NEW YORK, NY "“ July 12, 2006 "“ The Orchard Hotel in Singapore, one of five Singapore hotels owned and operated under the Millennium brand, has announced the unveiling of a multi-million dollar renovation of the hotel's Signature Club Rooms. The new rooms are exquisitely designed by renowned French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, known for his work at the Four Seasons George V in Paris and L’Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo among other luxury properties worldwide. Rochon's vibrant designs at the Orchard Hotel fuses contemporary and classic designs with a strong Eastern flavor and distinctly European interpretation.
"Orchard Hotel's Signature Club rooms will serve as the latest benchmark for the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels' (M&C) new hotel concepts and services that seamlessly blend East and West. These initiatives will gradually be extended to more M&C hotels in the coming years where applicable, and also to other refurbishment projects in our hotels in gateway cities around the world. This initiative will bring M&C another step closer in our quest to create memorable experiences for our guests," said Mr Kwek Leng Beng, chairman, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc, the parent company of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, North America.
Signature Club Rooms
Rochon has created a fusion of contemporary and classic design for the signature Club rooms with the use of three vibrant color schemes which he has titled "the three harmonies." The color schemes consist of luxurious Regal Red, tranquil Ming Blue and soothing Celadon Green. These three signature colors are each interwoven with predominantly European black for a startling visual impact.
The interior architecture makes clever use of sliding panels, typical of Chinese houses and mood lighting that varies between daylight and night, bringing a dramatic range to the color schemes during different times of the day. The decor features contemporary and Chinese type furniture and art. Contemporary European and traditional Chinese paintings and engravings add to the ambience.
Explaining the concept, Rochon said: "The Regal Red room spells vibrancy, aided by generous doses of black in the furniture and wood panels. The Ming Blue room is both traditional and timeless, and conjures up a sense of nostalgia for the sentimental guest. The Celadon Green scheme instantly creates a bright and cheery first impression, reminding one of the freshness of spring."
Each of the 20 Club Deluxe and 29 Club rooms has a luxurious armoire (free-standing wardrobe), while each of the 16 Suites (eight equipped with kitchenettes) features a walk-in wardrobe. The armoire is an Oriental art piece with modern functions such as a laptop safe that doubles up as a charger for the computer. The interior of each armoire matches that of the room's color theme, carrying through Rochon's designs from the paintings that adorn the walls, to all the individual Chinese antiques on display in the rooms. All furnishings display elements from East and West.
In each room, headboards for the beds in red, blue or green fabric catches one's eye "“ elegant and soothing to the gaze. Fretworks (wooden panels) on either side of the headboard give an unmistakable Oriental touch.
Designed for the executive lifestyle with luxurious comforts of stylish living, the Signature Club suites feature separate bedrooms for complete privacy, living rooms with a writing desk and kitchenette that caters for long staying guests' needs, spacious bathrooms with deluxe amenities and invigorating rain-showers with hydro-massage jets, as well as a LCD TV installed in the wall at the foot of the bathtub. To top it off, each room is equipped with state-of-the-art modern gadgets such as 32-inch LCD TVs which can be connected to a laptop, MP3-compatible Bose Music System with CD player and alarm clock, high-speed wireless broadband, and one-touch control panel for mood lights.
For a relaxing and invigorating sleep, a pillow menu is also available so guests can choose from ten different types of pillows such as feather, therapeutic, anti-snore, hypoallergenic, beads, high density foam, cotton and buck wheat. The bed has a custom designed bedspread and embroidered silk cushions; custom-designed bedspread. To set the mood, the rooms also include Chinese-style lampshades; adjustable reading lights; and a daily 6 p.m. turndown amenity of amuse bouche.
A luxurious array of new Signature amenities and services are made available to guests including: personal aromatic therapy with a range of essential oils; pamper packs for ladies, businessmen, couples or babies; blood pressure measuring device; laundry storage service; IT butler; as well as a dedicated Signature Concierge team to assist with arrangements such as securing restaurant reservations, theatre tickets and acting as a personal shopper.
The Orchard Hotel signature Club rooms are available in Standard or Deluxe format – Club Suites are also available.
