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January 7, 2015updated Dec 20, 2023

Is Singapore Based Scarlet Hotels Ready For Expansion?

By Neharika Padala

If the trend is to smaller, design-oriented hotels that offer differentiated experiences, The Scarlet Huntington in San Francisco and The Scarlet Singapore in the increasingly popular Chinatown area of the city state, are well positioned to welcome elite travelers.

In Singapore the rooftop Breeze lounge is a popular outdoor spot to take in the skyline in a garden-like setting while sampling both local and international menu items.  In San Francisco Straits Chinese design mixes with Nob Hill sophistication and the Big Four restaurant pays tribute to four of the 19th century tycoons who helped establish the city by the bay.  The restaurant re-opened last year after a $15 million renovation of The Scarlet Huntington by Singapore-based owner Grace International.

Former Ritz-Carlton and Raffles and Resorts executive Marina Wee joined the group in late 2014.  She was part of the team that expanded Raffles from a single hotel to a global brand, however, she was mum on whether Grace plans additional expansion on its duo of Scarlet branded properties.

Below is an overview of signature suites:

Scarlet Huntington — Mulholland Suite

Exclusively appointed with renowned quality Mulholland leather throughout, this suite embodies the spirit of Northern California, both rugged and refined. Each detail from upholsteries to fine leather trims used in the bedding and throws incorporate the leathers and rich materials used in Mulholland’s luggage collections. Metallic finishes throughout the suite’s interior are subtle nuances that reference not only the jewelry used on Mulholland bags, but the hotel’s Asian-inspired interiors.
The décor boasts a resemblance to the golden doors of another neighboring San Francisco landmark, Grace Cathedral. Subtle animal prints used in carpeting recall their original designs for field sport gear made in the brand’s early years. No detail is spared including the suite’s mini bar leather, which has been re-faced with the brand’s popular Endurance material. The suite’s pièce de résistance is its entry table fashioned from a classically styled long bound trunk revived from the archives.

Room size: 715 sq ft

Room rate: US$1459

Scarlet Huntington – Passion Suite

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True to its name, Passion encapsulates an air of ardour and romanticism apparent from an alluring aesthetic dialogue of ruby, onyx silver and gold. The suite features an intimate dining area while the living area is crowned by a carved and gilded ceiling. The bedroom beckons with promised indulgence of a creatively designed four poster bed and cascading draperies. Wardrobes, cabinets and drawers are stylish and well-appointed with black lacquer, black leather and gold accents. Attractive window coverings are adorned with fascinating trimmings of patent leather by Sahco-Hesslein.
715 square feet of indulgent luxury is yours to have and hold in this large one bedroom suite featuring a separate living area and well-appointed amenities.

Room size: 715 sq ft

Room rate: US$1,459

Scarlet Huntington – Opulent Suite

Step into resplendence at Opulent where an exuberant interplay of colors – magenta, Imperial yellow and platinum – welcomes you, coupled with stunning views from atop Nob Hill overlooking downtown San Francisco and Union Square. Discover nuances of a vibrant Singapore Straits Chinese heritage, where The Scarlet brand originated, in the custom designed etched glass dining table set beneath a glowing chandelier with lush magenta silk shades. The living area boasts a bespoke wing backed curvaceous sofa upholstered in smooth magenta velvet with pillows covered in Imperial Yellow fabric by Highland Court. In the bedroom a large dramatic headboard is hand carved and upholstered in rich magenta under which rests an inviting king sized bed and a stunning bolster covered in a dazzling Imperial yellow and silver fabric by Osborne & Little. Luxuriate in 715 square feet of opulence in this large one bedroom suite featuring a separate living area and well-appointed amenities.

Room size: 715 sq ft

Room rate: US$1,459

Scarlet Singapore – Passion Suite (pictured below)

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At the pinnacle of the gracious hostess’ luxurious offerings is a private enclave where an air of ardour and romanticism enfolds from an alluring aesthetic dialogue that is sensuously edgy with python, patent leather and leopard prints in garnet red, mysterious black and contemporary grey.

The iconic poster bed provocatively invites you, set against a bespoke $10,000 wall covering with six layers of embossed printing-a befittingly luxe backdrop where you retreat and rejuvenate.

Experience an added touch of personal service as the elegantly appointed suite opens out to an indulgent private outdoor Jacuzzi terrace. Sip a glass of wine while watching the sunset as a memorable moment is gracefully created.

Room size: 614 sq ft [Room = 269 sq ft, Outdoor Jacuzzi Terrace = 345 sq ft]

Room rate: SGD$980 (US$784)

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