The Hilton Singapore Orchard, located on the iconic shopping district on Orchard Road cornering Scott Road, has over 1000 rooms and expansive high-tech conference rooms (2,400 square meters of event space). It may well be the largest hotel in Singapore and certainly the largest Hilton in Asia Pacific.
It was originally the Mandarin Orchard, Hilton took it over and has ploughed $150 million to revamp the entire hotel. They opened their shiny new hotel on 24th February 2022, offering the go-to culinary hot-spot Estate restaurant, probably the best buffet in town, and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
On the ground and the first floor is the Mandarin gallery shopping centre, so it’s a lift to the reception on floor five into a dazzling and spacious area looking smart in brown and beige hues with black accents. Check-in was fast and efficient, and we were in our room in no time.
There are plenty of room-style options that work for city breakers, those in layovers, and those that need excellent business/meeting facilities alongside their luxury stay.
The Hilton Orchard Singapore has more than 1,000 rooms that comprise 13 types arranged over two towers – Mandarin tower is a nod to the previous owners – Mandarin Oriental – and features energy-efficient technology such as motion sensor-controlled lighting. Ask for a room at the front so you can have a view over Orchard Road.
I liked the wooden reusable key cards for their eco vibe, the muted tones of browns and greens, and as I had an Executive Room – all executive rooms are on the higher floors – there was an overreaching view.
The room did seem a tad small at 29sqm however, clever ergonomics and a stylishly done open wardrobe concept offering storage space behind the TV and hanging space behind the long mirror. We had everything could wish for, including a king-sized bed with four pillows, a small working area, ample powerpoints and USB points, bedside light control, an easy to miss the cupboard that housed the ironing board and iron, a Nespresso machine, tea-making facilities and even a settee, small table and chair.
All rooms have stylish ensuites with a bathtub, a discreet bidet, and a walk-in shower with ACCA KAPPA toiletries and spare toothbrushes. Ours had lots of black shiny tiles, marbled flooring and snazzy lighting.
Food & Drink
There are five dining options but the most fun must surely be the Estate buffet. I am not one for buffets but was urged to try it. So glad I did.
We got up several times for seconds and thirds starting with a most delicious duck consomme, the outstanding black truffled duck and several styles of skewered meats cooked on a charcoal grill.
Other places to dine are Ginger.Lily which offers botanical-inspired afternoon tea, the two Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten, which serves Szechuan cuisine by Chen Kentaro; and Chatterbox which offers local specialties.
A magnificent buffet breakfast with global food options is available at the Estate restaurant.
There is an outdoor pool, two 24-hour fitness centres, a kids club, a vast business and event rooms, and a ballroom for weddings.
On level 6 is the Club lounge, with plenty of space for breakfast, lunch or dinner and where many find a quiet corner to work and access food nibbles and of course, tipples during happy hour.
Rooms start at SGD547 / £338 per night
The Hilton Orchard Singapore is located in the shopping and leisure district and within walking distance of subway stations with connections to Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and Universal Studios Singapore. Conveniently is’s just a 25 minute drive from Changi airport and opposite the MRT itself located in a shopping mall.
Verdict: The Hilton Singapore Orchard has professional and friendly staff, enviable dining options together with its location in the shopping and leisure district close to transport makes this hotel a great choice. Nothing is missing.