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Mandarin Orchard Singapore bids farewell after half a century

The landmark luxury hotel will begin its new phase as a Hilton property in 2022 following a S$90 million refurbishment

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The 1,077-key Mandarin Orchard Singapore will be rebranded to Hilton Singapore Orchard following a S$90 million refurbishment that will add more meetings facilities. Credit: Meritus Hotels & Resorts

SINGAPORE - After nearly half a century as Mandarin Orchard Singapore, the luxury hotel is set to begin its new phase as a Hilton property in 2022 following a S$90 million (US$62.55 million) refurbishment that will add more meetings facilities.

Real estate group OUE Limited and OUE Commercial REIT made the move to rebrand the 1,077-key luxury hotel following a "comprehensive and strategic review".

Hilton Singapore Orchard will be the group's flagship hotel in Singapore and its largest in Asia Pacific.

Planned asset enhancement works will add new meeting facilities, refreshed food and beverage offerings to cater to the growing demand for regional and global MICE events.

The hotel will feature 1,080 guest rooms and five restaurants and bars, including an all-day dining restaurant. The plan will also increase meetings and function spaces by almost one-third the current spaces to 3,765 sqm, including three ballrooms.

The refurbishment will be conducted in phases, commencing in the second quarter of 2020 to "capitalise on the current challenges facing the hospitality industry due to Covid-19". The works are expected to be completed by end-2021.

During the refurbishment period, Mandarin Orchard Singapore will continue to operate under the management of Meritus Hotels & Resorts.