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The best homegrown hotels in Singapore

These are the successful hotel brands you probably didn’t know were local

Dewi Nurjuwita
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Dewi Nurjuwita

You may have had travel plans on hold for the past year – but now that travel has restarted, it's time to look beyond our horizons. Staying in Singapore has made us appreciate our sunny city even more. Let’s turn our attention to these hotel brands owned by Singaporeans, or are headquartered in the Lion City. Some have become renowned names in the travel industry, establishing themselves in far-flung locations like Zanzibar, Turks and Caicos, and Seychelles. However, there are also smaller, boutique names you may not have known were from Singapore. Here, the local hotel brands that are putting the Singapore hospitality scene on the spotlight. Lion City pride!

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Lloyd’s Inn

Nestled on a quiet stretch of Orchard Road since 1990, Lloyd's Inn used to be a basic run-down inn with a green-tiled facade marketed to budget travellers looking for a place to stay near the shopping district. Think stuffy and unwelcoming interiors with carpeted floors, old-fashioned window sills and dated floral upholstery. Now, the inn is a millennial haven, boasting photogenic spaces from every angle. Under the direction of her father Herman Chang (founder of real estate developer Macly Group), owner and director Joan Chang turned the inn on its head in 2014. The 34-room hotel was given a new life with the help of cross-disciplinary design practice FARM Architects. Six years later, the boutique hotel brand has expanded to Seminyak's Double Six Beach in Bali and another Kuala Lumpur city property. The latter, originally slated to open in 2019, is located in a skyscraper that blends into the Malaysian capital’s cityscape. 

Hotels in: Singapore, Bali and Kuala Lumpur

COMO Hotels & Resorts

COMO Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a name synonymous with luxury travel. Owned by Christina Ong and headquartered in Singapore, the hospitality brand’s beginnings go back to 1991 with the opening of COMO The Halkin in London. Now, the brand has 15 properties in both major cities and exotic destinations all around the world including Bali, Perth, Maldives, Bhutan, London, Miami and Turks. And while there are no COMO-branded properties in Singapore (yet), you can experience the brand’s signature hospitality by having a healthy meal at the beautifully-designed COMO Cuisine in Dempsey or find your inner zen at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape Singapore. 

Hotels in: Maldives, Bhutan, Florida, Turks and Caicos, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, Perth, London, Tuscany


Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts

The Residence by Cenizaro is a name you can find in far-flung destinations the Maldives, Mauritius, Zanzibar and Tunisia, but the brand is headquartered in Singapore. Its most recent property, however, is closer to home. The Residence Bintan is nestled amidst lush greenery, boasting breathtaking views of the South China Sea and impressive hospitality to boot. In Singapore, the hotel group also manages Sheraton Towers, nestled just off Orchard Road.

Hotels in: Maldives, Tunis, Mauritius, Zanzibar, Bintan, Douz

Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts

Most would be well-versed with an architectural marvel peppered by lush hanging greenery on Upper Pickering Street. But did you know that PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering is under the Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts umbrella? 

The hotel group is a member of Singapore-listed UOL Group Limited, one of Asia's most established hotel and property companies managing more than 50 hotels, resorts and serviced suites around the globe. 

Hotels in: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam


Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

Probably the most famous hospitality brand originating from Singapore, Banyan Tree is the brainchild of accidental hoteliers Ho Kwon Ping and Claire Chiang. The story started in 1984, when the Singaporean couple chanced upon a vast expanse of coastal land in Phuket – which eventually became Banyan Tree Phuket. Since then, the brand is known globally for its sustainability ethos. You can find a Banyan Tree property all over the world, from Shanghai to Mexico. The hotel’s first Singapore property, Banyan Tree Mandai, is slated to be completed in 2023 – and will be part of the new Mandai wildlife district. 

Hotels in: Thailand, Shanghai, Mexico, Morocco, Seychelles, Maldives, Vietnam, Indonesia

Raffles Hotels & Resorts

The Raffles Hotel Singapore has roots going back to 1887, when it was established by the Armenian hoteliers Sarkies Brothers. Since its founding days, the Grande Dame has hosted illustrious visitors like Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. In 1898, Raffles Hotels & Resorts were formed to restore, redevelop and manage the historic hotel. Now, it has hotels 22 hotels around the globe under its portfolio – with some in its development.

Hotels in: Cambodia, France, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, China, Turkey, Indonesia, Maldives

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