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Trump-Kim Summit: What To Know About These Iconic Singapore Hotels

Trump-Kim Summit: What To Know About These Iconic Singapore Hotels
By Elizabeth Lee
June 08, 2018
With the Trump-Kim summit due to happen in Singapore next week on June 12, three hotels in our city-state have been placed under the limelight. Here are some interesting things to know about these iconic properties

Did you know? The Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore, is the actually the first Shangri-la in the world and it’s named was inspired by author James Hilton’s Lost Paradise. The Tower Wing first opened in 1971, followed by the Garden Wing in 1978 and the Valley Wing in 1985.

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The choice for many diplomats and dignitaries, the Shangri-la Suite (or presidential suite) has hosted former US presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush, and will likely be welcoming Trump’s party at the upcoming summit. No stranger to high-security events, the hotel was the site for the landmark meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and then Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou in 2015.

Should the Trump party stay at the Shangri-la, there will be no shortage of great food options for them. If anyone has a hankering for a sushi run, they don't have to look further than Nami, which took over stalwart restaurant Nadaman late last year. Or, if President Trump would like some steak (well done, with a side of ketchup, no less), he can always visit Origin Grill, where he'll find award-winning 35-day dry-aged grass-fed John Stone Irish beef as well as 300 days grain-fed Ranger’s Valley Black Market Black Angus rump.

P.S. It's so good, the T.Dining team even held a Tatler Table lunch at the restaurant earlier this year.

Just a short drive away from the Shangri-la, the St. Regis Singapore is just a street away from the bustling Orchard Road and located nearer to the quieter Tanglin residential area.

Just as its name suggests, the Presidential Suite is the most lavish suite at the St. Regis. At 335 sq m, the room comes complete with an office, dining room, living room and a private patio. It's also large enough to boast an in-house gym and jacuzzi, and of course, 24/7 butler service. The North Korean leader might have expressed interest in The Fullerton Hotel previously, but he'll no doubt be just as comfortable here as well.

The St. Regis Singapore recently feted their 10th anniversary. With the upcoming summit, they'll go down in history as a landmark location—another thing worth celebrating, we reckon!

First built in 1880s for British officers stationed on Sentosa island, Capella Singapore marries the old and new perfectly thanks to its rich history, combined with modern-day architecture by architects Foster + Partners. It is also home to two historic bungalows—Tanah Merah I and Tanah Merah II—which were given conservation status in 2000.

Let's face it: after a day of negotiations, a drink (and perhaps a toast) would be in order, and Bob's Bar, with its distinct old world charm, might just be the place for the delegates to unwind. Though President Trump has said before that he doesn't drink, we think his party would appreciate the Navegante, Capella Singapore's very own bespoke rum.

Fun fact: Capella Singapore was where we celebrated our milestone 35th anniversary. One of the unique features of the ballroom is that it is completely round, which makes it conducive for the all-night dancing that the Tatler Ball is infamous for.

(Related: What Went Down At Our Tatler Ball 2017)




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