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Setting the stage for Trump-Kim summit

  • Four of CDL’s hotels were in the spotlight when the two leaders from the United States and North Korea, Mr Donald Trump and Mr Kim Jong Un, met for a historic summit. In Singapore, they signed a joint commitment on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and establishment of new US-North Korea relations.

The Grand Ballroom, at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach with its iconic Forest of Lights hanging installation, was transformed into the media centre for the journalists who travelled with President Trump. (Photo credit: David Nakamura/Twitter)

Singapore, 12 June 2018 – Upon the leaders’ arrival in Singapore, The St. Regis Singapore hosted North Korean leader Mr Kim while JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach was the official White House press corps venue. W Singapore — Sentosa Cove was the base for some White House staffers.

Millennium Seoul Hilton also hosted the US Secretary of State, Mr Mike Pompeo and his delegation when they flew to Seoul after the summit for a briefing with South Korean and Japanese officials on the outcome.

Media Hub at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach

Base for the White House press corps, the hotel hosted over 300 media.

“Our strategic location overlooking the Singapore skyline made JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach the perfect location to host the White House press corps but teamwork was the key to the success of this event — working together to understand and anticipate the different needs of our guests so as to ensure they are well taken care of,” said Mr Stephane Fabregoul, Managing Director, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach and The St. Regis Singapore.

Many areas of the hotel were also used for broadcast and filming, especially Ebb6 (left) and Flow18 (right), the two sky gardens on the sixth and 18th floor of the hotel respectively, that offer panoramic views of the Singapore skyline.

Inside The St. Regis Singapore Presidential Suite

Mr Kim is reported to have stayed at the Presidential Suite of The St. Regis Singapore that features a jacuzzi, dining room, gym, dedicated butler service and other amenities. The St. Regis Singapore was the choice hotel for the Chinese delegation in 2015, when Singapore hosted a historic meeting between Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping and then Taiwanese President Mr Ma Ying-jeo.

The hotel is famous for its understated elegance, the St. Regis butler service, and its collection of art pieces at the hotel’s public spaces. It also houses six dining outlets, such as Astor Bar, which serves up the Singapore interpretation of the St. Regis signature — a Bloody Mary that uses chilli padi and is renamed Chilli Padi Mary.

The stately Presidential Suite is lined with gold and accented with precious metals, and walls are filled with hand-painted silk panels. A baby grand piano sits in the living room, and the wraparound balcony offers a beautiful view of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Guests at the Presidential Suite can also host dinners with a private chef at the dining room that can seat 12, or relax in a private Jacuzzi at the end of a long day.

North Korean leader Mr Kim Jong Un in the lavishly furnished living room of his suite. (Photo credit: Korean Central Television)

The luxurious master bedroom in the palatial Presidential Suite on the penthouse floor.

W Singapore — Sentosa Cove Hosted White House Staffers

Located on Sentosa Island, W Singapore — Sentosa Cove was also in on the summit action. The hotel is less than a ten-minute drive away from the summit venue, and hosted White House staffers who were based on the island to prepare for the historic event. One of the possible reasons the island was chosen for the summit was due to security, as Sentosa only has one land link with mainland Singapore, making it easier to close off traffic and to conduct security checks.

Millennium Seoul Hilton in South Korea

After the successful summit on 12 June 2018, US Secretary of State Mr Mike Pompeo flew to Seoul to brief senior officials from South Korea and Japan on the outcome. He met with South Korea’s President Mr Moon Jae-in and Foreign Minister Ms Kang Kyung-wha, and Japan’s Foreign Minister Mr Taro Kono at the South Korea Blue House. Millennium Seoul Hilton hosted Mr Pompeo and his delegation during his visit.