These days tourists are looking for a more "authentic" experience. To cater to such types, entrepreneurs are setting up boutique hotels in the grungier and less well-known areas of famous cities.
Take the Wanderlust Hotel, for instance. It's located in a converted schoolhouse in Singapore's Little India district: a hodge-podge of shops, temples, and warehouses far away from the usual tourist haunts.
Despite the adage, it's not all about location because the hotel's interior has each floor designed by a different design firm. When the award-winning designers asked the owner what kind of aesthetic he had in mind, he replied with a wave of the hand, "just make it fun and crazy".
Check these pics to see what they came up with. Personally, I love the wall-mounted typewriter on the third floor. When you stay, you will be assigned a "Guest Experience Ambassador", in other words, a local to recommend the best places to go and enjoy during your stay.