There have been quite a few exciting updates in the Singapore hospitality space over the past few weeks. Here’s a snapshot of recent notable luxury travel news about new hotel openings and rebrands in Singapore.
REGENT SINGAPORE TO BECOME CONRAD SINGAPORE ORCHARD IN JANUARY 2023
Existing IHG property Regent Singapore will be managed by Hilton and be rebranded as Conrad Singapore Orchard from 1 January 2023 onwards, with “extensive room refurbishments” set to be completed by the first quarter of 2024.
Owned by Pontiac Land Group (who also own Capella Singapore and the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore), the 440-room Tanglin luxury hotel will be the second Conrad in Singapore, after the Conrad Centennial Singapore which is also owned by Pontiac Land Group. The hotel is known for its F&B concepts, including the award-winning Manhattan Bar and Michelin-starred Summer Palace.
Other existing Hilton properties in Singapore include Hilton Singapore Orchard (itself a new hotel which took over the former Mandarin Orchard this year) and Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon.
SO SOFITEL SINGAPORE LEFT ACCOR, RE-LAUNCHED AS HOTEL TELEGRAPH SINGAPORE END SEPTEMBER 2022
SO Sofitel Singapore was recently rebranded as the Hotel Telegraph Singapore on 28 September 2022. Formerly under Accor, the Parisian-chic 134-room Robinson Road boutique hotel is now under Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and is managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International, a Scotland-based group which specialises in heritage hotels and operates a number of castles and resorts in Scotland as well as the Caribbean.
THE SERANGOON HOUSE, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL SET TO OPEN IN COMING MONTHS
The Garcha Group, which owns Autograph Collection hotels Duxton Reserve and Maxwell Reserve (formerly Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell) as well as The Vagabond Club, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, will launch its latest property in Little India in the coming months. Occupying the former Claremont Hotel along Serangoon Road, The Serangoon House, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel will be conveniently located near City Square Mall and is a stone’s throw away from the Rangoon Road cluster of cafes and eateries. Room sizes are from 18sqm onwards, with the largest Royal Maharaja Suite being 33sqm.
The earliest date of room availability stated on the Marriott Bonvoy website is 1 November 2022, but based on my site visit in mid-October the hotel still seems a little far ways from being ready.
MARINA BAY SANDS UNDERGOING EXTENSIVE RENOVATIONS – NEWLY RENOVATED ROOMS OPEN TO SELECTED GUESTS
Marina Bay Sands is currently undergoing extensive renovations (to the tune of S$1.35 billion) across its hotel rooms and suites. The renovation is in addition to the ambitious US$3.3 billion expansion of the integrated resort which will feature a new fourth tower with 1,000 more hotel rooms, a performance arenas as well as a sky roof with swimming pool and restaurant.
Over the past few weeks, selected guests – likely friends and family as well as corporate/casino clients – have been posting on hotel review websites and on social media about the beautiful renovated rooms, which adopt a more contemporary than business feel and appear to be located in Tower 2. However, it seems only the (unrenovated) Deluxe Rooms are available for booking on the Marina Bay Sands website over the coming months.
MONDRIAN SINGAPORE DUXTON SET TO LAUNCH Q1 2023
Mondrian Singapore Duxton is set to open in Singapore in the first quarter of 2023. Part of lifestyle hospitality groups Ennismore which is under Accor, the 302-room hotel will be located along Duxton Hill, near Singapore’s historic shophouses in Chinatown and the Central Business District.
“With creativity and purpose at the heart of everything we do, the debut of Mondrian Singapore Duxton marks a significant milestone in our introduction of the Mondrian guest journey across Asia Pacific,” said Chadi Farhat, COO of Mondrian at Ennismore. “Our team of dreamers could not have asked for a better launchpad than Singapore, given its acclaimed reputation as a leading commercial and travel destination within the region, to let their imaginations run wild.”
“I want Mondrian to be the beating heart of this extraordinary city, a catalyst to forge connections with like-minded people, innovators and the wild at heart” said Robert C. Hauck, General Manager of Mondrian Singapore Duxton.