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Hilton news: new Conrad Singapore opens, LivSmart Studios becomes the 22nd brand

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News in brief:

Conrad Singapore Orchard hotel now open

Hilton has opened the Conrad Singapore Orchard hotel. The website is here.

Set on Orchard Road, this is a full top-to-toe refurbishment of the old Regent Singapore. IHG is probably jealous that, having bought Regent, it missed out on the chance to retain what looks like a lovely property.

The 10 restaurants and bars, including Michelin-starred restaurant Summer Palace, have been open since last year but you can now stay the night too. A picture of the lobby is below.

There are 445 ‘newly imagined’ guest rooms which take their design cue from the nearby Botanical Garden. To quote:

“Floor-to-ceiling windows, complemented by plantation shutters, invite nature from the outdoors in. The spaces have been designed using serene, natural tones in sand, cream, and muted greens, accented by signature palm motifs and potted tropical trees.”

There is also an outdoor pool and an Executive Lounge.

According to the website, there is an extra incentive to book. You will earn an additional 5,000 Hilton Honors Points per stay if you book by 30th April. Your stay can be at any point up to 30th June.

Conrad Singapore Orchard hotel Atrium

Hilton launches its latest brand – LivSmart Studios

Hilton has launched its 22nd brand – LivSmart Studios.

(The chain really needs to pull its finger out. Just 22 brands? Come on! Marriott is now at 31 and Accor is at 42.)

It is aimed at the long stay market, and at a lower price point than existing Hilton long stay brands. We don’t see any of Hilton’s long stay brands in the UK, and given that features of LivSmart include ‘outdoor patios with grills’ and ‘a communal fire pit’ I doubt we can expect LivSmart either.

All suites will have a fully equipped kitchen including a full size fridge, dishwasher, microwave and two ring cooking surface.

Weirdly, the lobby is described as ‘hyper functional’. The brand standard is that there must be a clear line of sight from the front desk to the fitness and guest laundry areas (no idea why!). All sites will feature a ‘simple retail market’.

The first one will open in Kokomo, Indiana if you are passing through at any point.


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Comments (24)

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  • DeB2020 says:

    Not quite Orchard Road. Marketing spin, I guess.

    It’s around the corner from the Four Seasons Hotel on Orchard Boulevard and the St. Regis on the western end of Orchard Road.

  • David S says:

    Wasn’t this the Le Meridian hotel some 20 years ago .? The interior looks identical. We stayed there back when there was the SARS outbreak

    • Graviation says:

      It was previously The Regent.

    • tony says:

      No, the Le Meridien was what is now the Concorde, on Orchard Road proper but down at the Somerset MRT end. However that atrium style of hotel apparently became very common in the early 1980s so that probably explains the similarity. (Unless you stayed in the Marina Mandarin which was built by the same architect as the Regent.)

  • Voldemort says:

    I’m not sure it’s a top to bottom refurbishment. Some of the reviews on Flyertalk seem to show lots of unrefurbed bits.

  • Indy500 says:

    We are staying at Hilton Orchard Road in April. Having never been before, is the Conrad better? Worth swapping?

    • tony says:

      The Conrad has just opened and the Hilton (presumably you mean the one that used to be the Mandarin Orchard, rather than the Hilton Orchard which became the Voco last year) has only just been completely gutted, so you’re probably going to struggle to find a fair comparison.

      Conrad will invariably be better than Hilton, and that Hilton is a massive hotel with more than 1000 rooms. But how much extra are you willing to pay? Hilton probably also slightly more convenient.

    • Michael C says:

      We stayed at this Hilton last summer and were very happy with it, although location was high on our list of priorities.
      You not only have Orchard on your doorstep, but it was a lovely walk into Little India/Chinatown.
      As an Honors Gold, we were upgraded to a larger room with sofabed before arriving, and all 3 of us (inc. 9-yr old) had breakfast included in the main restaurant, which was excellent.
      Pool not up to much, but it’s there and was pretty empty!
      I would choose the Hilton for location/being out and about, and the Conrad for enjoying more time in the hotel (also good for Botanic Gardens).

      • Indy500 says:

        Thanks for the input. We will be wandering so we’ll stay where we are.

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