When in Singapore, the Orchard Street is surely on the 'must do’ list for both the MICE and the leisure traveller. Located strategically in the heart of the buzzing business zone, the Grand Park Orchard, meets the requirement of the traveller on the go empowered with its unique product ‘Handy’. By Reema Lokesh
When in Singapore, the Orchard Street is surely on the ‘must do’ list for both the MICE and the leisure traveller. Located strategically in the heart of the buzzing business zone, the Grand Park Orchard, meets the requirement of the traveller on the go empowered with its unique product ‘Handy’. By Reema Lokesh
The first street or area that comes to your mind in general when in Singapore is none other than the Orchard Street. It is buzzing 24×7 and if you are located at the focal point of all this action, (but interestingly away from the noise), then you cannot complain. The Grand Park Orchard is part of the Park Hotel Group with its foundations in Hong Kong. The group was established in 1961 with its flagship property in Hong Kong and has spread its wings in five countries in the Asia Pacific region, the latest being in Indonesia. The group has two brands under its fold – the Grand Park and the Park Hotel. Grand Park is a luxury hotel brand offering premium accommodation and facilities designed for discerning business and leisure travellers. The Grand Park brand has its footprint in Singapore, China and Japan. Park Hotel is an upscale hotel brand symbolising convenience. This brand has its presence in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Thailand. Spreading through the acquisition and management agreement route, their tagline ‘Loving Hospitality’, is what they take pride in practising.
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This brand philosophy and vision is seamlessly reflected in the software of the Grand Park Orchard, Singapore. A tech-savvy hotel that offers complimentary Wifi facilities throughout the hotel and a unique product called ‘Handy’ which is a complimentary smartphone service with unlimited free 3G internet connectivity, local and international calls to 27 countries. This one is a steal especially if you wish to stay connected while on the go. When asked about this service, Allen Law, CEO, Park Hotel Group says, “It’s something that we offer to our guests as a special service from us.” What about the misuse of the service or an overuse of it? He answers calmly that the group wins more clients than it loses. It’s the most talked about service that any hotel group has to offer. It is their way to provide that extra special service to their clients. You can carry the Handy anywhere, anytime as a guest of the hotel.
Apart from its tech excellence, Grand Park Orchard also prides itself for being a design hotel. The letter ‘P’ designed differently is the logo you need to spot on the Orchard Street. Adjacent to the buzz and the fashion labels, the entrance to the hotel is not on the main road but just around the corner. However, the action starts from the main lobby area, wherein despite being a tech savvy property, it is the staff who brings to life the warmth of Asian hospitality. The 208 rooms and suites hotel also has an exclusive Crystal Club and personal butler services on offer.
Apart from being part of the most vibrant shopping hub in Singapore, the hotel is strategically located to get about anywhere in Singapore. Orchard and Somerset MRT stations are a short walk away, along with a host of other transport options. The Central Business District and Marina Bay area is a short drive away and hence an accessible stop for travellers. From babysitting facilities to a Concierge Desk from Crystal Club Floor and Lounge to limousine service, from spa facilities to the pool and F&B service that is offered 24×7, this hotel is well suited for those who are constantly on the roll or even at leisure. It also has a health club and a business centre which are operational round the clock.
The hotel’s F&B outlets are namely Bar Canary, which serves cocktails in varied combinations and the Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, which offers a contemporary twist to Cantonese cuisine. Mitzo Restaurant & Bar aims to redefine the traditional Chinese dining experience. Both the outlets are popular among the local and expatriates alike. The rooms offer its guests an iPod docking station to unwind with their choice of music.
Law has a clear vision for his company, to spread its wings responsibly. He clearly follows his grandfather’s words that is to dream big and to follow ones dreams. “I did dream and initially I must confess, my team thought I was just a dreamer. But I did not take up the chair without the grind. I worked in every department of the hotel, understanding the housekeeping to that of the work of the bell boy. I also did odd jobs while on the job. I then connected the dots and made a plan to implement our growth plan.” Law is part of the family business but he believes in handpicking his team. He believes in the power of the people and his staff. This is well reflected in this tech savvy but touch friendly hotel.