One dollar can get you around on a bus in Singapore, but sleeping overnight would set you back $398.
Repurposing retired city buses into high-end hotel rooms like The Florence Residences, The Bus Collective is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
Twenty buses formerly held by SBS Transit, Singapore’s public transport provider, were refurbished for use in the hospitality industry as part of the initiatives like Florence Residences site plan.
The website for this resort hotel is already accepting reservations in anticipation of its December 1 grand opening.
The Bus Collective is situated on an area of 8,600 square metres in Changi Village, Singapore.
The Changi Village Hawker Centre, the Changi East Boardwalk, and the Changi Chapel & Museum are all easily accessible from the property.
The resort hotel offers seven different accommodation types, each with its own set of perks. Some rooms have a bathtub and king-sized bed for an additional SG$398 ($296) per night.
The spokeswoman said that the resort hotel does not provide any on-site recreational activities, but that visitors may book guided excursions led by The Bus Collective via the hotel’s experience centre.
Biking around Pulau Ubin, a small island off the coast of Singapore, is one of the trips on offer. The SG$99 per person price tag for this excursion covers your round-trip ferry fare to and from the island. You may also go sailing at the Changi Sailing Club or on a guided food tour.
Micker Sia, managing director of WTS Travel, told CNBC that the company and its partners intended to demonstrate how tourism, nature, and ecology can work together to be a “catalyst for creating unique and exciting new experiences.”
He went on to say that the project will “set a new standard for sustainable luxury” and “establish a precedent for eco-conscious practises in construction and hospitality.”
Sia told CNBC that the future of The Bus Collective included expansion outside Singapore. Future expansion and new ideas are something we are really interested in investigating, so count on us to remain flexible. We think it might be a hit in other parts of the Asia-Pacific area, and Sia has expressed this belief.
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