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Wanderlust: Lloyd’s Inn — Past, Present, Future

By Lynette Kee

The new Lloyd's Inn remains budget-friendly without compromising on style.
 
Lloyd's Inn
The new Lloyd's Inn remains budget-friendly without compromising on style.

At the mention of Lloyd’s Inn, words like “sleek” and “minimalist” naturally roll off the tongue. Lloyd’s Inn is a name familiar to most Singaporeans for its clean and sophisticated aesthetic. The boutique hotel focuses on a reductive approach, keeping the colours down to brown, white and black in an attempt to blend the multiple relationships between the city, hotel, nature and traveller. Strategically planted in the hidden oasis of Singapore's bustling city center (Somerset – a five-minute walk away from Orchard road), Lloyd’s Inn makes for an ideal retreat amidst the urban cityscape with the convenience of eateries and shops within a stone's throw away.

Lloyd's Inn
 
Lloyd's Inn
 

The state-of-the-art building has raw touches running through the architecture and tone, complemented by its surrounding nature with the open concept. This style that is equal parts grand and muted allows travellers to enjoy the luxury of outdoors but within the private space of one’s room. But to the surprise of many, this hipster inn now considered a home away from home for many of our stylish friends was not always as glamorous. Standing on the same ground was actually an old budget hotel of the same name in 1990.

Before its revamp in 2014, the hotel was marketed as a budget stay along the expensive shopping district. The interiors reminiscent of a lone grandmother house, and only hints of sunlight reflected through the grimy window in the corner. While it may have been sufficient at the time, it was far from a satisfying stay and less giving in a fast-evolving urban hub like Singapore.

Lloyd's Inn
 

Now, the refurbished tranquil escape of Singapore has extended its footprints to Bali and soon in Kuala Lumpur. Lloyd's Inn Bali checks all the boxes of the key characteristics while introducing new signatures such as the Sky Bridge and Garden Oasis where cascading canopy of plants reach up to the sky to form a picturesque moment. And despite its ideal location – Jln. Arjuna (walking distance to Double Six Beach as well as plenty of shops and cafes), Lloyd's Inn Bali also launched a new Opeum Bistro, helmed by Masterchef Singapore finalist Sharon Gonzago for travellers who prefer to stay in. The experience is completed with the boutique's new Canopy Spa, a wholesome treat for rejuvenation – or as the brand describes: “A Space to escape and reconnect at the same time”.

Lloyd's Inn
 
Lloyd's Inn