Cosy Chinatown at Hotel 1929: Gourmet Chick in Singapore

I don’t see much point in travelling to a new country and then staying in a big chain hotel that could be anywhere in the world.  A great holiday can often come down to staying at a small, independent hotel which gives you a taste of life in the country before you even set food outside the door.  So on my recent trip to Singapore I was excited to receive an invitation to stay at Hotel 1929 for a night.


Hotel 1929 is one of Singapore’s original boutique hotels. It’s located right in the heart of Chinatown, directly opposite the newly opened Naumi Lori.   The hotel is housed in some restored Chinese shop houses which were built in (you guessed it) 1929.  

The comfy but cosy bed at Hotel 1929
The comfy but cosy bed at Hotel 1929

Space is at a premium in Singapore so be warned that the rooms at Hotel 1929 are tiny.  The only hotel room I have stayed in which is smaller is the Hi-Matic in Paris where you have to roll up your bed each day.  But if you can cope with the cosy proportions Hotel 1929 has everything you need.  There’s a lovely soft bed, free wifi, a tiny balcony looking out onto the road, teensy desk and a mini bathroom where you could actually sit on the toilet while in the shower.  

The bathroom at Hotel 1929, historical photos on the wall and the ice-cream cart

If you feel claustrophobic there’s also a roof top terrace for guests which includes an ice-cream cart from which you can eat unlimited ice-cream – heaven! A limited breakfast buffet is included in the room rate. It’s more full English than full on Singaporean but who can say no to a bit of sausage and scrambled eggs in the morning?

The full English at Hotel 1929
The full English at Hotel 1929

Hotel 1929 is in a great location and if you are happy with a small room it’s a great value hotel option in a city which can be very expensive.  Just don’t bring too much luggage as it won’t fit.  

Gourmet Chick was invited to review Hotel 1929

Details: Hotel 1929,  50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089154.
Damage: Reasonable.  Room rates start at SGD $152 ($130 AUD or £80) for a double. 

Gourmet Travel Tips

  • We flew to Singapore from Australia with Qantas using frequent flyer points so the cost was about $400 in taxes only. There are some good deals to Singapore though so look around.
  • Taxis are really cheap in Singapore and plentiful plus the underground trains are brilliant. 
  • We enjoyed exploring the Chinatown area, visiting the spectacular Marina Sands, shopping in Haji Lane and going on Tony Tan’s food walking tour.


  1. What a lovely looking hotel at such a pretty building!

  2. WOW – and I thought our room at the Singapore YMCA was small — it’s mega compared to this (esp as the shower & toilet are a far distance apart (like 50cms).

  3. I think when space is tight, it’s even more important that hotels / accommodation makes the most of it. It looks like this place does a great job!

  4. MsIHua – It is a beautiful heritage building – which makes the rooms small but there’s a great sense of hisotry
    Miss Piggy – space is at a premium in that city!
    Kari – Exactly – design becomes even more important.

  5. Hi! Informative entry 🙂
    May I ask was the room you got the superior single or superior double room?

    1. Hi Dawn – It was a superior double –

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *