First Luxury Hotel Fitted Out With Old Buses In Southeast Asia Has Arrived
By Mikelle Leow, 27 Nov 2023
Image via WTS Travel
Southeast Asia’s first resort hotel repurposing decommissioned buses into guest accommodations has made its debut in Singapore, steering ideas of sustainable luxury and upcycling into new lanes.
The Bus Collective, located near the picturesque Changi Village, transforms 20 retired public buses into luxury hotel rooms, offering guests a unique seaside experience.
Image via WTS Travel
This innovative hotel, a short drive from what has been hailed for years as the “world’s best airport,” fuses tourism, nature, and environmental consciousness. It’s a collaborative venture involving travel agency WTS Travel & Tours, real-estate space optimization expert LHN Group, and investment holding group Sky Win Holding.
Image via The Bus Collective
Guests at The Bus Collective can choose from seven different room categories, each meant to comfortably host three to four guests and touting a range of in-room amenities. Some rooms come equipped with indulgent features like a bathtub, a flat-screen television, a minibar, and a river view.
The King George room. Image via The Bus Collective
Despite the luxury makeover, these rooms retain charming original elements like the steering wheel, driver’s seat, and windows of the buses, taking guests on a nostalgic trip surrounding Singapore’s public transport history.
The hotel is strategically located amid popular local attractions such as the Changi Village Hawker Centre, Changi East Boardwalk, and Changi Chapel & Museum. Although the hotel itself does not host recreational activities on-site, it compensates by organizing a variety of external experiences, such as biking trips around the rustic Pulau Ubin island—northeast of mainland Singapore—and guided food tours that showcase the city-state’s diverse culinary landscape.
The resort hotel has taken thoughtful steps to cater to all guests, including those with specific needs. For instance, the Pioneer North room is equipped with handrails in the toilet and shower areas to assist senior guests, while the Hamilton Place room is designed to be fully wheelchair accessible.
With nightly rates beginning at SG$398 (around US$296), The Bus Collective offers a fresh perspective on high-end accommodation, blending comfort with environmental stewardship. This unique hotel not only serves as a getaway but also as a statement on the possibilities of sustainable tourism in urban settings.
The Queen Victoria room. Image via The Bus Collective
The Hamilton Place room. Image via The Bus Collective
This article was crafted with assistance from an AI engine, and has been manually reviewed & edited.
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