Bilkey Llinas Design-helmed Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur opens

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, the first Grand Hyatt hotel in Malaysia.

This hotel with 370 guestrooms and 42 suites is situated in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and right next to Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the hotel is within walking distance of the Petronas Twin Towers, Suria KLCC, KLCC Park, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas as well as the Golden Triangle shopping and entertainment district.

Designed by architecture firm Bilkey Llinas Design, the hotel's ground floor lobby is decorated with specially commissioned art pieces. A circular art feature inscribed with a well-known welcoming Quranic verse, “A thousand dinar,” is positioned at the main entrance. The second art piece by the Malaysian artist, Abdul Multhalib Musa, is a gold/bronze sculpture resembling a tower. A crescent-shaped sculpture, symbolic to Brunei and Malaysia, is the center piece of the ground floor lobby, sitting in the pond by the grand staircase.

To check-in to the hotel, guests are whisked to the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur’s sky lobby, positioned at the highest level of the building to allow for a view of the city’s skyline with the city’s Petronas Twin Towers as the backdrop.

All of the hotel’s guestrooms and suites were designed with floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize natural daylight, as well as offer views of the city, the greenery of KLCC Park or the Petronas Twin Towers. Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur has some of the largest rooms in the city, starting at 505 square feet (47 square meters), all using warm and neutral earth tone interiors. Each guestroom is also equipped with a workstation with high-speed wired and wireless Internet access, as well as an MP3 docking station. Bathrooms feature a liquid crystal glass (LCG) enclosed cube, complete with bath and rain shower. LCG technology provides guests with an option to turn the glass opaque at the touch of a button.

 

The hotel is introducing three dining options to the city. THIRTY8, located on the top floor of the hotel, consists of a restaurant, a wine bar and a lounge. JP teres, located on the ground floor, offers guests both indoor and outdoor dining areas with street access. The large outdoor terrace is surrounded by greenery and water features. JP teres also has two private dining areas. Meanwhile, Poolside is located on the second floor of the hotel, next to the outdoor swimming pool.

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur has more than 35,530 square feet of exclusive meetings and events space, spanning six venues that have adopted circular curves in their design to create a softer ambience. An option for gala events is the oval-shaped pillarless Grand Ballroom and Grand Salon accentuated with panels of lattice work depicting the local Malay custom. Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is the first hotel in Kuala Lumpur to feature Hyatt’s residential-style meeting concept that spans more than 10,760 square feet.

Recreational facilities include the Essa Spa, which offers 11-treatment rooms; a 24-hour fitness center; an outdoor swimming pool; steam room and sauna; whirlpool bath; an ice fountain; and relaxation areas.

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur was also designed and built to be able to qualify for certification by the Green Building Index organization. The hotel’s certification process was initiated during its construction phase, where ground water from the basement levels were collected for two-and-a-half years for the purpose of site cleaning, water tests and washing of out-going vehicles. The mechanical and electrical plans of the building were specifically designed to be more efficient than that of standard hotel requirements in Malaysia.

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