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.


Autograph Collection comes to Malaysia

Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur - The Snug

YTL Hotels will be adding two properties in Malaysia to the Autograph Collection in the first two months of 2017.

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur became the first Autograph Collection hotel in Southeast Asia, when it was added to the collection on January 1. Meanwhile, the group’s Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur is set to debut February 12 as the group’s second Autograph Collection property in the country.

The Autograph Collection is a group of more than 110 independent hotels across the globe by Marriott International. Speaking about the properties, YTL’s executive director Dato’ Mark Yeoh, said: “Our long-term partnership with Marriott International continues to grow steadily with our two Autograph Collection Hotels in Kuala Lumpur and across the continents that encompasses eight properties across Asia-Pacific and Europe.”

YTL’s debut Autograph Collection property, the 300-room and suite Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur includes the Hotel Majestic building, which was built in the 1930s and has been declared a national heritage site under the country’s Antiquities Act. The hotel is located opposite the old Moorish-style railway station and is set upon 1.3 hectares on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. The property’s suites with butler service, Colonial Café, bar and tea lounge are each located in the restored, original five-storey Majestic Hotel.

Hotel Stripes, meanwhile, is situated near the city’s business hub on Jalan Kamunting and features 184 bespoke guestrooms and suites. Formerly known as the Asian Heritage Row, The Row on Jalan Kamunting features 22 shophouses from the 1940s that now house restaurants, cafes, art galleries and creative businesses. As part of the hotel’s February opening, a special rate starting from RM285+ (US$64+) per room night is being offered for stays at Hotel Stripes until June 30.


Malaysia’s YTL Hotels group acquires three UK properties

The Glasshouse Hotel - Credit: YTL Hotels

Malaysian hospitality group YTL Hotels is expanding its portfolio in the UK following the acquisition of three properties in Edinburgh, Berkshire and London. The recent acquisition brings the group’s presence worldwide to a total of 29 properties, comprising assets in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, China, France, Spain and the UK.

The three new additions to the portfolio include The Glasshouse Hotel in Edinburgh, Monkey Island in Bray-on-Thames in Berkshire, and The Academy Hotel in London’s West End.

Speaking about the acquisitions, Dato’ Mark Yeoh, executive director of YTL Hotels, said: “We are continuing with our aggressive global expansion strategy to increase our offerings; underpinning our commitment to not just build or acquire properties, but to create inspired experiences for guests. As more Asians seek to disconnect from their busy lives during their sojourns, we want to have as wide a range of luxury destinations as possible to meet the needs of our discerning customers.”

The Glasshouse Hotel, part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, was once the mid-19th century Lady Glenorchy Church, before its conversion to a 77-room boutique hotel in 2003. Located in the city centre, the hotel is conveniently located for business travellers, and even has a hidden rooftop garden.

Monkey Island by contrast is located on a small island accessible only by footbridge or boat on the River Thames in Berkshire’s gourmet hub of Bray – one of the few villages in the world able to boast the presence of four Michelin-starred restaurants and gastro pubs. The property is set to undergo a redesign by New York architect Champalimaud Design, with completion expected for late 2017.

Also set to undergo a full refurbishment is the third acquisition, The Academy Hotel. The property comprises five restored Georgian townhouses in the West End and is situated a short distance from The British Museum.

According to Yeoh, YTL expects the properties to be particularly attractive to its customers from Singapore. “We have worked hard to build a brand that travellers from this region have grown to associate with best in class luxury accommodations, especially with The Gainsborough Bath Spa and Niseko Village properties that are very popular among Singaporean travellers. With Singaporeans taking up to six trips a year and yet still feeling vacation-deprived, we are well-placed to offer a sense of home when Singaporeans are abroad.”