Signature Club Lounge on the 18th Floor
Guests staying on the Signature Club Floors will have access to the stunning Signature Club Lounge on the 18th floor which features sophisticated red-and-black color schemes bearing an "East meets West" concept. To create a relaxing Zen-like environment, Rochon has incorporated classic Chinese art, delicate porcelain figurines and vases and handsome teak and rosewood furnishings into the dÃ©cor.
The Club Lounge offers the use of a convertible private meeting room and houses an open kitchen serving an extensive breakfast menu selection. A personal chef is also on hand to cater to guests' individual preferences. Refreshments are served throughout the day. At the Club Lounge guests can also enjoy exclusive Signature Club privileges such as traditional English Coddled Eggs, once reserved only for royalty.
Standard and Superior Rooms
All Standard and Superior rooms in the Orchard Wing have been tastefully re-decorated by each completely redesigned in a contemporary concept set against modern essentials with influences of Chinese art. The rooms also feature bathrooms with private enclosure outfitted with glass panel dividers which allow a view into the bedroom and a roller shutter screen which can be drawn down for complete privacy.
Kids Club & Hospitality Room
A new Kids' Club and Hospitality Room has been added to the Orchard Wing which offers activities for children staying in the hotel. Parents can leave their children under the care and supervision of experienced babysitters. The Hospitality Room is for the exclusive use of Orchard Hotel in-house guests.
Recreation Area: "Putting Green in the City"
Located on the 4th floor is the city's only outdoor putting green where guests can practice their golf swings without leaving the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road. Clubs and balls are available for rental
Guests can experience these newly designed rooms by Rochon first hand by booking the "Signature Club Room Introductory" package with rates beginning from $175 excluding tax. The package includes complimentary unlimited broadband Internet access, complimentary $30 food and beverage credit (for limited period only), exclusive access to Signature Club Lounge for daily Happy Hour specials at the Club Lounge with soft drinks, beer, wines, snacks and canapÃ©s, complimentary gourmet breakfast at the Club Lounge, complimentary mineral water and canned soft drinks from the in-room mini bar, complimentary non-accumulative laundry credit of up to $11 daily, complimentary local calls, free use of the Private Meeting Room for up to two hours at the Club Lounge and exclusive shopping services at the nearby DFS Galleria including complimentary luxury car service and personal shopper
About Pierre-Yves Rochon
Rochon is renowned for his hotel and restaurant interior design work worldwide including at such properties as the Four Seasons George V in Paris, L’Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo, Essex House in New York, and the Le Meridien at Beverly Hills. He has received numerous prestigious awards including the Trophee Hermes, MIPIM and European Hotel Design Awards.
About the Orchard Hotel Singapore
The Orchard Hotel is the winner of the "Best Accommodation Experience" (Superior Hotel category) at the 2006 20th Tourism Awards in Singapore. The hotel features 653-rooms and is situated on Singapore's renowned Orchard Road, the city-state's famous shopping and entertainment belt. All guest rooms and suites are elegantly appointed and housed in twin towers "“ Orchard Wing (325-rooms) and Claymore Wing (328-rooms). Orchard Hotel is also home to some of the city's finest restaurants: the award winning restaurants – Hua Ting and the Orchard Cafe. La Terrasse is the perfect rendezvous for afternoon tea or supper whilst the Intermezzo Bar offers entertainment and cool cocktails perfect for an evening's relaxation or after-work wind-down.
About Millennium Hotels and Resorts/Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR), established in the United States in 2000, is the North American arm of London-based Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc (MLC). The MHR portfolio includes 20 holdings in The Americas, and the company operates properties including: Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York City; Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, New York City; Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo, New York; Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles; Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago; Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Boston; Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis; Millennium Hotel, St. Louis; Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati; Millennium Harvest House, Boulder; Millennium Hotel, Durham; Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage; Millennium Resort, Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch; the Millennium Maxwell House, Nashville; and the Royal Palm Resort, Galapagos Islands. MLC holdings outside of the Millennium brand include the Millenium Hilton in New York City. For further information on Millennium Hotels and Resorts, call 866-866-8086 or visit www.millenniumhotels.com.
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels comprises 100 four and five star hotels with 24,681 rooms worldwide in 16 countries. Our World of Hospitality marketing alliance partner Maritim Hotels has 45 hotels with 13,069 rooms in 9 countries. For more information please visit www.millenniumhotels.com or www.maritim.com.