathtubs. Some rooms feature floor to ceiling mirrors, while others are attic-style with an upstairs sleeping area; others feature ‘aquarium” sea-through bathrooms as a centerpiece to the room, or contemporary inversions of the traditional four-poster bed in which the bed is suspended by poles from the ceiling.

Some of the rooms have balconies which are a feature of the traditional shophouse design, while others have outdoor garden terraces, including some with outdoor bathtubs. In some rooms, original stained glass windows that date back to the original Majestic Hotel of the 1920s have been restored and preserved as part of the design.

Owner/creator Loh Lik Peng has also engaged five of Singapore’s most prominent creative talents drawn from the fields of interior and graphic design, fashion and film production to personalize the hotel’s top five signature suites. Each one therefore has a unique design reflecting the tastes and personality of each of the five creators.