Safe and Sound: A Review of CUBE Boutique Capsule Hotels Two Properties At Kampong Glam and Chinatown
A mainstay of the local capsule hotel scene, CUBE has now opened their second hotel at the historic Kampong Glam. Taking over a gorgeously restored shophouse, CUBE Boutique Capsule Hotel at Kampong Glam epitomises the concept of heritage meets modernity, and continues to underscore the group’s renown for affordable, restored heritage accommodation, after their first outlet on Smith Street in Chinatown back in 2016.
CUBE Kampong Glam makes for the perfect stay for the discerning budget traveller, interested in heritage sites while still firmly being in the heart of the city, with easy access to most tourist sites and sights. CUBE Kampong Glam offers a total of 56 beds, ranging from singles to queen sized beds, and each housed in its own ‘capsule’. Female travelers can even opt to stay in female only rooms to up the level of safety and security.
As tight as it may sound, there’s actually plenty of space to move around while lying down or sitting upright, with hidden vanity areas, universal electrical outlets and even a locker drawer secured digitally cleverly stowed all around the capsule. Each capsule is well designed to moderate its own temperature and air-flow, and in spite of how active the nightlife can get around Kampong Glam, the walls are solidly insulated to reduce external, ambient noise to ensure a good night’s rest.
Each of CUBE’s homely bathrooms may be shared, but are certainly not capsules, each one spacious with standing showers, a hairdryer and bath toiletries, while guests are provided with a dental kit, slippers and a towel upon check-in (exchangeable daily). For their convenience, a washing machine with complimentary detergent is also available for guests who wish to refresh their clothes, while complimentary WiFi is also provided throughout the building, alongside shared work spaces.
As for meals, Kampong Glam is, of course, a vibrant district with plenty of options to choose from around the area, from hip cafes to hot new eateries. But even in the comfort of the hotel, guests can enjoy a daily breakfast with a focus on local flavours in a relaxed, communal dining area. If you ever feel stumped for things to do, the lobby also conveniently houses the Singapore Visitor Centre, offering tours to popular Singapore locations, operated by a team of friendly and knowledgeable reception staff 24/7.
Says co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Sophia Anya Tay: “Kampong Glam was chosen for its vibrancy, charm and rich heritage culture. In addition to the Sultan Mosque and the Malay Heritage Centre, there are a number of shops, cafes, restaurants and other bustling sites such as the hip Haji Lane, while Bugis MRT Station is only a 5-minute walk away.”
She continues: “Our guests are typically 18-35 years old global explorers including founders of new generation businesses and special interest groups. The positive interest shown in our properties has inspired us to create a new CUBE Capsule concept which we aim to open before the end of this year. This is very much in line with our vision to grow the number of CUBE Boutique Capsule Hotels to eight in Singapore in the next few years.”
Not only has CUBE attracted hip, young travellers, but its unique character and concept has has also attracted business travelers who appreciate the conveniences of capsule accommodation at a competitive rate, with each stay ranging from S$50 and S$120 per night. It’s no wonder then that since the launch of the CUBE brand, the group was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the Chinatown property as well as the ISO 9001:2015 certification in Project Management of Hotel Construction & Renovation and Provision of Hospitality Services.
With a gorgeous exterior, cosy interior, affordability while still maintaining all standard hotel essentials, the CUBE Hotel experience easily endears itself to just about any visitors without compromising on quality or comfort. CUBE Hotel Kampong Glam then will certainly please its savvy, sociable guests looking for a unique, immersive stay in the heart of the city’s heritage and cultural district, to make some extraordinary memories of Singapore.