The new InterContinental Robertson Quay and Quayside anchors a neighbourhood’s revitalization and is surrounded by a choice of fine dining options, turning the area into a new favourite for locals and travellers.
The riverfront area of Singapore known as Robertson Quay has undergone yet another transformation. What was originally swampland 1.5 km upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River was first developed in the 1880s as Singapore’s busiest commercial wharf when both Boat Quay and Clarke Quay were unable to keep up with the thriving trade of the time.
In the 1990s, the largely abandoned area was rezoned by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and saw the arrival of new buildings like the distinctive Gallery Hotel. That development has since been replaced by a brand new hotel and a collection of retail food outlets.
Fine and Casual Dining
RB Capital, already known for its varied portfolio of hotels, offices and malls in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, is behind the project. On one side, Quayside proposes a variety of F&B outlets, many of which offer al fresco dining, attracting a young public looking for a lively atmosphere away from the throngs of Clarke Quay. Summerlong serves up an array of pan-Mediterranean snacks, shared dishes and mains like chargrilled octopus, while local chain Super Loco follows the same formula of shareable Mexican dishes and mains with margaritas and flights of tequila. Diners looking for something else can choose from Indian, barbecue, sushi, a French brasserie, and a bakery.
On the ground floor that houses the hotel, Publico’s menu is a list of crowd-pleasing Italian favorites. Fritto misto, arancini, pasta, pizza, and tender grilled fiorentina, the aged T-bone steak of which Executive Chef Marco Turatti is rightly proud. The decor by noted New York design firm ArvoKO blurs the lines between interior and exterior with use of stone, wood and retractable glass panels between the restaurant and the terrace.
Upstairs, other tenants include New York Wolfgang’s Steakhouse with a bottle of Wolfgang Zweiner’s signature steak sauce on every table and a jaw-dropping wine cellar in the middle of the restaurant; exclusive omakase sushi at Ishi; and private members’ club 1880. But the designers were very conscious of not just creating a tourist destination, but also becoming part of the community.
Singapore star architect Chan Soo Khian, principal of SCDA Architects, explained that “The project is designed to address activity on the river promenade […] opening up the guest experience to the residents in the area.”
A Hotel for Work and Leisure
As for the hotel itself, 225 rooms from studios to a penthouse suite combine sleek marble, slate, cooper and bronze with creature comforts like custom-designed furnishings and in-room cocktail kits from mixologists Proof & Co.
The contemporary design and attention to detail at the InterContinental-managed hotel are seen as a response to Marriott International’s W Hotels and Accor’s Sofitel So, aimed squarely at a younger, well-heeled clientele looking for luxury and service, without alienating business travelers who are faithful to the brand, a profile that fits RB Capital owner, Kishin RK (aged 35) who has been personally involved in all aspects of the project.
“InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has been created and positioned to make you feel at home,” said Mark Winterton, General Manager of InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay. Other amenities include an exclusive 24-hour lounge for Club room guests, personalized concierge services, five modulable meeting rooms, a lap pool and gym facilities.
(Author: Vicent Vichit-Vadakan)