The award-winning Conrad Centennial in Singapore seamlessly articulates luxuriousness and quiet refinement. A short distance from the pulse of Marina Bay, it integrates business, fashion, art and entertainment in a flawless blend of local and international flavour.
Just a walk away from six shopping malls, world-class attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer and six museums, the Conrad is steeped in discreet opulence, making it a preferred choice for the discerning traveller.
Contemporary in design, the hotel offers 482 luxurious guest rooms and 25 suites, each with an array of home comforts and modern conveniences. Designed by Philip Johnson, the first recipient of the Pritzker Prize for a distinguished career in architecture, Conrad Centennial is influenced by the ‘International Style’ invented by him.
An approach characterised by the straightforward use of modern materials such as glass and steel and emphasising function and structure, Philip Johnson expounds the viewpoint of a ‘Footprint’. “That is how space unfolds from the moment you catch a glimpse of a building until, with your feet, you have approached, entered and arrived at the goal,” he explains.
The Conrad Centennial Singapore boasts an impressive and diverse display of exquisite art throughout the property. The collection comprises of over 3,400 original works, reflecting the hotel’s support to the development of the local art scene.
Guests can enjoy a glimpse of established local names like Tay Bak Koi, Goh Beng Kwan, Tan Chin-Chin, Yeo Siak Goon, Tan Kwank Liang, Cheng Yajie, as well as international artists like Ketna Patel, Richard Sparling, Rafael Barrios, Mineo Mizuno, Phang Li, Hsie Peng Hsiao, Chang Chuan, Brad Davies, Robert Zakanitch, Susan Bauman, Brandish Delaney and Jeff Kreis to name a few.
Central to the collection is the underlying Asian theme. Even the works of the international artists include symbols, icons or motifs that reflect Eastern culture. Complementing the warm and elegant interiors, each piece lends drama and a splash of colour to the already stylish ambience.
At the entrance one is greeted by a gigantic steel and hand-painted wall sculpture by Richard Sparling called “Harmony”, measuring 27 feet x 10 feet, while the center-piece in the lobby is by world-renowned Venezuelan sculptor, Rafael Barrios that comprises of five steel blocks which are artistically welded together at varying angles to reflect a mathematical series of concave and convex curves.
A magnificent marble staircase leads guests from the lobby to the Ballroom which is decorated with elaborately designed Italian chandeliers and high ceilings, while the Lobby Lounge with its 24 carat gold ceiling is the perfect amalgamation of East and West.
The Conrad boasts of 190 classic rooms, 152 business floor rooms, 140 executive floor rooms and 25 suites all done in a contemporary elegance with lavish marble bathrooms and artworks highlighting the décor. Chang Chuan, a Chinese artist who creates his works with a three dimensional effect features in the Presidential Suite. Even the restaurants are adorned with magnificent pieces like the two six-foot tall ceramic vases specially created by avant-garde Japanese artist Mineo Mizuno, standing at the entrance of the Golden Peony.
With four restaurants serving gastronomic delights, a tranquil spa and gym facilities, a palm shaded pool that faces the Singapore flyer and staff that go above and beyond, Conrad Centennial is the perfect destination for the new generation of smart luxe travellers for whom life, business and pleasure impeccably intermingle – people who know that the greatest luxury is the luxury of being oneself!
Text By Natalie Pedder-Bajaj
Photographs Courtesy Conrad