Art on High
Come October, Andaz Singapore will officially welcome guests looking to unlock their creative minds, Located in mixed-use development Duo at the Ophir-Rochor district, the hotel aims to inspire guests through art, and pave the way through partnerships with local and international architects and artists.
While the hotel was conceptualised by award-winning architect Ole Scheeren, the inside is equally stunning. The interior, designed by Andre Fu, is reminiscent of the shop houses and laidback alleyways that surround the property. A quick walk through the hotel refreshes and engages the mind, no doubt due to the sculptures and paintings that are scattered throughout the entrance, hallways and F&B outlets.
Forget the age-old front desk and concierge. Guests are instead brought to the Sunroom, where they’ll check in using a tablet while sipping a welcome drink. An Andaz host will then introduce the sights and sounds in the vicinity, even suggesting walking and jogging routes for those keen to explore the neighbourhood. Each of the 342 guestrooms (including 26 suites) cheerfully greet with playful touches, such as a doorbell housed in an old-school post box.
The hotel takes art to a gastronomic level too. Alley on 25, an all-day dining venue, recreates the experience of street dining in Singapore with each of the seven ‘shophouses’ offering a unique dining experience. Take for example Auntie’s Wok and Steam, a Chinese seafood restaurant that also offers noodles, rice and meat dishes. The rooftop bar, Mr Stork, will also house 10 teepee huts providing cosy seating areas for those wishing to relax with a cocktail or two.
There’s a high chance you may experience sensory overload, but fret not. The outdoor pool on the 25th storey calms with breathtaking sunset views away from the bustle of the city. Changing rooms located on the floor above are slightly inconvenient to get to but are worth a visit. The male changing room comes with a sauna, while females can give the laconium — a dry sweating room maintained at a temperature of 60 degrees celsius and 15-20 per cent humidity — a go.
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