SINGAPORE - When he first entered, student Indra Shahiran Anuar thought he was in a five-star hotel.
He could not believe that he had actually stepped into his training facility for the semester - Republic Polytechnic's (RP) newly furnished hotel training lab.
Set over 412 sq m, the lab features a swanky hotel lobby and front desk as well as three guest rooms furnished in Balinese, contemporary, and minimalist styles respectively.
The lab aims to allow students to experience handling customer service, housekeeping and room management processes.
Indra, 18, a second-year Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality Management student, said: "I am very excited about the training as this is a good chance for us to try out different aspects of hotel management and see which one we prefer, "I feel like I am having my training in a real five-star hotel."
The training lab is one of three new training facilities unveiled by RP on Tuesday in celebration of its School of Hospitality's fifth anniversary.
Costing over $2 million, the facilities will provide students with industry standard equipment, giving them an opportunity for hands-on experience in a simulated real-life environment.
Said Mr Albert Toh, director of RP's School of Hospitality: "Before the launch of the new facilities, training was conducted at Oliva, another School of Hospitality restaurant in RP's campus. "RP used to have an old guest room for training purposes but that has now been converted to the barista lab. We only started using the new facilities in October. The new labs will give students more authentic and realistic training in purpose-built facilities."