All hands on deck at hotels where leaders stayed in luxury suites

The Shangri-La Suite, where Mr Donald Trump stayed, has its own lift and private entrance, and a dedicated butler service. The 348 sq m suite includes a private workout room, study, living room, dining room and kitchen.
The Shangri-La Suite, where Mr Donald Trump stayed, has its own lift and private entrance, and a dedicated butler service. The 348 sq m suite includes a private workout room, study, living room, dining room and kitchen. PHOTO: SHANGRI-LA HOTEL
The Shangri-La Suite, where Mr Donald Trump stayed, has its own lift and private entrance, and a dedicated butler service. The 348 sq m suite includes a private workout room, study, living room, dining room and kitchen.
The Shangri-La Suite, where Mr Donald Trump stayed, has its own lift and private entrance, and a dedicated butler service. The 348 sq m suite includes a private workout room, study, living room, dining room and kitchen. PHOTO: SHANGRI-LA HOTEL
General manager Bipan Kapur (centre, in suit) and head butler Hussain Khan (behind him, in suit), with the Shangri-La team involved in coordinating the US delegation’s stay. They had only about a month to prepare.
General manager Bipan Kapur (centre, in suit) and head butler Hussain Khan (behind him, in suit), with the Shangri-La team involved in coordinating the US delegation’s stay. They had only about a month to prepare. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Both men stayed in the most luxurious top-floor suites in five-star hotels just a 10-minute walk apart. But it seems that was where the similarities ended for US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's brief stay in Singapore.

While Mr Kim chose to tour some of the Republic's attractions on Monday night a day after arriving, Mr Trump stayed in his hotel in Orange Grove Road.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'All hands on deck at hotels where leaders stayed in luxury suites'. Print Edition | Subscribe