Travel Weekly associate editor Grant Flowers recently stayed at
the 2-year-old Conrad International Centennial in Singapore. His
SINGAPORE -- The Conrad International Centennial is one of the
newer additions to the panoply of hotels that grace the Marina
Conrad, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and Pan Pacific all have
hotels in a space of no more than a few acres in this very modern
section of the city.
The Conrad International is operated by Hilton Hotels USA. The
Conrad name, which derives from Hilton founder Conrad Hilton, is
part of an agreement with Hilton International, which is owned by
the British firm Ladbrokes: Hilton Hotels USA is permitted to
operate in cities that already have a Hilton International but must
do so with the Conrad brand.
The 31-story, 509-room Conrad opened in late 1996, and is one of
several tall, sleek buildings in the area -- located across the
harbor from the central business district -- and is in the midst of
shopping malls and office developments. Singapore's new convention
center is also nearby. The Conrad's modern, multicolored structure
fits in well with the area.
Compared with other Asian cities, Singapore is easy to get
around in, and guests should have no trouble finding transportation
at the Conrad: Taxis are plentiful, and it is a short walk to the
nearest rail station (called Mass Rapid Transit).
Inside, the Conrad is a big, modern hotel. The huge lobby is
filled with commissioned artwork. The couches and chairs spread
throughout the space and throughout Oscar's, a ground-floor
restaurant, make it obvious that the lobby is a place for people to
From the start, the service at the hotel was uniformly
excellent, and employees went out of their way to be helpful.
The lower levels are also home to other areas, including a
business center and a fitness center.
One of the hotel's secret spaces is an outdoor pool and patio
area where dinners and special events are often hosted.
The hotel's in-house restaurant, the Golden Peony, occupies a
well-lighted, stylish space on the second level. The restaurant
serves Cantonese cuisine prepared by a handful of chefs from Hong
Kong. Whatever the influences, the results are terrific, but expect
a lot of courses.
Guest rooms have the same modern look as the rest of the hotel.
The contemporary-style rooms are decorated with an emphasis on
light browns and wood furnishings, which together provide a bright
look. The rooms are large, and guests have plenty of space to move
More than half of the rooms have king-size beds, and the linens
have thread counts approaching infinity. (Always a great thing but
even better after a day in the equatorial sun.) The bed is also the
residence of a teddy bear that the hotel provides for guests.
The bear is a perfect companion for another of the Conrad's
amenities, a rubber ducky in the bathroom. Like the bedrooms, the
bathrooms are also large but have marble floors. There is a
separate shower stall, and there are acres of sink space.
There is an executive lounge on the 30th floor, and guests who
stay on the top three floors have access. From the lounge, guests
can see nearly the entire country -- including the harbor and
downtown -- while choosing from a selection of complimentary foods
A dedicated concierge is stationed near the lounge. This person
can handle all of the hotel functions, such as checkout.
Among guest accommodations here are 25 suites.
Since the Conrad serves mainly corporate clients, meeting spaces
are plentiful, including a ballroom that can seat 500 people.
Room rates start at about $150, double, for a superior room with
a king bed. Moving up to a deluxe raises the price to about $175. A
deluxe room on an executive level is $205. Conrad International
Centennial Singapore: (800) 445-8667