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Marriott International’s W Hotels brand has opened a destination in Kuala Lumpur, marking its first foray into Malaysia.

Owned by Tropicana Corporation Berhad, W Kuala Lumpur includes 150 guest rooms and suites, as well as a 1,100sq m (11,840sq ft) Away spa with five treatment rooms.

The spa offers massages and treatments, vitality pools, chromatherapy steam baths and bio infrared saunas.

A Beauty Bar offers manicures and pedicures as well as hair and eyelash extension services, and a Fit gym features state-of-the-art equipment and views of the city skyline.

“Kuala Lumpur is one of the most modern cities in Asia. Skyrocketing from its humble heritage as a mining town to a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers, it’s clear that, like W, the city has a passion for embracing what’s new and next in the world – a natural fit for the W Hotels brand,” said Anthony Ingham, global brand leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “We are blown away by how the city is moving towards the future while still maintaining its traditional and cultural roots. It’s a precise balancing act that we have brought to the intricate, vibrant design of W Kuala Lumpur to show guests from across the globe all the magic this city has to offer.”

W Kuala Lumpur combines a mix of old and new colours, aromas and sounds. A distinct design feature at W Kuala Lumpur is the pixel – or dot. It is integrated throughout the hotel and is used to create a bigger picture inspired by a broader multicultural Malaysia made up of many ethnicities.

Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by larger-than-life traditional batik motifs, a nod to the ancient artwork of the region, blended with sleek metal accents. The city’s abundant plant life is pulled into the space via bamboo-inspired chandeliers set against an ever-changing wall of lights, a representation of the new technology that is enhancing the cityscape.

At the welcome area, guests check in among modern nods to the jungle. Streaming LED lights hang from above, playfully mimicking waterfalls, spotlights alternate along the floor like a flowing river while the ceiling patterns depict an artistic interpretation of Kuala Lumpur’s topography, and chandeliers show off the shapes of spinning Malay toys known throughout the country.

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Marriott International’s W Hotels brand has opened a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, marking its first hotel in Malaysia.
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