PARKROYAL on Pickering now open

I was recently invited by PARKROYAL for a staycation at their recently launched hotel on Pickering Street. They have received much positive media response and I was keen to stickybeak their eco building, which is BCA Greenmark Platinum certified, and has many environmentally sustainable features, like green walls, sky gardens, double-glazed windows, recycling bins, LED lighting, solar panels, and energy-efficient devices.

Clever architectural design here also helps in lighting and cooling the building and in turn, saving energy. PARKROYAL on Pickering allows plenty of natural light into rooms, most corridors and lobbies in the daytime, while the building is kept cool and well ventilated by the way it is shaped, and foliage surrounding the building helps cool it down also.

Brenda joined me, and we both enjoyed our stay very much. We were given a corner room on the 9th floor, which meant we had sweeping views of the city. We used this time to relax, and gather our thoughts for the year ahead.

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Brenda and I spent a good part of the afternoon by the infinity pool in one of the colourful birdcages and had a short swim. We had the pool to ourselves for a while, so we could splash about without getting in anyone’s way. Also located on this floor are the gym, St Gregory spa, and outdoor seating for work or leisurely purposes.

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The terrace design features strongly throughout the building, as you can see from the following photos. I was told that the inspiration came from rice padi terraces.

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Here is their restaurant, Lime, where I had breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, I prefer cereal and/or bread, so I wasn’t very adventurous. Plus I am pescetarian, so I avoided the cold cuts and other meat. For lunch, there are a few stations, each serving western, Asian and Japanese cuisine, and let’s not forget the dessert counter, which I saved a lot of room for. Of course I had to try the tiramisu and kueh lapis, which are my favourite desserts.

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Business travellers who are after some privacy for business meetings and a quiet place to work can pay a bit extra to gain access to the Orchid Club Lounge. There were some nice desserts on display when I popped in to have a look.

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For more photos, please check them out on Instagram.

I was recently asked to recommend 10 green spaces in Singapore, and it has been featured on the PARKROYAL Hotels & Resort’s Your Local Connection app, and can be viewed here.

PARKROYAL is now running a giveaway titled “Trade for a Trip”, and participants will be in the running to win a two night stay at their desired PARKROYAL hotel. The contest closes at 23:59 of 17 May.

To participate, visit this website and share 3 personal picks on things to do in one of these cities: Singapore / Kuala Lumpur / Penang / Saigon / Sydney / Parramatta / Melbourne. Nine winners will be selected at the end of the contest. Good luck!
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