Pops of color enliven the redesigned guest quarters, which feature a Nespresso coffee machine as well as citrus-scented bathroom amenities from local brand Vitaminspa.
Since opening in 1974 as a Holiday Inn, the 511-room Royal Plaza on Scotts SingaporeÂ has undeniably changed beyond recognition.
Its latest update, completed just months ago, involved a tip-to-toe overhaul rolled out in parallel with subtle tech upgrades. Pops of color enliven the redesigned guest quarters, which feature a Nespresso coffee machine as well as citrus-scented bathroom amenities from local brand Vitaminspa.
Guests also have access to unlimited mobile data on the go thanks to the propertyâ€™s free pocket Wi-Fi devicesâ€”a first for a Singapore hotel. As for the double-height lobby, an orchid-inspired chandelier hangs above the original murals from 1974, now reworked in a sepia tone.
Regulars at the buffet restaurant Carousel will notice the addition of cooking stations dedicated to Asian hotplate and churrasco, or Brazilian barbecue. One thing that hasnâ€™t changed? The recipe for the hotelâ€™s signature bread-and-butter pudding, a dessert menu staple for the past 45 years.
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This article originally appeared in the April/May 2019Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śA Scotts Road Remakeâ€ť).