When they stay at a hotel, today's travelers expect to find a convenient location, a comfortable bed and a fast Internet connection. What often makes the biggest impression on them, however, are the things they don't expect -- like a spectacular view outside their guest room window.
Its new hotel in Malaysia offers exactly that, according to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, which last week announced the opening of Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur in the country's capital city.
Located next to the Petronas Towers -- two 88-story buildings that are the world's tallest twin structures -- the new hotel is situated inside a new, 65-story skyscraper that overlooks Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the city's Golden Triangle neighborhood, which is Kuala Lumpur's principal shopping and nightlife district. It has 209 guest rooms and suites, a half-dozen restaurants and lounges, an outdoor pool with private cabanas, a spa with eight treatment rooms, a fitness center, a luxury shopping mall, and 19,016 square feet of meeting space that includes two ballrooms and four meeting rooms.
The hotel also has serviced apartments for extended stays, private residences and a 50-acre park next door.
Said General Manager Tom Roelens, "As the hotel has come to life, we have looked forward to the day when it would be filled with people -- international travelers in the city for business or leisure, local guests in our restaurants and spa, and the many residents who are becoming part of the extended Four Seasons family here in Kuala Lumpur."
Feast Your Eyes on This
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur is just the latest meetings hotel to open in the sky. Here are four other recent and future openings whose beautiful views promise to captivate your meeting attendees:
• Rosewood Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh, Cambodia): Rosewood Hotels & Resorts' first urban hotel in Southeast Asia, Rosewood Phnom Penh opened in February in Cambodia's capital city. Located in the 39-story Vattanac Capital Tower -- the city's tallest building -- it has 175 guest rooms and suites, four dining venues, a fitness center, an extensive art collection and over 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
• Fairmont Austin (Austin, Texas): Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' largest U.S. property, Fairmont Austin opened in March and at 37 stories tall is the second tallest building in Austin. The property boasts 1,048 guest rooms and nearly 140,000 square feet of meeting and event space, not to mention five restaurants and bars, a revolutionary fitness center, and the largest outdoor pool and full-service spa in downtown Austin.
• St. Jane (Chicago): Located in Chicago's Loop business district, St. Jane opened last week inside the city's historic Art-Deco Carbide and Carbon Building. The hotel has a total of 38 floors -- including a main building that has 332 rooms and The Tower at St. Jane, a boutique luxury hotel above St. Jane that offers 33 premium rooms and suites and a 24th floor indoor and outdoor lounge, called The Nobel. Along with views of the Chicago skyline, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, the property -- named for famed Chicagoan Jane Addams -- has a fitness center, a signature bar and restaurant, and 11,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
• The Dalmar (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): Scheduled to open in fall 2018 as part of Marriott's Tribute Portfolio, The Dalmar will have 209 guest rooms and suites; an infinity pool; a fitness center; 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and five food and beverage concepts, including Fort Lauderdale's first skyline rooftop bar, Sparrow, which will boast impressive views of Fort Lauderdale's skyline from the top of the 25-floor hotel.