The Sun, 7 April 2011 - Dijaya to open luxury W Hotel in 2016

The Sun, 7 April 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The luxury W Hotel in Jalan Ampang here will open its doors in 2016, marking the entry of the W brand owned by US-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc in Malaysia.

The hotel, to be developed by Dijaya Corp Bhd and run by Starwood, will feature 150 rooms and suites, each boasting the signature ultra-comfortable W bed, four food and beverage outlets with W hotel's signature concepts, a fitness centre, a full service spa and a nail bar. It will also house 1,200 sq m of meeting space, with one ballroom and five meeting and function rooms.

The hotel will be positioned to attract both leisure and business travellers.

"We look forward to the entry of the W brand to Malaysia and the 'wow' factor that this will bring to the tourism industry. W Kuala Lumpur will inject a design-led lifestyle in our city; the modern traveller will easily identify with W's modern comforts and service philosophy.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen said, after witnessing the signing of a collaboration agreement between Dijaya and Starwood yesterday.

Dijaya chairman Datuk Rohana Mahmood said the group is seeking differentiation with regards to sustainability practices and will work towards a Green Building Index (GBI) rating with W Kuala Lumpur.

"In continuing our legacy for innovation, Dijaya is looking at the needs of tomorrow's jet-setters while also addressing a wider range of environmental challenges facing this industry. W Kuala Lumpur is an iconic start that is sure to set a new industry standard for green hotels in Malaysia," she said.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia-Pacific, regional vice-president for Southeast Asia, Chuck Abbott said:"W Kuala Lumpur will redefine the meaning of hospitality in Kuala Lumpur and is well equipped to electrify the city."

At the signing ceremony, Dijaya group CEO Tan Sri Danny Tan Chee Sing signed on behalf of the group, while Starwood was represented by Abbott.

Tan exchanging documents with Abbott witnessed by Ng, at the signing of the collaboration agreement yesterday.