In a city not short of luxury hotels, AMOY stands out because of three reasons: its strong Chinese heritage epitomised in the design and architecture, its unique combination of comfortable and convenient location, and on top of all excellent service from almost everyone I bump into during the stay.
Heritage Game, Strong
Located right in the center of Singapore’s financial district, who would’ve thought that 170 years back it was a shoreline where Chinese immigrants landed by boat to seek better fortunes and life in the Far East? As if that was not enough pull of a story, Far East Hospitality actually refurbished the original temple into the now called Fuk Tak Chi Museum and gave it the honor of being the hotel’s entrance. Walking into the museum and looking at the detailed diorama of life back in the 18th feel like time-travelling to the beginnings of Singapore.
This storytelling is then translated consistently into the interiors of the 37-room hotel. The rooms are wittily named after Chinese surnames like Zhu and Chen. I even found one named after my own surname, Ang. Imagine how personal it would feel if you stayed here and got a room with a matching name as yours.
Old But Young At Heart
I’ve stayed at places where they tried so hard to keep the authenticity intact that they sacrificed comfort and beauty. I love AMOY’s take on keeping the charm of tradition while also strategically packing the room with modern comfort. The earlier is wonderfully woven into the Chinese pattern on the charcoal-colored panel and cabinets, also the blue porcelain sink and my personal favorite : the book on 500 early postcards of Singapore. On the other hand, the latter is represented in gadgetry, a large flat screen TV, an alarm clock with iPhone5 docking, and a Nespresso machine. Also worth noting here is the surprise factor as every room is different in layout and furnishings.
Built by the prestigious DP Architects, who brought you Esplanade, Dubai Mall, and Central Park Mall Jakarta among many others, I’d say AMOY is one of their masterpieces.
Relaxing Room, Thoughtful Service & Wide Selection Of Food
Sleep is undisputedly comfortable. It is wonderful being able to have such tranquility while surrounded by bustling city complex—a strong plus point aside from the equally comfortable Simmons beddings. Service is also top notch. I love the welcoming gift. Instead of the worn-out chocolate, they give scrumptious cupcakes instead. AMOY got me on my foodie sweet spot and not to forget, the free minibar items! I also remember coming back from a day’s walk on a hot day and sitting on the lobby to pick up my luggage, when the luggage guy thoughtfully went back to the office and brought out water while I waited for everything to be settled. Dinner is also very convenient given that AMOY is part of Far East Square with many restaurants nearby, from kopi tiam to gourmet burger. For lunch, you gotta give JIN a try. It is their authentic take on Japanese food whose loved by many, including Dr. Leslie of ieatishootipost himself.
One of the best boutique hotels I’ve stayed in Singapore. Heritage packed and yet modernly comfortable, right at the city center.
AMOY HOTEL By Far East Hospitality
76 Telok Ayer Street S048464
Closest MRT Station: Telok Ayer
Phone: +65 6580 2888
Website (Reservation): AMOY (2015 Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award)