Slated to be a showcase of environmental sustainability when completed in 2021, Pan Pacific Orchard is Pacific Hotels Group’s first zero-waste hotel with four levels of soaring gardens that will redefine vertical sky-rise typology. The hotel is ideally located along Singapore’s famed Orchard Road with its distinctive luxury brands, high street shopping and dining options right at the doorstep, and the central business district just a 10-minute drive away.
Amongst other innovative elements, Pan Pacific Orchard will feature a rainwater harvesting system, a recyclable water system, and a compactor that turns food waste into compost – which will then be channelled into fertiliser for its sky gardens.
Offering 350 eco-friendly rooms, the latest sustainable hotel to debut in Asia comes complete with a gym, swimming pool, bars and restaurants, a club lounge, and a sky terrace ensconced within its gardens and cascading greenery.
Katrina Group Ltd has launched their first affordable luxury line of co-living hotels in Singapore. Launched through their hospitality arm ST Hospitality Group, ST Signature Chinatown co-living hotel will be closely followed by a wide roll-out in Singapore and the APAC region.
This marks Katrina Group Ltd’s first major expansion after the acquisition of Straits Organization Pte. Ltd. With the business travel market expected to grow to US$1.7 trillion by 2023 from about US$1.3 trillion in 2017, and Asia-Pacific being the largest business travel market (42%) in the world1, this new affordable luxury line of co-living hotels puts the Group at the forefront of a growing industry.
ST Signature challenges conventions and has invented a new class of experience. The brand’s philosophy ofliving large goes beyond one's typical definition of decadence. While the interiors and fittings are luxurious and of high quality and the restrooms carry toiletries from The White Company UK, the brand is guided by the philosophy of sustainable indulgence, taking their guests beyond aesthetic luxury to appreciate the legacy of the Singapore story, illustrated by award winning photographer, Edwin Koo.
The stories told by his photography series Singapura Seasons, exemplify the attitude behind the brand – it is all about building and preserving a legacy that will stand the test of time.
The property has been designed to maximise on space, ensuring that no square-inch is wasted. The intelligentlydesigned “S-shape” of the space saving interlocking cabin design, provides pockets of space to facilitate co-working and networking and helps cut down on the property’s carbon footprint.
By circumventing a traditional room layout, the architects of ST Signature have created an area that is spacious enough to be comfortable and small enough to reduce their carbon footprint. This intelligent design extends to the interactive elements of all their services, including the use of a multitasking and versatile chat platform to perform almost an entire line of services that are typically provided by a concierge.
ST Signature Chinatown has a total of 26 Cabin S (single cabins), 11 Cabin M (double cabins) and 3 Cabin L (triple cabins).
ST Signature has also incorporated a concept kitchen called Cook Lab at their premises. This social kitchen space is powered by Miele kitchen appliances and will enable guests to express their culinary prowess or simply share a meal together, should they wish to do so. The Cove, Lawn and Patio are also spaces for mingling. The entire space is designed around groups of people coming together as well as private areas, for when you just want some quiet me-time.
On top of the comfort and indulgence one can expect in the private cabins, there is also a unique blend of custom-built technology solutions and communal spaces within the hotel to facilitate the choice of being social when preferred. The clever design enables guests to be “alone, together” under one roof. Guests can interactwith others both online, using their web-app, or offline, in the comfort and convenience of their communal areas.
ST Signature Chinatown is the first co-living hotel concept with smart Chat-InTM technology. Guests checking into the hotel will be amongst the first here in Singapore, to experience this unique hospitality check-in solution that was innovated by ST Signature. This unique self check-in technology enables guests to check in and check out of the hotel quickly and efficiently.
The plus point is that guests can check in 24 hours before arrival, and then go straight to their room for the speediest check-in experience. With a simple click of a button, guests will be informed of their room number and access pin. This technology makes checking out of the hotel just as simple, taking out the stress and waiting time normally associated with hotel check-ins and check-outs.
This unique chat platform enables online communication amongst the guests staying at the property. Similar to the common group chat feature, guests can share their travel findings and organise outings with other guests through the chat platform without divulging personal information. They can also browse through and purchase e-tickets to various tourist attractions without having to physically queue at the ticketing booth.
ST Signature also offers a chat-based concierge to assist the Community Hosts to provide a higher level of service that is more personalised and attentive, ensuring the guests’ needs are taken care of from the time they check-in until they leave.
Singapore’s Keong Saik neighbourhood will have a new social heartbeat when the new 45-room Hotel Soloha boutique hotel is unveiled in mid-August 2019.
Cruising along Keong Saik Road and Teck Lim Road, which exude the charming vibe of yesteryear, one is immediately transported to a magical space as one traverses the blue panel doors of Hotel Soloha. These Dokodemo Doors of Fantasy reveal a world urban jungle chic and tropical modernism splashed in amazing technicolour. Witty and bold interiors, artisanal furnishings, underscored by a cool vibe, Hotel Soloha’s burst of colour is a stark contrast to the earthy tones that define the neighbourhood.
Hotel Soloha aims to create a destination hotel that not only fits into Keong Saik’s charming self but is also a modern interpretation of a Singapore that is bold, stylish and cultured. You won’t find a single metal grille gate or repurposed cinema seat here. Instead, our team, exposed to the ways of cosmopolitan Singapore through the years, has internalised Singapore’s culture; that has informed the way they conceptualise and design the property’s interiors and spaces. The property will also stock a curated selection of artisanal products that are perfect as souvenirs and fit well in cabin baggage. Hotel Soloha is the perfect start to experience what Keong Saik and Singapore have to offer.
Keong Saik, one of Singapore’s heritage and cultural epicenters, retains the beauty of yesteryear Singapore with its rows of shophouses across a network of roads. Today, it is home to a good number of bars, restaurants and shops, making it a destination that is layered with culture, gastronomy, energy and personality. Culturemaker and tastemaker Hotel Soloha’s entry to the area contributes to that spirit of Keong Saik and strengthens it – it is a breath of fresh air and the neighbourhood’s new social heartbeat.
Hotel Soloha is designed by interior design firm Avalon Collective and architect ASOLIDPLAN. The artworks featured in the hotel lobby, lift-shaft and rooms are done by local artists, Ethrisha Liaw and Danielle Tay.