Long before it was hip to turn ice gem biscuits into plush cushions or name a music festival (we're looking at you, Getai Soul) after live performances held during the Hungry Ghost Festival, the InterContinental Singapore was already proudly championing Singapore's Peranakan heritage, weaving Nyonya motifs into their guest rooms while giving guests a seductive glimpse of the beauty that is Peranakan tilework.
Today, the property continues to pay tribute to all things Peranakan, but this time around with even more elegant stylings introduced by way of a multimillion-dollar facelift that sees 338 guest rooms transformed into a living showcase of Peranakan art and soul. Under the baton of award-winning interior design firm FBEYE International, the contemporary rooms see charming touches in the form of lacquered doors, handsome marquetry, and silk-skinned headboards sporting Peranakan tile motifs.
The immersion in history doesn't end there. On Saturday afternoons, guests are invited to join a two-hour guided walking trail of the neighbourhood to discover the colourful past of Albert Street, Waterloo Street, and landmarks such as the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. Making history come alive is no easy feat, but the folks over at InterContinental Singapore have pulled it off with aplomb, one befitting of the rich heritage the hotel was built on.
InterContinental Singapore. Tel: 6825 1000
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