HO­TEL UP­DATE: KUALA LUMPUR

De­spite a freeze on the is­suance of new ho­tel li­cences in early 2016, the city’s hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor seems as vi­brant as ever

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The ho­tel sec­tor in KL is more vi­brant than ever

NEW

El­e­ment Kuala Lumpur Opened: May 2017 The first of this ho­tel brand in South­east Asia, El­e­ment Kuala Lumpur is sit­u­ated in the 275-me­tre Il­ham Baru Tower. Nearly half of this eco-themed prop­erty’s gue­strooms are suites (120 out of a to­tal 252 rooms). star­wood­ho­tels.com/el­e­ment Mer­cure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Pa­rade Opened: March 2017 The Mer­cure brand has de­buted in the city with the Mer­cure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Pa­rade ho­tel. Lo­cated in Bukit Bin­tang, the 213-room prop­erty fea­tures a num­ber of dis­tinctly lo­cal Per­anakan touches – a com­mon theme among Mer­cure hotels – and boasts a rooftop pool and fit­ness cen­tre, plus three meet­ing and event spa­ces. accorhotels.com Ho­tel Stripes Kuala Lumpur Opened: Fe­bru­ary 2017 YTL Hotels’ Ho­tel Stripes Kuala Lumpur is among the first prop­er­ties in South­east Asia to join the Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion. The 184-room ho­tel is sit­u­ated in the busi­ness hub on Jalan Ka­munt­ing, an area re­plete with 1940s shop­houses once known as the Asian Her­itage Row. ytl­ho­tels.com Cosmo Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur Opened: De­cem­ber 2016 A mid­scale ad­di­tion to KL’s ho­tel scene, Cosmo Ho­tel’s 347 rooms range from reg­u­lar gue­strooms to fam­ily-style and stu­dio suites. Its lo­ca­tion in the Le­boh Am­pang district near the Masjid Jamek In­ter­change Sta­tion – two stops from KL Sen­tral – makes it con­ve­nient for busi­ness trav­ellers en­ter­ing the city via the KLIA Express. cos­mo­hotelkl.com Other open­ings last year in­cluded Oak­wood Ho­tel & Res­i­dence (October 2016, oak­wooda­sia.com) in the Jalan Am­pang area, VE Ho­tel & Res­i­dence, Bangsar South Kuala Lumpur (June 2016, ve­ho­tel.com) and The St Regis Kuala Lumpur (May 2016, star­wood­ho­tels.com/stregis), a 208-room luxury Star­wood prop­erty lo­cated in the Sen­tral district. The same month also saw the launch of Hol­i­day Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Cen­tre (ihg.com), while Oa­sia Suites Kuala Lumpur opened in April 2016, the 247-room ho­tel mark­ing the brand’s first foray out­side Sin­ga­pore, lo­cated next to the KL Forest Eco Park, the city’s only sur­viv­ing park with pri­mary rain­for­est (stay­far­east.com).

COM­ING SOON

in June this year, lo­cated in a western district of the city. Sched­uled for an early 2018 launch is the 209-room Four Sea­sons Kuala Lumpur

, which will re­side in a 65-storey mixed-use tower of­fer­ing a to­tal of 242 Four Sea­sons-branded res­i­dences and 27 ser­viced apart­ments, plus a five­floor, 27,900 sqm luxury shop­ping com­plex known as Four Sea­sons Place Kuala Lumpur.

Mean­while, just over the road from the Petronas Tow­ers, the W Kuala Lumpur

will open its doors on Jalan Am­pang in March 2018, promis­ing a luxury com­bi­na­tion of art, de­sign, mu­sic and fash­ion as well as its sig­na­ture WET pool. Fi­nally, set to open in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018, Ar­tyzen Hos­pi­tal­ity Group’s 198-room Ci­ti­zen M Kuala Lumpur

will be its third in Asia af­ter up­com­ing prop­er­ties in Taipei and Shang­hai.

DOWN THE LINE

Orig­i­nally sched­uled to open this year, var­i­ous is­sues have pushed back the com­ple­tion and launch of the Fair­mont Kuala Lumpur. Now look­ing at a 2020 open­ing, the 62-storey luxury ho­tel will of­fer 750 gue­strooms along with

an ex­ec­u­tive lounge and Fair­mont Gold, the brand’s “ho­tel-withina-ho­tel” of­fer­ing. It will be lo­cated in the Kuala Lumpur City Cen­tre (KLCC) de­vel­op­ment, next door to the Petronas Tow­ers.

Accorhotels’ new So Sof­i­tel of­fer­ing com­prises the So Sof­i­tel Kuala Lumpur Ho­tel and the So Sof­i­tel Kuala Lumpur Res­i­dences.

. Both are sched­uled to open in 2020 and are sit­u­ated a short dis­tance from the KLCC. The ho­tel will of­fer 207 gue­strooms while the ser­viced res­i­dence will in­clude 590 units.

In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel Group’s Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Cen­tre

is cur­rently sched­uled for a 2021 open­ing, its lo­ca­tion on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng and good meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties ap­peal­ing to busi­ness trav­ellers look­ing for re­li­able mid­scale ac­com­mo­da­tion from an in­ter­na­tional brand. A to­tal of 338 rooms, nu­mer­ous spe­cial­ity restau­rants and a Sky Bar will be avail­able.

Radis­son Red Kuala Lumpur City Cen­tre will be the brand’s first in Malaysia when it opens in 2022, of­fer­ing 166 rooms over 27 floors, with meet­ing and event spa­ces, a rooftop swim­ming pool and gym. The up­scale lifestyle ho­tel brand fo­cuses par­tic­u­larly on de­sign, art and fash­ion.

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