The Switzerland-based Kempinski brand makes its debut in the Lion City, with beautiful art deco-inspired architectural details and a Michelin-starred chef’s restaurant to boot.
Opulent yet historic, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore is housed in two adjoining landmarks, the former Capitol Building and Stamford House. Following an almost three-year delay, the 157-room property is now open in the Lion City’s civic and cultural district. Beyond its alabaster white exterior, the luxurious hotel features art deco design elements, such as high corniced ceilings, marble floors, and dramatic archways that lead to stunning skyline views. Restored and revamped by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier, the hotel’s focal point is its signature restaurant 15 Stamford, which beckons with cozy leather booth seats.
Lofty ceilings, beautifully sun-lit spaces, and glossy wooden details are a signature in Capitol Kempinski’s 157 rooms and suites, which are some of the biggest you’ll find in Singapore. From the moment a guest checks in, he/she can stay for up to 24 hours in the room–great for those taking red-eye flights. The rooms here have more than 50 unique configurations and our 50-square-meter Grand Deluxe room was especially welcoming and spacious. Designed with a contemporary and residential feel, the room came with a lounge sofa flanked by bookshelves, rain showers, a freestanding soaking tub, and an enclosed balcony. A well-curated selection of coffee table books and sculptural vases graced the shelves, creating the perfect abode for weary travelers.
Reflecting Singapore’s burgeoning food and cocktail scene, the dining options here run the gamut from Asian-inspired cuisine to European-style delicatessens. Pre-dinner drinks can be had at The Bar at 15 Stamford, a 12-seater bar featuring colorful Peranakan tiles and elegant, rattan-backed bar stools. Go for the chocolate and rum flights, such as “Ageing at its Best”, which features complex and time-honored rums like Pusser’s Rum, also known as Nelson’s Blood.
Afterward, make your way to 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung, a modern Asian restaurant helmed by the London-born chef famed for his three Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong. Nicknamed the “demon chef”, Alvin’s take on Asian cuisine is multi-faceted and slightly rebellious; think dry-aged beef grilled to juicy perfection and served with locally inspired sauces like the piquant laksa dip.
Busy urbanites should take a dip in the hotel’s saltwater relaxation pool, said to be the first of its kind in the city-state. For something more rejuvenating, head to the spa for the signature Singapore Massage, a 90-minute treatment fusing techniques from Chinese traditional massage, Malay abdominal massage, and an Indian foot massage. Expect to wake up feeling relaxed and happy, with your muscle tension well relieved.
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