With a lobby ceiling stripped bare to expose 78-year-old paintwork and with dentist chairs surreally placed beneath vintage fans, Singapore's New Majestic Hotel (newmajestichotel.com
) makes a striking first impression. Then again, 34-year-old owner Loh Lik Peng didn't make his name by pandering to conventional notions of innkeeping. The lawyer-turned-hotelier's first property, Hotel 1929, saw a colonial-era terrace on the fringes of Chinatown transformed into a modish haven of 32 small but eccentrically styled rooms. The latest venture, a couple of streets away, is a grander vehicle for his bohemianism. There are avant-garde murals and installations by nine up-and-coming...
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