Category Archives: Short Stay at Katong

If you are tourist in Singapore and will like to stay near the Eastern part of Singapore, Katong has a number of boutique and budget hotels for your choice.

Hotel Boutique hotel uses artist’s work without permission

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong opening next year at the former Joo Chiat Police Station, was noted in local press, for use of art of a local artist  in their publicity. Hotel Indigo is the boutique brand of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

The artist, Richard Lee Xin Li , had a rude shock when he saw, in a facebook post, an artist’s impression of one of the hotel rooms had incorporated his illustrations without his permission. Mr Lee, 27, is known for his nostalgic renderings of Singapore icons.

Mr Lee noted these were lifted off a series of colour illustrations he did on Katong.

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is owned by Katong Holdings, which comprises three Singapore-based developers and builders: Master Contract Services, Keong Hong Construction and Asia Development. 

When contacted, IHG vice-president of operations in South-east Asia Leanne Harwood said: “We understand that in the artist’s impression of the mock- up room for the hotel, imagery by local artist Richard Lee was unknowingly used. The owner has reached out to him with apologies and further discussions will be held to ascertain next steps.”

Ms Harwood said every Hotel Indigo property’s design reflects its neighbourhood, and the owners and consultants of the one in Katong hope to do the same by collaborating with the local community.


CNA’s “FootPrints” on Eurasians

CNA footprints eurasians

A series of documentaries highlighting the heritage of the four major races in Singapore, this episode illustrates the stories of the unique race of Eurasians, a community embracing the dilemma and adventures of two worlds, Europe and Asia. In this episode, Katong area was featured heavily here about how the Eurasian community helped to build up this estate with churches and schools.

The children of two empires, Europe and Asia, the Eurasians were among the first to have laid their footprints in Singapore. But as Singapore’s Eurasian community diminishes, tales of its storied culture buried beneath the sands of time are begging to be told.

Through their journey of heartbreaks and triumphs, we relive the glory days of the past and unravel their tales of resilience.


Former Joo Chiat Police Station may house F&B concept-based Hotel

86 East Coast Road2

There is an article in today’s BT, that the new hotel in katong will be runned by a famous hotel chain. In January, a joint venture between Master Contract Services and Keong Hong Construction clinched the 99-year leasehold site at an Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) tender, for $352.8 million or $1,326.11 per square foot of potential gross floor area (GFA). Located next to the 112 Katong mall, the 88,678 sq ft site can have maximum GFA of about 266,041 sq ft. This includes around 13,132 sq ft in the former Joo Chiat Police Station at 86 East Coast Road, a two-storey building constructed in the 1920s and gazetted for conservation in 1993.

Global hotel chain InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is said to have signed a memorandum of understanding to manage the two hotels that will spring up on the former Joo Chiat Police Station site at East Coast Road. One tower will be branded Holiday Inn Express and the other, Hotel Indigo, a boutique hotel concept aligned with the local neighbourhood story.

The site is near the East Coast-Joo Chiat road junction.

Property Leasing in Singapore Part 1

For those who are considering to lease a property in Singapore, you may want to know the following:

1. Room Rentals

For those who want to have affordable rentals, the prices ranges fr $200 per person (based on room sharing basis) or cosy master bedrooms with ensuite at $1000+ per room per month. The contract usually starts from 6months to a year. A month’s deposit applies, with utilities such as aircon and electricity included usually. There are many direct tenants and landlords via online portals but be careful that all leases comes with a contract with payment and clauses spelt out carefully.

2. Whole apartments

For those who want to rent a whole unit for your family or as a group of friends, the options include renting HDB flats for the budget conscious or private housing. For HDB flats which are public housing, one must keep note as there are many rules regulating the rental of the place. It includes the profiles of the tenants as well as the landlords, as well as the duration of the lease. The contract usually is longer and more comprehensive. Stamp Duties need to be paid as well by the tenant. It is essential to engage a trusted realtor or consult a friend who is versed in the terms and conditions. Rentals for HDB flats ranges from $1.5K to $3K+ in prime districts.

For those who have a better budget, renting a private apartment or condominium with facilities is actually an ideal option for the well-traveled and the busy executive. The usual facilities include a pool and a gym, with tennis courts and squash courts in bigger and older developments. If one engaged a trusted and competent realtor, most of the issues involved in a lease agreement can be settled with easily. If one decide to go on his own, be sure to note the terms in the lease duration, the terms and conditions as well as the handover date. One may also note that in Singapore, co-broking is common in leasing. Thus it will be preferred to have a realtor to represent the tenant in case of any clash of interests of the leases.

To be continued…