A heritage hotel, with a modern wing.
I have stayed in this hotel before so this was a return visit, and as it falls into the 'heritage' label, it's naturally one I gravitate to when looking at the list of Singapore hotels. The original parts of the hotel were built in 1900 as the Teutonia Club, a club for expat Germans. In 1918, it was sold to Manasseh brothers who renamed it and converted it into a hotel. One of the guests who stayed there in the 1920s was the ballerina Anna Pavlova (the one after whom the dessert was named!) By the 1930s it was one of the best known hotels and another famous guest was the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII and later still, Duke of Windsor. So bundles of history for me to read up on!
The entrance from the heritage wing, under the tower (which, more research! Is designated a national monument in Singapore) There is a new entrance with the hotel reception in the newer wing.
Walkway through the heritage wing, with the restaurant on the left, the end of the walkway leads to the modern extension of the hotel. What's nice about this hotel is that the modern section has all been kept low-rise, so no tower block behind the heritage building (as with the Raffles hotel.)
This hotel lists itself as a five star hotel so the price reflects that rating. However there are different levels of accomodation, I booked into the cheaper level and then was given a free upgraded to a nicer room. (Much appreciated!)
A very convenient location on Scotts Road, just off Orchard Road, a 5 minute walk from the Orchard MRT station. Being so close to a MRT station made getting around very simple.
A spacious room, the bench top on the right rolled across to display a work area underneath for those business people who need to work as they travel.
The bathroom still had a bathtub, which many hotels now just remove when they upgrade their rooms.
The hotel had 2 pools, as the rooms are arranged in different wings.
The smaller of the two pools in a tropical setting.
The larger pool, which also has an outdoor functions centre on the right.
The hotel offers High Tea during the afternoons and it's enormously popular, particularly on the weekends and the pastries and cakes all looked delicious! I didn't partake as it was booked out on the occasions I've stayed there!
Another great hotel to stay in for those travellers who enjoy a little heritage in their accomodation.