After months of comprehensive facelift,The Regent Singapore became filled with a rejuvenated and refreshed spirit that enhances even more enjoyment of the elegant hotel in the Lion City today.
By Percy Roxas
Located just minutes away from the tranquil Botanic Gardens and prime Orchard shopping hub, Regent Singapore is an oasis of calm, offering supreme comfort and anticipatory Four Seasons service. Built around a sun-filled atrium that ascends through the building’s 12-storey interior, the hotel offers guests a luxurious retreat with its spacious guestrooms, six outstanding restaurants and an elegant blend of contemporary décor with Asian highlights.
One cannot help but enjoy the rooms here. With a soothing palette of neutral tones, accented by splashes of gold and orange – along with subtle Asian touches that reflect Southeast Asia’s rich heritage – the rooms of this hotel, all 440 of them, exude understated luxury and Oriental elegance.
Refurbished under the direction of the design firm Burega Farnell, and completed in June, it became an even more elegant haven with new carpet, paint, and wallpaper paired with vivid fabrics in the freshly upholstered furniture accentuating the tropical Nyatoh wood bed-frames. No, the hotel didn’t closed down for renovation at all. Redesign work was done with careful consideration of the staying guests at the time.
The result is an overall style that is classic, albeit with modern comforts balancing them. Observant guests will not fail to notice the ergonomic task chairs and modern lighting fixtures that enhance the look of the rooms. But there are more.
Obviously, the convenience of guests working with multiple devices was foremost in the mind of the designer. There are three desktop universal power points and a data socket for easy access and connectivity, and even the nightstands come equipped with bed-top level universal power points for charging while guests rest. Other thoughtful technological touches include cordless digital phones and an audio connector for iPods and MP3 players so guests can enjoy their favorite music throughout the room.
Indeed, the general manager, Martin Sinclair, says, “Guest experience is at the heart of every design feature in the hotel. We have a reputation for warm, friendly service, and this strengthens our commitment to making Regent Singapore a true home away from home for travelers.”
Beyond the guestrooms, Regent Singapore’s recent multi-million dollar makeover also included the upgrading of meeting spaces as well as the opening of a new all-Italian pastry shop, Dolcetto by Basilico.
A thoughtfully designed space can foster productivity, maximize comfort, and minimize environmental impact. And Regent Singapore’s newly renovated meeting rooms, Cuscaden and Nassim, bear out this axiom beautifully. Benefiting from natural daylight, Cuscaden and Nassim make more than ideal and flexible meeting venues. Bright, airy and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, these meeting rooms guarantee delegate productivity and business success.
Dolcetto by Basilico is the hotel’s latest gastronomic gem, celebrating authentic homemade Italian pastries and treats. Inspired by the success of Basilico, its flagship Italian restaurant, this artisanal pasticceria showcases premium coffee and specialties. Of course, it’s just one of the outstanding six food and beverage outlets that guests should try at the hotel.
These include the Basilico, on Level 2, which serves fresh, seasonal and authentic Italian cuisine, both a la carte and buffet; Summer Palace, a Cantonese restaurant accentuated by a collection of fine Chinese arts and antiques on Level 3; The Bar, an inviting club lounge that is ideal for both business and pleasure; the Tea Lounge on the lobby level, an ideal setting for enjoying premium British teas, finger sandwiches, delectable desserts and a renowned scone selection; Tenshin, a modern Japanese restaurant that has gained a following among elite business travelers and luminaries; and Grand Palki, which is famous for its refined North Indian cuisine served in luxurious settings.
But back to the rejuvenating, refreshing spirit that we opened this article about. Much of that new uplifting spirit in the hotel emanates from the art and artifacts that one finds around the hotel. Carefully integrated, as part of the hotel surroundings, is a collection of original art and museum-standard artifacts that reflect Singapore’s diverse cultures. Prominent Hotel art features include the Singapore Shower sculpture at the Atrium by Michio Ihara (www.michioihara.com) and the Harmony Fountain at the hotel entrance by Stephanie Scuris.
As can be expected, the highlight of the hotel is The Regent Club, which – to put it simply – raises the bar in comfort and luxury for discerning business travelers.
And of course, there’s a wide range of sports and fitness facilities and services – including massage. The hotel’s ideal location and close proximity to the Singapore Botanic Gardens offers access to scenic jogging routes among quiet, green surroundings.
Regent Singapore is indeed a warm, inviting haven. And with its convenient location — in the city’s most select area, central to the business district, and some minutes walk away from Singapore’s most exclusive shopping and entertainment hub – it’s just the perfect place to stay when in Singapore.
Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel
1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
Tel: +65 6733 8888 F. +65 6732 8838