Check-in: Conrad Centennial Singapore
By Joakim Persson
A familiar roar is approaching, eventually parking right outside the entrance of Conrad Centennial Singapore. It is no less than a Pagani Zonda S; one of those cars indeed developed from F1 technology and with very limited edition production. So this is as if to emphasize: “Yes, this is a Formula 1 hotel in the Southeast Asian city-state home to the new city and night race Singapore Grand Prix.” And indeed no other than F1 star driver Lewis Hamilton made Conrad his home when it was time for the inaugural race back in 2008. One cannot avoid pondering if the Pagani owner hasn’t been gladly permitted to use this V.I.P parking whenever he so wishes, as the car is such suitable marketing for this 31-storey prestigious hotel in the heart of Marina Bay!
Since Conrad opened, soon 12 years ago, adjacent to Suntec Singapore – Convention and Exhibiton Centre, the hotel has built a solid reputation as a luxury business hotel but also many other visitor’s preferred hotel, while the area has developed into a shopping Mecca. Within Suntec and at the Marina Square and all the way to City Hall MRT along underground walkways, visitors have direct access to over 1,000 shops and 300 restaurants. Cover that on a weekend stay if you can (and then the other dozen shopping complexes have not even been mentioned)! Possibly, as a complement for more alternative clothing stores another fashion heaven at least for the ladies can be disclosed; in nearby Bugis that is definitely worth the short trip.
Singapore’s ambition is to become much more appealing as a global city and destination than previously. More recently Singapore has been furnished with a plethora of new attractions in the form of family entertainment, dining destinations, the already mentioned shopping venues and with the much anticipated integrated resorts developments to come; Universal (out on Sentosa Island), and Marina Bay Sands in the vicinity of Marina Bay – especially the latter will change the face of Singapore’s skyline as we know it.
Also in its neighbourhood, Singapore’s as of yet most iconic new attraction, the Singapore Flyer (165 m) observation wheel stands ready. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Singapore and surrounding countries (!) while sipping on Champagne in style during the 30-minute rotation.
Within the hotel, the Executive Lounge, adorned with new modern interior and enhanced facilities in 2007, guests on executive floors can fully appreciate this upscale hotel to its full benefit. On level 31, where all-day house pour beverages, afternoon teas and evening cocktails with canap