The summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been scheduled for the Capella Singapore hotel in Sentosa on June 12.
Security would have been a major consideration in the choice of venue because Sentosa is an island connected to the mainland by a causeway. While several luxury hotels exist in Sentosa, Capella is probably the best place for guests to experience the island state’s colonial architecture and culture. Singapore boasts a number of iconic heritage hotels that reflect the opulence of its colonial era. Here are four that guests might consider for their next visit:
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Said to be the first choice of Kim Jong-un, the Fullerton Hotel is a grand neoclassical building near the mouth of Singapore River, featuring Doric columns, coffered ceilings, cornices and Italian marble floors. Built on the site of the Fort Fullerton in 1928, the building was once home to the General Post Office, The Exchange and the Singapore Club. It reopened in 2001 as a 400-room hotel following a major renovation by its new owner.
Closed for restoration and only expected to reopen later this year, Raffles was built in the early 1830s as a privately-owned beach club. It became a hotel in 1887. Named after Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, it is one of the few remaining 19th century hotels in the world. The hotel underwent a major restoration from 1989 to 1991 to restore its original splendour. All of its 103 rooms have been converted to suites.
Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore
Surrounded by lush 14.8-acre landscaped gardens, the Goodwood Park Hotel features a special tower block, featuring elegant columns and archway. Built in 1900, it began as the exclusive Teutonia Club for the Germany community in Singapore. It turned into a hotel in 1929, and escaped demolition by its new owner in the 60s. The hotel offers 233 rooms and suites in its four wings.
Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore
Hotel Fort Canning is a grand colonial edifice within the 44.5-acre Fort Canning Park. The building was built in 1926 as the British Military Administration Building, and was occupied by the Japanese Military during the 1942-45 occupation. It reopened in 2011 as an 86-room hotel after a major restoration with an emphasis on conservation.