PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel review
PARKROYAL on Pickering is an eco-friendly urban oasis situated in the heart of the city and the most happening part of Singapore.
Traveller: Tina-Louise Jackson
Room: Orchid Club Deluxe Room
Address: 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
Date: May 2019
Best for: Business, leisure or a relaxing staycation
The Signature factor
The hotel’s unique design, both inside and out. It’s both refreshing and relaxing from the moment you arrive.
An eco-retreat in the city, PARKROYAL on Pickering offers a unique ‘hotel in a garden’ concept. The exterior walls curve in waves, with cascades of lush greenery and water features creating a breath of cool air in a city renowned for its seemingly relentless heat.
Having called Singapore my home for more than four years, I clearly remember the opening of PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore’s first ‘hotel in a garden.’ Now, some five years later, I’m uttering those same words my uncles and aunts used to say at big family gatherings: “My haven’t you grown!”
It’s late when I check-in, after a long day flight from Sydney. The lobby is cool, an oasis of calm in dark wood and red. Check-in is swift and efficient, and I’m in my room in less than 10 minutes.
After stepping out of the air-conditioned lift and lobby, I pass through a door onto an exposed corridor – feeling the heat of the still warm evening – and get a close-up of the cascades of green that cover the building, before heading into my room.
My Orchid Club Deluxe Room is on the 15th floor, affording great views of the city below. It has an eco-villa-like quality both inside and out – you could easily believe you were somewhere more remote. Designed with natural decor and furnishings, the room features a king-size bed, a work area and a bath placed right next to the window, perfect for relaxing and taking in the view of the city below.
In line with its focus on sustainability, there is no plastic in the room, the bin is labelled for recycling and water is filtered and bottled in house.
The Presidential Suite, located on the highest floor, offers 166 square metres of space and 180-degree views of the Singapore skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows.
On my plate
For Orchid Club guests, breakfast is served on the 16th floor. If you’re not heading out for a business meeting in the morning, enjoy a glass or two of champagne with your buffet style breakfast.
Located on the lobby level and comprised of three open kitchens, Lime serves up both international and Asian cuisine, with an extensive brunch on the weekend. An in-room dining menu is available 24 hours a day.
Highlights from the mini-bar
For Orchid Club guests, non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary and replenished once daily.
I wish I could take home…
The bath with a view … I could sit there for hours appreciating the greenery and watching the world go by below, hoping it’s not gardening day.
Singapore weather permitting, head to the infinity pool and grab yourself one of the birdcage-esque cabanas to relax and soak up the sun – as well as the views. My favourite cabana sits at the very edge of the building, overlooking the greenery and the city below.
For gym bunnies, there is a fully equipped gym, and for spa lovers, the award-winning St. Gregory Spa offers signature treatments and traditional therapies. If you’re not feeling like exploring the city, take a walk around the 300-metre garden walk for some fresh air.
Orchid Club members can enjoy afternoon tea in the Orchid Club Lounge between 2pm and 4pm, and evening cocktails between 6pm and 8pm.
In between Clarke Quay and Chinatown, the hotel is a gateway between old and new. A short stroll away you will find the many bars and restaurants that line Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and, my personal favourite, Robertson Quay. Head to Ann Siang Hill and Club Street for rooftop bars and hip hangouts or explore the local delights of Chinatown on foot.
You’re never far from anywhere in Singapore and if the garden feel of the hotel gets you craving more outdoor space, head to East Coast Park to enjoy some cooler sea breezes. With over 10 kilometres of car-free paths, it’s the perfect place for a stroll or cycle, or you can simply relax and feast on some chilli crab right next to the ocean.
Not surprisingly, PARKROYAL on Pickering has been named Asia’s Leading Green Hotel every year since 2015 by the World Travel Awards, and in 2018 was named World’s Leading Green City Hotel.
My garden looked like this.