Singapore is many things; cheap is not one of them. But starting at $159 SGD (about $115 USD) a night, you can bed down in a fantastical space at Unlisted’s Wanderlust hotel. The inn in Little India offers three categories of rooms, each designed by a local creative agency: (1) music-inspired, “Pantone”-themed capsules in bright washes of blue, purple, yellow, etc.; (2) black-and-white “Mono” rooms that take their cues from origami and Pop Art; and (3) lofted “Whimsical” suites, done up to look like a lunar space pad, a treehouse, or even a giant typewriter. Good looks aside, the toiletries are classy, there’s foosball in the lobby, the rainbow-tiled jacuzzi is total Instagram bait, and the complimentary breakfast, made fresh daily by the chefs at in-house French restaurant Cocotte, is dynamite. Rooms are well-equipped with cozy robes, blowdryers, and keepsake journals packed with suggestions for stuff to do in the neighborhood (like shopping at the 24-hour Mustafa superstore). WiFi is fast and reliable—always important.
If you’re staying multiple nights, consider upgrading from a photogenic but cramped Pantone room to a suite with more space. Travelers with mobility issues should avoid Whimsical rooms, as they involve lofts with steep ladders.
2 Dickson Rd., Singapore; +65-6396-3322.