Mövenpick KLIA, a one-stop shop
Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA is an ideal property for business guests, with proximity to the airport and expansive meeting facilities topping the charts
Situated at a short distance from both KLIA and KLIA2 airports in Kuala Lumpur is Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA, a 333-room property that offers modern facilities and a state-of-the-art convention centre. The hotel is a perfect stop for leisure guests and MiCE travellers to the Malaysian capital. Speaking about the uniqueness of the property, Hairul Maharis, General Manger, Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA, says, “The overall architecture has an Islamic influence. The property is the first international brand in Malaysia to adhere to Islamic law. The unique shape of the building attracts onlookers as well as guests. The cocoonshaped spa pods located at the centre of the hotel, on the ground floor, provide relaxing foot and shoulder massages. The hotel also has its own herb garden.” Rooms at Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA are categorised under Royal Suite, Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Executive Room, Suite, and Presidential Suite.
Post its soft opening in July 2018, Maharis says, the property has picked up on bookings. It has also received immense support from the government, the corporate sector, and the transient business sector.
The open exhibition space at Mövenpick Hotel
The unique shape of the building attracts onlookers as well as guests
& Convention Centre KLIA covers up to 1287 sqm of floor space and accommodates 17 meeting rooms that can host up to 1800 people. Maharis says, “The Convention Centre stretches across 2386 sqm on the ground floor, offering clients the possibility of using mobile stages, lighting rigs, and the latest audiovisual technologies. It can be sub-divided into two 1193 sqm Mentari halls or four halls ranging from 393 to 1193 sqm.” The Mentari ballroom accommodates up to 2800 attendees in theatrestyle seating and up to a maximum of 1500 in a sitdown dinner format when divided into four breakup rooms. There are six meeting rooms on the first floor ranging from 24.3 sqm to 87.8 sqm (Bintang Room 1 to 6) and 10 Bayu seminar rooms on the first floor sized between 35 sqm and 45 sqm (Bayu 1 to 10). The hotel also houses the 777 sqm Astaka Circular Hall, an ideal venue for an exhibition or a prewedding event. A committed event planner will also help guests every step of the way.
Proximity to the airport and a huge ballroom that is ideal for weddings of scale bring in a lot of international guests. The hotel is fullyequipped to cater to each of their specific food needs. “The hotel has six outlets and our menus range from local to international foods. Besides that, we also provide vegetarian food in our menus. To cater to specific dietary requirements of guests, our chefs provide tailor-made menus,” says Maharis. Food and beverage outlets at the hotel include Beranda, ideal for grab-andgo sandwiches and power lunches; Redup, the lobby lounge where guests can savour fragrant teas and coffees along with snacks of
The convention centre stretches across 2386 sqm on the ground floor of the hotel
Asian and Middle Eastern origin; Bara, a barbeque haven known for its funto-eat kebabs inspired by Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan, and the Middle East; Sira, where guests can taste the authentic Teh Tarik and refuel with a quick snack; and Temasya, the all-day diner with live cooking and a fusion of international flavours for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Guests at the hotel, whether attending a wedding or simply staying at the property for business, can also utilise the tour desk service the hotel provides. Though operated by an external company, this service is ideal for those wanting to make the most of an idle day with sightseeing tours and itineraries that give them a glimpse of the Malaysian capital, or those who are in the mood to take advantage of customised experiences that the desk can arrange.
The white expanse of the structure gives guests coming in from all over the world a sense of tranquillity and freshness. Sustainability also tops the hotel's list of priorities and it ensures its operations, including F&B, are as eco-friendly as they can be. “Use of emails as a communication tool, downgrading the size and weight of materials, planting a herbal garden, and use of energy-saving products are some of the basic practices we follow,” says Maharis. “Our global sustainability programme, SHINE, aims to positively impact the environment, our people, and the local communities where we operate. It is one of our core corporate values and we divide our sustainability practices into three key pillars – Environment, Employer and Social Sustainability, with education being the common thread. We believe that even the smallest act can make the biggest difference,” he adds.
The price war from competitors and the oversupply of rooms inventory from budget hotels surrounding the area are a challenge for the hotel. However, being a huge convention facility, the hotel utilises its merits to the T. Malaysia has several events running round-the-year and Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA plans to leverage the MiCE/ business crowd visiting Kuala Lumpur. “Our hotel is only about seven kilometres from Sepang International Circuit; we are targeting the racetrack venue as a potential market to attract those visiting Kuala Lumpur for various motor sports.” The hotel also aims to attract travellers from India. “We are planning to participate in tradeshows, which involve travellers from India, and are also working closely with our international sales office in India for wider coverage,” concludes Maharis.
We are planning to participate in tradeshows that involve Indian travellers