Sunday, August 17, 2008

Westin Stamford Hotel in Singapore

The battle to be the tallest has gone on for years. The Chrysler Building reigned until the Empire State Building came along. Then it was Sears Tower in Chicago and Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These days, boom towns like Dubi are building the world’s tallest structures. The Burj Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is currently the world's tallest man-made structure. Recently, I found a ceramic drinking vessel (can you really call it a ‘glass’?) in the shape of the Westin Stamford Hotel in Singapore. The building replica seems to have been used to serve a drink in the hotel’s Compass Rose Restaurant and Bar. Printed on the side is “World’s Tallest Hotel.” I wondered if it still held that distinction and high honor. The Westin Stamford was re-branded as “Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore” In January 2002. I had not seen this souvenir previously. More commonly found are drinking vessels in the shape of the Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta Ga. This is ceramic replica stands 8.5" tall. This souvenir also claims to be the “Worlds Tallest Hotel.” The Westin Stamford surpassed the Peachtree by 18 feet when it was built in 1986. (723’ compared to 741’) The tallest hotel in the world today may be the Burj Al Arab in Dubai which, at 321 meters (1,060 feet), resembles a billowing sail. The race continues as you can see from this website called: Official World's 100 Tallest High-rise Buildings (Hotel Use). Do you know of other “tallest” hotel souvenir buildings?


Anonymous said...

There are a few souvenir drinking vessels. Yes the Peach Tree and also a hotel in LA. All seem to be the same maker With the came ceramic look and paint.

Dave said...

I've also seen some souvenir glass "glasses" of building such as the skylon Tower in Toronto.

Anonymous said...

i have one of these souvenir glasses for the compass rose resturant an bar can anyone give me any info on this unique piece? age value email me on dx_boi@hotmail. com

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