The pleasing aesthetic of Singapore’s Hotel Mono
The sky-high cost of real estate in Singapore is forcing hoteliers to turn their backs on the claustrophobic and expensive high-rise stretches of the city’s main tourist areas in favour of more atmospheric ‘hoods.
As a result Hotel Mono has been built out of a row of six historical shophouses in the city’s Chinatown area.
A common black and white theme is anchored by a black metal bar that loops through each of the 46 rooms (and doubles as a light fixture, coat hanger and graphic installation) is, frankly, rather awesome.
Now retrofitting a hotel into a series of listed buildings comes with its fair share of several quirks, due to the peculiarities of the original floor plans the no two rooms are the same, and there are no restaurants in the hotel. All the more reason to check out the city’s famed street markets.