Where to Stay in Singapore? The Orchard Hotel Singapore

the hallway decour at the Hotel Orchard Singapore

Singapore makes an excellent entry point to Asia, specifically Southeast Asia. English is wide spread, it is modern, clean, efficient, and the food is simply amazing. Besides its cuisine, Singapore is also probably known best for its shopping, night safari, orderly society, and the Singapore Sling. The country is a place travelers can easily ease into Asia.

On a recent trip I spent four nights in town and stayed at the Orchard Hotel Singapore and it turned out to be a good choice.

the lobby at Hotel Orchard Singapore in Singapore

the lobby was cool and classic

The clean, neat, spacious lobby was a welcome sight after my long haul to Asia. Greeted by a friendly staff, I checked in and received immediate access to my room just after 8am (nice). Having flown 20 hours from New York coupled with the 12 hour time change, travel took its toll (even on Singapore Air – but the airline certainly eased the pain). It was time for a nap and I woke up for lunch.

The Baba Buffet, Noodle Bar and Hua Ting.

a delightful dish of Scallop from Hua Ting.

delicious and one of so many courses I lost count actually. (jet lag)

When people offer recommendations about Singapore, they often just make a list on where and what to eat instead of typical tourist highlights. Food, delicious food, is a main reason to visit Singapore and the Orchard Hotel Singapore delivers tastes at all levels.

The award winning breakfast and lunch buffet (really good even for someone who often stays away from buffets ) included fresh food from all the major influences in Singapore; Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Western and the Chef’s Paul specialty Peranankan or Baba (A Chinese-Malaysia fusion from 100 years ago when the Chinese came to Malaysia in large numbers).  Actually, the award-winning executive chef has many accolades in the World Gourmet Awards of Excellence. You can cast a vote for him, I did.

a snack from the hand made noodle bar at Hotel Orchard Singapore

an afternoon snack - handmade noodles

Then there is the hand-made noodle bar (another must eat), but the crown jewel is its Hua Ting Chinese restaurant. Again award winning and delightfully delicious. But perhaps what impressed me most, besides the food itself, was that all the hotel dining options were not just frequented by hotel guests, but by locals too.

Orchard Road Location

With hotels, especially city hotels, location is one of the most important attributes. The Orchard Hotel Singapore provides a great location for travelers to explore the city. Located on the famed Orchard Road, the hotel provides easy access to shopping, shopping and more shopping.

a view of Orchard Road in Singapore

capturing the sign... yes it's Orchard Road.

Not being a shopper, I really enjoyed the proximity to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The enormous and impressive gardens are FREE.  Well, the orchids required a small donation, but visitors can find everything from gingers to a rain forest walk. It is the perfect, peaceful, Zen-like space in contrast to the high-tech, modern city.

 The Outside Pool

Singapore can be hot and humid. I discovered it can rain too.  Although, at night with a slight breeze, I really enjoyed cooling off poolside.  I often enjoyed the city pool and spent time there just as I did when staying in Miami. So after a Singapore sunset and before dinner can be the best time to take a dip.

the pool at the Orchard Hotel Singapore

a late night dip - nicely done indeed.

The pool is officially open until 10pm, so a swim is always a possibility.

The View of Singapore

The view is often the first thing I check when I enter a room. Actually, I never leave the lobby desk without asking about the view. With construction in the area and being on the Orchard Road (not Marina Bay), my view didn’t impress except maybe when watching the Singapore sunset.  But sometimes you need to select such a location as with city travel you often don’t spend much time in the room, but if you did you’d like the newly designed signature club rooms by French interior designer, Mr. Pierre-Yves Rochon.

French interior designer Mr Pierre-Yves Rochon designed the new club rooms at the Hotel Orchard Singapore

this is the regal red... one of three color schemes (my favorite)

My Recommendation and Cost

If (or rather when) I return to Singapore I’d definitely return to the Orchard Hotel Singapore.  It was my second Millennium Group Property (I stayed at the One UN New York) and it will not be my last.

The Orchard Hotel Singapore can be perfect for a family, couple, or if on business for spending the time you need to in Singapore. Rates for one night (two weeks out) are at $255 Singapore Dollars (1.24 USD to $1 SGD) I received a press rate for my time at the hotel.

Stay adventurous, Craig

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  • http://mariafalvey.net/ Maria

    Wow! You’ve actually made me speechless.

  • Mary Anne

    handmade noodles, a sunset and a good hotel room… sounds like it was a good trip!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Mary Anne, it was a good trip indeed… thanks for commenting. stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://travelingted.com/ Traveling Ted

    I will be in Singapore soon, but I will be staying at chez friend’s couch. If I get kicked out for being too rowdy, I will keep this place in mind.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Ted, rowdy in Singapore is a lot different than rowdy in Thailand; you better bookmark this post… stay rowdy, Craig

  • Francesca

    So, I’m not really all that interested in Asia. I know, bad traveler, Francesca! BUT – I think I’m warming up to the idea of traveling to Singapore. You’re doing a good job of convincing me.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Francesca, Singapore is a great entry point to Asia for western travelers who have yet to travel there… You can find much familiarity and ease into Asia… And I recommend Asia… it is a unique part of this wonderful planet. I hope to return again soon, i just wish it was a bit closer… stay adventurous, Craig

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    This look luxurious without being pretentious. Mental note for when I visit Singapore…

  • http://www.jettingaround.com/ Pola

    Seems like this hotel is really big on style – the bedroom is great! And well, I would love to visit Singapore, let’s just start there…

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Pola, definitely visit Singapore… as a city traveler, you will definitely appreciate what Singapore offers. Stay city-traveling, Craig

  • Lola DiMarco

    Its great when you can find a fab hotel that the locals frequent as well!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      It is, especially to eat… when the locals approve and frequent… it usually makes for some good eats… and in this case, that was SO true.

      stay eating well, Craig

  • The World Wanderer

    Looks like an awesome place to stay! I haven’t been to Singapore yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to check it out.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Erin, on your wanders, definitely consider it… a fascinating city… stay adventurous, Craig

  • @mrsoaroundworld

    Looks like a great place to stay, Craig!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      I think it would be Mrs O approved too… stay adventurous, Craig

  • Lazy Travelers

    ooooh fancy, and great location! well played, sir. loved singapore and would love to return.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      I love to return too… definitely a great little spot in Asia… stay fancy, Craig

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