Scarlet, Singapore.

Singapore Scarlet Hotel

The Scarlet Hotel is flashpacker chic in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown, giving backpackers a lot of luxury for a very reasonable price.

A large part of my love affair with Singapore over the years has been down to the fact that the country gives a whole new meaning to hospitality. I have spent so much time in the Lion city and had so many major life events in the last few years in particular that I have even begun to think of it as a home. That is how much I love Singapore, and a big part of that comforting infatuation has been my regular stays in one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in.

The Scarlet.

Perfectly located in the heart of Chinatown, just across the road from the venerated Maxwell Road Food Court and the Chinatown night market, as well as round the corner from the world class restaurants on Club Street, the Scarlet is very easy to get to being within a couple of minutes walking distance to two centrally located MRT stations.

The price can take a bit of a chunk out of a backpackers budget at around £100 GBP a night, but this is a standard price for a midrange hotel in Singapore and is actually outstanding value considering you actually get so much more than you pay for. For this level of quality or service in Sydney, New York or London you would pay significantly more. So if you are travelling for an extended period and considering you can easily balance the budget by staying in cheaper places for longer in countries such as Thailand or Indonesia later on, it is well worth giving yourself a little bit of luxury for a few days or so.

Singapore in general is pushing the bar for boutique hotels across the whole region, but the Scarlet Hotel stands head and shoulders above even those lofty standards. Everything about the Scarlet screams decadence, romance and indulgence, and you really do feel like you have stepped into a world of luxury when you arrive.

You are greeted at the doorway by a concierge, finely uniformed in full regalia and straight out of a luxury hotel, taking your bags and treating you like royalty as you check in. It is an effort that is almost entirely wasted on this backpacker and occasional flashpacker who is more than happy with just a friendly smile, but is appreciated nonetheless and is a mark of the first class treatment you will receive throughout your stay.

The heritage listed traditional shop houses have been converted into a winding maze of luxuriously appointed corridors that lead you to your room, and are a wonderfully characterful reminder of Singapore’s heritage which puts this boutique hotel far and above any bland, cookie cutter chain hotel. We loved strolling down the atmospheric corridors to our room, and I feel that it actually added to the experience of staying there.

The rooms themselves are a little on the small side, especially if you get one without a balcony, but this is the norm for Singapore where space is at a premium – especially in converted heritage buildings – so is something that can’t really be held against the hotel at all. Saying that we stayed in a deluxe balcony room and it was more than roomy enough for two of us plus our bags.

Scarlet Hotel Singapore

The room and the adjoining en suite was absolutely immaculate and spotlessly clean, and had all the amenities you would expect in a hotel of a much higher grade and price range, and even a few things you wouldn’t expect. The free Spa Treatment taster session voucher was a nice touch.

They have no pool, but they do have a nice Jacuzzi on a rooftop balcony that overlooks the city which is a really nice place to relax. It isn’t heated, which makes it a little too chilly to use in the morning before the sun warms it up. A water heater could be added here to make this a little more luxurious, but when that is literally the only negative you can think of you know a place is doing really well. I don’t think the Jacuzzi gets much use though as every time we have been we have been the only ones there. The gym is also quite small and basic, but has everything you need for a good workout.

Scarlet Hotel Singapore

I have to say however it is the staff who really make this place special. Every single member of staff from the cleaners to the manager was unfailingly polite and friendly, and the staff on the front desk and in the lobby are amazingly helpful and go out of their way to help out when needed. The little touches count for a lot, and that is something the team here understands perfectly.

I really cannot recommend this hotel enough and will absolutely stay here again on our next visit to Singapore. Regardless of what type of traveller you are, a backpacker, flashpacker, business traveller or travelling with a family, you cannot go wrong here and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this hotel to you.

The Scarlet is located at 33 Erskine Road, Singapore. 069333 

Ready to book? The Scarlet’s website can be found here


No incentives or payment were offered or given in return for this review or any links used. The views and opinions expressed are entirely the authors own based on personal experiences when travelling and are honest and factual without any bias. 

