While the chain is seen as fine hotels skewed towards the corporate market, the 16-story InterContinental Singapore bucks that trend. It’s the only five-star hotel in the city that has preserved and has stayed true to its Peranakan (Straits Chinese) heritage. A blend of Chinese and Malay art has been sensitively curated and can be seen throughout the hotel’s public spaces as well as in the rooms. Located in the Bras Basah Bugis shopping and cultural quarter, you are next to Singapore’s first air-conditioned, glass-covered shopping street as well as being close to the bustling Orchard Road and Marina Bay.
The best example of the Peranakan influence is in the new wing of 65 rooms (out of 403) converted from a row of 1920s shop houses with the original pre-war architecture and wooden window shutters that evoke the character of past times. There are Classic Rooms, Executive Rooms and Suites and each one offers classically luxurious accommodation influenced by Oriental, British Colonial and Peranakan cultures and styles as well as all the modern tools you need including internet access and a daily newspaper.
Children are well-catered for at the InterContinental with special menus and services and as with all international-class hotels, there is a 24-hour fitness centre, valet parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour front desk so whatever time you want to come or go, there’s always someone to help you with whatever you need.
Food & Drink
There are three excellent restaurants at the InterContinental including Man Fu Yuan, a fine dining Chinese restaurant with handcrafted dim sum, tea-infused specialities and reinterpretations of classic dishes beautifully prepared by a master chef. Chikuyotei is an outstanding Japanese dining room serving sushi, unagi and tempura to a very high standard.
Ash & Elm is a Euro-influenced brasserie with three ‘culinary theatres’ – a charcuterie, a cheese room and a wood-fired oven and open charcoal grill kitchen. If you want to ruminate over a cocktail or two, the sumptuously grand Lobby Lounge is perfect and for a pint of best, the British pub-style Victoria Bar is where you’ll find the ex-pats!
A 60% corporate guest list defines the InterContinental but it remains one of Singapore’s best hotels and if you can, stay in the shop houses, they really are a heritage look into old Singapore.