The Mondrian Singapore Duxton is generating a lot of buzz despite not officially taking bookings until June.
Managed by Ennismore, Accor's joint venture, the Singapore location
is the brand's first property in Southeast Asia, with plans to more than
double its global presence by the end of 2023.
A diverse team
Hauck trusts the unique talents and personality traits of his diverse team to make the Mondrian Singapore Duxton stand out.
With the positive buzz built up, general manager Robert C. Hauck is
counting on the individual personalities and talents of his diverse team
to make the hotel stand out.
emphasises his point by pointing out hotel’s operator, a granny who is a
walking encyclopedia of local knowledge, the tattooed gentleman he
thought would make a striking doorman and instead will be managing the
staff restaurant, or the sales director who came from corporate but was
only too happy to let his hair down.
The office space is primarily made up of flexible hot desks, and
before our tour even starts, staff are calling him to join an impromptu
olive oil tasting.
Hauck himself fits right in, greeting Travel Weekly Asia not in
regulation dark suit and tie, but in a tight-fitting tee-shirt that
screams “gym” more than “office”.
Behind a traditional façade hides surprises
The modern Mondrian Singapore Duxton building, with the bulk of the 302 rooms, is set back from the road behind the shophouse.
The hotel’s decidedly modern 12-storey building that contains the
bulk of the 302 rooms is set back from the road behind the modern
iteration of the shophouse, making it almost invisible from ground
Robyn Carter, founder of Studio Carter responsible for the clever
design that blends old and new in different layers, likes to call it
“convergence” whether of eras, cultures or the space the hotel occupies.
Such a varied space lends itself well to housing art, including a
monumental sculpture – the first piece on permanent public display by a
world-renowned artist whose name will be news when it’s revealed in the
Art pieces both local and international found throughout the hotel
have been curated by Talenia Phua Gajardo of Singapore-based The
Artling. As most of the major pieces, including those signed by
Singaporean Dawn Ng and Englishman Ian Davenport, will be in the public
area, maps will be available to visitors whether in-house or not, to
guide them around.
Another unusual staffing call: the hotel employs a Community Curator
to bridge the gap between the hotel’s cultural offerings, guests and the
world outside the hotel.
Where form meets function
The Mondrian Shophouse Suite is 128 sqm and many shophouse suites have Murphy beds that convert space for meetings/events.
The bulk of the inventory is made up of 22-square-metre rooms that
are primarily differentiated based on view and twin or king bedding.
Suites range from 46 to 70 square metres with the top-end unit, the
Mondrian Shophouse Suite, coming in at a respectable 128 square metres.
Many of the shophouse suites feature Murphy beds that fold into the
walls, meaning that the space can be easily converted for meetings and
But even for the non-suite rooms, compact does not mean poorly
planned. Just about every room looks down onto the clay-tile roofs that
can still be found around Singapore. Also every room includes a painting
depicting Old Singapore from the studio of André Wee. However, when
looked at through the augmented reality app Artvive, the canvas comes
alive providing details about the local elements that went into the
Destination for travellers and locals
La Bottega di Carna is a meat-centric restaurant in the Mondrian Singapore Duxton with a menu overseen by Chef Kenny Huang.
In addition to retail and F&B tenants on the ground floor,
multiple outlets are available within the hotel itself. Christina’s will
serve all day from morning coffee made in coffee geek’s dream Slayer
coffee machine to evening cocktails and features a ceiling prism from
New York studio SOFTlab.
La Bottega di Carna, a concept signed Dario Cecchini, the Tuscan
butcher whose larger-than-life personality was a perfect fit with the
Netflix series Chef’s Table, will have a meat-centric (though not
exclusively) menu overseen by local italophone and italophile Chef Kenny
The restaurant also features cocktail trolleys and ageing cases that
look so sleek they might contain watches and jewels, not a bistecca alla
The Jungle Ballroom with its sunken lava-stone bar takes its
cocktails and locally-sourced ingredients very seriously, and the
infinity pool on the roof is likely going to be popular for taking in
All of these spaces are designed to make Mondrian Singapore Duxton “a
hangout” for everyone. When that happens, says Hauck, “it’ll be one of
the biggest compliments. You should feel comfortable here.”