Part of the global Millennium group of hotels, Orchard Hotel commands an enviable spot right in the thick of Singapore’s shopping scene. There are 656 rooms set over two wings, but it feels more of a boutique hotel experience with few unnecessary distractions – quality trumps quantity here with just three distinctive dining outlets and a couple of bars. If you like guestrooms with personality, you’ve come to the right place. You can choose from classy Asian décor or quirky and cosmopolitan – all with lively colour schemes.
As the name suggests, the location couldn’t be any more perfect if some serious shopping is on the agenda. In just a matter of minutes you have a choice of over 20 modern malls on Orchard Road, along with an array of stylish places to wine and dine. The nearest MRT underground station is only a 10-minute stroll from the hotel and numerous buses pass by the front of the property. The CBD and Downtown Core is a short drive away and the ethnic districts of Chinatown and Little India are just one kilometre east.
There is a vibrant, bold splash of colour to all rooms at Orchard Hotel, each room type very distinctive, from funky retro-style deluxe rooms to the modern Eurasian décor of the Signature Suites, incidentally created by renowned French designer Pierre Yves Rochon. Bose surround sound systems and large plasma TVs with on-demand video takes care of all your entertainment while business is a breeze with a spacious work desk and broadband Internet access. Bathrooms feature separate long bath and rainwater shower and in the suite accommodation, hydro massage water jets and TV.
Bars and Restaurants
Highlight of in-house dining is undoubtedly Hua Ting Restaurant, worthy of a visit for its classy old world Shanghainese décor alone. This is a match for any Cantonese eatery in town and noted for its top notch dim sum. For something more informal, Orchard Café features live cooking stations serving up all manner of global bites from burgers, pasta, fresh seafood and more. For al fresco lounging, grab a snack or cocktail at the poolside bar or in the Beer Garden or linger late into the night to the sounds of live music at Intermezzo Bar.
Orchard Hotel offers that rare commodity for upscale properties in Singapore – a dedicated Children’s Concierge best suited to families with pre-school and younger children. You can work off Singapore’s culinary excesses with a work-out in the fitness centre or a few lengths of the impressive resort-style swimming pool. There is a wide array of function space for an intimate business meeting or a dream wedding in the hotel’s opulent art-deco Grand Ballroom.
Orchard Hotel’s key selling point is a prestigious Orchard Road address but even if retail therapy is not the main attraction, it makes for a fine central base for business or pleasure. First impressions are striking with a cavernous, elegantly styled lobby. The 600-plus guestrooms are on the small side but very versatile and come with plenty of individual style. There is also a nice balance between leisure and business amenities and it makes a good option for families.