6 things that will surprise you at Singapore's 'smartest' serviced apartment

6 things that will surprise you at Singapore's 'smartest' serviced apartment
Rooftop of Oakwood Studios Singapore
PHOTO: Oakwood Studios

Travelling and staying in a foreign country for an extended period of time is not an easy task, much less finding somewhere that remains hip and energetic while maintaining all the elements of a home away from home.

But serviced apartment Oakwood Studios Singapore, which sits in the heart of the bustling Orchard Road area, is anything but your typical home.

It promises all visitors that they can "kiss the expected goodbye" with its variety of unusual features not commonly found in other serviced apartments.

The entire place is design-led and it's evident from the moment guests step into the lobby. Their furniture is custom-made and placed alongside quirky, modern pieces of art that lend a youthful vibe to the overall atmosphere.

Pop art and neon lighting are featured prominently in the lounge, while custom-made furniture in bright colours showcase the quirkiness of the property, both in the common areas and in the individual apartments.

And that's not all - beyond the funky furnishings, Oakwood Studios goes the extra mile to make its environment dynamic, with music and subtle scents that change during the day and at night.

Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd managing director Mr Dean Schreiber said: "We encourage our guests to move furniture, cook in the open kitchen and design their experience with our curated spaces. It really is, kissing goodbye to the expected."

Here are 6 things about Oakwood Studios that we think will take you by surprise:

1. Rent a piano for the night (or more)

It's all very personalised at this property. Want to tinkle on piano keys for a night? A Steinway Gallery Singapore piano is available for rent at $30+ a night.

But if you'd much rather show off your musical talent in front of more people, head down to the lobby where there is also a Steinway piano that is free for all to play.

2. Buy that pop art piece in your room instantly

Also in line with all things curated, guests can participate in Oakwood Studios' retail programme. Like that piece of pop art hanging on the wall? Get it from the app.

The property has teamed up with three retail partners so far: Homegrown beauty brand Skin Inc, LUMAS Gallery as well as Monogram tea.

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3. Local touches in the unlikeliest of places

From a 'Merlion wall' to a map of Singapore on the back of their swivel chairs in the lobby - there are hints of Singapore all over this modern place.

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They also engaged a local artist to come up with chalk art designs for their pantry on the first floor.

4. A rooftop that transforms into a neon party zone at night

For those who fancy rooftop barbecues by a pool overlooking the city centre, you can do that here. As it is meant to be upbeat, a myriad of colours transform the rooftop into a neon party zone at night thanks to the illuminated cube seats placed around the area.

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Of course, if you need to unwind with a book or be away from the noise - there's always Retreat, located on the second floor, where you'll find lush greenery and comfortable sitting areas.

Here, you can curl up on one of the lounge chairs with a book or do some yoga in the mornings.

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Oh, and one more thing - we were told that even their 'curators', not receptionists, change out of their daytime uniforms into something "sexier" at night.

5. 'Easter eggs' all around the building

Keep your eyes peeled for the 'Easter Eggs' that are hidden around the building! Oakwood Studios emphasises intimacy, a message they reinforce by using lip motifs all around the property.

On a sofa set, an LED board, and even at the bottom of the infinity pool, here are those we spotted during our visit:

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Some of them seem incredibly easy to spot, while others are hidden in surprising places!

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6. This could be the 'smartest' property you've ever stayed at

For all you social media addicts out there, this 15-storey high building also has a social wall.

The property's partnership with Samsung sees the tech giant's first hospitality installation of the irregular mirror video wall located in 'Socialize'. This is where guests can take pictures or videos for their social media pages and include the hashtag #curatedsecrets to have their content featured on the digitalised wall.

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In the rooms, the landline has been replaced by a smartphone which guests are free to bring with them when they're out and about. It comes with complimentary data and local calls and also acts as the apartment key, offering mobile keyless entry.

With its own app, Oakwood has pulled out all the stops in terms of catering to all of its guests' special needs.

Guests can request for an extra pillow or sachets of tea without having to speak on the phone to someone. Who does that anymore, right?

All they need to do is open the Oakwood app and tap on what's needed. From transportation bookings to dining suggestions, this can all be done using the in-room tablet.

Come April, the app will be available on the App Store, making it possible for guests to purchase groceries that they need in advance and have them placed in their apartment's full-sized refrigerator even before they arrive.

If that's not millennial enough, we don't know what is.

6 things that will surprise you at Singapore's 'smartest' serviced apartment

Oakwood Studios Singapore is at 18 Mount Elizabeth. From now till Mar 31, prices start at $199 for a studio apartment.

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