hôtel vagabond, an exceptional boutique hotel in Singapore with an artistic background, is becoming part of the Tribute Portfolio Hotel.
Tribute Portfolio Hotel integrated its first hotel in Singapore with the addition of hôtel vagabond. Tribute Portfolio hotels is a grouping of exceptional independent hotels around the world, supported by Marriott Development.
The 41-room hotel was designed by French designer Jacques Garcia, blending together traditional Singaporean hospitality with Garcia’s traditional maximalist style. Marriott International’s 10th property in Singapore, hôtel vagabond invites guests to stay in an independent property, while enjoying all the benefits of the world’s most global loyalty programs. “Our loyalty members have expressed interest time and time again for more access to great hotels in Asia, specifically in global markets like Singapore,” said Brian Povinelli, Senior Vice President and Global Brand Leader for Tribute Portfolio. “Truly capturing the independent spirit of the Tribute Portfolio brand, hôtel vagabond delivers a distinct experience for travellers seeking the unexpected.”
Located just outside the central business district in the indie Jalan Besar area, hôtel vagabond reflects the energy of Singapore. Housed in a colonial-era Art Deco building, the heart and soul of hôtel vagabond is the Vagabond Salon, a modern interpretation of a Parisian salon, where guests have the opportunity to mingle with resident artists over a crafted cocktail, dine amidst a performance, or watch an independent film. Three times a week, the Salon is transformed into a music venue featuring a line-up of the most talented live musicians and DJs, showcasing local and visiting up-and-coming artists, from jazz quartets to indie rockers. With 500 m2 of luxurious interiors, a state-of-the-art sound system, superb acoustics and a DJ console, the Vagabond Salon is designed as a fully integrated, adaptable space for events.
Offering 41 rooms and suites, each guestroom within the hotel features Italian marble and glass mosaic bathrooms, mahogany furniture and luxurious bedding. In the spirit of the hotel’s artistic vibe, each guestroom houses curated photographs and art pieces, commemorating a diverse array of artistic expression across cultures and time periods. Advertisement The hotel also features an Executive Club Lounge for intimate meetings, boasting extensive benefits such as exquisite light bites and premium high speed Wi-Fi.
Guests can sample local signature dishes with a cheeky twist at the hotel’s new restaurant Hot Buns & Thunder Balls. Discerning drinkers will be delighted with Bar Vagabond’s rotating menu of Asian-inspired craft cocktails, a wide array of artisanal spirits, among others.
Ranging from antique works to contemporary mixed media pieces, hôtel vagabond’s extensive collection of art, personally sourced and commissioned by the hotel owner, highlights techniques and movements across cultures and centuries.
Part of the hotel’s independent spirit, a regular calendar of events positions culture and creativity as accessible for all. The hotel also features a signature rotational artist-in-residence program, which includes on-site performances, intimate events and interactive experiences. Via the hôtel vagabond website, local and international artists are invited to apply for a residency of up to three months, during which they will stay, work, and converse with guests and visitors.
As with all of the brand’s properties, hôtel vagabond, features a noteworthy selection of #independentmoments, a list comprised of distinct moments found at each Tribute Portfolio hotel that illustrate what guests love. These socially-sourced vignettes go beyond the typical hotel brochure to highlight the secret spots, must-sees and can’t-miss experiences at each Tribute Portfolio property.
The #independentmoments include:
Golden Banyan Tree – Hand-crafted by the Allahbuksh family, who for generations made the armour for the Rajasthani royal family, the tree has become an icon of the hotel;
Coffee Table Books – The vast compilation of art and design books in the lobby are part of Satinder Garcha’s personal collection, accumulated by the hotel owner and his family over the years on their travels;
Golden Animals – Jacques Garcia, who designed the hotel, had an affinity for elephants with two golden sculptures to be found throughout the property;
Gallery Walls – Curated and installed by British artist Peter Millard, these artworks adorn the walls of the Vagabond Salon and are comprised of originals, prints and reproductions from across the globe;
Hotel Exterior – Housed in a 1950s heritage Art Deco building, golden trees are creatively featured as a tasteful design fix, preserving the original building’s pillars, which are protected by local building conservation guidelines
“Our partnership with Marriott International and its Tribute Portfolio brand expands our vision for hôtel vagabond to a wider audience, while making a lasting mark on the hospitality scene in Singapore,” explained Satinder Garcha, CEO of Garcha Hotels and founder of hôtel vagabond. “Our ethos of creating one-of-a-kind experiences for guests is exactly what high-end travelers are seeking. We believe the unique design of hôtel vagabond, paired with its celebrated location of Singapore, makes it a perfect choice for travelers,” added Harpreet Bedi, General Manager.