Parkroyal on Pickering Hotel
3, Upper Pickering St, Singapore
Our Asian adventure had blessed us with some top notch accommodation across the cities of Dubai, Bangkok and Hong Kong so what would Singapore have in store for us? As we exited the Chinatown metro station into a wall of humidity after a brief rainfall just a short walk took us to our hotel for four nights – the 5 star Parkroyal on Pickering.
Ideally located with Clarke Quay just a brisk 15 minute walk away with it’s bars and restaurants also with Smith Street and it’s main Chinatown area 10 minutes the other way, Parkroyal on Pickering emphatically ticks the box on location. Approaching the hotel was like heading for a gap in the rainforest as the hotel prides itself on being one of the more eco places in keeping with Singapore’s concern for the environment. Lots of foliage hangs from the building creating a ‘cabin in a rainforest’ type of look. It does give a great first impression of being a classy venue.
The staff greeted us with a glass of cold juice, most welcome after a sweaty walk from the nearby station. While the staff typed in our details we couldn’t help but gaze around at the impressive lobby, comfy chairs, water feature and huge restaurant all of which are completely open to view.
Our room was one of the more basic but you do get a decent space for your money. A large window with a view of the modern high rises which looked beautiful at night was one of the best features along with your typical mod cons such as satellite television, bathrobes and a comfortable bed. The only drawback was lack of a bath with just a shower in the room but we couldn’t fault the air con or the superb free wifi.
Going up in the lift to the pool level is an absolute must in this hotel. Stylish teepees are spread across the length of the open balcony with an infinity pool to relax in and gaze out at the Singapore skyline. There’s also a gym beside the pool with floor to ceiling windows so that you don’t miss out on that incredible view. Such a peaceful place to relax and unwind.
Another key feature we have to mention in this write up is the poolside service…Oh my. We had been for a quick dip in the pool and while in our teepee decided to have a glance at the menu’s. Cocktails all looked very tempting as did the selection of Asian dishes along with the burgers. To order you simply press the button in the centre of the table and a friendly man will come and take your order.
We went for a Mai Tai cocktail and a Strawberry Daiquiri. These were two of the best drinks that we had all trip, expertly mixed and with a kick ass flavour of fruit in both. The entire balance of the drink in terms of alcohol-sweetness-sourness was bang on, highly recommended at just $19 SGD (£10) each. To go with our cocktails we ordered the free range chicken burger at $22 SGD (£12.35) and some duck spring rolls at $17 SGD (£9.54).
Room service or poolside service in this case is something that we rarely ever do but after this experience we might be changing that. Relaxing in our teepee with the sound of the water running over the side of the infinity pool like a waterfall was the perfect setting to relax in. The wifi also still works in this part of the hotel so you can relax, check your emails and dig into some lunch. The food itself was superb, the burger crispy with fried chicken breast and topped with cheese in one of those dark buns that keep appearing lately. Very nice.
The duck spring rolls were huge and very good value for money paired with a ginger and plum sauce for dipping and a side of salad leaves. What made the deal all the more sweet was that our waiter, a kind man named John, informed us that the cocktails were free with the food. I’m not sure if this was a special deal or just for us but either way we were astounded when the bill dropped at just $45.90 SGD (£25.75) cheaper than going out to some places.
Overall we loved our stay at Parkroyal on Pickering with its location pretty much perfect in the heart of the city but with a tranquil air about it. From Changi airport the journey by metro isn’t a long one to Chinatown with just one change at Outram Park station resulting in a journey time of around 30 minutes. The facilities at the hotel are amongst the best we have ever had the pleasure to use, every instagrammer will be clambering for a shot of that infinity pool and why not do it while munching on well-priced food and free cocktails? We’ll be back.
Four night stay in a Superior Room with King Bed $1,483.03 SGD (£832.06)
Nearest Metro: Chinatown