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PARKROYAL on Pickering 4.5

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Pros

  • Lush environment with planter terraces, creeper-covered walls, and sky gardens
  • Luxurious nature-inspired rooms with high ceilings and large windows
  • Convenient location next to Chinatown MRT station and Hong Lim Park
  • Dedicated wellness floor with spa, fitness center, and garden walk
  • Infinity pool with city views, plus poolside bar, hot tub, and cabanas
  • Trendy on-site Lime restaurant, patisserie, and bar
  • Club Rooms get free breakfast and drinks in the Club Lounge
  • Business center and meeting facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Eco-friendly practices (solar energy, LED lighting, rainwater harvesting)

Cons

  • Breakfast is charged extra
  • Swimming pool is small and unheated

Bottom Line

PARKROYAL on Pickering is the most luxurious of the PARKROYALs in Singapore, offering 367 spacious, stylish rooms housed in an impressive high-rise inspired by terraced rice fields and teeming with lush sky gardens and green walls. A dedicated wellness floor includes an outdoor infinity pool with scenic city views, poolside bar, cabanas, spa, fitness center, and an elevated garden walkway. There's also a trendy restaurant, a patisserie, and a bar on the ground floor. Guests staying in the upper-category Orchid Club rooms and suites have access to free breakfast and drinks in the rooftop Club Lounge. With views over Hong Lim Park, the hotel is a short walk to Chinatown, Clarke Quay, and Marina Bay. Travelers might also want to check out the Conrad Centennial Singapore, which has similar amenities and offers lower rates, though the ambience is decidedly less extravagant.

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Scene

Luxury hotel full of lush green spaces, terraces, and sky gardens

The exterior architecture of the PARKROYAL on Pickering is modern and avant-garde: The lower section of the building is made up of stacked slabs of concrete, a design inspired by terraced rice fields, and above this sits a multi-storied glass towers supported by tall concrete pillars. The facade is covered with "sky gardens" -- large terraces of plants and shade trees --  as well as green walls covered in creepers and elevated garden walk-ways, creating an urban jungle feel. The impressive entrance to the hotel is light and airy, courtesy of tall ceilings and windows, and full of green plants paired with hardwood floors and attractive wood-paneled walls. There are plant-filled terraces, open-air corridors, and walkways on multiple levels offering scenic city views and a cozy place to relax in the open air. Overall, impressive architecture and beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces brimming with greenery create an atmospheric ambiance that attracts vacationing couples and business travelers. 

Location

A short walk to Chinatown and Clarke Quay

The hotel is located on a busy street corner next to Hong Lim Park and surrounded by commercial buildings. There are many shops, cafes, and restaurants in the immediate vicinity, and many tourist attractions can be easily reached on foot. There are two MRT stations nearby -- Chinatown and Clarke Quay -- both of which are a six-minute walk away in opposite directions. There's a bus stop directly across the street from the hotel, as well as a hop-on-hop-off point.

  • Six-minute walk to Chinatown
  • Six-minute walk to Sri Mariamman Temple
  • Six-minute walk to Chinatown and Clarke Quay MRT stations
  • 12-minute walk to Clarke Quay shopping and dining area
  • 13-minute walk to Asian Civilizations Museum
  • 15-minute walk to Marina Bay Financial Centre
  • 18 minutes by public transportation to Gardens by the Bay
  • 19 minutes by public transport to HarbourFront
  • 50 minutes by public transportation to Singapore Sports Hub
  • 20-minute drive to Jurong Bird Park
  • 20-minute drive to Changi International Airport
  • 25-minute drive to Singapore Wildlife Reserves

Rooms

Bright and spacious rooms with stylish, nature-inspired decor

In keeping with the property's theme, guest rooms are inspired by nature and feature an earthy color palette of greens, beiges, and wood tones. Grassy green headboards and rugs are paired with pale wood-paneled walls that give the effect of a bamboo bungalow. High ceilings and large windows make the spaces feel bright and airy, and some rooms have bathtubs placed next to windows that overlook plant-filled terraces and the city skyline. Large wood-paneled sliding doors can close off the bathroom from the bedroom. Bathrooms are luxurious, with vessel sinks and either bathtubs or large walk-in rainfall showers (some have both), as well as high-end toiletries, hairdryers, and bathrobes. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, safes, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and free Wi-Fi.

Upper-category Premier Rooms feature king-sized beds, spacious work areas, pull-out sofas, and separate bathtubs and walk-in rainfall showers in the bathrooms, while Junior Suites have a few notable extras, like separate living and dining areas, kitchenettes, pull-out sofas, two flat-screen TVs, and double sinks in the bathrooms. Guests staying in the Orchid Club Rooms and Suites have access to free breakfast and drinks served in the exclusive rooftop Club Lounge, which also features meeting spaces, a library, and a dedicated concierge service. 

Features

Top-shelf luxury features including a wellness floor and an infinity pool with sweeping views 

The PARKROYAL on Pickering shines when it comes to its features covering all the expected luxuries for a hotel of this status and adding a few extras. Level five of the property is a dedicated wellness floor that features a lovely outdoor infinity pool, though it's small and unheated, as well as a hot tub, poolside bar, fitness center, and charming garden walking path. Scattered around the pool area are colorful and quirky cabanas inspired by Asian birdcages that provide a comfortable and private space to relax and enjoy the city skyline. St Gregory Spa offers a variety of beauty treatments, traditional therapies, and massage services. The fitness center overlooking the pool is spacious and bright, illuminated by walls of windows, and offers a variety of modern workout equipment and weights.

On the ground level, LIME restaurant serves Southeast Asian dishes and international cuisine, as well as an extensive breakfast buffet (not included in the room rate). Diners can watch the chefs at work in three open kitchens. Next door is the bar, and guests can also indulge in a selection of cakes and pastries at Lime Patisserie.

The exclusive rooftop Club Lounge is reserved for guests staying in the Orchid Club Rooms and Suites. Here they can enjoy free breakfast and drinks throughout the day, as well as utilize meeting spaces, a library, and a dedicated concierge service. Other on-site services at the hotel include a business center, meeting and banquet services, free parking for guests and a valet parking service, luggage storage, laundry, and babysitting services. Wi-Fi is available throughout. PARKROYAL has been recognized for its eco-friendly policies which include the use of solar energy, LED lighting, rainwater harvesting, limited air-conditioning (used in guest rooms and public spaces only), and a drinking water purification system.

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3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289, Singapore

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