Singapore gets a second Conrad Hotel

One of the Lion City’s classic hotels is set to be transformed with a fresh name and a new look.

By Chris Ashton, October 17 2022
Singapore gets a second Conrad Hotel

When one is good, two must be better. That thinking will be put to the test come January 2023 when Hilton rebrands the former Regent hotel as the Conrad Singapore Orchard, becoming the second Conrad in the city-state.

While the existing Conrad Centennial Singapore sits in the Marina Bay ‘dress circle’ off Raffles Boulevard, the Regent is perched at the other end of the city, near the start of the bustling Orchard Road strip and neighbouring to other high-end properties including The St Regis and Four Seasons.

But the Conrad Singapore Orchard won’t just be a rebranding – Hilton promises its new Conrad, which first opened in 1988 as the Pavilion InterContinental Singapore, will be a bolder reimagining. 

This will involve a modernisation of all 440 rooms and suites by early 2024, following a “reintroduction” of the hotel’s ten restaurants and bars – among them the moody New York-style cocktail bar Manhattan, Cantonese favourite Summer Palace and Italian buffet Basilico – from January 1, in addition to meeting and events spaces.

The Regent's 440 rooms and suites are all set for an "extensive refurbishment."
The Regent's 440 rooms and suites are all set for an "extensive refurbishment."

Although we expect most guests will rely on taxis and Grab (Singapore’s version of Uber) to get around, the new Orchard Boulevard MRT station is a convenient five minute walk away.

Those keeping an eye on Singapore’s hotel scene will see a pattern emerging, as many of its classic properties – including Pullman Singapore Orchard and the iconic Grand Hyatt – are either newly transformed or in the throes of an extreme makeover to keep up with changing tastes.

And if you’re headed to the Red Dot, don’t miss the city’s newest Michelin-approved eateries, ranging from value-for-money restaurants to hawker centre stalls, and take time out to discover Singapore like a local.

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why on earth would you expect no one to use the world's greatest metro? 

It might be a bit of a stretch to say most guests would use a taxi or Grab instead of the MRT, but bear in mind that even though  Orchards Blvd station on the TEL line is five minutes walk away, in Singapore's heat and humidity those five inclined to use a taxi or Grab for convenience to go straight to a bar or restaurant or some other attraction, cost for them is not an issue and they would value their time and comfort. So the observation in this article actually makes a lot of sense, if you know Singapore well and know the sort of people staying at different hotels.

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