Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sunway Pyramid Hotel East Begins its Transformative Journey

Sunway Pyramid Hotel East in Sunway Resort City will be temporarily closed  and will be reopened in the first quarter of 2017 following a 10-month refurbishment work which will elevate the hotel from a superior to a deluxe category 4-star international-class hotel. Last week, I was invited to the hotel's 'Hard Hat Zone' event where we get to take part in the initial demolition of the site.

The hotel room inventory will increase to 564 rooms from the current 549, incorporating 22 new family rooms and suites (570 sq. ft. - 646 sq. ft.) to accommodate a growing increase in family and leisure travelers to the destination. The new family rooms will be the hotel's largest, offering comfortable spaces, useful amenities, added extras like two bathrooms and option of bedding types which can accommodate up to six persons.

The chic deluxe room has natural design elements with contemporary textures and seamlessly weaving bold geometrical patterns.

Family suite

Each guestroom and suite will also include convenient touches and technology improvements such as complimentary Wi-Fi and wired broadband internet access, smart lighting, bedside USB charger outlets, 42" LED Smart TV with satellite news, sports and movie channels, flexible workspaces, high pressure walk-in shower, ample closet space, in-room electronic safe box, minibar and coffee and tea making facilities, complemented by enhanced facilities and technology upgrades.

Designed by Sunway Design Sdn Bhd, the renovation will include a complete transformation of the hotel's driveway, main lobby, food and beverage kiosk area, lift landings, guest floor corridor, guestrooms, bathrooms and back of house spaces. Richness of colour soars with refreshing colour palette of red,. orange, yellow, white, silver and brown hues used dramatically on feature wall panels and coverings that blends natural design textures with natural granite and wood veneer wall panels using new modern technology material like composite fiber column cladding, perforated metal plate with lit-acrylic panels, wood lattice finishes, glass with decorative film as wall finishing.

Opened in July 2004 as Pyramid Tower Hotel, the Sunway Pyramid Hotel East's large scale refurbishment aligns to the divisional strategy in meeting the increased demand for higher quality accommodations as business and leisure travel to the integrated destination of Sunway Resort City continues to grow.

Sunway Group also announced an investment of RM875 million to facilitate a three-year redevelopment and expansion plans of which RM530 million for new investment assets and RM345 million for refurbishment and expansion of existing hospitality assets in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam, commencing 2016 with completion targeted for the second quarter of 2018.

The 3 year redevelopment and expansion plans commenced with the recent opening of the 4-star 401 rooms Sunway Pyramid Hotel West on 19 February 2016 which is located within the integrated development of the Sunway Resort City, completed at a gross development cost of RM380 million that includes retail space and the 4-star 351 room, RM150 million Sunway Velocity Hotel in Kuala Lumpur East, slated for opening in the third quarter of 2017.

Besides the major redevelopment of Sunway Pyramid Hotel East, other properties to undergo refurbishment and expansion works in the next two years include the 5-star 468 room Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, the 145,000 sq. ft. Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, the 5-star 25 villas at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, the 4-star 138 room Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh in Cambodia and the 4-star 145 room Sunway Hotel Hanoi in Vietnam.

Upon the completion of all redevelopment and expansion plans in 2018, the Sunway Group will own and operate a total of 11 hotels, nine of which are in Malaysia. Sunway Pyramid Hotel West (401 rooms), Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa (499 rooms) and Sunway Pyramid Hotel East (564 rooms) are in its integrated flagship township of the Sunway Resort City (total 1,464 rooms).

Sunway's continued reinvestment in its hotels stamp the Group's commitment in providing a better future for the communities in which they build, serve and live within to further strengthen Sunway's hospitality division's strategic footprints.

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