Formerly the Orchard Parade Hotel, the refurbished property features botanical elements inspired by its original site on a pepper plantation.
The mention of Singaporeâ€™s Orchard Parade Hotel inevitably evokes nostalgia among locals. After all, the property has had a storied past. First opened in June 1970 as Ming Court Hotel, it was built at a cost of S$20 million. One of the more luxurious hotels of the time, it featured a 17-story tower and a lavish Ming Dynasty theme. In 1991, the hotel changed hands and was renamed the Orchard Parade Hotel.
Now, the 388-room hotel has been rebranded to Orchard Rendezvous Hotel by Far East Hospitality. Taking inspiration from the site’s history as a onetime pepper plantation, the interiors of the new property feature motifs of the pepper plant, as evinced by the decorative wallpaper and pepper-leaf chandeliers.
Located at the starting point of Orchard Road, the hotelâ€™s location makes it ideal for travelers to explore the city-stateâ€™s popular shopping belt. Nature lovers will also be delighted to know that it is only a five-minute drive away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Singapore Botanic Gardens.
To commemorate the rebranding, the company has also worked with the Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA) to commission an orchid for Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. Guests can spot the two-toned Vanda Orchard Rendezvous, which is a cross-hybrid of Vanda Pieces of Eight and Vanda Rasri Gold, at the outdoor pool area on level six.
The newly refurbished rooms retain a sense of spaciousness, while taking on a modern feel with muted tones and clean lines. Families traveling together can book the roomy 50- to 60-square-meter Family Rooms, which come with play corners for the little ones.
Guests will be able to memorialize their stay in Singapore with handmade and personalized pressed orchid products by local souvenir makers, Sense of Arts.
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