Ten new and upcoming Kuala Lumpur hotels

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia city skyline.

Hotel Cosmo Kuala Lumpur

Opening its doors on December 1, 2016, the Hotel Cosmo Kuala Lumpur is one of the latest midscale additions to Kuala Lumpur’s hotel scene. Its 347 rooms range from family-style and studio suites to regular guestrooms, and its location near the Masjid Jamek Interchange Station – two stops from KL Sentral – make it convenient for business travellers entering the city via the KLIA Express. The Leboh Ampang-district hotel is also located close to a number of the city’s banking institutions and Central Market.


Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Along with The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, YTL Hotels’ Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur is among the first properties in Southeast Asia to join the Autograph Collection – a group of more than 110 independent hotels worldwide. Opened in February 2017, the Hotel Stripes is situated in the business hub on Jalan Kamunting, an area replete with 1940s shop houses and once known as the Asian Heritage Row, and features 184 bespoke guestrooms and suites.


Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade

The Mercure brand debuted in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month with the opening of the Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade hotel. Located in the city’s Bukit Bintang district, the 213-room property features a number of distinctly local touches – a common theme among Mercure hotels – including Peranakan motifs in its all-day Chorak Restaurant. The hotel also has a lobby lounge, rooftop pool bar and adjacent fitness centre, and three meeting and events spaces.


Element Kuala Lumpur

The Element Hotels brand will be making its Southeast Asia debut when the Element Kuala Lumpur opens on April 9, 2017 in the 275-metre Ilham Baru Tower. Nearly half of the guestrooms in the property will be suites (120 out of a total 252 rooms), with small kitchenettes being a key feature of many of the eco-themed hotel’s accommodations. A variety of recreational services and amenities are also planned to be available in this green vein, including bicycle rental and electric vehicle charging stations.



Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

Four Seasons’ new 209-room property in the Malaysian capital is scheduled for an early 2018 opening and will make up part of a 65-storey mixed-use tower that will offer a total of 242 Four Seasons-branded residences and 27 serviced apartments. A five-floor 27,900-sqm luxury shopping complex known as the Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur will also occupy the tower.


CitizenM Kuala Lumpur

Set to open in the second quarter of 2018, Artyzen Hospitality Group’s third CitizenM hotel in Asia will be its smallest in the region with 198 rooms – upcoming properties in Taipei and Shanghai will have 267 and 303 rooms, respectively. Announced last week, the Bukit Bintang district CitizenM Kuala Lumpur has been confirmed to feature a 24-hour CanteenM eatery, though other facilities have yet to be announced.


So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel and Residences, and Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Accorhotels’ new So Sofitel offering in the Malaysian capital actually comprises two properties – the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel and the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Residences. Both are scheduled to open their doors in 2020 and, like many of the city’s new hotels, are situated a short distance from the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The hotel will offer 207 guestrooms while the serviced residences will include 590 units. Each features a spa, fitness centre and event spaces, among other facilities, while guests at the residences will be able to make use of the rooftop sky garden foyer for barbecues.

In addition to these properties, Accorhotels is also set to open its Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara on June 1, 2017, located about one hour from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Larger than the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel, the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara will include some 312 rooms.


Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Intercontinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre is currently scheduled for a 2021 opening with a specific focus on business travellers. This is evident in the hotel’s central business district location on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng road, walking distance from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Petronas Twin Towers, and its business centre and seven meeting spaces. A total of 338 rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, numerous specialty restaurants and a Sky Bar round will be available, along with leisure facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.


Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur City Center

Announced back in October 2016, the Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur City Centre will stand about 800 metres from the Petronas Twin Towers when it opens in 2022, marking the brand’s debut in Malaysia. While the upscale lifestyle hotel brand focuses particularly on design, art and fashion, its business facilities are also a key component and the Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur will offer 166 rooms across 27 floors along with meetings and events spaces with views of the twin towers. A rooftop swimming pool and gym will also be included.


Citizen M Tower of London hotel opens this month

Citizen M Tower of London's seventh-floor bar and terrace

Citizen M will open its second London hotel on July 11. Business Traveller had a preview look this week..

Citizen M Tower of London is the Dutch “affordable luxury” brand’s eighth hotel, and the biggest so far, at 370 rooms.

Located above Tower Hill station, it offers excellent views of the Tower of London, the Thames, the Shard and the Gherkin from its double-height seventh-floor bar and wraparound terrace. Eight meeting rooms are also located at the top of the property.

Citizen M Tower Hill

The brand’s signature ground-floor space for checking in, relaxing, working and eating is expansive, at 700 sqm, and again features colourful Vitra furniture along with floor-to-ceiling shelving holding lifestyle books and quirky London-themed objects.

Artists such as Julian Opie, Dominic Harris, Peter Lamb and Dutch duo Studio Drift have created original works for the hotel.

Newly introduced in this property is Coffee M, offering guests and locals hot drinks and pastries to go at the front of the property. Canteen M and bar will be open around the clock to hotel guests, and as usual there are banks of self check-in stations as well as iMacs on communal tables. There is also an outdoor terrace at the rear.

Citizen M Tower Hill

Rooms are 17 sqm and look either externally or internally. They feature wall-to-wall Super King beds, rainshowers, free wifi and movies, and iPads to control the TV, mood lighting and temperature. Guests can also stream content from their own devices to the TV. Rates range from £109 to a maximum £269 depending on demand.

Citizen M will open a third London property in Shoreditch in September, and next year is due to add five more – two in Paris, a second in New York, plus Shanghai and Taipei. It opened its first London hotel in Bankside in 2012.


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Citizen M Tower Hill

Citizen M London Bankside “expected before the Olympics”

“Budget luxury” hotel brand Citizen M is set to open its first property in the capital before the London 2012 Games, with a second London hotel expected in 2013, along with properties in New York and Paris.

Citizen M announced expansion plans back in September 2010 when it opened its first UK property in Glasgow (see online news September 6, 2010), and recent Twitter updates have confirmed that the group is “expecting” to open its London Bankside property before this year’s Olympics.

The Citizen M Twitter page also confirms that three more hotels are set to open in 2013, located in New York Paris and London.

The Bankside property is currently being built on Lavington Street , a couple of roads back from the Tate Modern, and a dedicated Facebook page has been set up to follow the development here.

The Citizen M concept features compact rooms with wall-to-wall windows, superking-size beds, rain showers, designer furniture, LCD TV screens with free movies, global plug sockets and complimentary wifi internet access.

The group currently operates two hotels in Amsterdam and one in Glasgow – for a review of the Citizen M Amsterdam City property click here.

For more information visit citizenm.com.

Report by Mark Caswell