People may flock to the Goodwood Park Hotel for its famous durian desserts now, but did you know that the distinguished hotel is rich in history. It was built in 1900 as the Teutonia Club, an elite enclave for German expats – before becoming a hotel in 1929. The hotel became one of the most prestigious hotels by the end of the 1930s, with an illustrious list of guests such as the Duke of Windsor, and the Prince of Wales of England.
The hotel also later became a residence for high-ranking Japanese soldiers during World War II, and served as a British War Crimes Court after the war ended. Of course, it returned to its former glory as a hotel; and even made local history by being the first hotel in Singapore to offer a swimming pool in its premises.
Today, there's still a majestic air about the hotel. The architecture is rich with elegant columns and classical archways. The rooms are done up in the tropical colonial-inspired shades of cream and beige. Premium rooms include the wooden-shuttered poolside suites and the luxurious aristocratic Brunei Suite. Besides its iconic durian cakes and puffs, the hotel is also home to Sichuan restaurant Min Jiang.