Hyatt will open a new Hyatt Regency branded hotel in Kuala Lumpur in 2024, marking the brand’s return to Malaysia’s capital city.

A spokesperson from Hyatt confirmed to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that Hyatt previously managed Hyatt Regency Saujana, which closed in 2005.

The hotel company has signed a management agreement with KL Midtown, a joint venture company by Hap Seng Consolidated  and TTDI KL Metropolis, to open a 450-room Hyatt Regency property in Kuala Lumpur.

Hyatt Regency Kuala Lumpur will be situated to the north of Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). Located around eight kilometres northwest of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre and 60 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, MITEC is the third largest MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) venue in Southeast Asia and the largest trade and exhibition centre in Malaysia. With a direct connection to MITEC, Hyatt Regency Kuala Lumpur will provide easy access to the meeting venue for business travellers.

Renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will be responsible for the design of the new property. When completed, the hotel will have four dining venues, including two bars, a market café, and a Japanese restaurant. There will also be a Regency Club for club level guests.

Recreation options will include an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. For meetings and events, the hotel will offer about 2,000 sqm of event space, including a 1,000-sqm ballroom.

“In addition to being a prominent hotel for us in Malaysia, the introduction of Hyatt Regency Kuala Lumpur will bring awareness to the Hyatt Regency brand in the wider region,” said Patrick Finn, senior vice president, real estate & development, Asia-Pacific for Hyatt.

“The new hotel is part of our strategy to grow Hyatt’s brand presence in Malaysia, building upon the five hotels that currently operate in the region.”

The five Hyatt hotels in Malaysia are Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Alila Bangsar Kuala Lumpur, Hyatt House Kuala Lumpur Mont Kiara, Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort and Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.

This year, Hyatt plans to open a new Alila hotel, Alila Dalit Bay, in Sabah. In 2021, Malaysia will also get its first Park Hyatt hotel in Kuala Lumpur, as well as its first Hyatt Centric hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

There’s no rendering of the new property available yet. The main picture is of the Hyatt Regency Sydney.