Starwood to launch 2 hotels in heritage buildings here

An artist's impression of The Duxton Club's Duxton House lobby (above), and the bar at Hotel Vagabond (left). The two hotels are the first to be launched under Starwood's The Luxury Collection and Tribute Portfolio brands in Singapore.
An artist's impression of The Duxton Club's Duxton House lobby (above), and the bar at Hotel Vagabond. The two hotels are the first to be launched under Starwood's The Luxury Collection and Tribute Portfolio brands in Singapore.PHOTOS: STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS
An artist's impression of The Duxton Club's Duxton House lobby (above), and the bar at Hotel Vagabond (left). The two hotels are the first to be launched under Starwood's The Luxury Collection and Tribute Portfolio brands in Singapore.
An artist's impression of The Duxton Club's Duxton House lobby, and the bar at Hotel Vagabond (above). The two hotels are the first to be launched under Starwood's The Luxury Collection and Tribute Portfolio brands in Singapore.PHOTOS: STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS

Mammoth hotel group Starwood Hotels & Resorts is launching two new hotels here, both housed within repurposed heritage buildings.

The buildings will undergo "multi-million dollar renovations" in partnership with boutique developers Harpreet and Satinder Garcha, Starwood said yesterday.

The first hotel, called The Duxton Club, will be housed in two pre-war colonial heritage buildings in Tanjong Pagar within walking distance of each other: The Duxton House on Duxton Road and The Duxton Terrace on Murray Street.

The Duxton House, which will open early next year, will have 50 guestrooms in eight adjoining three-storey buildings. The hotel will include an all-day dining destination restaurant, a signature bar and a private cigar room.

Meanwhile, the 138-room The Duxton Terrace comprises 14 adjoining three- and four-storey colonial-era buildings, and is slated to open in July next year.

The buildings have been adapted for different purposes over the years, from housing a hawker food alley and dining establishments to an office space.

The second hotel, Hotel Vagabond, is on Syed Alwi Road in Jalan Besar. It opened in January this year but is undergoing a rebranding exercise, and will re-opennext month. The 41-room property is housed within a row of 1950s Art Deco shophouses.

The two hotels are the first in Singapore to be launched under Starwood's The Luxury Collection and Tribute Portfolio brands.

"We are thrilled to be bringing The Luxury Collection and Tribute Portfolio brands to Singapore," said Mr Rajit Sukumaran, senior vice-president of acquisitions and development at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific.

He added: "We are confident that these two distinct brands will make their mark on the country's highly competitive hospitality market."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2016, with the headline 'Starwood to launch 2 hotels in heritage buildings here'. Print Edition | Subscribe