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Ta-Ta Traders, Hello Jen Hotels!

September 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM | by | Comments (6)

Shangri-La Hotels is doing away with their business traveler brand, Traders Hotels, and replacing it with a newer, hipper, brand aimed at Millennials called, Hotel Jen. Here's what Jen is about:

The Hotel Jen brand is inspired by the virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier who loves life, travel and the adventure of discovering new places. Hotel Jen takes care of guests with efficiency and care, while also giving them informed access to the best a particular destination has to offer.

Stress-free ease and simplicity will be reflected in the overall Hotel Jen stay experience through the informal and friendly check-in, stay, check-out and on-going contact. A sense of belonging will be reflected through a brand persona concept that positions guests as "friends of Jen," with a caring and respectful service standard communicated by staff in an enthusiastic, helpful and engaging way.

The Hotel Jen "informed and friendly" service style will also guide guests to the best of where they are, through local restaurant recommendations, under-the-radar sights and unusual boutiques. The Hotel Jen team will be a guest’s own personal local lifestyle guide.

(Note: Jen is not to be confused with Marriott's imagined Millennial traveler, Jia.)

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Travel Through Time With Raffles Singapore’s New Timeline Cocktail Menu

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  Site Where: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore, 189673
August 19, 2014 at 11:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there’s just so many drinks to share. We'll be posting quirky cocktails, boozy trends, unique menus and even recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. We expect everyone will be getting a bit tipsy over the next couple of weeks! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us.

Looking for a little intellectual stimulation to go with your cocktail buzz? The mixology pros at Raffles Singapore’s iconic Long Bar have put together a Timeline Cocktail Menu that covers significant time periods and events in the hotel’s history. Here’s a sampling of just a few.

Tiffing – “Tiffing” comes from an old English word meaning “taking a little sip” and over time came to mean a light mid-day meal. Hence came Sunday tiffin curry, which was an essential aspect of colonial life. Tiffin curry has been served at Raffles since 1899 and now you can take a little sip of it as well; the cocktail consists of Tequila, Aperol, Angostura bitters, lemongrass, curry, Monin Gomme, and fresh grapefruit juice. Bite into that.

The Stray Tiger – This cocktail marks the rumor that a tiger was shot under the billiard table in the hotel’s Bar & Billiard Room in 1902. The truth (if you want to hear it) is that the tiger was shot under the actual Bar & Billiard building but—hey—close enough. The Stray Tiger is a layered cocktail with white rum, Cointreau, vermouth, fresh lime juice, absinthe (hallucination-causing wormwood was big in those days) and lemongrass foam.

More bevvies below!

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Measure How Green You Really Are at The Westin Singapore

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  Site Where: 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore, Singapore, 018961
June 23, 2014 at 8:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ever wonder how environmentally friendly reusing those towels and switching off the lights in your hotel room makes you? The new Westin Singapore has the answer, in the form of that little red indicator you see on the left of the in-room TV screen: it compares your energy use to that of an average hotel guest, based on analysis of elements like electricity, water, and so on. Moving up or down, you can track just how ‘good’ you are being green.

Opened last November, The Westin sits on top of Asia Square, a two-tower vertical city of 12,000+ office workers in the financial district southwest of Marina Bay Sands. With Singapore’s highest hotel lobby (on level 32), and rooms up from there, there are some good views to be had, but the best way to enjoy them is from the gorgeous infinity-edge swimming pool. Check it out after the jump.

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Clermont Hotel Singapore Will Be The City's Tallest Building

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  Site Where: Tanjong Pagar, Singapore, Singapore
June 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when we talked about a new hotel group called Glh. (the rebirth of Guoman Hotels) and the launch of their luxury brand Clermont Hotels last October? Meant to change the face of the luxury market, the goal is to open 30 hotels in the next decade, starting with the Royal Horseguards in London.

It’s been fairly quiet since then, and we haven’t seen any more on what the new Clermont London will look like or when in 2014 it will reopen. We did spy a little more activity at the first brand new Clermont, which should open in 2016 in Singapore as part of the mega-project Tanjong Pagar Centre, built on top of the MRT (metro) station of the same name and set to be the highest building in the city. After the jump what it will look like when complete.

