Originally scheduled to open in 2015, The Patina, Capitol Singapore has been plagued by woes and shareholder disputes. The self-described “six-star hotel”—also a member of Leading Hotels of the World—occupied an important piece of historic-listed real estate: the Capitol Building, a treasured Singapore architectural icon, and the Stamford House, its Victorian neighbor. Pritzker prize-winning architect Richard Meier was recruited to rejuvenate the two buildings, creating a bridge between past and present. But unfortunately for hotel enthusiasts eagerly anticipating another luxury addition to the city’s already impressive hotel scene, The Patina never saw the light of day.
Now we’re hearing reports that the project has been given a new lease of life as the hotel is relaunched with Kempinski as the operator. Renamed the Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore and scheduled to open in September 2018, the hotel will have 157 guestrooms and suites and a destination restaurant overseen by a Michelin-starred chef. Capitol Singapore will also house Capitol Piazza (an upscale shopping and dining destination), the iconic Capitol Theatre, and Eden Residences Capitol. Good to know: The Galleria, a promenade that’s part of Capitol Piazza, will be lined with boutiques offering Kempinski gourmet treats.
With a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels and residences in 33 countries, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, first created in 1897. Notable properties include Hotel Adlon Kempinski, opposite Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate; Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul; and Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, Cuba’s first five-star hotel.