Checking In: Grand Park City Hall, Singapore

The refurbished hotel welcomes guests with stylish suite categories, a brand-new club lounge, and a commitment to sustainability.

The poolside.

The Look 

A grand bronze gate on Coleman Street marks the new entrance to Grand Park City Hall, as well as a new chapter for the flagship luxury hotel of the locally based Park Hotel Group. A two-year-long refurbishment has seen the property transformed by its original builders, RSP Architects, and world-renowned hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates. The hotel’s updated appearance is modern while paying homage to its heritage-rich location in Singapore’s Civic District. Peranakan pattern tiles and vintage trunks contrast beautifully with contemporary art pieces by six handpicked artists. At the arrival lobby and reception, you’ll be greeted by Abi Daker’s “living” maps of the city-state, which are made of copper and intentionally corrode with the passage of time. In the elevators, cityscape drawings by Paul Wang are overlapped with Yoco Nagamiya’s fashion illustrations, creating an upbeat and youthful feel.

What might not be obvious to the eye is that the hotel takes its sustainability goals seriously, upcycling 90 percent of its construction materials to reduce waste and harvesting rainwater for irrigation and cleaning. About one percent of the hotel’s electricity needs are fulfilled by solar panels on the roof—no mean feat for a 10-story building. In fact, the property was crowned the winner of the 2019 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) Sustainable Hotel Awards – Climate Action category.

Inside the Coleman Suite.

The Rooms

A collection of new suites is the highlight of Grand Park City Hall’s refurbishment, with the top tier rooms being the Park Suite and Coleman Suite. Both of the covetable penthouse suites come with expansive views: the panoramic Singapore City skyline and a breathtaking view of the Marina Bay Waterfront, respectively.

The Oasis Junior Suite comes with an outdoor Jacuzzi.

The Oasis Junior Suite in which I stayed featured an alfresco mini garden with a private Jacuzzi, and direct access to the hotel’s swimming pool. Striking monochrome prints of Singapore’s iconic architecture by photographer Aubrey Kurlansky grace the walls, while pillows adorned with Peranakan tile prints add pops of color. The black marble bathroom also has a rain shower and a built-in steam bath. More suite perks? Guests enjoy a refillable minibar with Asahi beer and 1872 Clipper Tea, as well as access to the Crystal Club Lounge for complimentary cocktails and snacks. As for digital accessibility, the hotel has developed an in-house app that works as a digital key as well as in-room lighting control.

The Food

Guests staying in the suites should take advantage of their Crystal Club privileges, which include complimentary all-day refreshments, evening cocktails, snacks, as well as laundry service for two items per day per room. On Level 3, Tablescape puts the spotlight on modern European fare—think Hokkaido scallop carpaccio and Spanish ibérico pork flank—alongside curated drinks at the bar. Tablescape’s daily breakfast buffet spread features a selection of cooked-to-order items, including bowls of comforting pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and local delights like roti prata (Indian pancake) and lentil curry. 

Monochrome prints of Singapore’s iconic architecture by photographer Aubrey Kurlansky.

Don’t Miss

Complimentary sundowners with cheese and crackers on the outdoor terrace at the ninth-floor Crystal Club Lounge, which overlooks the lush greenery of Fort Canning Park as well as two listed national monuments along Hill Street: the Armenian Church (Singapore’s oldest) and the handsome red-and-white brick Central Fire Station, built in 1908.

What Else?

Soon to open is City Hall Square, a three-story mall adjacent to the hotel that incorporates two rows of colonial-era shophouses and is part of the same mixed-use development. To align with the property’s sustainability initiatives, all tenants will be required to adhere to a Green Lease that ensures their commitment to environmentally friendly initiatives.

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