Paul J DeVries rounds up new, re­fur­bished and forth­com­ing prop­er­ties in the Lion City

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Look­ing at the slew of new open­ings in the Lion City

THE WARE­HOUSE HO­TEL The first ho­tel from the Lo and Be­hold Group, which al­ready has a num­ber of restau­rants in the citys­tate, The Ware­house Ho­tel opened in Jan­uary in a re­vamped 19th­cen­tury “godown” (ware­house) on Robert­son Quay. In keep­ing with the history of the build­ing and its role dur­ing the height of the city’s spice trade, the ho­tel fea­tures an in­dus­trial aes­thetic with ex­posed brick walls and metal wheels hang­ing from the ceil­ing. While it cer­tainly has a bou­tique feel with just 37 rooms, the ho­tel does of­fer a restau­rant and lobby bar. the­ware­house­ho­


Fe­bru­ary saw the open­ing of the Mer­cure Sin­ga­pore Bugis in the city’s Bugis and Bras Basah her­itage area, a short walk from the cen­tral busi­ness district and the city’s pop­u­lar shop­ping district, Or­chard Road. Set over 15 storeys, the prop­erty has 395 rooms and suites (which all pro­vide a Handy smart­phone with un­lim­ited free in­ter­net ac­cess) and three restau­rants and bars of­fer­ing con­tem­po­rary Can­tonese cui­sine, all-day din­ing and drinks. mer­


Lo­cated on top of Farrer Park MRT sta­tion, Park Ho­tel Farrer Park opened its doors in May. It’s the fifth ho­tel for the Park Ho­tel Group in Sin­ga­pore and has 300 rooms on floors nine to 20 – in­clud­ing du­plex loft lay­outs, which are the first of their kind in the area. There is also a club lounge, out­door pool and gym pro­vided, while F&B of­fer­ings in­clude a Thai restau­rant, a spe­cial­ity cof­fee house and an Amer­i­can gas­tro bar. Smart­phones can be bor­rowed for use through­out the city with un­lim­ited calls to 11 coun­tries. parkhotel­


Cur­rently look­ing at an Au­gust open­ing, Court­yard Sin­ga­pore Novena forms part of the new Royal Square at Novena mixed-use devel­op­ment – ap­prox­i­mately 25 min­utes from Changi In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Cov­er­ing the 22nd to 33rd floors of the devel­op­ment, the ho­tel has both its ex­ec­u­tive lounge and bar Ur­bana lo­cated on the rooftop. Al­ter­na­tive din­ing op­tions are also avail­able at Sky22 – the ho­tel’s all-day-din­ing eatery – and in the lobby lounge. mar­


The 328-room Hil­ton Gar­den Inn Seran­goon opened at the be­gin­ning of June in Lit­tle India. This is the first Gar­den Inn-brand ho­tel that Hil­ton has in the city and will in­clude a num­ber of the brand’s typ­i­cal of­fer­ings, no­tably dig­i­tal check-in and a dig­i­tal key. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude the Gar­den Grille restau­rant, a round-the-clock grab-and-go pantry, out­door pool and a gym. Mean­while, busi­ness trav­ellers vis­it­ing the Lion City for larger events will find the ho­tel’s lo­ca­tion con­ve­nient, with the Sun­tec Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre about eight min­utes away by car. hil­


One of two prop­er­ties the bud­getchic “cabin” ho­tel group is launch­ing in the Lion City, Yotel Sin­ga­pore is sched­uled to open this sum­mer on Or­chard Road. It will have 610 cab­ins, a club lounge, a restau­rant and bar, and a pool deck. Come 2019, the 130-room Yote­lair Sin­ga­pore Changi Air­port will open as part of Jewel, the huge ex­pan­sion to the air­port en­com­pass­ing 22,000 sqm of gar­dens and at­trac­tions.