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We Go Inside Lagerfeld's World at Sofitel So Singapore

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  Site Where: 35 Robinson Road, Singapore, Singapore, 068876
June 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (2)

While we still have to wait a little longer for a hotel in its entirety by the hand of Karl Lagerfeld, we can show you exactly how his touch comes to life at Sofitel So Singapore, having toured the hotel just a week after it first opened.

His Lion’s Seal can’t be missed, whether you enter the hotel through the So Heritage Wing (the historic half facing Robinson Road) or through the newly added So Hip Wing’s main driveway you see above. Read on for much more, including what pearl of wisdom Karl included on the “BooKube” in every room (and what it is, for that matter), a preview of the gold-tiled Hi-So rooftop pool opening in July, and a gallery bursting with photos of the quirky hotel.

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Sofitel Opens So Singapore, Lagerfeld Bathrobes and All

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  Site Where: 35 Robinson Road, Singapore, Singapore, 068876
June 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just over a year after we first looked at the classic 1927 building on Robinson Road, Sofitel So Singapore has finally opened its doors this past weekend. We don’t think Choupette will be there to greet you in the lobby in the end, but the Lion’s Seal Karl Lagerfeld designed is around, down to an appearance on the hotel's bathrobes.

Those bathrobes are inside the 118 rooms and 6 suites, ranging from entry-level So Cosy Rooms (in the new So Hip Wing behind the original structure) to larger So Lofty Suites (above, with step-out balconies) and So VIP Suites. All are tricked out with Apple in-room technology, including iPad minis and iPhones.

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Funky Friday: You May Catch A Fever At the Hotel Re! Singapore

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  Site Where: 175A Chin Swee Raod, Singapore, 169879
May 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Hotel Re! in Singapore is a “modern retro boutique hotel” that just can’t get enough of the 60s and 70s, and the pop culture that shaped this unique and irreplaceable era. One of the hotel’s most obvious features is an all-star line-up of icons of TV, film and music. From The Fab Four, to Charlie’s Angels, to classic James Bond — each is represented in recognizable silhouette imagery. This hotel is entirely funky, any space of which would make a fitting Funky Friday segment. We admit the decision was tough, but for this week we are going with the one that just makes us feel like dancing--the famous shadow of disco dude John Travolta from the cult film Saturday Night Fever.

Hotel Re! is alive with all the great colors and graphics of the 60s and 70s, electric raspberry being a favorite. The interiors feature the ever-popular white plastic chairs of the period and glossy, vinyl upholstered seating. Walls are covered in groovy, reflective wallpaper in all kinds of psychedelic patterns. Austin Powers would feel right at home.

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Singapore's Sentosa Island to Get Cozier with a New Sofitel Hotel

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  Site Where: 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore, 099891
April 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

One easy destination to explore near Singapore that doesn't require a trip back to Changi Airport is Sentosa Island. Just a few minutes out of the city, sun and beach lovers can wiggle their toes in the sand without the stress of overseas travel.

Aside from the beach, Sentosa is home for several golf courses as well as a Universal Studios theme park and other family-fun activities. Already there's several luxury hotels on the island, including W Sentosa Cove and Capella Resort Sentosa but soon there will be one more, Sofitel.

Currently named the Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa, Managed by Accor, Sofitel is going to glam it up before stamping their name on the property. Over the next 18 months, the hotel's colonial, low-rise architecture will see a full refurbishment with rooms, public areas, spa, conference room and landscaping undergoing a refresh.

Once complete, the resort will be renamed Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa with 215 suites and villas and killer ocean views. Along with So Spa, their brand's signature spa, being added to the offering, guests will be able to chill beach-side since it will be one of the few hotels in the country actually located next to the beach.

[Photo: The Singapore Resort & Spa Facebook]

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Sofitel So Singapore Will Soft Open In May

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  Site Where: 35 Robinson Road, Singapore, Singapore, 068876
February 11, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

After November came March, and after March now comes May as the time when Sofitel So Singapore will start welcoming guests, albeit as a soft opening. Having heard this straight from the pre-opening team, we’ll take their word for it – and, we have some additional guestroom renderings to look at while we wait.

