Newly launched Mint Hotel defines the norm in Covid times

Esther Lew

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One Farrer Hotel anticipates the needs of guests with doctor-approved standards in extensive renovation.

Formerly known as Urban Hotel under One Farrer’s multi-brand concept, the new Mint Hotel meets the strict standards and expectations for a Covid-safe hotel that is hyper clean and in pristine condition. The hotel features 176 redesigned guestrooms and facilities as well as newly implemented processes, with input from Farrer Park Hospital’s medical experts.

One Farrer Hotel lobby.

Preventive measures are extensive, starting with the removal of carpets from guestrooms and common areas and replacing them with custom gapless vinyl flooring for thorough cleaning and disinfecting; antiviral-coated wall coverings, antimicrobial blind fabrics, and moveable furniture to facilitate easy cleaning access. However, these measures do not mean that guests sacrifice hospitality for hospital-like sterility in terms of comfort and ambience. The design aesthetic of the rooms are light, contemporary and stylish, with earthen tones adorning the walls and new mood lighting to keep it cosy.

One Farrer Hotel – Mint Den.

In a pandemic, obviously hygiene and sanitisation issues become a top priority in people’s minds. So, when you are staying in a hotel that has undergone complete renovation using antivirus, antibacterial and antimicrobial materials for the flooring, the walls, the ceiling and the corridors, it gives a good sense of assurance in terms of safety. That will be a very important selling point for the hotel as future travellers will be looking out for such criteria, and at this point in time, I don’t know of any other hotel that has invested quite so extensively into it,” says Gilbert Madhaven, General Manager of One Farrer.

In-room UVC sterilisation.

In fact, guests may expect even better service and care, especially from housekeeping. One Farrer has taken it a step further with its new Pillow Lab service. Guests who have been used to having a pillow menu can now expect the same – and more. Upon check-in, guests select their preferred options and fresh, clean pillows will be sent up, after they have undergone deep disinfection at the hotel’s onsite industy-leading Ultraviolet-C (UVC) Chamber to remove all pathogens, natural microbiota, molds and yeasts. Also, upon each check-out, rooms undergo additional sterilisation with UVC chests for amenities and UVC lamps for the entire room and bathroom. No stone has been left unturned in One Farrer’s renovation and redesign, executed to high standards to the tune of $2 million.

Secrets of Jalan Besar.

As part of the launch, One Farrer is offering A Walk in the Park staycation package for 3D2N worth $599 nett, which includes guided tours by travel partner Tour East. Guests will uncover the sights and history of Jalan Besar and get hands-on in shopping for produce at the Tekka Market to Table Tour, which will allow foodies to go from market to farm (belonging to One Farrer) to culinary masterclass.

1 Farrer Park Station Road. Tel: 6363 0101. Email: reservations@onefarrer.com

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