The city’s third Sof­i­tel ho­tel is open­ing this month and, as its name sug­gests, it’s lo­cated in the cen­tral busi­ness district on Wal­lich Street above Tan­jong Pa­gar MRT sta­tion. A short walk down Robert­son Road from Sof­i­tel So (there is also a re­sort on Sen­tosa Is­land), the 222-room prop­erty will be part of Tan­jong Pa­gar Cen­tre, a mixed-use “ver­ti­cal city” that tops out at 64 floors. The new ho­tel will fea­ture a French restau­rant – Racines – that will also of­fer select mod­ern Chi­nese dishes. Tea lounge 1864 and café Cof­fea round out the F&B of­fer­ings. sof­i­


Oak­wood Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore made its world­wide de­but in March. The new brand – de­scribed as “a com­pletely re­de­fined ser­viced apart­ment experience” – is pre­dom­i­nantly geared to trav­ellers with a mil­len­nial mind­set, no­tably by pro­vid­ing a more tech-fo­cused experience. Lo­cated on Or­chard Road, the prop­erty fea­tures 98 stu­dio, one- and two-bed­room apart­ments that are de­signed to be shifted around to suit each guest’s pref­er­ences and re­quire­ments. oak­wooda­


An­daz Sin­ga­pore will be part of Duo Sin­ga­pore, a mixed-use com­plex in the Ophir-Ro­chor cor­ri­dor com­pris­ing two con­cave tow­ers de­signed by Bei­jing’s CCTV build­ing de­signer Ole Scheeren. Lo­cated a short walk from Raf­fles ho­tel and the JW Mar­riott South Beach, the prop­erty is ex­pected to open this sum­mer. It will have 342 rooms de­signed by An­dre Fu (the ar­chi­tect be­hind the in­te­ri­ors of the Up­per House in Hong Kong), a 39th-floor rooftop bar, and a restau­rant and in­fin­ity pool on the 25th floor. an­daz.hy­


Not a new open­ing, but the Raf­fles Sin­ga­pore – a ho­tel that needs lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion – be­gan the first phase of an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion in Fe­bru­ary. This in­cluded the clo­sure of the Long Bar, Long Bar Steak­house, Raf­fles Court­yard, Ah Teng’s Bak­ery, the re­tail ar­cade and ban­quet­ing fa­cil­i­ties. A sec­ond and third phase will even­tu­ally see the en­tire ho­tel close tem­po­rar­ily next year, be­fore a “grand un­veil­ing” in mid-2018. Ac­cord­ing to the ho­tel’s gen­eral man­ager Si­mon Hirst, the up­dated prop­erty will re­tain its char­ac­ter­is­tic “rich her­itage and feel” and “sense of the golden age of travel”, while of­fer­ing more up­dated and mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties. raf­


In Septem­ber, Star­wood Ho­tels and Re­sorts’ Lux­ury Col­lec­tion will make its en­trance to Sin­ga­pore with

The Duxton Club, set in a series of colo­nial “shop­houses” in Tan­jong Pa­gar. The ho­tel will come in two parts: the Duxton House, of­fer­ing 50 rooms in eight three-storey build­ings, will fea­ture in­te­ri­ors by Anouska Hem­pel, a restau­rant, bar and cigar room. Some 14 build­ings close by will form the Duxton Ter­race (open­ing Jan­uary 2018), with 138 rooms de­signed by Jac­ques Gar­cia, five restau­rants and bars, an out­door pool and a mem­bers’ club. mar­


Also due in Septem­ber is this con­ver­sion of the for­mer Gallery ho­tel into the sec­ond In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal-brand ho­tel in Sin­ga­pore. Lo­cated on Nan­son Road, not far from its coun­ter­part on Mid­dle Road, In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Sin­ga­pore Robert­son Quay will have 225 rooms, a restau­rant, 24-hour club lounge, pool, 24-hour fit­ness cen­tre and two meet­ing spa­ces cov­er­ing just over 93 sqm in to­tal.


It’s been a long wait for The Patina Capi­tol Sin­ga­pore, the first and flag­ship ho­tel for new lux­ury brand Patina Ho­tels, and at time of writ­ing it still doesn’t have a pro­jected open­ing date. Spread across two his­toric build­ings on Stam­ford Road, when it fi­nally opens the ho­tel will have 157 rooms and suites of­fer­ing 24-hour check-in, “am­bas­sadors” to look af­ter every need and want, plus ac­cess to a house car. pati­na­ho­

From far left: Yotel; The Ware­house Ho­tel; and Park Ho­tel Farrer Park

Clock­wise from this page top: Sof­i­tel Sin­ga­pore City Cen­tre; Oak­wood Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore; and An­daz Sin­ga­pore

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