New Hilton Kuala Lumpur to Open September

Almost three and a half years since the Hilton logo was removed from its former city address, Hilton Kuala Lumpur will be back and fully operational - in a brand new building and a brand new location - come end September.
Located in a multi billion-Ringgit mixed development project, which also houses the new railway station, office complexes and the future convention centre, the 35-storey, 510-room property will set a new benchmark for contemporary hotels in Asia and for Hilton International’s stable of 80 properties in the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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Speaking at a press conference today, General Manager Mr Kees Hartzuiker said all guestrooms, the ten restaurants and bars, the Grand Ballroom and meeting rooms, public areas and support facilities within Hilton Kuala Lumpur will be fully functional from day one.Ê

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“This is a luxurious hotel with real substance, differentiated by innovative products and numerous design surprises. The main dining arena has seven outlets housed under a towering four-storey dome. Beginning with a theatrical and very funky Chinese restaurant on the top floor, each outlet cascades around a spiralling stairwell until the ground level where there is an open kitchen restaurant serving local Malaysian cuisine.

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“Guest rooms start at 46 square metres and have been designed in such a way that the bathroom walls slide back to create one large, open room. Guests can relax in the extra-deep bathtub, and look out over the bed through the ceiling to floor windows, to views of Parliament House and Lake Gardens.

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“The rooms offer a completely new view of Kuala Lumpur and, despite being in the middle of an emerging city precinct, the aspect is refreshingly green.”

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All 510 rooms have been fitted with 42” plasma screen TVs (the first and largest commercial hotel to feature this), an extra LCD TV in the bathroom, a rain shower, modern glass desks with ergonomically designed office chairs, broadband facilities and luxurious furnishings.Ê

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The hotel will also feature the country’s largest freeform pool, at 120 metres, and a two-storey state-of-the-art health club with four massage and treatment rooms.

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One floor of the hotel is dedicated to the meetings market and will house a 1,250 square metre, ten-metre high, pillarless ballroom and 13 meeting rooms. Equipped with the latest technology, the ballroom has a capacity for 1,500 guests and will be suitable for conferences, product launches and weddings.

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To help create a sense of place, Hilton Kuala Lumpur has embraced the local art scene and will showcase more than 2,500 original art pieces and sculptures, over 85 percent of which are completed by Malaysian artists.

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Commenting on the new address, Mr Hartzuiker explained that the hotel is linked by walkway to Kuala Lumpur (KL) Sentral station, the new transportation hub that unites the city with Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

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“It makes prudent business sense to locate the new property adjacent to KL Sentral. Our primary inbound markets comprise business travellers from Japan, Singapore, USA and the rest of Asia, and weÊexpect seasonal pick up from theÊArabian Peninsular during the summer months. For these out-of-town guests, the high-speed express rail link (ERL) offers seamless check-in facilities and will have them inÊKLIA in 28 minutes guaranteed.”.

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Hilton Kuala Lumpur was designed by Kanko Kikaku Sekkeisha (KKS), with Wilson & Associates responsible for the guest rooms and suites, and TribeCaAsia for the interior of the food and beverage outlets.Ê The hotel overlooks the lush greenery of Lake Gardens and is located a short mono-rail trip or a US$2 taxi ride to the famous Petronas Towers.
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