Clearly not designed by, or for, shrinking violets, Klapsons is as bold in its decor and colors as in its ambition to stand out among the buttoned-down business district hotels. The hotel’s moniker might sound futuristic but is based on names of the owner’s family. Furnishings by Zaha Hadid (the lobby’s Moraine sofa) and Marcel Wanders (polycarbonate stools) keep the interiors lively and au courant. The street-level lobby, visible through a facade of glass, is all bright furniture and curvilinear forms, with pops of white, orange, red, neon blue, and off-kilter lampshades. Reception sits in an elevated, stair-accessed pod of highly polished stainless steel that looks primed for blast-off. A wall of wire mesh in the lobby adds an industrial element to the otherwise retro-future montage. Rooms continue the provocative vein with punches of brightness—on a bed throw, a Plexiglas table, a plush carpet—and kooky showers, some of them glass-enclosed stalls in the middle of the living space, others open-cube-shaped with color-changing LED lights.
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Given its verve and ballsy decor, Klapsons’ immediate surroundings are a little deflating—in a commercial part of town, with the hotel located at the bottom of a ho-hum office tower. Luckily, lively Tras Street is close by, with the nail salon and cocktail joint Jekyll & Hyde, the tapas and sake bar Bam, and the new Italian nightclub Buttero. One road over, on Peck Seah Street, Whole Earth is the city’s only Thai-Peranakan vegetarian restaurant.
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Rooms: 11 rooms, 6 suites. From $310. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Meals at the Sleeping Rhino focus on European meat and seafood (grilled chicken breast, fish and chips, char-grilled pork sausage) with a handful of pan-Asian dishes. Fabrika draws the post-work drinks and quick-bite crowd. Spa and gym details:There is neither a spa nor a gym at the hotel.
Who’s it for: Anti-corporate business travelers, bohemian empty nesters who don’t mind proximity to the business district, couples with inquisitive toddlers/young kids. Our favorite rooms: The wacky design can get a little much, even for the most go-getter visitor; the Oasis Suite restores tranquility through its muted brown palette, and it has an outdoor, bamboo-shaded space with a Jacuzzi tub. For light sleepers:Choose a room at the back of the property, away from Hoe Chiang Road, for minimal street noise.