Chinese Opera Inspires Room Design at Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen

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Santa Grand Hotels just opened their Lai Chun Yuen property and the inspiration for the boutique hotel’s design came from a piece of Singaporean history in the form of an early 19th century Chinese opera.

Santa Grand Hotels has eight properties in their portfolio, including two new properties they recently opened in Singapore. Officially opened this month, the Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen property takes its name from an 1887 theater located in Singapore’s Chinatown. Lai Chun Yuen theater was an extremely popular Chinese opera theater, which was originally designed in the style of a Chinese teahouse. It is a prominent landmark where patrons used to sit around small tables sipping tea while opera singers performed on stage. Wealthier patrons were privy to private cubicles where they enjoyed personalized services. In 1941, Lai Chun Yuen theater was converted into a cinema, however it did not survive the Japanese occupation. Today, full opera performances are rare but cultural and musical performances are sometime held here.

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Taking its design inspiration from the Chinese opera, Santa Grand Hotel’s new property features red, white and black-themed rooms, corresponding to Chinese opera face-painting techniques. Named after the roles played by the actors in the opera, rooms available at the hotel are labeled “Warrior,” “Scholar” and “Majestic”. Rates start around $110.

Hotel facilities include: LCD TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, business center, laundry and dry cleaning services, shuttle bus service, a lounge and a bar. It is located in the heart of the Chinatown district within close proximity to the city center, local metro station and a less than 20 minutes drive away from the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Orchard Road and Universal Studio.

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Source: Hotel Chatter