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.
"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
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
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
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 www.shangri-la.com.