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30 comments on “Scarlet, Singapore.
  1. Dave Cole says:

    Cool little spot and it sounds like they really care for their guests. I’m trying to figure out a time to get to SE Asia, so these reviews are really helpful. Thanks, Mike!

  2. Rashad Pharaon says:

    Looks like a wonderful place to spend a night or two, even if on a backpacker budget. I wonder if going during low season would make it more affordable…

    • It is wonderful!

      The price is a hefty one on a backpacker budget, but what you have to remember is that for Singapore the price is actually quite reasonable, and great value for money.I think they do have occasional offers on though.

      I can often afford it by balancing the budget out well, months of living very cheaply (and usually under budget) in cheaper countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand for example allows me the room in my budget to splurge on flashpacking and staying in boutique hotels like this for a little while.

  3. Calli says:

    Sounds like a great spot in the heart of Singapore – I want to see more of those views from the rooftop patio, it looks divine!

    • Thanks for the comment Calli, those views were amazing! You should see the ones from the rooftop bar at the top of the hotel. They were good during the day, but amazing at night when the cityscape was all lit up! Perfect for having a romantic cocktail. 🙂

  4. Brianna says:

    I seek out independent boutique hotels when I travel, this looks like a fabulous option in Singapore.

    • I like a good boutique hotel too Brianna, quite often the price isn’t that much more than basic budget lodgings but the quality goes through the roof! I know many boutique hotels (and the Scarlet is my favourite example) which surpass the technically superior chain hotels in every way! Thanks so much for the comment.

  5. emilyluxton says:

    Wow, this looks like such a gorgeous hotel. We’ve been in hostel dorms and cheap hotels for so long, so I’m super jealous right now. I agree, a little luxury every now and again as a treat does wonders when you’re on the road. Think I need to start looking for a fancy hotel!

    • And why not? Spoil yourself a little! ;D I know many backpackers favour hostels and cheap guesthouses most of the time to stick to budgets – I do too – but with a little creative budgeting flashpacking is possible for anyone! Thanks for the comment Emily. 🙂

  6. Bianca Malata says:

    I still haven’t been to Singapore yet but its always great to hear first hand experience of great places to stay. Bookmarking for a possibility next year.

  7. karendwarren says:

    Looks lovely. And what a great part of town to stay in – all those amazing places to eat!

    • The location is certainly one of the high points Karen, you should check out the ‘favourite places to eat in Singapore’ post, two of them on the list are just across the road from the Scarlet! ;D

  8. Nina says:

    Definitely looks like a hotel I would love to stay at. Never mind there’s no pool: that jacuzzi looks like the best place to relax, the views must be amazing. Tx for sharing.

  9. Margherita says:

    Beautiful spot, looks like the ideal place to treat yourself. Love the old-school atmosphere and that outdoor jacuzzi… I would like to be there just now!

  10. jennie0019 says:

    I love little hotels. Sounds lovely. Singapore keeps surprising me…

  11. Samantha says:

    Consider this review officially bookmarked for our trip to Singapore! 🙂

  12. Kate says:

    Aww I am so jealous of that rooftop Jacuzzi! Wish I was in there right now! This hotel looks amazing, I’ll definitely be checking it out the next time we are in Singapore.

  13. aeparker81 says:

    this place looks fab! It isn’t easy to find a small place in somewhere like Singapore, and know that you will be looked after, but this looks like a sure fire winner!

    • It really is amazing. As I said the rooms are cozy and comfortable but it is the service that makes you feel really looked after. It’s why I have returned here many times. Thanks for the comment.

  14. Natalie says:

    Wow this looks like a truly amazing place! Talk about flashpacking!

  15. Bennie says:

    Will definitely look into booking here on our next trip to Singapore! Sounds fantastic!

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