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The Original Peng Lik Loh

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—Adventurous travelers ho! Enter Wanderlust, Singapore's fantastical, high-styled answer to the question "Why can’t we stay young forever?!"

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    Rooms 29 /Architecture DP Architects /Interior Design Phunk Studio, fFurious, DP Architects, Asylum /The Original Peng Lik Loh

    Combining a sense of artistic whimsy with cutting-edge design, the Wanderlust in Singapore's Little India was created with adventurous travelers in mind. Hotel owner Loh Lik Peng, a local hero after the success of his New Majestic Hotel, gave four design firms one floor each to create their own interpretation of contemporary style and comfort. Designed by Asylum, the lobby has a glam industrial vibe. Upstairs, the 29 guestrooms run the gamut from vivid candy colors (Phunk Studio) and arty black-and-white minimalism (DP Architects) to one-of-a-kind duplex apartments (fFurious). Set in a historic 1920s building, the beautiful Art-Nouveau mosaic on the Wanderlust's facade hints at the cheeky patchwork of 21st-century design it now houses. The hotel's casual French restaurant Cocotte, meanwhile, has proved to be an instant hit with the locals. With eye-popping design and friendly service, Wanderlust delivers on Peng’s desire that his hotels be like ‘playgrounds for grown-ups.’

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    SIN - Singapore Changi International Airport
    Food & Drink
    Spa & Recreation
    Complimentary WiFi
    Coffee/Tea, Late Check-out

    Rooms & Suites

    For each of Wanderlust’s four floors an independent design team created an uninhibitedly playful environment. The second-floor guestrooms by Phunk Studio are defined by a vivid and uniform color that is used on every surface – from walls and floors to furnishings, curtains, and even the tiles in the open bathrooms. On the third floor, DP Architects has created crisp all-white rooms that are set off by black hallways. Some rooms feature boldly angled and faceted ceilings that evoke Japanese origami. And in the top floor duplex apartments, designed by fFurious, surprises include a giant typewriter that doubles as a sofa and a clunky red space rocket with friendly looking (stuffed) aliens.

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    A Story Box Full of Wonders

    A former school and charity administration building set amid the hurly-burly of a bustling immigrant and commercial district, the early 20th-century structure has an amazing façade, adorned with a colorful Art Nouveau mosaic that first caught Loh Lik Peng’s attention. Walking inside, he discovered that the whole affair was flooded with sunshine from a giant skylight. ‘Singaporean buildings are usually so dark,’ he says. ‘I knew instantly that I could do something amazing with this.’ That “something amazing” was to hand over each of the building’s four floors to a different design firm—not interior designers but graphic designers and architects with no hotel experience. The goal was to create fresh, outside-the-box takes on 21st-century hospitality for the hotel’s public spaces and 29 guest rooms.

    Interior Design

    Wild, Wonderful, Wacky, Wanderlust

    Vivid colors, cheeky mismatched designer furniture, quirky stuffed animals, and friendly monsters in the guest rooms are the first hints that this property is not about stuffy attitude and stiff service. A giant typewriter that doubles as a sofa is among the many surprises in the hotel’s top floor duplex apartments, designed by fFurious.

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    Loh Lik Peng

    Loh Lik Peng’s global lifestyle draws him to different places for different reasons. The intimate scale of Dublin reminds him of his childhood, while London’s East End is all about the energetic vibe and the sense that new things are happening all the time. He opened his first venture, Hotel 1929, in a former brothel in Singapore’s red-light district in 2003. With its swank design and instant buzz, 1929 became a popular destination for travelers and locals alike. Three years later he opened the New Majestic and upped the style quotient in Singaporean hospitality even further. New properties opened recently in Singapore where he now lives, Shanghai, London, and Sydney. And not one of them is located in what your average guidebook would have considered the “right” kind of neighborhood—that is until his properties have put their once-undesirable districts on the style map.

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