Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur to undergo $26M refit


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- In an effort to maintain its position as the capital's top luxury business hotel, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts on Sept. 13 will launch a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation of its flagship here, the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur.

"The renovations will give [the hotel] a whole new look," said David Wilson, general manager. "We are creating a brand new product and combining it with traditional Shangri-La services."

The renovation, which will be conducted in two phases, will cost approximately $26 million and is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2003, the company said.

Shangri-La Hotel and Resort's top business hotel in Kuala Lumpur is undergoing a $21 million renovation. "When fully completed, I'm confident [the hotel] will consolidate its position as the most prestigious deluxe business hotel in the city," Wilson said.

The first phase of the renovation, scheduled to be completed in March, will involve the hotel's public spaces, food and beverage outlets and the Horizon floors, which consist of corporate rooms and a dedicated concierge. This phase is expected to cost $11 million.

The number of Horizon floors will grow from three to five, bringing the total number of rooms on these floors to 107.

The second phase of the refit will involve the renovation of the remaining guest rooms.

As part of the renovation, the hotel's room count will drop from 720 to 660 as more suites are created and several rooms are converted into self-contained, extended-stay apartments.

Shangri-La said the hotel will be open for business during the renovation, although the availability of guest rooms will be reduced and several of the food and beverage outlets will be temporarily closed.

Food outlets that will remain open are the Coffee Garden, the Pub, Gourmet Corner and Shang Palace.

The hotel's traditional Japanese restaurant, Nadaman, will be renamed Zipangu and offer live jazz, a wine bar and a space to smoke cigars.

Lafite, the hotel's upscale French restaurant, will add a wine-tasting room and cigar lounge as part of its renovation.

On the outside, the landscaping will be recreated to resemble a "tropical oasis," complete with a waterfall, ponds, Balinese-inspired pavilions and lush foliage.

For more information or reservations, call Shangri-La at (800) 942-5050 or visit the company's Web site at

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