Hilton Worldwide today proudly announced the opening of its first Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Southeast Asia. Celebrated during a special commemoration ceremony amidst hundreds of civic officials, business leaders and company executives last night, the 540-guest room, 34-storey Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur rises high in the skyline of Malaysia’s capital city within Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle district, just northeast of KL City Centre. Positioned along the prestigious Jalan Ampang at the Jalan Tun Razak crossing in what is known as Embassy Row, the Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur serves as a convenient gateway for all that Kuala Lumpur has to offer. Within steps of this newly transformed upscale hotel, the city’s best shopping malls, dining, entertainment, the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre can be easily explored.
Rob Palleschi, global head, Doubletree by Hilton Hotels commented: “The opening of the Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur represents an important brand milestone for our worldwide collection of more than 230 hotels and resorts. This outstanding hotel in the heart of one of Southeast Asia’s most important cities truly demonstrates the refreshing sense of contemporary style and personalised service Doubletree by Hilton continues to pursue and present to the world’s travellers, wherever they stay with us. With five hotels now open in important business centres and attractive leisure destinations across Asia and many more development deals under negotiation in our robust development pipeline, the Doubletree by Hilton brand continues to gain momentum as a lucrative branding opportunity for owners and developers, which is both flexible for new-build and conversion purposes in the upscale, full-service hotel segment.”
Doubletree by Hilton will introduce business and leisure travellers in Malaysia to the brand’s longstanding tradition of distinctively designed hotels that reflect the destination and surrounding area. Other Doubletree by Hilton characteristic qualities include the warm worldwide welcome of the brand’s legendary chocolate chip cookie to every guest at check-in, the rewards of the prestigious Hilton HHonors® loyalty programme and a unique caring commitment to the communities in which they operate. A rapid worldwide expansion of the Doubletree by Hilton brand since 2008 has seen an aggressive opening plan of upscale, full-service hotels and resorts in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Current confirmed and signed development deals will see the Doubletree by Hilton brand welcoming guests in more than 25 countries within the next two years.
Martin Rinck, president – Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of our first Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Malaysia in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The contemporary style, quality and versatility of the Doubletree by Hilton brand are proving to be popular features among developers across the region. The opening of this hotel enhances our portfolio of five Hilton Worldwide hotels in Malaysia and allows the world’s travelers the fast-emerging Doubletree by Hilton brand, while symbolizing our commitment to further expanding our presence across in the region.”
Managed by Hilton Worldwide, the Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur is owned by MGPA Asia Fund II and is part of a world class integrated property called The Intermark. Besides the hotel, The Intermark also has on site a Retail Podium, and a grade A office tower. Another new office building, which has been awarded Platinum LEED pre-certification, is scheduled for completion in 2012.
Immediately upon entering the hotel a relaxingly fresh design scheme welcomes guests with some of the most modern hotel amenities and services available. Each of the 32 m2 (350 sq ft.) standard guestrooms offer outstanding city and Klang Valley views and are equipped with spacious workspaces and seating areas, high-speed Internet access, flat-panel LCD televisions, complimentary in-room coffee and tea service and luxurious bath and body products. The hotel also features the brand’s signature Sweet Dreams™ by Doubletree sleep experience complete with high-thread-count linens and an abundance of pillows for a great night’s sleep.
For added exclusivity, the hotel offers nine Executive Floors from the 26th floor onwards, including 152 Executive Guestrooms, 19 Deluxe Suites, 21 Executive Suites and five Terrace Suites with spacious private terraces overlooking the impressive Kuala Lumpur city skyline. Along with private check-in, some of the many benefits Executive Floor guests may enjoy include complimentary breakfast, snacks during the afternoon and an evening manager’s reception at the Executive Lounge on the 34th floor, which offers panoramic views of the KLCC Petronas Twin Towers and Genting Highlands.
A comprehensive array of conference and event facilities is available at the Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur, with more than 1,850 m2 (20,000 sq ft.) of flexible, function space. The 1,150 m2 (12,000 sq ft.) pillar-less Grand Ballroom is equipped with state-of-art audio-visual and communication technology and can showcase social receptions for up to 1,000 guests. Nine additional function rooms can be easily configured for boardroom meetings, product launches or press conferences. A full-service business centre provides professionals with a full range of secretarial and support services.
The Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur is proud to present an extensive selection of innovative cuisine – with five restaurants and bars appealing to every palate and dining experience desired. Guests can opt for home-style Italian cuisine at Tosca, appreciate fine wines with an on-site wine sommelier at the Cellar Door, relax for drinks with friends and associates at the Axis Lounge or have a light bite from The Food Store.
Located on the 11th floor is Makan Kitchen, the hotel’s 350-seat signature restaurant, which showcases a true Malaysian dining experience. Consisting of three live interactive kitchens and featuring six local cuisines, speciality chefs present mouth- watering local Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines, as well as lesser-known specialities from Ibanese, Nyonya and Kristang kitchens. Guests get to dine amidst a vibrant interior, ranging from an authentic Malaysian long house to traditional Peranakan setting. The restaurant also features five unique private dining rooms.
For guests who want to keep their workout program on track while travelling, a state-of-the-art fitness facility equipped with the latest in cardio and weight training equipment by Precor® Fitness is available. An outdoor, saltwater swimming pool; a children’s pool; and sundecks also provide refreshing ways to relax at the Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur.