Take a Step Back Into Yesterday with The Sultan

Take a Step Back Into Yesterday with The Sultan
Nur Rasyiqa
Nur Rasyiqa 
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The Sultan is far from being an ordinary hotel, as it is built entirely based on Singapore’s unique and rich history. From the careful conservation of the hotel’s structure dating back to the 1800s, to the design of the hotel that focuses on a specific era, The Sultan gives its guests a little taste of the old Singapore charm with a modern touch.

History all around

The Sultan Hotel
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Situated in one of Singapore’s historical sites, Kampong Glam was one of the early major projects initiated by the British designated for then Sultan (a Muslim sovereign) and the Muslim community in mid 1800s. Here, they built a palace to house the Sultan, school and also the iconic mosque today known as the Sultan Mosque. In the 1900s, Kampong Glam saw a rise in commercial activities and expanded by building new shop houses and residential buildings. Soon, the community got bigger with the inclusion of the Chinese and Indians.

The Sultan Project

The Sultan - Miniature
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This miniature version of The Sultan shows the top view of the entire hotel. It has an interesting structure with some parts of the building varying in size. This is because The Sultan is actually made up of ten conservation shop houses that has been carefully joined to become one big structural wonder. A shop house is usually a two storey building where the lower floor is usually the owner’s shop while the upper floor is its residence. Each individual shop house has been salvaged and restored to its original state. Kampong Glam is also known for its distinctively designed shop houses with European elements mixed with Malay, and Chinese decorative details with wooden eaves and motifs from ancient Chinese mythical tales respectively.

Living in yesterday

The Sultan - Lobby
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As soon as you step into The Sultan, you will instantly feel that you are taking a step back into yesterday; except with much more class and style. The section where the lobby is, used to be a Printing Press for the Muslim community. Now as you walk in, you will be greeted by a beautiful reception decorated with posh furnishings and simple black and white tiles. With full-length shutter windows and decorative columns; these are typical features of a shop house in the past. The Sultan stays on the darker colour palette with a splash maroon here and there; resembling how royal palaces were decorated in the earlier times.

Majestic rooms

The Sultan - Room
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The large hotel compound holds 64 hotel guest rooms with eight different room types that cater to guests with varying budgets and needs. Each room is unique in its own way with different interior design, views and room sizes. The rooms are heavily decorated with wooden furnishings, bed frames and tiles. The Standard Single room is strictly for single occupancy, which is perfect for solo travellers looking for a stylish yet affordable place to stay. This is The Sultan’s smallest room at 13sqm. The Standard Double rooms are for couples looking for a cosy getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle. The rooms are styled differently with some having an Asian oriental-style Queen sized bed seated on a wooden platform or a Queen sized bed on an exquisite divan frame. The Sultan also has the most incredible rooms on the attic floor that are 17sqm in size. The bed is placed on a wooden platform that has been built from wall to wall on one side of the room. The other type of room located at the attic would be the Skylight room with a separate sleeping and living area. The sleeping area in this room is a little special with windows located on the ceiling where guests can either enjoy a beautiful morning sunlight or a starry night sky. This room is perfect for honeymooners looking for a room with a romantic ambience.

The loft life

The Sultan - Loft
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The Sultan Lofts are the hotel’s biggest rooms ranging between 35sqm to 44sqm. The Loft has a double-storied setup with a king sized bed located on the upper floor along with a cushioned bench and plenty of walking space. The lower floor is where the bath area is, as well as a large cushioned bench and a dressing table. The stairs leading to the upper floor is rather steep, therefore, this loft is not recommended for young children or the elderly.

Standard amenities

The Sultan - Amenities
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The rooms are equipped with standard amenities throughout the different types of rooms. The rooms include a coffee machine and a variety of tea, a fully stocked mini bar with soft drinks and alcohol and complimentary water. The room’s entertainment system is inclusive of a full HD television with a DVD player and a list of movies to choose from the DVD menu at a price. Breakfast is all inclusive upon your successful booking at The Sultan. Guests at the Sultan can enjoy a great night out at The SingJazz Club located on the upper floor of the hotel. The Club is the go-to place for Jazz music and live performances from local, regional and even international artists. Guests can get in at a discounted price or even for free depending on the act.

A place where modern meets history

The Sultan takes pride in preserving Singapore’s unique history and humble beginnings by ensuring that it lives in the walls of the hotel itself. The structure of the hotel on its own is what makes the hotel special. The interior design of the hotel brings the hotel life in a way that guests can witness and be part of the royal way of living.

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