Singapore is home to some fantastically modern luxury hotels, but it’s home to some beautifully historic ones as well; Murray Terrace, a century-old British Colonial building on the south side of Chinatown, is the venue for Maxwell Reserve, a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Historical, yes, but not archaeological — rather than reconstruct its original interiors, Maxwell Reserve tasked designer Jacques Garcia with crafting an interior style that’s true to its European inspiration and perfectly tailored to the present day.
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The rooms and suites are eclectic and colorful, dominated by aqua or crimson hues, and the art and décor are a mix of Asian and European elements. Every detail feels artfully composed, as is typical of Mr. Garcia’s work. Walk-in rain showers are universal, and some of the bedrooms come with cozy little balconies.
Multiple bars and restaurants serve Maxwell Reserve, from the vegan and gluten-free Cultivate Café and the classic Indian Shikar to Isabel, the cocktail bar and the Officers’ Mess Polo Bar, a steakhouse with an extensive wine list. And there’s much more to eat in the immediate neighborhood — nearby is one of Singapore’s legendary hawker centers, the Maxwell Food Centre.