THE OVERVIEW/THE QUICK-TAKE
PARKROYAL’s Singapore flagship is a resolutely contemporary ode to modern hospitality design, with a striking, undulating glass-and-steel structure featuring outdoor vertical gardens, in a convenient location on the edge of Chinatown.
Next to the Chinatown MRT station, the PARKROYAL is a short walk from the restaurants of Chinatown and the nightlife of Clarke Quay. Business travellers will appreciate its location a stone’s throw from the Central Business District.
THE LOOK AND FEEL
Designed by the ever innovative, acclaimed design firm WOHA, the PARKROYAL is one of the most striking buildings to open in Singapore in recent years. The glass and steel structure is unabashedly modern, with its undulating shape and vertical “sky gardens” high above the ground (WOHA sought to create a “hotel-in-a-garden”). Four of the hotels floors are covered with vegetation, and the property features more than 15,000 square-feet of gardens and waterfalls. The modern take on a harmonious natural experience continues inside, where the lobby is bordered by reflecting pools, rooms and public spaces are often panelled in light woods, and there is a garden walk perched 1,000 feet above the street. Rooms are sleek and modern with their earth tones and minimal style. Large windows in many rooms call to mind indoor-outdoor living. And at the infinity-edge pool, birdcage-like cabanas are decidedly stylish places to lounge the day away.
THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
The aforementioned WOHA design truly is one of the most innovative to be found in the city. And guests to the PARKROYAL stay in a functional piece of art.
In keeping with the property’s sensitivity to the natural world, the property – and the PARKROYAL brand – is eco-friendly. The property is Green Mark certified and engages in such sustainable practices as rain water harvesting, limiting water flow rate of showers and taps (in compliance with Green Mark), and encouraging recycling by putting separate bins for plastic, glass and paper in guestrooms.
The comprehensive wellness floor includes a 300-metre walking track that goes around the entire hotel, an infinity pool, hot tub, gym, and a spa offering a range of luxury treatments.
THE INSIDER’S TAKE
Book a room on a garden floor to be surrounded by vegetation. Though more expensive than entry-level rooms, Orchid Club rooms offer a nice value. Guests receive Orchid Club privileges, including daily champagne breakfasts, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, priority check-in and access to the rooftop Orchid Club Lounge and terraces.
THE FACILITIES AND AMENITIES
- Fitness Centre
- Full-Service Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Room Service
- Valet Parking
- Concierge Services
- Business Facilities
- 24-Hour Business Centre
- Gardens, terraces, and sun decks
- Executive lounge
- 100% Smoke-Free
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
PARKROYAL on Pickering, a PARKROYAL Collection Hotel is ideally located next to Chinatown and close to the Central Business District. Here are a few of our favourite nearby attractions to enjoy during your stay.
Singapore’s legendary Chinatown seamlessly blends old and new, with traditional shops and hawker centres standing next to just-opened restaurants and bars. To experience an authentic slice of Singapore’s Chinese history, head to the Chinatown Heritage Centre. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a must-see Chinese Buddhist temple. And troll Neil Road, Duxton Road and Keong Saik Road for trendy restaurants, bars, and shops.
Gardens by the Bay
Located in the Marina Bay District, the 250-acre site is one of the most elaborate series of gardens and green spaces seen anywhere. Must-visit attractions include a 3-acre glass flower dome, which houses a collection of vegetation from the Mediterranean, and the “SuperTrees,” giant, plant-covered, tree-like steel structures that are like something out of a Jules Verne novel. The gardens are also home to the world’s largest vertical garden.
Marina Bay Sands
The eye-popping the eye popping Marina Bay Sands has a large art and science museum shaped most spectacularly like an open lotus flower and a shopping hall overflowing with restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs. But its greatest claim to fame might be the Skypark. The world’s longest cantilevered platform, it rises more than 650-feet in the sky and features a long infinity-edge pool, observation deck, and several restaurants and bars.
One of Singapore’s most celebrated chefs is Taipei-born André Chiang, who presents an eight-course menu organized around a selection of moods or rubrics at his Chinatown Restaurant Andre. His Asian-inflected French fare is undoubtedly high-concept and like a work of art. In fact, you’ll feel badly eating it – that is, until you take the first bite.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singaporeans cherish their green space. Which is why the Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of the city’s most loved attractions by visitors and locals alike. The 166-acre, 150-plus year old complex is a lush tropical wonderland of different flowers, shrubs, and trees, each more jaw-dropping than the next. There is also a lovely lake filled with black swans. We especially love the National Orchid Garden, which showcases more than 600 species and hybrids of orchids, and the Rainforest area, which simulates the rainforests that existed on the island of Singapore before they were cut down. The Gardens started as a research facility, and that still holds true today. In 2015, the Gardens were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, they are Singapore’s first UNESCO-listed site, and the first tropical garden to win the designation (there are also only three gardens listed worldwide).