From hotel and room check-in to business discussions and events in
the ballrooms, the newly launched Hilton Singapore Orchard has
transformed into an experience-specific hotel for MICE planners and
delegates. It occupies the premises of the former Mandarin Orchard.
Its transformation comes with a couple of superlatives. It is the
largest flagship property in Asia Pacific (APAC) with 1,080 rooms. Its
Executive Lounge is also the largest for an APAC property, spanning 790
sqm with a capacity of 206 pax. The spacious venue with various seating
options and configurations will easily provide a cosy corner for a
1-to-1 CEO chat or a comfortable planning meeting for a group of six.
MICE groups arriving at the hotel will now be able to check-in
quickly at the dedicated lobby on level 1 before heading up to their
rooms via lifts just a few steps away. Key considerations have been
given to the delegate’s journey within the hotel, with a spatial flow
that directs a delegate from room to event venue conveniently with
little distraction. From the lift lobby on level 5, planners now find
their meetings haven on the left behind closed doors. This ensures there
isn’t much crossover traffic of regular visitors to the general lobby,
bar and lounge, and restaurants on the right.
The dedicated events enclave comprises 16 configurable rooms bathed
in natural light and dressed in greenery for meetings, break-out
sessions and receptions. Within this space, there are lounge areas and
kitchen amenities for coffee breaks to be served. Much thought has been
given to the conducive and relaxing experience provided for delegates in
its creation. After all, it’s important enough to hack away a big
section of the old carpark for it.
The new Grand Ballroom now accommodates up to 900 pax and is fitted
with the latest LED walls and audiovisual technology for immersive
screenings. Together with the distinctive multi-tiered
amphitheatre-style Imperial Ballroom and the new events enclave, Hilton Singapore Orchard offers
2,400 sqm of versatile spaces for MICE groups.
Helmed by General Manager Cedric Nubul, who has more than 20 years’
experience with the Hilton brand, the hotel sees a positive pipeline of
events, particularly in the sports sector. He shared that it was very
timely and significant to have launched the hotel by welcoming the HSBC
Women’s World Championship in March.
has always upheld a strong sustainability agenda, and we believe in
carrying out our 2030 goal to ‘travel with purpose’ and to redefine
sustainable travel. Together with HSBC’s green agenda, it was a
partnership very much aligned in values and vision. The organiser was
interested in how we practised sustainability; from our use of wooden
key cards and glass bottles to our ingredients sourcing efforts for
F&B and how we go about recycling,” shared Nubul.
For the event, the hotel’s F&B team headed by Culinary Director
Vijay Shanmugam, previously with Waldorf Astoria Maldives, worked with
the organiser to create a menu that was sustainably sourced. “We are
also working more with local food suppliers, and with Nordaq as well to
have our own water bottling plant at the hotel,” said Nubul.
Following that, Singapore’s calendar of sports events such as April’s
HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens and the Ultimate Fighting Championship in
June will keep the hotel busy.
Nubul said, “We are seeing very positive overseas demand – mainly for
in-person events – from the US, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. We
have had RFPs for groups ranging from 200 to 250, and we are bidding for
“We have been focusing on the local market, and we will continue to
do so. Globally, we are hoping for the Europe market to stabilise, and
of course, we are waiting for Japan and China to open up. From a
marketing standpoint, our plans and strategies are ready to be activated
whenever respective markets open up. So, we are ready,” added Nubul.
Hilton Singapore Orchard enjoys the prestige of its prime location in
Orchard Road, with the adjoined Mandarin Gallery providing much foot
traffic from visitors looking for epicurean dining or a leisurely
tête-à-tête after shopping. F&B highlights include
two-Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten by Chef Kentaro, Osteria Mozza by
famed American chef Nancy Silverton, and award-winning Chatterbox for
local delights. All-day dining restaurant Estate and bar and lounge
Ginger.Lily complete the culinary experience.
The hotel has about 600 rooms currently ready for bookings, with the full inventory of 1,080 rooms completed by January 2023.