The last few years saw a number of major arrivals, including Sofitel So Singapore (in a 1927 neoclassical building next to the Lau Pa Sat food market, with Karl Lagerfeld design elements) and the instant skyline icon Marina Bay Sands (with 2,500+ rooms across three towers and a vertigo-inducing rooftop infinity pool).
New and upcoming hotels equally cover the spectrum from smaller-scale conversions of historic buildings to vast, brand-new mixed-use complexes.
The Warehouse Hotel
Starting with a conversion, it didn’t take long for Singapore to welcome its first new hotel of 2017: The Warehouse Hotel opened within the first weeks of January. It’s also the first property from The Lo & Behold Group (already behind a number of restaurants in town), transforming a 19th-century ‘godown’ (warehouse) on Robertson Quay into a 37-room hotel with a signature restaurant and lobby bar.
A month after, Raffles Singapore – a hotel that needs no introduction – began the first phase of its extensive renovations: February 13 saw the Long Bar, Long Bar Steakhouse, Raffles Courtyard, Ah Teng’s Bakery, the retail arcade and banqueting facilities close. A second phase from the summer will run up to the end of the year, when phase three shutters the entire hotel until a ‘grand unveiling’ in mid-2018.
Park Hotel Farrer Park
On top of Farrer Park MRT Station, Park Hotel Farrer Park is accepting reservations from mid-May onwards. It’s the fifth hotel for the Park Hotel Group in Singapore (two under its Grand Park brand, three under its Park brand), with 300 rooms between floors 9-20. There is a club lounge, outdoor pool and fitness centre, and access to a smartphone for use throughout the city with unlimited local and international calls to eleven countries.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Opening in July, Sofitel Singapore City Centre will be the city’s third hotel for Accor’s luxury brand. Just a short walk down Robertson Road from Sofitel So (there is also a resort on Sentosa Island), Sofitel City Centre will be part of Tanjong Pagar Centre, a ‘vertical city’ with office space, retail, residences and other facilities that tops out at 64 floors. Originally announced as a Clermont hotel – a new luxury brand from GLH Hotels – the Sofitel will have 222 rooms and suites in a smaller tower next door.
While in Bangkok Hyatt hotels is introducing a Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency and Hyatt Place, here it’s working on a property under its Andaz brand. Andaz Singapore will be part of DUO Singapore, a mixed-use complex in the Ophir-Rochor district, a short walk down the street from Raffles Hotel and the JW Marriott South Beach.
There will be 342 rooms by Andre Fu (who also designed The Upper House in Hong Kong), a restaurant with seven ‘shop-house experiences’ and infinity pool on the 25th floor, and a 39th floor rooftop bar. While reservations are not live yet, opening is listed for ‘mid-2017’.
Yotel, the budget-chic ‘cabin’ hotel group, will bring two properties to the Lion City. Right on Orchard Road, YOTEL Singapore should open this summer with 610 cabins and a tenth-floor club lounge, restaurant and bar, and pool deck. Come 2019, Yotelair Singapore Changi Airport will have 130 cabins and be part of Jewel Changi Airport, a massive expansion of the city’s airport with 22,000 sq m (236,000 sq ft) of gardens and attractions, a 40-metre high indoor waterfall and nightly light and sound show.
Hilton Garden Inn Serangoon
In August, Hilton will add a fourth hotel and fourth option under its umbrella of brands to Singapore with the Hilton Garden Inn Serangoon (existing properties include a Hilton, a Doubletree, and a Conrad). The 328-room hotel in Little India – not far from the Farrer Park hotel – will feature Garden Grille restaurant, a 24/7 grab-and-go pantry, and outdoor pool and fitness centre.
The Duxton Club
Just after the summer, Starwood’s Luxury Collection (now part of Marriott) will make its entrance with The Duxton Club, set in a series of colonial shophouses in the Tanjong Pagar district. The hotel will come in two parts, and have two designers. The Duxton House, offering 50 rooms in eight three-story buildings, will be by the hand of Anouska Hempel. It will have a restaurant, bar and private cigar room. Another fourteen buildings close by will form The Duxton Terrace, with 138 rooms by Jacques Garcia. Here there will be five restaurants and bars, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and members’ club.
InterContinental Robertson Quay
Also due in September is the InterContinental Robertson Quay, the conversion of the former Gallery Hotel. Coming in at 225 rooms, there will be a restaurant on the ground floor, while reception is four floors up – as will be the hotel’s meeting spaces, a club lounge and swimming pool and bar.
The Patina Capitol Singapore
It’s been a long wait already for The Patina Capitol Singapore, the first and flagship hotel for Patina Hotels, a new luxury brand. Spread across two historic buildings on Stamford Road (there are residences in a contemporary building next door), the hotel will have 157 rooms and suites offering 24 hours no matter the check-in time, ‘ambassadors’ to look after every need and want, and access to a house car. There is no confirmed opening date, but the hope is before the end of the year.
Paul J Devries