Miniview: Pan Pacific Growth – Quality around the Rim

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    Pan Pacific Hotels Group have built a chain of 30 top quality hotels with over 10,000 bedrooms, focussed around the Pacific rim. With the reopening of the Pan Pacific Singapore this month comes the expected November opening of the new flagship PARKROYAL hotel on Pickering Street, whilst next December sees the opening of 200 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites in Ningbo, China, sharing a compound with the 430 bedroom Pan Pacific Hotel that opened last month.Designed by award-winning design firm WOHA, PARKROYAL on Pickering features a hotel-in-a-garden concept and sustainable features that have earned it a Green Mark Platinum score, the nation’s highest green rating.

    Other design practices used by the group elsewhere include the ubiquitous Wilson Associates, Seattle’s Dawson Design Associates, Ong & Ong Architects, Australian firm CHADA as well as global design company Hirsch Bedner.

    PARKROYAL and Pan Pacific are the brands of Pan Pacific Hotels Group, a public-listed hotel subsidiary of UOL Group Limited of Singapore that has a portfolio of investment and development properties. PARKROYAL on Pickering is the latest iteration and is the flagship hotel of the brand. The extraordinary hotel features rainwater harvesting, solar cells, a 300m nature trail and waterfall walk capped by a rooftop bar.

    On the other side of the Pacific, Pan Pacific Hotels Group are investing in additional suites at their hotel in that other well known Pacific Rim city, Seattle. In most instances the suites are converted from existing bedrooms. In going to the US Pacific West Coast Pan Pacific, like Shangri-la and other Asian hotel groups, are going where there trade routes lead, where Asian business men look for familiar names, much as Americans look for Hilton or Marriott, and Brits the pub.

    Daniel Fountain / 08.09.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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