It’s all change at Singapore’s long-standing Hilton hotel, as the landmark fifty year old property – yes, it opened in 1970 – becomes an IHG Voco as of January 1, 2022.
And while there’s plenty that will seem familiar, visitors to what will be known as the Voco Orchard Singapore can expect an overdue refresh to all 423 rooms with a new look in keeping with Voco’s positioning as an "upscale lifestyle brand."
Voco is also keeping the Hilton’s Level 22 Club Lounge, with access for guests booked into an upper floor Club Room or Suite – although there’s no access for IHG Rewards members staying in non-Club rooms, even if they hold the program’s top Spire Elite status.
Inheriting the Hilton's established footprint near the western end of bustling Orchard Road "was the ideal choice" for the city-state’s first Voco hotel says Stephen Lau, chairman of Singapore-based hotelier and investment holding company Hotel Properties Limited.
"It's extremely popular with leisure and business travellers and it will fit perfectly in such a prime shopping and entertainment area."
Guests can look forward to elegant bathroom amenities from Apotheke, sustainability touches such as bamboo toothbrushes, and shampoos and soaps in refillable dispensers rather than single-use throwaway bottles.
When you’re hungry, the hotel offers a selection of five restaurants and two bars in addition to the customary in-room dining option.
Also remaining from the Hilton days are the property’s five restaurants and two bars, including Opus Bar and Grill for steaks and sustainably caught seafood, and the more elegant environment of the ‘il Ceilo’ Italian rooftop restaurant.
As for the Hilton, it’s not leaving Singapore: in another make-over, the Mandarin Orchard Singapore located at 333 Orchard Road (on the block between Orchard Link and Grange Road) will become the new Hilton Singapore Orchard when a $150 million make-over is completed in early 2022.
With over 1,000 rooms, it’s set to become the brand’s Asia-Pacific flagship.
The Hilton Orchard Singapore website lists over a dozen different room types, starting with the entry-level 34m2 King Deluxe Room and three variations of Executive Rooms to four styles of Suite, topped by the palatial 154m2 Presidential Suite.
There'll also be an Executive Lounge for premium room guests and Hilton Honors Diamond members, and of course, ample space for meetings and events.
The Hilton Singapore Orchard will complement the Conrad Centennial Singapore at Marina Bay, and the Hilton Garden Inn Singapore, in the heart of Little India.