Occasionally, when the belly is warmed by whisky and the words flow like water, I like to imagine myself as a modern-day Ernest Hemingway except with a lot less talent. Growing up, I was enthralled by his books first, then his audacious lifestyle, and he still is one of my writing icons. The one thing I could never replicate was the environment Hemingway wrote in. His old black and white pictures always showed him hunched over a typewriter with a glorious view behind him. Until now, that is, when I discovered The Great Room.
We shot our 2017 A-Listers in the beautiful space of The Great Room but its old-school charisma, inviting leather couches and cinematic views of the business district of Singapore compelled me to visit again, to sit down, pour a measure of whisky and start writing.
Many other businesses, perhaps also inspired by The Great Room’s rare qualities, have also set up their dedicated offices in the bigger spaces specially set aside for those who need a bit of privacy. But I also spot entrepreneurs, freelancers and even office professionals on the hot desks. I imagine the latter were like me, looking for equal parts inspiration and escape from dreariness. The Great Room allows that, thanks to something it’s called a Day Pass.
I was told that at times, there are companies, individuals and groups of people who book The Great Room for their corporate and social events. It’s not difficult to see the attraction. The Drawing Room (picture above), with its working bar and leather sofas, is a fantastic place to hold such get-togethers.
The Great Room hosts monthly social drinks for its members and throws a year-end bash once a year. They also conduct fireside chats, lunch and learn workshops, product launches, and even wedding solemnisations. Quite the versatile spot.
Heck, I can imagine Hemingway, if he was still alive today, to choose The Great Room his bearded nod of approval.
Discover The Great Room at thegreatroomoffices.com