The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore opened in October, combining the historical charm of the Capitol Building and Stamford House for a painstakingly conserved, 157-room slice of luxury.
A member of Leading Hotels of the World, the Capitol Kempinski is a stately white building with a side-street entrance for guests that leads up to a friendly doorman poised to open the elaborately patterned lobby doors.
The hotel's bar, my favorite late-night spot in the city, is decked out in elaborate tiles, wood floors, plush leather seating and chic lighting fixtures. The restaurant has a similar vibe, with beautifully ornate details, high ceilings and a breakfast buffet including Western favorites like waffles and bacon as well as noodle dishes and dumplings.
The rooms have stylish, modern features with Singaporean touches like Peranakan-style vases and lacquered wooden dressers. The spacious bathrooms have a serious wow factor, with high-end marble throughout, including in the rainfall shower, and LCD TVs positioned above the luxurious soaking tubs.
Each room has plenty of natural light, ubercomfortable beds and muted natural tones for a relaxing stay after a day exploring the city. Some rooms even have the original balconies converted into a combined office and minibar space with a place to look out over the street.
The hotel also features a small, outdoor, saltwater pool; spa; and gym with all the latest equipment you need after hitting the city's hawker centers.