Kempinski to open first Singapore hotel at The Capitol, unveils Asian ambitions

The Capitol Singapore. Photo credit: Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited

Perennial Real Estate Holdings has appointed Europe-based luxury hotel group Kempinski Hotels to operate The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore at Capitol Singapore, the first luxury heritage lifestyle integrated development in the city’s downtown Civic District.

Comprising three heritage buildings, Capitol Singapore houses the premier shopping and dining destination Capitol Piazza, the iconic Capitol Theatre, the luxurious Eden Residences Capitol and the upcoming The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, which will be Kempinski’s flagship hotel in Singapore.

The Capitol Singapore will soon house a Kempinski hotel. (Photo credit: Perennial Real Estate Holdings)

A luxury lifestyle destination,The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore will offer 157 guestrooms and suites within the restored Capitol Building and Stamford House. The hotel will also feature a leading international restaurant under the helm of a Michelin-star chef.

The Kempinski gourmet experience will be extended beyond the hotel to the Galleria, an air-conditioned sheltered promenade also part of Capitol Piazza. The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore’s full range of services will be rolled out in phases later this year, starting with the hotel’s services in September 2018.

Pua Seck Guan, CEO of Perennial, said in a statement: “Combining the rich heritage of Capitol Singapore with the finest traditions of European hospitality, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore is set to become a landmark destination which will redefine service standards and create exquisite guest experiences.”

The Europe-based luxury hotel group has in recent months stepped up its presence and headcount in Asia, a region where Amanda Elder, Kempinski’s senior vice president business development, thinks there is still a lot of room for growth.

Speaking to TTG Asia at the recent IMEX Frankfurt, Elder said: “In Asia, the market is saturated, so we need to see where the next opportunities can be. We’re actually pitching for on a second property in Asia (in addition to The Capitol). We have a vice president based in Bangkok who is 100 per cent dedicated looking for opportunities for new hotels in Asia.

Elder: enormous growth opportunity in Asia

“We will also be opening a global sales office in Singapore, as well as have representation in Sydney, (both) by the end of this year,” she added.

Four months ago, Kempsinki also added three headcount in India, in a partnership with Nijhawan Group. Elder shared that there has been “immediate success”, where the three employees have “booked us half a million dollars worth of business in four months”.

Elsewhere in South-east Asia, opening at the end of this year is The Apurva Kempinski Bali. Located in Nusa Dua, the property will be home to 432 guestrooms and suites, and 43 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. Facilities include five F&B options, a Cigar Bar, Javanese spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, kids club, as well as meeting facilities and three wedding chapels.

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