Retail therapy aside, Orchard Road is now home to the newest co-working space in Singapore. Military in name and theme (sort of), The General Room is a fancy-looking facility that claims to be run like an army base — with precision, respect, and efficiency — and aims to attract businesses in the fashion, financial, and wealth management industries.
It’s also the first co-working concept by Malaysian company LGB Somerset Investment on our shores.
Work spaces include hot desks (from $500/month), private rooms (from $1,000/month), meeting rooms (from $60/hour), and conference rooms (from $100/hour). Start-ups who want a business address for mailing purposes can use it as a virtual office (from $145) as well.
Amenities range from high speed Wi-Fi and office supplies to cleaning services, use of the members’ lounge, and a full-stocked pantry.
The rooms are pretty basic-looking, so if you’d rather work in a nicely-decked out space, the lounge area and bar is spruced up with lush leather sofas and exposed bulbs hanging from the ceiling. It’s also open for event bookings (from $1,000/four hours).
If you happen to be in town and you’ve exhausted all the cafe options on the stretch, The General Room offers $50 one-day passes as well, so you can have a quiet place to work without having to make a cup of coffee last five hours.
The General Room is at #07-07 TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Rd.
6916-0188. $500/month for single desk; $4,000/month for room with four desks; $50/day pass; $145/month for use of virtual office address.