This new property offers a stylish yet affordable stay in the seat of authentic Singapore culture, finds Pamela Chow
LOCATION Park Hotel Farrer Park is conveniently located above Farrer Park MRT Station – just two stops from Orchard Road’s Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station and several stops from the Harbourfront Interchange that links to VivoCity and Sentosa.
Within walking distance lie City Square Mall and the 24-hour Mustafa Centre – the latter a quintessential stop for locals and tourists alike with its myriad products. The hotel also sits in the heart of Little India, a lively enclave lined with colourful shophouses.
AMBIENCE Away from the polished shine of the Marina Bay precinct, this 20-storey, 300-room hotel owes its quiet, chic vibe to RSP Architects and interior design agency FBEYE International. As evident from its mid-day check-in queues, the hotel has become a favourite among families and student groups since its May 2017 opening.
ROOMS The hotel provides the urban comforts, topped with a hint of boutique chic. My door opened to a lofty surprise: a roomy duplex Sky Loft unit looking out over the neighbourhood through floor-to-ceiling windows letting soft daylight in.
Upstairs, the bed is accompanied by a TV, bedside cabinet and balcony outcrop.
Other categories are the single-storey Superior Room, Deluxe Room (with complimentary mini-bar) and Crystal Club Room (with access to the Crystal Club Lounge), as well as the sizeable Premier Loft that accommodates an additional fold-out sofa bed perfect for families.
F&B It may be enveloped by streets packed with hearty local eats, but Park Hotel Farrer Park can easily fill you up with the tasty treats within its walls.
In its lobby sits The Coffee Belt, which prides itself on incorporating local flavours into its signature dishes. The masala chai (spiced tea) is creamy but light, while the pandan brick toast – a brioche slice served with a dollop of pandan custard and coconut ice cream – makes a perfect complement.
The halal-certified Blue Jasmine Thai Restaurant offers classic Thai and street food dishes – another gem that Park Hotel Farrer Park hides on its pool deck.
VERDICT Park Hotel Farrer Park offers the best of both worlds, melding the bustle of the vibrant environs with the well-designed rooms and amenities.
Rates From S$184 (US$139) a night