After weeks of speculating whether the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un would actually happen; here I am looking at live footage of the latter’s entourage arriving in Singapore – this only being his second foreign trip as North Korea’s leader since he succeeded his father, Kim Jong Il, in late 2011.
Watching a crowd swarm over the vicinity of St. Regis Singapore where Kim is billeted during his stay in Singapore, one can only imagine about the room that he must be staying in – the Presidential Suite is the highest category room in the hotel. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to have a glimpse at this luxurious room – one of the most expensive hotel rooms in Singapore and managed to snap a couple of photos.
Also check out the Presidential Suite at Shangri-la Singapore
The Presidential Suite at St. Regis Singapore measures a staggering 335 square meters which is slightly smaller than the 346 square meters size of the Presidential Suite in Shangri-la Singapore. Any guests booked in this room automatically get complimentary two-way transfers to/from the airport but it’s pretty obvious Kim Jong Un is not availing of that based on the entourage I saw on TV.
This is no ordinary suite – the decor here while high-end also boasts of rare artworks by the likes of Marc Chagall, Mark Tobey, Le Pho and Sam Francis. Guests enter the living area and find a baby grand piano and 42 inch TV. The interiors wouldn’t look out of place in a palace – the ceiling is dominated by crystal chandeliers from thr Czech Republic and hand-painted silk panels add color to the walls.
There is also a dining room with a long dining table that can seat around 12 persons. It’s the type of place I would imagine world leaders use to hold private meetings with their staff. According to the St. Regis website, guests staying at the Presidential Suite can actually ask the Executive Chef of the hotel to come over personally to whip up a dining experience for staying guests. Perhaps the food is something even more decadent than the Sunday brunch at Brasserie les Saveurs (the French restaurant downstairs).
The bedroom has this pinkish canopy bed that can be enclosed with curtains. The walls are then decked in floral patterns that give it a rather feminine touch. Like the other rooms in the St. Regis Singapore, there’s a remote control panel by the bedside which allows guests to control various devices as well as the curtains. Other guests who have stayed in this bedroom include Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and First Lady of the United States.
Despite all that, the most luxurious part of the Presidential Suite is probably the bathroom which is so huge it matches the size of an actual hotel room. The first thing you’ll notice is the private jacuzzi tub which is situated right by the window. It comes with a cushion by the side with plenty of throw pillows to allow guests to appreciate the view outside after a soothing bath.
An armchair right by the tub faces a 42 inch TV (same size as the one in the living area) – enabling guests to enjoy their favorite programmes while doing their personal business.
There’s a his and hers sink, separate shower room and toilet section to keep things tidy. Toiletries are from Remede, as with the other rooms in the hotel but I noticed that the ones in the Presidential Suite are in a special container.
The price? A quick check at the St. Regis website for a random date shows that the Presidential Suite is going for around S$9,165 before taxes and service charge. That works out to be almost S$11,000 net. This includes 2-way airport transfers, daily breakfast for two, evening drinks at Astor Bar, spa treatments and even afternoon tea.
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