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Setting lush flora against stratified concrete, the exterior of Parkroyal on Pickering looks like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Inside, however, the hotel is all about the now. An organic palette draws influence from nearby Hong Lim Park, while textured surfaces hide doors and openings, giving rooms a slick, streamlined look. Eco smarts are another strong suit. From the use of recycled materials to filtering its bottled water, the hotel is proof that good design can be good for the planet, too.
Business facilities The hotel has six meeting rooms and secretarial services are available seven days. Wi-fi complimentary.
Food and wine Multiple cooking stations and great food distances Lime restaurant from other hotel buffets. Guests staying in Orchid Club rooms on the upper floors enjoy a Champagne breakfast in the airy executive lounge.
Fitness and wellbeing The dedicated wellness floor houses the St Gregory spa and the gym. An outdoor infinity pool presents guests with great CBD views. Arrive early to snap up one of the quirky birdcage-like cabanas.
Run route Take South Bridge Road across the river, turn right and hug the waterfront until you pass The Float at Marina Bay. Cross back over via Helix Bridge and continue following the bay back to the hotel (five kilometres in total). The hotel’s garden path offers a more relaxed way to enjoy the surrounding area.
￼Meet Ismail Bin Buang. This likeable doorman has been greeting guests for almost 30 years and makes a splendid – if unofficial – ambassador for this polished business hotel. Nods to local Peranakan (Straits Chinese) culture are dotted throughout the rooms in the Fairmont’s north tower, while dark timber and purple accents give the lodgings a modern air. Got a thing for old-school décor? Ask to stay in the retro-leaning south tower.
Business facilities Secretarial services are available sevendays. The on-site Raffles City Convention Centre has 27 meeting rooms and more than 6500 square metres of space. Wi-fi complimentary for members of the Fairmont President’s Club (free to join).
Food and wine The hotel is home to 15 bars and restaurants. Breakfast is served in ground-floor Italian restaurant Prego, while Kopi Tiam serves Singaporean favourites such as satay, chilli crab and rojak.
Fitness and wellbeing The Fairmont shares its pool, spa and gym with its sister property, Swissôtel The Stamford. The gym has a SMARTfit interactive training wall that exercises your mind as well as your body.
Run route Start at Tan Kim Seng Fountain and run along Connaught Drive to Parliament House. From there, follow the waterfront to Esplanade Park and continue around the edge of the park until you return to the fountain (two kilometres).
No, your taxi driver isn’t lost. From the outside, The St Regis may look like an office block but inside, the hotel delivers emphatically on the brand’s elegant luxury credo. Marble and plush textures feature prominently, from the grand lobby to palatial guestrooms (love those freestanding baths). The hotel’s impressive private art collection includes originals from Joan Miró and Singaporean artists, including Chua Ek Kay. A 24-hour butler service completes the package.
Business facilities Five meeting rooms are located throughout the lobby. Event spaces fitted with LCD projectors and high-speed broadband are ideal for video and satellite conferencing. Wi-fi complimentary.
Food and wine Opulent French restaurant Brasserie Les Saveurs hosts breakfast daily. Try Yan Ting for its contemporary take on Cantonese cuisine or Shinji by Kanesaka, one of Singapore’s finest sushi experiences.
Fitness and wellbeing The compact gym faces an outdoor pool. Remède Spa offers a range of beauty and wellness treatments, and guests are free to enjoy the saunas, steam rooms and massage pools in separate male and female sections.
Run route The Singapore Botanic Gardens are a 10-minute walk away and popular with local joggers. It’s a five-kilometre round trip from Tanglin Gate to the MRT (Singapore’s subway) station at the top of the park.
A dilapidated Art Deco building in a former life, this spirited newcomer encapsulates everything that makes Singapore’s Chinatown 2.0 so exciting. While each of the New Majestic’s 30 rooms sports its own subtle quirks, edgy design, evocative colour schemes and highly covetable furniture are cornerstones of the house style. A heads-up, though: this probably isn’t a hotel for the overly modest. Most in-room shower walls are see-through and portholes in the restaurant ceiling look up into the swimming pool.
Business facilities Free internet and phone calls via portable Handy devices make it easy to stay connected, whether you’re in the hotel or out and about. Wi-fi complimentary.
Food and wine Majestic Restaurant serves modern Chinese in a sleekly designed space featuring lime-green accents and Scandi furniture.
Fitness and wellbeing There’s a small, brightly decorated gym.
Run route Jog from the intersection of Neil and Craig roads and head east towards Telok Ayer Park on Maxwell Road. From here, continue on Telok Ayer Road towards the river and take South Bridge Road back to the hotel for a 3.5-kilometre run.