Taking over the space formerly occupied by Grand Park Orchard, the fashion-inspired, glitzy Pullman Singapore Orchard in the city’s commercial heart will appeal to a multi-hyphenate group of travellers
Pullman Singapore Orchard has 326 rooms and suites in nine configurations, from the lead-in Classic Rooms to the Presidential Suite. The interiors are inspired by the fashion powerhouses that surround the sleek hotel.
I was given a 32m2 Club Residence Room on Level 4, just a few doors down from The Archive Club. Entering my room was akin to going into someone’s house. There was an open wardrobe and a space for my bags, and I adored the gorgeous bathroom – think sleek fixtures, geometric shapes, and marble countertops – with double vanities. There’s even a small chair and mirror for those among us that need to put on makeup.
To get down to the sleeping area, there are three steps to walk down, so do be careful when stumbling to the toilet at night. The room was also furnished with a 55-inch Smart TV, as well as a grey chaise and small round table.
I found the king-sized bed extremely comfortable, but I did find the duvet a little too thick for Singapore’s weather. It didn’t help that my air conditioning turned off suddenly that night on its own accord, but I got that sorted by lowering the temperature slightly.
If you’re a business traveller that prefers not to wait to be checked in, Pullman Singapore Orchard has a custom-designed hotel app and digital room key that enables you to check in online, receive a digital key, and skip directly to your guestroom. But rest assured, there are still humans at the counter to check you in if that is preferred.
Taking a leaf from fashion books, the entrance lobby features catwalk-inspired bleachers, and the theme continues to run throughout the property,
There are three meeting spaces on-site named after iconic fashion destinations – New York, Paris, and Shanghai – which would be suitable for small corporate meetings of about 20. One of the rooms even doubles up as a karaoke and private dining room, which could help groups to wind down and socialise after a long day of work.
Business travellers will appreciate The Archive Club, tucked away at the back of Level 4, after a whole row of Club Residences. The space was tastefully furnished with comfortable chairs and loungers in soothing hues of cream, brown, and grey, and was a perfect perch to work from. There were also ample USB ports and sockets to go around, as well as two Zoom Rooms (booths rather) for phone calls that cannot be overheard.
I spent a good chunk of my weekday afternoon in The Archive Club, where my work was fuelled by cups of free-flow coffee, bottles of Acqua Panna, and canned drinks.
Open from 10.00 to 22.00, The Archive Club also hosts an Evening Cocktail session from 17.00 to 19.00, where small savoury bites can be had alongside a tipple from the extensive beverage list.
When not shopping or exploring the city, guests can make use of the fitness centre, and a striking, outdoor swimming pool complete with inflatables and comfortable sunbeds. As guests laze by the pool, they can also order drinks and snacks.
All the above recreational facilities are located on Level 4, alongside the Eden Restaurant and Atelier Lounge.
I noticed that the Atelier Lounge was decorated with fashion-inspired artefacts ranging from design books to a pug statue wearing sunglasses – cute. Dubbed the hotel’s social hub, the lounge has a concise menu that offers burgers and sandwiches, as well as alcoholic beverages.
For a more substantial meal, head adjacent to Eden Restaurant. During the day during the breakfast buffet and lunch, the glasshouse is drenched with natural light, accentuated by indoor plants that give the space a life of its own. It serves a mod-Asian menu, where my favourites include the Eden Crab Cakes; Satay Lamb Rack; and the Coconut Pandan Tart. Eden Restaurant is also available for corporate buyouts, or a space can be carved out, especially for groups.
Rob McIntyre, general manager of Pullman Singapore Orchard, shared that the hotel will also host “a series of collaborations and pop-ups to showcase the wonders of Asia and to elevate guests’ experiences”, bringing to life the hotel’s motto: Our World Is Your Playground.
Current activations include a cocktail menu designed in partnership with Orientalist Spirits, coffee from Common Man Coffee Roasters, craft beers from Brewlander, and an agreement with Ritual to offer gym access for Pullman guests.
The hotel staff are very intuitive, and attentive, and exceeded all my expectations. They certainly ensured that my one-night stay was as comfortable as it could possibly be.
Pullman Singapore Orchard has all the bases covered in being able to appeal to all types of guests ranging from business travellers to staycationers, as the lines of work and play are increasingly blurred in this current world.