Seen from the street, the three-towered, blue-and-green glass property is remarkable for its connecting, undulating tiered design inspired by terraced Balinese rice paddies, and the elevated gardens that seem to hang from above. Designed by Singapore starchitects WOHA, the Parkroyal on Pickering is almost an extension of the green space in front of it—Hong Lim Park—with 160,000 square feet of gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces, and vertical landscaping. Eco-mindfulness is evident elsewhere: photo sensors monitor light usage, showers are low-flow, sheets are changed on alternate days (less frequently if requested), and rooms have refillable glass water bottles. The property’s most striking space is the fifth-floor wellness area, where cabanas are shaped like giant bird cages, and the infinity pool looks out above the park with a view of the shophouses across the way. The generally compact rooms espouse the Scandinavian-sleek look.
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The Parkroyal on Pickering sits at the northern edge of Chinatown. The city’s greatest concentration of Sichuanese restaurants is a few blocks south on Mosque Street; order the gratifyingly lip-numbing spicy cucumber salad at Sichuan Village. A few blocks beyond are the tourist-souvenir street markets of Sago Lane. North, toward the Singapore River, Clarke Quay spills with bars and restaurants, including the polished Italian pizza and pasta joint Ricciotti (20 Upper Circular Rd.).
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Rooms: 363 rooms, 4 suites. From $230. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The grand, jazzy, high-ceilinged Lime, on the ground floor, has three open kitchens, a pizza oven, a rotisserie, and an eclectic menu of European, Pacific Rim, and Southeast Asian dishes. The interior glass panels recall the lines of Piet Mondrian, while tall floor-to-ceiling windows look onto outdoor landscaping. The breakfast spread is huge, with baristas on hand. Spa and gym details:The fifth floor holds a glass-walled fitness center, complete with 300-meter garden walk, steam room, Jacuzzi, and outdoor infinity pool. St. Gregory Spa offers Asian-centric massages—Balinese, Shiatsu, Tui Na.
Who’s it for: Creative types, executives who don’t crave excessive luxury, travelers who support sustainable tourism. Our favorite rooms: Deluxe Rooms, on levels 6, 10, and 14, have direct views of the landscaping from their windows, adding a splash of green to the urban experience. Indulge yourself:The reclining infinity bathtubs are made from recycled composite granite and stone, and can be filled to the brim without overflowing, so go for it.