Orchard Rendezvous Hotel was officially launched in September 2018 as part of a rebranding exercise of the former Orchard Parade Hotel that underwent phases of renovations between 2015 to 2018. As one of the more recognizable landmarks in the Orchard Road stretch, the newly refurbished hotel now carries a palpable botanic theme, taking inspiration from the site’s past as a pepper plantation. The hotel even had an orchid specially bred for its launch – the Vanda Orchard Rendezvous.
I was invited by the hotel to experience the revamped rooms and facilities. If you are looking for an affordable hotel in Orchard Road, this is probably one of your best bets. Depending on the day, the Orchard Rendezvous Hotel can rival the Yotel Singapore as the cheapest hotel along Singapore’s main shopping stretch, with more spacious rooms to boot!
For this particular occasion, I stayed in one of the refurbished club rooms. The property has plenty of room types and even boasts of family rooms (more about that later). At 30 square meters, the room is of modest size and comes with a balcony. I like how the interiors are painted in a soothing white which goes nicely with the arched windows and the leaf patterns on the carpet. There’s little here in the way of clutter.
One of the highlights of the club room is the complimentary minibar. As far as I know, the Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is one of the few hotels in Singapore to actually have a free minibar (another hotel nearby that has a complimenary minibar is the Novotel Singapore Stevens). There are a variety of drinks inside, such as cold teas, beer and softdrinks. There are no snacks included though club room staying guests get to have access to the lounge which provides refreshments.
The bathroom is on the small side but carries the same clean and soothing design. Many of the containers used here, such as the tissue box and amenities case are made of wood and won’t look out of place in hipster digs.
A key selling points of the hotel are its family rooms. One that particularly attracted a number of inquiries when I was featuring some snaps from a hotel tour was the room that came with bunk beds. It is quite true that despite marketing itself as a family-friendly destination, there is a dearth of rooms in the Singapore that can fit more than 2 people and it is only recently that a handful of hotels have caught on the need. Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is one of those places that can comfortably fit up to 4 people with its spacious family rooms.
My stay in the club room gave me access to the club lounge of the Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. For everyone’s convenience, here are the benefits:
- Breakfast buffet from 7AM to 10:30AM
- All-day refreshments from 11AM to 5PM
- Premium courtesy bar from 6PM to 8PM
- Complimentary laundry (2pieces daily, non-accumulative)
- Complimentary high speed internet access
- Complimentary local calls
- Complimentary minibar
- Guaranteed early check-in at 10AM or late check-out at 4PM
The club lounge here is probably one of my favorite parts of the hotel. Looks-wise, it is one of the more impressive hotel club lounges I have seen in Singapore. It’s not particularly large either but during my stay there, I never really saw it crowded, not even during evening cocktails.
I dropped by the club lounge for some snacks during evening cocktails. The buffet spread is set against a nice centerpiece accentuated by florals and hanging lamps. There are a few hot items such as chicken wings and pizza while the cheese spread is rather good and befitting western tastes.
Another thing I love about the lounge is the proliferation of reading materials. While many hotels these days have done away with magazines and physical news, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel still provides them which makes it easier to catch up with current events.
The hotel’s facilities are also quite popular with staycationers and families. The swimming pool was renovated recently and carries a Mediterranean theme. There is also a modest fitness center equipped with a sufficient number of exercise machines.
The hotel does not have any inhouse food outlets except for the lobby bar. There are a number of tenants though such as Modesto’s (which also handles breakfast for the hotel), Brewerkz, Akanoya Robatayaki and TungLok Signatures. I went to check out the latter for dinner. Highlights of my dinner included the Steamed Sliced Soon Hock in Traditional Sauce and the Deep-fried Conpoy with Salted Egg Yolk and Fresh Fruits.
The Orchard Rendezvous Hotel manages to fulfill a gap among hotels in the Orchard stretch. Those looking for a place that’s affordable without having to stick to shoebox-type of rooms and prefer to be near all the action are hard-pressed to name another hotel that’s as compelling in this price range. Moreover, the hotel is fitting for families as evidenced by the spacious family rooms.