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InterContinental Hotel Singapore Goes Back to the Future

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InterContinental Singapore has stepped up its focus on its unique Straits Chinese guest experience with the launch of its revamped shophouse guest rooms and suites.

The hotel, which preserves an entire row of the Peranakan-style shophouses from the 1920s as an integral feature of its architecture, has given its 65 shophouse rooms and suites a major makeover to reflect the Peranakan heritage that dates back to the 17th century when seafarers from China married indigenous Malays.

However, room amenities are firmly based on 21st century, incorporating leading-edge technology including a Bose wave music system and an array of media connections including HDMI, USB, Internet data connection and PC link inputs allowing guests to project their laptop screen on the room’s 46” LED TV. An iPhone and iPod-compatible docking station, European designer bathroom fittings and sumptuous bedding complete the luxurious experience.

Taking their inspiration from the private homes of Peranakan families who used to live on the upper floors of their businesses in the heart of the Bugis district where the InterContinental Singapore is located, the shophouse rooms and suites all feature touches of the rich Pernakan heritage including dark teak flooring, intricate carvings and artifacts.

The ambience is further enhanced with wooden window shutters that overlook the narrow street below and evoke the lifestyle of the bygone era. Guests are served a special Welcome tea on arrival and at night, a short story, recalling a fascinating aspect of the Peranakan lifestyle, is placed on each bedside table.

The Peranakan experience is not only confined to the shophouse rooms and suites.

The hotel’s Club InterContinental lounge also exudes an old-world Peranakan charm, featuring wooden window shutters and original floorboards softened by lush fabrics and plush seating.

“The shophouse rooms provide an opportunity for visitors to Singapore to really experience the heritage, get a feel for the traditional culture and lifestyle of the people who actually lived in this area,” said Ms Tash Tobias, General Manager, InterContinental Singapore commenting on the S$7.2 million renovation.

“Very often one city can look very much like another in terms of new buildings and modern hotel rooms”.

“What makes a trip memorable is the opportunity to get a taste of the heritage, culture and local colour.” she added.

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