One of a small cluster of large five-star hotels at Marina Square overlooking the bay, Pan Pacific is arguably the most business-orientated. It has a typically modern, functional façade that simply blends in with the rest of the skyline but inside offers a unique dramatic effect. The towering atrium is its centrepiece, covering 35 of the property’s 38 storeys and reputably the highest in Southeast Asia. Throughout the public areas there is an interesting mix of retro chic and classical Asian décor with flashes of vibrant colour, though this is unlikely to be to everyone’s taste.
The hotel overlooks Marina Bay and the Esplanade and is directly connected to Suntec City exhibition centre and adjoining shopping mall. In fact, there are no less than 500 retail shops within a short hop from the hotel. In between business and retail therapy, you can catch a glimpse of Singapore’s burgeoning modern art scene or a live concert at the futuristic Theatres on the Bay complex, just a short stroll away heading towards the city.
You have a choice of smart deluxe, aptly-named “panoramic” and harbour studio rooms, each with a splash of stylish colour furnished in smooth polished wood, making full use of the subtle lighting. There is an array of hi-tech gadgetry – fully wired for sound and surfing with dataports and impressive internet TVs offering more channels than you could possibly need. Standout feature is the luxe bathroom, bedecked in smooth marble throughout.
Dining and Bars
The Pan Pacific’s six dining and drinking outlets are all smart and stylish affairs with a broad range of cuisines to tempt the taste buds. Most casual of all is Edge, which showcases Pacific Rim dishes cooked theatrically at live stations. A compelling contrast is Keyaki, an award-winning Japanese restaurant offering up premium sushi and sashimi in a lush Japanese-style garden. For an evening tipple, guests enter the realms of a futuristic sci-fi scene at Atrium. This lobby lounge bar features intimate seating pods which seemingly hover over an indoor pond. You can enjoy live laid back sounds nightly.
You have ample opportunity to turn off the laptop and give the body a much needed workout at the Pan Pacific. It features tennis courts, a fully equipped fitness centre and the glamorous looking St Georges Spa. Best of all, take a dip in the huge circular swimming pool complete with underwater acoustics. When it comes to taking care of business, the hotel seems to have it covered with no less than 27 meeting rooms large and small and two elegant ballrooms.
The Pan Pacific Singapore provides a good range of distractions for the traveller who likes to mix business with pleasure. Visually, the interior is a very impressive sight. There is a liberal sprinkling of modern art displayed throughout and you will never tire of the dramatic effect that the soaring atrium produces. Guestrooms are equally appealing but on the small side and you will enjoy more space for the money elsewhere in Marina Bay.