The Gallery Hotel is located at one end of Mohammed Sultan Road; the grooviest street in the city. Custom-built, the hotel is vast and the approach unashamedly bold. The three different clock-shaped structures together with three stand-alone cylindrical glass silos house no less than 223 rooms, sixteen restaurants and bars and a complete spa complex.
Journalists and commentators have described the Gallery Hotel as minimal, but I tend to disagree. I think the right word is functional - modern and functional. This is an ethos that pervades the details. It is embodied in the soft, low-level lighting that is programmed to come on automatically when you get out of bed to save you stubbing your toes or bashing your shins; the air-conditioning regulated by one of the buttons behind your pillow; or the special rack for your newspaper outside your door.
Singapore has one of the largest and most modern airports, one of the busiest harbours and one of the most comprehensive selections of designer shopping in the world. It was only a matter of time before it had a hotel in keeping with its new, thoroughly modern status.
Rooms are of numerous different shapes and configurations - some are square, some elongated, some have window niches with settees, others have separate living spaces - but none suffer from the 'boring box' syndrome of many hotels.