Even though Mandarin Orchard is still my favorite hotel in Singapore, when I saw Orchard Parksuites
for the first time, I fell in love.
|The perimeter walls covered in greenery-- I like!|
|What is this fantastic trellis made of?|
|I'd never seen orchids arranged this way before.|
|It's 25 storeys, I think.|
The lobby is scented. It smells like a million bucks! It literally smells better than any perfume that I've tested in the department stores lately.
|Super high ceilings in the lobby-- I like also!|
|Welcoming travelers from all across the globe.|
|The furniture is a little shabby, but I adored the old-world feel.|
|Chandeliers and a grand piano-- can I live here?|
In the interior of the building, near the elevators, is a stupendous atrium. I went up to the 22nd floor and looked down.
|So high up, you can't see the fountain on the ground floor anymore.|
My favorite part of Orchard Parksuites is the swimming pool. There's a nice sitting area poolside, where you can look up at a patch of sky even though you're surrounded by skyscrapers.
|Watch out for the crows.|
|Too huge to be called a gazebo. Maybe a bandstand?|
The apartments' furniture and fixtures are pretty ordinary-- actually, it's very spacious by Singaporean standards-- but the service is impeccable. Breakfast is served in the lobby everyday, or you can cook in your apartment's full kitchen, and housekeeping comes to clean six days a week. You can just sit around and do nothing. Now that's luxury.
Oh, and Orchard Parksuites is right behind Wisma Atria, Ion Orchard and Takashimaya. There's an MRT station, a taxi stand and a bus station. Everything you could possibly need is within a block.
, if I had won the lotto...
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