You run into all sorts of characters when you stay in a hostel or a backpackers, but here’s a pretty unusual roommate to have in your hotel room!
In celebration of the Singapore Biennale 2011, Japanese artist Tatsu Nishi decided he wanted people to have a different experience with Singapore’s tourist icon the Merlion (other than touristy gawking at the spewing statue from afar…), and constructed the Merlion Hotel.
What makes the Merlion Hotel so unusual is that it’s built directly around the actual Merlion statue sitting at the Fullerton Bay area! In the day time, people can come face to face with the Lion Headed-Fish Tailed creature, and at night, guests will get to spend the night up close and personal with it. How cool is that?
The Merlion Hotel also sounds pretty swanky as the Press Release states:
A fully-furnished hotel with amenities and panoramic views, guests staying at The Merlion Hotel will enjoy a luxury hotel stay, with a dedicated team from The Fullerton Hotel Singapore providing warm hospitality which includes personalised room check-in and Merlion Hotel Butler service to complete the experience.
I’ve always thought the Merlion was a strange creature, mythical, obviously unreal, but still descriptive of Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village (the Mer half) and the ‘Lion City’ (the lion bit). I’m just very glad that despite the name, they didn’t decide to put the Fish head on top of the lion’s body…
Unfortunately at this point, all available bookings have been snapped up, but you can still check out the Merlion hotel during the day! The Merlion Hotel will be open for free daily (from 13 March to 15 May) to all visitors from 10 am to 7 pm.