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Queenstown Hospitality: Park Hotel Alexandra
Located in the Queenstown area, Singapore’s first satellite town and one of the country’s oldest housing estates, Park Hotel Alexandra offers guests the perfect opportunity to explore a local neighbourhood.
Guests are never too far from all the action though as the hotel is only a 10-minute drive away from the Central Business District and the famous shopping belt of Orchard Road. It is also close to business hubs such as Mapletree Business District and Alexandra Distripark.
In the adjoining building to the left of the 442-room hotel is Alexandra Central, a three-storey shopping mall. To its right is IKEA Alexandra.
Sporting soothing earthy tones and a nature-inspired décor featuring lots of natural woods, the hotel’s design and architecture was a collaboration between three renowned firms. Singapore’s largest architecture firm DP Architects was responsible for the hotel’s sleek glass-clad exterior while award-winning Australian architecture firm Elenberg Fraser injected a modern sophisticated touch to the hotel’s public spaces. The look and feel of guestrooms and suites were the handiwork of internationally renowned designers KKS International Co., Ltd.
5 Things We ♥ About The Hotel
1. Warm, Cosy Suite
When we entered our 48sqm Executive Suite on level 19, we knew right away that we could chill indoors for quite a long time. We could hang out in the cosy living area which has a sofa, coffee table, a 42-inch television, minibar, a work desk and a powder room, or lounge on the king-sized bed in the bedroom which also has a television.
There may not be his-and-her sinks in the bathroom but we appreciate the long countertop which can hold all our toiletries plus the hotel’s APPELLES Apothecary & Lab toiletries from Australia. The spacious bathroom also has lots of shelves and storage areas, a bathtub and a shower area.
2. Lounge With Sweeping Views
When we’re not in our room, you’ll find us over at the Crystal Club Lounge on level 19. Open from 7am to 11pm daily, the lounge serves breakfast from 7am to 10.30am, evening cocktails and light bites from 5.30pm to 7.30pm as well as all-day refreshments in the form of Boncafe coffee, Gryphon teas, juices and soft drinks.
We always sit by the window to soak up views of suburban life and the Queenstown neighbourhood.
We were most impressed with the level of service at the lounge. The lounge team was always two steps ahead of us, anticipating our needs and genuinely cared about our well-being.
3. Mouthwatering Meats @ The Carvery
If you’re a meat lover like us, you’ll definitely feel like you’re in meat heaven at this buffet restaurant (the country’s first dedicated carvery), known for its perfectly roasted premium meats.
Our absolute favourite is the New Zealand Roasted Leg of Lamb. Marinated overnight with salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, white wine and onions, the lamb then is slow-roasted till a crusty outer layer is formed, with medium rare meat inside that’s oh-so tender and juicy.
A close second is the succulent Beef Prime Rib, Australian grain-fed prime rib that is dry aged in-house. The beef is slow-roasted for about eight hours and best eaten medium rare.
A hot favourite for non-red meat eaters is the juicy Rotisserie Chicken. Each plump bird is marinated in fresh herbs, carrots, onions, bay leaves and celery for 10 to 12 hours before it is roasted on a spit in the rotisserie.
A must-have for porcine fiends is the Pork Knuckle with Crackling which boasts moist fork-tender meat beneath the crunchiest of skin.
The flavours of the meats are boosted by a lovely variety of condiments and sauces. Choices include house-made anchovy and truffle butters; pink Himalayan, black lava, chilli-infused and Maldon sea salts; a selection of mustards and horseradish; and house-made veal jus, chicken gravy, red wine sauce and Marmite sauce.
We were also delighted to find crispy and fluffy Yorkshire Pudding on the carving station (available only for dinner).
While the meats are the stars, the buffet spread also features many hearty hot meat and seafood dishes, fresh seafood on ice, salads, pastas, wood-fired pizzas, cheeses and desserts.
4. Coffee & Cocktails
We need our daily caffeine fix so we were thrilled that the hotel has its own artisanal coffee bar – The Coffee Belt – on the lobby level. Instead of getting our usual cup of joe, we asked award-winning senior barista Stephen Wong to surprise us with the special brew of the day. The coffee bar get its special blend of coffee beans from local specialty coffee roaster Tiong Hoe.
Cocktails before dinner is always a good idea so we parked ourselves at the open-concept Aqua Luna next to the hotel’s infinity pool (which we think is one of the coolest hotel pools for the views that it affords) just before sunset. We ordered the signature pear-and vodka-based Poire Basil and the refreshing gin-based Summer Chill to go with the Mini Beef Burger and Drunken Angry Wings, watched the sky change colour and glow, and witnessed Queenstown’s lights come to life at sundown. Life is good.
5. Location, location location
We seldom rave about a hotel’s location but we are making an exception for this suburban hotel as there’s so much to see and do in its vicinity.
We trekked along the Southern Ridges, a 10km trail with elevated walkways that connect to Mount Faber, Telok Blangah Hill, Kent Ridge and Labrador Nature Reserve.
We also checked out Alexandra Arch, an open fig leaf style bridge which connects to Hort Park, a gardening lifestyle hub.
A little further down from Hort Park is Gillman Barracks, a historic military site that is now home to international art galleries and a couple of eateries.
We satisfied our craving for local dishes such as chicken rice, carrot cake and Hokkien mee at ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre. Just opposite the hotel is Alexandra Village Food Centre, where we tucked into wanton noodles, braised duck rice and claypot laksa.
To work off all that food, we went shopping at Queensway Shopping Centre which is famous for its vast range of sporting goods that are sold at discounted prices.
If we had more time we would have hopped over to see the KTM Railway tracks close to Alexandra Hospital.
Heritage fans will want to check out the free guided walking tour, My Queenstown Heritage Trail, held every last Saturday of the month. For more details on the heritage trail and other discovery ideas, check with the hotel concierge.
Rates start from $250++ for a Deluxe Room.
Photos courtesy of Park Hotel Alexandra