Within two years, a new hotel will rise across from the stately Shangri-La hotel near Orchard Road.
Known as The Standard, the hotel will house 143 rooms and tick the list of features with an infinity pool. Its Orange Grove Road location is across from the Shangri-La, which has been around since 1965 and is said to be a popular spot for politicians to confab on defense matters.
“Singapore has emerged into an incredibly important and innovative hub in Asia and we couldn’t be more excited about this development,” Standard International CEO Amar Lalvani said in a news release. “New hotel licenses in the city are rare and highly coveted and we feel very fortunate to partner with Invictus Developments to bring this project to life.”
The Standard is a project of Invictus Development, which is owned by Indonesian palm oil tycoon Bachtiar Karim. The new development is rare considering that Singapore hasn’t had a new hotel in that area for a long time.
The hotel chain, which already has branches in the United States, London and Maldives, is expected to expand in Asia-Pacific. It also plans to open in Thailand’s Hua Hin and Bangkok this year and the next, respectively. Thai real estate developer Sansiri PLC has a majority stake in the business.
Other than being next to Shangri-La, that area is also a short walk away from the UNESCO Singapore Botanical Gardens. And with a slew of embassies and the INTERPOL located in the area, we expect the level of security at The Standard to be pretty high as well.