IN­TER­CON­TI­NEN­TAL ROBERT­SON QUAY

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In Sin­ga­pore’s bad old days, Robert­son Quay was not only a mas­sive trading hub but it was also a hang­out for some of the city’s most no­to­ri­ous gangs and clans.

It’s gone through sev­eral in­car­na­tions since — in­clud­ing a brief stint as an un­der­ground nightlife des­ti­na­tion in the 1980s — but only in the past few years has the area taken shape as the city’s most com­pelling leisure precinct. Spurred by in­vest­ment from Royal Hold­ings, one of Sin­ga­pore’s big­gest prop­erty com­pa­nies, the Quay has sprouted all man­ner of restau­rants and res­i­den­tial build­ings, plus a vaunted pri­vate mem­bers’ club, 1880.

The new 225-gue­stroom In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal blends seam­lessly with the rein­vig­o­rated Quay, thanks in large part to ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior de­signer Soo K Chan, whose other notable projects in­clude build­ings along the High Line in New York. Chan pays homage to the area’s in­dus­trial past with ma­te­ri­als such as slate, brushed cop­per and bronze. There’s also an on­site steak­house by Wolf­gang Puck, whose ‘go large or go home’ style has pro­pelled him to the fore­front of Amer­ica’s Trump-era din­ing scene, and sev­eral play­ful touches, in­clud­ing in-room cock­tail kits by Sin­ga­pore ti­tans Proof & Com­pany. robert­son­quay. in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal.com.

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