InterContinental Singapore has unveiled its signature Peranakan living experience after the property revamped its 65 shophouse guestrooms and suites that reflect the Peranakan heritage.
After receiving a makeover, the entire row of Peranakan-style shophouse rooms and suites preserved from the 1920s are now said to “blend heritage and technology”, with the rooms reminiscent of the past even as they also incorporate new technologies.
The suites retain Peranakan influences including dark wood floors, ornate rugs, and Peranakan-style furniture, artifacts, and lattice work. For modern amenities, the suites now feature solid wooden desks complemented by iPod docking stations, Bose surround-sound systems, and 46-inch LED TVs.
Closed for a $7.2 million refurbishment in 2011, the newly refurbished rooms are now also said to add a fresh dimension to the hotel's Insider Collection, which has been enhanced with the inclusion of a visit to the Singapore Peranakan museum, insights from experts on the Peranakan culture, and tastings of signature Peranakan dishes.
Peranakan is a Malay term which means "locally born". In the past, foreign traders including from China and India flocked to the region, with many remaining to marry local men and women, resulting in intermarriages and the birth of the Peranakans. The Peranakan community is unique to Singapore. Peranakan homes and architecture remain an integral part of Singapore, and many of these residences can still be viewed in districts such as Katong, Bugis Street.