Painting The Town Red

As far as hotel design goes, Singapore is typically associated with understatement and restraint. But then, most travelers haven't stayed at the Scarlet, tel: (65) 6511 3333.

The Lion City's newest boutique hotel is a testament to the delightful surprises that sometimes occur when people with neither experience nor inhibition try their hand at something new.

Opened last month, the 84-room hotel — housed in an immaculately restored 1924 shophouse — is owned by first-time hotelier Geeson Lawadinata, and is the vision of first-time designer Michael Tan, who amazingly professes no formal...