You’ll probably be able to walk into the lobby of St Regis, Grand Hyatt, The Regent and Four Seasons in Kuala Lumpur before 2015.
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The 6-star St Regis brand, part of Starwood Hotels, which is scheduled to open its doors in 2014 will be built on Lot C at KL Sentral. The St. Regis Hotel Kuala Lumpur will feature a minimum 200 hotel rooms while The St. Regis Residences Kuala Lumpur will feature 200 units of freehold upmarket residences.
Starwood is a world leading hotel and leisure company with about 900 properties in 100 countries. Apart from the St Regis brand, Starwood manages other brands such as Le Meridien, Westin, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels.
Mustafa Kemal Abadan, design partner of the world-famous architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), will design the hotel, residence and an adjacent office tower.
SOM’s portfolio of over 800 design awards includes the Freedom Tower, which is the redevelopment of the World Trade Centre in New York, and the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest tower, in the United Arab Emirates.
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The Brunei Investment Agency, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds with assets of US$30 billion (RM97.2 billion), has had the green light to develop a 5-star 450-room Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur on Jalan Pinang, next to KL Convention Centre.
It was reported before that world renowned architecture firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) served as the design architect, together with local firm GDP Architects.
The 40-storey hotel lobby will be located at the top of the building and guests at the lobby will have an impressive 360-degree view of downtown KL.
Earlier plans to open KL’s Grand Hyatt Duta in 1997 was never materialised. Until today, the 52-storey building at the corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang remains partly completed. The Hyatt Group is no longer associated with the project.
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In a related development, Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific, one of the world’s largest privately-owned hotelier, will continue the expansion of its luxury Regent brand into key gateway cities across the region with the opening of The Regent Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur in the third quarter of 2011.
* This Regent is not “directly” related to the former The Regent KL (managed by Four Seasons) at Jalan Bukit Bintang. Carlson Hotels had since bought over all of The Regent brand from Four Seasons, however, Four Seasons continues to manage those in Singapore and Taipei.
The Regent Kuala Lumpur joins a growing portfolio of The Regent hotels and resorts worldwide, which includes The Regent Beijing and The Regent Shanghai. The 250-room hotel will also feature an additional 102 exclusive luxury apartments.
The Regent Kuala Lumpur, together with the The Regent Residences, Kuala Lumpur, will occupy a prime city-centre location in the heart of the city’s ‘Golden Triangle’, with breathtaking views of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC Park, just 200 metres walking distance away.
Carlson Hotels Worldwide is the world’s ninth largest hotel company ranked by the number of properties worldwide. In Asia Pacific, it is the largest international hotel group operating in India, and has more than 9,000 hotel rooms under management in 11 countries across the region.
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Meanwhile, the contruction of Four Seasons Hotel next to Petronas Towers is currently stalled or has “little movements”.