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Singapore’s heritage building turns hotel, joins SLH

Hotel Telegraph is the new name given to a 95-year-old building that once belonged to the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company. Located in Singapore’s Central Business District area, the luxury hotel will officially open on September 28.

The building was bought over by Viva Land Group for S$240 million (US$171.5 million) and the hotel will be operated by heritage hotel specialist, Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI). It will be part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World community.


hotel telegraph singapore exteriorHotel Telegraph will be part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World community

Built in 1927, the iconic building was first established as the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company building – the new name celebrates its history and pays tribute to the key role it played in Singapore’s progress as a global business hub.

The 134-room five-star hotel was also previously known as the Cable and Wireless Building, the Telecommunications Authority of Singapore in 1995, and the Ogilvy Centre in 2001.

Anthony Chua, deputy CEO, Viva Land Group said: “The building played an important role in Singapore’s coming of age as an international business hub. Renaming it the Hotel Telegraph is a direct tribute to its rich history and our ambitions for history to repeat itself.”

On working on its first Singapore project, ICMI spokesperson Norbert Lieder commented: “The Hotel Telegraph building, in itself, is already an icon. What we aim to do is to further enhance the hotel’s offerings, combining exquisite service with an impeccable setting to deliver the ultimate in a luxury heritage experience.”

Viva Land Group and ICMI will work closely to position the hotel to complement the CBD area through events and activities, with the aim of restoring the building’s status as one of the mainstays of the district.

Hotel Telegraph is easily accessible with MRT stations within walking distance. It is surrounded by business hubs, restaurants and nightlife. It is also just across from Lau Pa Sat, another one of Singapore’s heritage icons.



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Viva Land Group is a fast-growing investment holding company with interests mainly in real estate management, investment, and development activities in Singapore. Founded in 2020 by a team of international experienced real estate experts, Viva Land Group aims at delivering excellent services and crafting best-in-class urban spaces.


ICMI was founded over a decade ago by the senior management of Inverlochy Castle, Scotland’s most renowned small luxury hotel, to provide consulting and management services to the hotel and hospitality industries. ICMI is now managing some of the world’s top hotels. The management team has the expertise, experience and structure to assist a small to medium size business to achieve profitability through sound management and robust innovative marketing. New technology, which is designed to enhance customers’ experience, often creates more work for hotel managers, reducing the time they spend directly liaising with customers. ICMI has been created to alleviate these pressures and give the hotel operators the ability to bolster their teams with some of the best minds in the industry. We are confident that we offer the most comprehensive support services available to the industry.


Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) is the most desirable community of independently minded travellers and independently spirited hotels in the world. We turned the luxury boutique hotel into a phenomenon and selected the distinctive, the diverse and the downright delightful. People, places and experiences with individual character, intimate charm and inherent class. We’ve personally visited, vetted, and verified over 520 hotels in more than 90 countries. We are envisioning a future where people experience the world with intention, experience its intensity and protect its integrity. Be part of the community – join us at INVITED, visit us at, contact travel agent or call the Small Luxury Hotels of the World VIP Desk. Click here to view a full contact listing by country.

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