Marriott to bring Element brand to Malaysia

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Marriott International is set to bring its Element Hotels brand to Southeast Asia. The Bethesda, Md.-based company has signed a management agreement with owner IB Tower, and the new-build Element Kuala Lumpur hotel is slated to open in March 2017.

The hotel will be part of a mixed-use development that also houses the Ilham Gallery, a public art space, commercial units and restaurants, and will be the highest hotel in Malaysia. The hotel is located within the 902-foot-high mixed-use Ilham Tower, designed by Foster+Partners. The hotel will have 252 guestrooms from studio units to three-bedroom suites. 

"We are pleased to collaborate with Marriott International by introducing the innovative Element brand in the Malaysian capital," Selina Raj, senior manager of Ilham Tower, said in a statement. "Element's environmentally aware commitment is perfectly aligned to our own sustainable values which can be seen in the prominently designed Ilham Tower." 

As a new-build property, the hotel is already Green Building Index-certified. Element Hotels use sustainable products and practices wherever possible, including low-flow rainfall and showerheads, 100 percent non-PVC flooring, energy-efficient LED lighting, electric-vehicle charging stations, filtered water, green materials such as low-VOC paints and recycled-content carpeting and guestroom designs that incorporate sustainable features. 

Element made its Asia Pacific debut in Suzhou, China in 2015. The brand is set to triple its portfolio by the end of 2017.