The Warehouse Hotel was built in 1895 along the Singapore River as part of the Straits of Malacca trade route. At that time, the area was a hotbed of secret societies, underground activity, and liquor distilleries. Today, while much of that history has disappeared, one building is being meticulously restored as a modern 37-room boutique hotel, focusing on heritage and local culture. Open as of January 2017, The Warehouse Hotel delivers thoughtful hospitality with historically-detailed rooms, classic local dishes and craft cocktails in the vibrant neighborhood of Robertson Quay.
Inspired by the original men who built our building and their entrepreneurial endeavours, The Warehouse will be the first-ever hotel to tell the story of Singapore’s new makers, creators & do-ers, brought to life through its thoughtful collaborations. These are the people and products we admire greatly, that we wish for the rest of the world to see - each partnership reflects heritage and local culture.
Robertson Quay is one of the only neighbourhoods in Singapore with a vibrant blend of residential and commercial offerings. It is walking distance to Clarke Quay and Boat Quay; and equidistant from the Central Business District and the Orchard Road shopping district. Its bustling riverside location makes it a natural food and beverage hub.
Heritage & History
In 1911, as the banks of the Singapore River were full of the bounty of Malaya, China, India, and beyond, a smart businessman named Lim Ho Puah inherited a shipping company called Wee Bin & Co.
Along this journey to become one of the most successful businessmen in Southeast Asia, Lim Ho Puah built one particularly beautiful building, with a peaked roof and shuttered windows, right on the banks of the river. It was what we here in Singapore call a “godown,” or warehouse.
The name of the road that the Warehouse is on was “Chiu Long Lo” in Hokkien, or “Spirits Shed Street.” There were hundreds of versions of homemade arrack, tuak, and toddy, being distilled in corners and alleyways, from rice, palm, coconut sap, and the other fruits of Asia.
The Warehouse was located in what, at the time, was the operating neighbourhood of the Chinese and Fujianese secret societies. Gambling & prostitution were rampant, and opium made up 50% of the Straits’ revenue. The Havelock Road neighbourhood was the verifiable red light district of its time, and The Warehouse sat in the very heart of it.