We had shown you what entry-level So Cosy Rooms look like, with 3-metre high ceilings, domed skylights, and a mix of modern design and classic wall paneling. Those skylights come courtesy of light boxes, featuring images of glass domes right above the bed. So Cosy rooms will be located in the “So Hip” wing, which is being added behind the "So Heritage" wing, the original 1927 structure on Robinson Road.

That’s where you’ll find the above So Suite, which has some of the same basic elements (ceiling height, wall panelling, skylight), but brings in herringbone floors and an unexpected princess canopy above the bed that we’re a little unsure of, with fabric draped down to the nightstands. The pink/purple-hued window treatments are pretty bold too.

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Lagerfeld Is Late: So Singapore Won't Open Before March Next Year

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  Site Where: 35 Robinson Road, Singapore, Singapore, 068876
November 8, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

The hotel in May

We don’t really mean that of course: who are we to suggest the Kaiser would ever be late? But we couldn’t resist the alliteration, and the delay is very real for Sofitel So Singapore, now not opening until March 2014.

When we had a proper look around in May, we tried to give the hotel the benefit of the doubt when it came to a planned November opening (given the breakneck speed of construction in Singapore). Unfortunately, our innate skepticism was justified; now we are looking at another five months before this emblem, by the hand of Lagerfeld, will greet guests upon arrival.

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Around The World In 8 Cocktails With Raffles Singapore

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  Site Where: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore, 189673
August 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local" bar. So all this week, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our first-ever Hotel Cocktail Week. All this week, we'll be posting specialty drinks, booze trends, mixology tips and most importantly, drinks recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. Everyone will be getting tipsy this week! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us.

Raffles Singapore, the place where the famed Singapore Sling was created, has launched a cocktail menu designed to take you around the world while you still remain seated and sipping in their Long Bar, god bless ‘em.

Resident mixologist, Randolph Velasco, has come up with eight spiritus drinks inspired by a Raffles hotel destination, so come join us as we embark on our virtual journey through time and space. First stop? Seychelles.

The Seychelles conjures images of an island paradise with deep blue skies, sultry breezes and emerald seas. No surprise, then, that the Raffles Seychelles cocktail is an emerald green beauty created by combining Smirnoff Vodka with melon-flavored Midori and tangy Apple Sourz, then topped off with apple juice. Garnished with slices of star fruit and a lemon wedge, this is a sipper meant to be sipped in a rattan chair with one of those tropical ceiling fans swooshing slowly overhead.

Next, we go to Raffles Cambodia –- specifically, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. Using the Kingdom’s national fruit, the five finger banana (who knew?), this golden concoction consists of rum, banana and pineapple juice, but it’s the finishing touch of zesty kaffir and fresh, green pandan leaves (a herbaceous tropical plant) that gives this drink its aromatic and mysterious character.

The Raffles Philippines takes you to the newly-opened Raffles Makati in the heart of Manila’s financial district. A mix of Bacardi rum, juicy mango and pineapple are enhanced by a mere suggestion of basil and the tart, citrus flavor of calamansi, a wee fruit that bears a resemblance to a lime but is about the size of a kumquat. Calamansi is supposed to have some health benefits, so drink up.

Raffles Istanbul anticipates the opening of Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center in late 2013 (no date as of yet) with a cocktail that evokes the complex flavors of Turkish coffee. Rich Kahlua is layered with potent Pisco, fresh lime juice and anise to create a boozy drink not quite appropriate for the morning but it does kinda taste like coffee, so we’ll leave it up to you. (Recipe below!)

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Hanging Tables And Balcony Plunge Pools At W Sentosa Cove

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  Site Where: 21 Ocean Way, Singapore, Singapore, 098374
July 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

We promised you a closer look at W Sentosa Cove when we discussed those nifty moveable phone ‘booths’ in the lobby just over a month ago, so here we are today with a gallery full of shots from the 240-room resort on Sentosa Island, a short hop from Singapore’s CBD.

Particularly popular with Singaporeans for a weekend stay-cation, the hotel has everything you expect from one of the latest W properties: slick rooms, lots of facilities that incorporate a W in their name (WET pool, AWAY spa, W lounge, Wired Business Center), and an atmosphere that is, let’s say, party-friendly. We wouldn’t bring the kids, is all we’re saying (notwithstanding that we did see some).

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