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Hotel Check: Pan Pacific

31 Dec 2009 by intern22

WHAT’S IT LIKE? Pan Pacific is located in Singapore’s Marina Bay area, with the circuit route running through it. From the balcony of its Pacific Club Lounge on level 33 and selected rooms, guests can get a peek of the action on Raffles Boulevard.

Launched in 1986, Pan Pacific boasts a 35-storey atrium, not found these days in other hotels in Singapore. In January 2009, its doors opened to an enhanced product, including rooms and suites restyled by Singapore-based FBEYE International.

WHERE IS IT? The hotel forms part of the skyline of Marina Bay, which includes the integrated resort. Marina Bay is less crowded compared with Orchard Road, which is five minutes away by car. Pan Pacific is part of Marina Square, which houses a mall and two other hotels (Mandarin Oriental and Marina Mandarin) and is linked via a covered skybridge to Suntec Singapore convention centre.

ROOM FACILITIES There are 778 rooms including 50 Pacific Club Rooms (pictured above). All the rooms are furnished with flat-screen LCD TVs and an entertainment hub that connects the TV to the laptop, iPod and digital and video cameras. Remote-controlled Roman drapes and sun filters frame the full-length windows giving city or harbour views, and there is a bedside table control for lights, clock and air conditioning. Internet speed has been improved (from S$5/US$3.60 hourly and S$25/US$18 daily), with guests staying in the Pacific Club (levels 33-35) enjoying free access.

ROOM HIGHLIGHTS ServiceOne, a phone button for summoning the concierge, housekeeping, in-room dining or bell desk.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS Hai Tien Lo offers Cantonese cuisine and views from level 37, Zambuca serves Italian dishes, Rang Mahal is for Indian food and Keyaki Bar has tapas-style food, imported sake and shochu. The Global Kitchen offers buffet lunch and dinner, while Brunch is for poolside dining. The lobby-level atrium serves tapas and is a good, spacious meeting venue.

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES The pillarless grand ballroom can be divided into three and is accessible from the ground floor through a separate driveway. One level up are 13 Ocean Rooms, and on level 22, there is the Executive Centre, providing business needs all day long and the Bering Suite for executive-floor guests to have breakfast, cocktails and private meetings. Adding to these, there are also three Business Offices with workstations and printers, two Conversation Rooms, four boardrooms and four Business Suites.

LEISURE FACILITIES The facelift was also extended to level four, a semi-circular recreational area housing a spa, a 24-hour gym, an outdoor pool and two tennis courts.

PRICE Best Available Rates online for a midweek stay in February started from S$300 (US$216) for a Deluxe Room.

VERDICT A top-class business hotel with varied dining options and extensive meeting facilities.

CONTACT 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, tel 65 6336 8111, www.panpacific.com/singapore

Julian Tan

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