Great for professionals and luxury weekenders
What is it? Boutique hotel
Will set you back: 265++ SGD – 640 p/n
We arrived at Naumi Hotel in Singapore late on a Friday night after a 13-hour travel day and never more eager to sink into a cloud-like hotel bed. The two “Naumi Aides” at reception in their avant-garde blue uniforms thankfully checked us in with super efficiency and it wasn’t long before we were whisked away to our fourth floor Patio room. It was a good thing that the the courteous staff member proceeded to give us a tour of our home for the next few nights, because without it we never would have become aware of the many perks of the Naumi room experience. Hidden away in nooks and crannies are all the necessities a guest could need, from an ironing board to a coffee machine, smartly stowed away in one of the best designed compact, city hotel rooms we have seen.
Naumi Hotel prides itself on its dedication to an artistic aesthetic that is both unique and quirky. The hotel can best be described in my books as an “urban designer experience”, and this idea is backed up everywhere you turn in this 8-year old boutique hideaway. Scattered throughout every floor and within every guest room you will find large, contemporary artworks that do a beautiful job of consistenly pulling you back into the present moment in a way that only excellent art can do. The hotel is full of personality, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Naumi words written on the walls of each floor. Turns of phrase such as “c’est magnifique” that lead you out of the elevator and towards your room, lend to the feeling that Naumi is more than a hotel, it is an extension of the owners and designers, who have worked together to ingeniously create a fun, tongue-in-cheek environment that never ceases to remind you of how cool city life is.
Each of the room categories have their own charm and of course, that Naumi signature personality, but none is more quintessentially Naumi than the Andy Warhol-inspired Nirwana room. Oversized, with a tangerine-centric palette rich with stripes, contemporary furniture and a mix of materials ranging from acrylic to marble, the room is vibrant, fun and luxurious. The Chanel-inspired Carmelia room is, by contrast, feminine and elegant with a monochrome palette softened by pastel injections, and the Habitat, Patio and Oasis rooms are neutral, fresh and minimal.
I can’t seem to escape the word “urban” when I think of the Habitat rooms, due to their low square-metreage, but with all of the rooms, all of the necessities are stowed away in purpose-built spaces in a deliberate design decision to ensure the rooms all remain uncluttered and clean. Despite the size of the entry-level rooms, they are evidently luxurious with no sign that the designers have skimped on any of the premium details. Example? Those wonderful ‘Magic Glass’ shower screens that fog up at the flick of a switch for instant privacy. For us, the immediate thumbs up for all of the rooms came courtesy of a complimentary snacks and beverage mini bar, including soft drink, a Kit-Kat and even including a few miniature bottles of gin and vodka for that perfect night-cap. Like us, guests will also love the beautiful Malin & Goetz toiletries, topped up everyday, and the insanely luxurious stainless steel rain shower which would be even better if it could also be used hands-free. Each room also comes with an Apple TV for streaming movies or music from your devices to the large TV mounted on the wall, and the beds are beautifully lavish and comfortable.
For a little more leg room and more natural light (an absolute must in my books), I recommend opting for the Patio room which gives you a small outdoor space with a couples’ lounger. Even better, go all-out and stay in the creme-de-la-creme Gabrielle or Nirwana rooms. For the luxury of extra space and lots of natural light you do pay a premium, but these high-end rooms are beyond elegant and designed with incredible attention to detail.
For a small hotel, Naumi really does very well in providing as many facilities as possible to satisfy their guests. There are two small cardio rooms and one small weights room, a beautifully designed meeting room that features a meeting table and an intimate lounge area, and then there is the gorgeous rooftop infinity pool, Cloud Nine. With its quirky and colourful furniture and outstanding city view, it’s an impressive and surprisng addition to a boutique hotel, especially when I find out that it was the first rooftop infinity pool built in Singapore. The view is truly spectacular and it makes a gorgeous area to relax and get a lovely breeze along with some rays in steamy Singapore. The only downside is that the pool bar is not serviced by a staff member, so any food and drink requests need to be telephoned through to the kitchen.
Another area where Naumi shines is the service. The Naumi Aides are extremely helpful, friendly and are genuinely interested in what your plans are while in Singapore so that they might be of assistance in organising anything you may need. The front of house is particularly good, and it’s a very humbling experience when a member of staff notices when you are headed for the elevators so that they can press the call-button for you. We felt the wait staff in the restaurant did not quite meet the same exceptional level, with a few appearing disinterested or bored, however this one negative was overshadowed by the excellence exhibited at the concierge desk.
Being a boutique hotel, there is only one restaurant at Naumi, situated on the ground floor at the foyer and named Table by Rang Mahal. The sister restaurant to the chef’s famous fine-dining counterpart Rang Mahal at the Pan Pacific, the restaurant serves delicious Indian food in a smart-casual and relaxed setting. We opted for the lunch special during our stay and the food was absolutely top-notch – fresh and full of flavour. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for the overpriced cheese toastie I tried for lunch on another day, so I strongly recommend sticking to what this chef does best, Indian food, and you won’t be disappointed. The hotel also serves a lovely breakfast buffet each morning in the same restaurant, which gives guests an elegant and sophisticated start to the day. I especially loved the shot glasses of liquid iron available in the self-serve fridge each morning – ideal for frequent travellers in need of a burst of energy, and a perfectly unique idea well suited to the hotel.
Naumi Hotel is located in a fantastic area close to the iconic Raffles Hotel. A ten-minute drive from Orchard Road and a fifteen minute walk to the gorgeous Haji Lane with its local boutiques, Naumi is ideally situated. On the street itself are a bunch of local restaurants and bars so if you are after a hotel where you can walk out the door and be immediately entertained, look no further than Naumi. Click here to book your stay at Naumi Hotel.
designer urban abode in the centre of Singapore