What Their Website Promises
“Parkroyal on Pickering, a Parkroyal Collection hotel redefines Singapore’s skyline with a unique hotel concept offering lofty sky gardens and an exclusive rooftop Orchid Club lounge with amazing views of the city’s skyline for club room guests.” – parkroyalhotels.com
What We Say
The 367-room Parkroyal hotel on Upper Pickering Street is one of the busiest hotels in Singapore. Not that you’d know it from the loft-like Orchid Club Lounge on the top floor, or the flora that flourish along balconies, walkways and overhangs.
This building doesn’t just incorporate green technology (rainwater-fuelled plumbing, furious recycling), it literally looks green.
With its lush hanging gardens and undulating terraced facade, the eco-and-sexy hotel is like an antidote to the impressive but uninspiring CBD buildings nearby. Grab a book and sit in one of the pods along the infinity pool – the surrounding greenery is as soothing as the service offered.
Given Singapore’s hectic pace of work, the garden scheme will truly allow both you and your partner to relax and recharge your batteries (just like the assassins in the 2015 movie Hitman: Agent 47).
The light-filled interior is an exercise in Japanese-Scandinavian Zen: high ceilings, huge windows, blonde-wood built-ins (with a series of elegantly hidden drawers that you probably don’t want to put things in lest you forget about them when you check out), thick carpets, designer furniture, a king-size bed with a moss-hued headboard, and 70-30 recycling-waste bins.
The ensuite bath has a large sliding wooden partition to close it off into a bathroom, and provides, amongst the usual grooming essentials, toothbrushes made from recycled materials and parabens-free toiletries from British spa brand Elemis. The rectangular bathtub (next to the window for city-gazing) sports an infinity-pool feature, where a shallow gutter ensures water doesn’t overflow. (The caveat: bubble baths severely reduce its efficiency.)
The dialogue with the landscape is visible at every turn. Room views extend over hanging gardens, leading the eye towards Hong Lim Park and Clarke Quay’s shophouses. Corridors along the building’s back (looking out towards HDB flats) are not air-conditioned. We’re told that’s because research suggests the amount of time guests spend in corridors are so minimal, Parkroyal has considered it as an opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint.
The crowning feature is probably the totally Instagram-worthy breakfast (with champagne if you fancy some) at the Orchid Club Lounge on the 16th floor, which you get access to by booking the Club Rooms. The selection of pastries, protein and dim sum is small but adequate, complete with a chef behind the waffles and eggs-as-you-like-them station.
Given its proximity to the CBD, this hotel is mainly geared towards business travellers – but that also means there aren’t children running around, making it ideal for couples looking for a romantic break. Plus, the breezy fifth floor offers a gym, spa, infinity pool and a narrow garden walkway running the property’s perimeter, with quiet spots to cosy up with your partner and enjoy the view. If your office is in the CBD, pack your bags beforehand and hop straight here after work.
From now till December 31, guests get 10 percent off Orchid Club Rooms with rates starting from $333.
Parkroyal On Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street
Tel: 6809 8888
By: Kenneth Wee; photos: Parkroyal Hotels