Following a multimillion-dollar asset enhancement programme spanning nine months across key facilities within the hotel, Orchard Hotel has unveiled an enhanced 360° guest experience with reimagined dining, events and lodging offerings. Upgraded areas include the hotel’s 260 Grand Deluxe Rooms, Grand Ballroom, Conference Centre, Lobby, The Orchard Cafe and Bar Intermezzo.
The storied history of Orchard Hotel traces back to late 1950s, where it began as a humble four-storey, 34-room hotel, complete with The Golden Venus – home to popular tea dances and emerging musicians of the 1960s. Redeveloped in the 1970s to cater to the tourist boom, the old building was eventually demolished in 1978, and the first inkling of the 656-key, twin-tower Orchard Hotel Singapore as it exists today took its place.
A brand new arrival experience welcomes guests through an enlivened lobby interior. The hotel's iconic clock tower is now brought to the modern age with a contemporary chandelier-inspired art sculpture, flanked by two upgraded dining and drinking destinations. The Orchard Cafe renews its legacy as a local dining icon with a vibrant new style and Signature Class buffet showcasing heritage-inspired creations and chef-curated classics. Bar Intermezzo inherits an air of sophistication with new, inviting interiors and contemporary botanical-influenced cocktails that toast to Orchard Road’s past. Overlooking the lobby from the second floor is Cantonese fine dining stalwart Hua Ting Restaurant, which was also given its own extensive makeover in 2018.
New and improved event solutions for every occasion come on the back of 11 refurbished conference and function rooms and spaces – now each more versatile than ever. A key highlight includes one of Singapore’s largest pillar-free grand ballrooms—occupying over 10,000 square feet and six metres high—refitted with a luxurious fresh new look, two floor-to-ceiling LED walls (a first in Singapore), statement lighting, state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, an impressive foyer lined with floating Orchid-inspired chandeliers, and exclusive spaces carved out for various uses. The conference centre has also been redesigned with five intimate meeting rooms and upgraded meeting facilities. Event planners will now have the luxury of choice with creative catering options from the hotel’s four award- winning culinary concepts—Hua Ting Restaurant, The Orchard Cafe, Mon Bijou and Bar Intermezzo—as well as a Halal-certified kitchen, ensuring that all tastes and diets are catered for.
260 Grand Deluxe guest rooms in the hotel’s Orchard Wing have also been given a facelift. Each well-appointed room has been elegantly designed to provide maximum comfort and the best of living styles at every turn. With today's sophisticated traveller at heart, the newly refurbished rooms are now equipped with upgraded amenities including Handy smartphone that offers unlimited mobile data to make local and select international calls; six USB ports and both wired and wireless high-speed internet to ensure 24/7 connectivity; and a Smart TV loaded with a variety of channels to keep them plugged into current affairs. Unwind after a long day of shopping along the famed Orchard Road in the modern comforts of the new Grand Deluxe room – put on a bath in the luxurious Japanese soaking tub (select room configurations), or call for one of 12 signature spice-based cocktails from Bar Intermezzo to be delivered right to your room.
A legendary icon of local dining, The Orchard Cafe at Orchard Hotel, renews its legacy with a vibrant new style and an enticing signature hotel buffet from heritage-inspired local creations to chef-curated cuisines from around the world.
The Orchard Cafe’s rejuvenation reveals a stylish ambience and brand-new restaurant layout incorporating a naturally-lit indoor bar with floor-to-ceiling windows and an al fresco seating section set against lush greenery – a cosy haven to wine and dine in Singapore.
Diners will savour signature dishes such as Wok-Fried Slipper Lobster with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce, Ox Tripe and Duck Hearts Satay, Braised or Crispy Pork Knuckle served with Fragrant Steamed Jasmine Rice, Hard-Boiled Eggs and Preserved Vegetables, alongside delicious Roast Meats by award-winning Hua Ting restaurant. Mouth-watering highlights also include an array of Asian noodle dishes served at a live Noodle Bar, as well as a selection of delectable desserts made with Gula Melaka.
Upbeat and distinctive, The Orchard Cafe is the ideal dining destination to savour delicious taste memories of Singapore’s culinary heritage and delight in best-in-class contemporary cuisines.
Bringing both timeless and ingenious cocktails, elevated with the nuance of hand-picked spices, Origin Bar is helmed by skilled mixologists. The Grill impresses with its showcase of fresh, authentic flavours from curated, unique ingredients – near and far. An epitome of craftsmanship and creativity interwoven with tales of adventures and discoveries, Origin Grill and Bar offers a sensorial journey like no other.
Embark on a gastronomical odyssey at NAMI Restaurant and Bar, a new dining establishment located on level 24 of The Tower Wing of Shangri-La Hotel. From the kitchen comes authentic and traditional Japanese cuisine, created with refinement and precision, reminiscent of a royal feast. NAMI's menu is a celebration of the country’s four seasons, best savoured through gokan, or the use of all five senses when dining.
The cornerstone of NAMI is its Head Chef Shigeo Akiba, who hails from the Japanese city of Yokohama. With more than 30 years of culinary experience under his belt, he is first an artist and then an epicurean. Among the highlights of his career is preparing the wedding banquet of Japan’s Prince Akishinomiya and Princess Kiko, and later, their crowning ceremony. He has also had the honour of serving Emperor Akihito when he dined at the Nadaman restaurant in Tokyo.
Additionally, Mr. Akiba has worked under Iron Chef Koumei Nakamura for five years as his executive chef. He managed the menus of all five restaurants owned by Nakamura, as well as developed the recipes for the dishes that the celebrity chef presented on the internationally popular cooking show on Fuji Television.
Some of NAMI’s signature dishes not be missed include Pan-Fried Tuna Head with Chef Akiba’s Sweet Soy Sauce, Steamed NAMI Abalone in Kimo Sauce, Miso Penshell Clam with Uni and Ikura and Japanese Saga Wagyu Beef Sirloin A4 with Kyoto Vegetables and Dashi Broth.
While the “heartware” remains distinctively Shangri-La, the interiors have experienced a significant rejuvenation to reveal a refreshed lobby, brand new rooms and suites, three novel restaurant concepts, and a revitalised club lounge. In doing so, it dons the cloak of being an urban resort, steeped in luxury and the finest quality.
Sweep up the grand driveway, step into the lobby and marvel at the breath-taking ceiling art installation by renowned Japanese designer Hirotoshi Sawada, made of thousands of cascading stylised leaves, reminiscent of a Tree Canopy amidst a vibrant tropical oasis.
The iconic Tower Wing’s 503 guestrooms and suites are completely refurbished with a luxurious new look. Choose to stay in any of the 360 Tower Wing Deluxe Rooms, 79 Horizon Club Deluxe Rooms, soon to open family-themed rooms and suites, as well as five One-Bedroom Suites and the newly added 250 square metre Grand Suite.