Three established hotels have injected zest into properties with bar makeovers, creating stylish new areas for event organisers to consider.
Antidote (right) replaced Ink Bar at the Fairmont Singapore last December. The stylish cocktail bar serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, in addition to cocktails and tapas every evening. The bar is not only attracting guests but also corporate clients, especially after large conferences and events. Several corporate groups used the venue after the Singapore Airshow and ICANN conference. Fairmont Raffles Hotels International also used the bar for an internal event, where participants spent the hour learning how to mix their own cocktails.
The multimillion-dollar revitalisation also covers the hotel lobby and all 371 guestrooms in the North Tower. The rooms will be completed this month and the majority will become new Premier Rooms. They carry Peranakan-inspired décor, including shutters featured as windows between the bathroom and bedroom.
In the Tanglin district, Regent Singapore opened Manhattan in April, a bar inspired by 19th century cocktails and featuring its own ‘rickhouse’, where over 100 American oak barrels will be used to finish whiskies and other spirits, as well as to age bitters.
The main salon seats 56 people and can be hired for private events until 4pm daily. Three private rooms are also available, all of which are subject to a minimum spend. The Private Salon seats up to 12 people while The Library and Rockerfeller Room can be combined to hold up to 35 guests.
In late January, Regent’s sister-property, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, opened its ‘One-Ninety Bar by Javier de las Muelas’. Oozing sophistication, a long marble bar takes centre stage, perfect for cocktail parties or networking, with multi-hued bottles as the backdrop against louvred windows that reveal the ‘Terraza’ area. At another corner is a ‘show pantry’ displaying sweets and savouries served during the day.
Indoor capacity is 52 people and 49 more on the terrace. The terrace can be booked for private events for up to 10 guests seated.
After joining Far East Hospitality the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore has reverted to its previous name. The property has adopted an artistic theme to leverage its location in the heart of the arts and cultural district.
The redecorated reception area, a bar named The Library, and guestrooms were unveiled in January. Local art galleries are allocated display spaces as well.
The clubrooms constitute 30 per cent of the hotel’s 298 rooms, and occupy levels nine to 11. Their respective themes are Peranakan (right), retro and performing arts. While there were no major changes to superior and deluxe rooms, these now sport lighter colour schemes.
In Katong the Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy has tweaked its name and completed extensive renovations in February with a new lobby, café, bistro, fitness centre, meeting rooms and guestrooms (below). Four new executive rooms on the 16th floor along with three business suites and three studio suites on levels 15 to 17 have replaced meeting rooms and executive suites to increase capacity from 558 to 576 rooms.
Situated midway between Changi and the central business district, the hotel has complimentary shuttle transfers to and from the airport and shuttle service to the city.
Level two of Grand Hyatt Singapore is now open, featuring more than 1,000 sqm of space for functions. It has the flexibility to hold 10 to 700 people in various layouts, catering to small to medium-sized events. Salons 1 and 2, or 5 and 6, can be combined for dinners of up to 120 guests or seminars for 200 delegates theatre style. The ballrooms and other function rooms on level three will also be ready at the end of this year.
Main picture: Manhattan in the Regent Singapore