COLO­NIAL-ERA SIN­GA­PORE MEETS OLD WORLD EURO­PEAN LUXE

World Travel Magazine - - Just In - The new Kempin­ski Sin­ga­pore com­bines both to stun­ning ef­fect

One of Europe’s old­est lux­ury hote­liers has opened its doors in Sin­ga­pore’s his­toric Capi­tol Pi­azza, and while its ac­cou­trements are un­mis­tak­ably Euro­pean - the ho­tel’s in­te­ri­ors are draped with deca­dent Art Deco fur­nish­ings and lus­trous Ital­ian mar­ble floors - the heart of the new Kempin­ski Sin­ga­pore re­mains true to its roots. Through years of metic­u­lous restora­tion, the colo­nial-style fa­cade of the new Capi­tol Kempin­ski Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore blends in seam­lessly with Sin­ga­pore’s down­town Civic dis­trict: parts of the build­ing’s orig­i­nal Chen­gal wood floor­ing were even used in the new ho­tel.

The Capi­tol Kempin­ski Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore oc­cu­pies what was once Stam­ford House and Capi­tol Build­ing, al­lud­ing to its stately past, but there’s none of the aloof­ness or pre­tence at the Kempin­ski that other ho­tels might tend to­ward. Each of its 157 rooms and suites are draped in dark woods and lush, am­ber lights and high, airy ceil­ings that wel­com­ing weary trav­ellers back home in its plush lodg­ings. The wavy cor­nice pat­terns in each room were also in­spired by the scales of Sin­ga­pore’s iconic Mer­lion statue.

Neigh­bour­ing build­ings in­clude the iconic Capi­tol Theatre - which played host to the red car­pet pre­miere of Crazy Rich Asians back in Septem­ber - and up­scale shop­ping and din­ing des­ti­na­tion Capi­tol Pi­azza.

Step­ping into the gilded, neo­clas­si­cal lobby of the Kempin­ski Sin­ga­pore, it’s easy to for­get the fraught road that the prop­erty un­der­went be­fore its open­ing. But we think that the wait was worth it - be­cause it would seem that the Kempin­ski Sin­ga­pore is sure to be­come a his­toric, in­ex­tri­ca­ble part of Sin­ga­pore’s streets. kempin­ski.com/en/sin­ga­pore/the-capi­tol-sin­ga­pore

From top, The bar is a study in old-world Euro­pean el­e­gance, with heavy ma­hogany mixed with rat­tan touches; Her­itage Suites of­fer a warm palette of un­der­stated lux­ury; the walk­ways of the Capi­tol Kempin­ski meld seam­lessly with the sto­ried build­ing

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