The Great Madras Hotel: The stylish hotel and hostel in Little India that's got design enthusiasts excited


Just minutes away from familiar Little India establishments, such as the Bib-Gourmand eatery Bismillah Biryani and Wanderlust Hotel, is an unexpected sight: The open-air Cuban-esque reception of The Great Madras Hotel.

The conservation Art Deco building once belonged to a no-frills budget hotel, but a refurbishment by creative agency Farm – commissioned by now-owner Mini Environment Service (MES) Group – has transformed it into a hip hangout for both hotel guests and walk-ins. 

The reception area is clad in a vibrant tropical print wallpaper designed by Farm. Look closer and you’ll spot a caricature of The Great Madras owners, a spread of local fare (teh tarik and chilli crab included), and even an SBS bus.

(No time to read the article? Watch this short video tour of The Great Madras hotel below!)


The Great Madras is both a hostel and hotel. Eight hostel rooms – three of which are female-only – occupy the first level. On the upper floors is an assortment of rooms, including The Great Suite (2,15sqf), which features an open-concept bathroom, as well as The Balcony Room (1,93sqf), which has an outdoor balcony.

The Great Madras also features an outdoor soaking pool, a Catalonian- inspired cafe, as well as complimentary bicycles for guests to use.

Find The Great Madras hotel at 23/32 Madras Street, tel: 6818-5635.