Naumi hotel re-opened in October 2013 with an expanded room count (73 instead of 40 previously) and a vastly refreshed interior after a multi-million dollar facelift. The familiar 10 storey-high creepers-entwined metallic façade that stands out prominently on the shophouse-lined Seah Street are kept the same as before.
Like its grand dame neighbour, Raffles, Naumi hotel sits in a prime location. It takes no more than five minutes to walk to both City Hall MRT Station and Raffles City Shopping Centre; the financial district is just one train stop away and Marina Bay Sands is five to 10 minutes by taxi.
Address: 41 Seah Street, 188396, Singapore.
Style & character
Clean lines, neutral tones, earthy wood and the occasional artsy furniture piece – look out for B&B Italia furnishings, Poltrona Frau sofas, Moroso carpets, Artemide and Foscarini Diesel lamps and Magis’ Piña armchairs dotted throughout the property – mingle to create the contemporary design theme in this boutique hotel.
Service & facilities
The service was efficient, knowledgeable and professional.
- Fitness centre
The contemporary theme continues in all 73 rooms, categorised as ‘Habitat’, ‘Oasis’, ‘Patio’ and ‘Suites’ (two are inspired by Andy Warhol; two by Coco Chanel). Generally speaking, the rooms are smaller than pre-renovation times but are cleverly designed to maximise space: ironing boards are neatly tucked below the beds, while the Nespresso coffee machine, TWG tea, cups and glasses are available in retractable shelves hidden behind the walls. Bedding boasts 400-thread count Egyptian cotton but, while comfortable, the bed in our Habitat room felt short. The Habitat rooms are great for no-frills travellers but if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, pick one of the two spacious Andy Warhol-inspired rooms (Eden and Nirwana) that clinched the “Best Interior Design for Suite” award at the inaugural Asia Hotel Awards in March 2015. A private floor (on the third level) is also available for couples or females travelling alone. All rooms come complete with breakfast, Malin + Goetz bath amenities, complimentary mini-bar and technology flourishes (high-speed free Wi-Fi and an Apple TV). Hotel guests are also given complimentary access to a limited selection of wines and beers from 4.30pm to 6.30pm daily in the lobby.
Food & drink
There is only one restaurant in the establishment – Table. A stablemate of the renowned Rang Mahal, a fine dining Indian restaurant group, Table serves a daily buffet breakfast that passes muster (though the Moët & Chandon Champagne is a highlight). Lunch and dinner are decidedly more exciting thanks to the delicious Indian menu (don’t miss the lamb biryani, dhal, butter chicken or strawberry lassi). There is a plethora of wallet-friendly hawker options in the vicinity of the hotel, in case you want to try local street food.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Only one room is equipped with special configuration for guests with disabilities.
Baby cots are available upon request (subject to availability) but, other than that, there are no other “extras” for kids.
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