This is what it’s like to eat, drink, work, play and live as a mobile citizen, according to citizenM.
Following the influx of new luxury hotels in KL last year (we’re looking at W Kuala Lumpur, Four Seasons KL and The RuMa, to name a few), 2019 presents a new category of accommodations to fill a different travel niche: affordable luxury.
Cue the arrival of citizenM Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang earlier this month, advancing the Dutch-based hotel’s mission to disrupt the global hospitality industry.
Located along Jalan Pudu in downtown Bukit Bintang, the colourful, contemporary hotel reflects its surrounding neighbourhood in all its diversity and energy. Over 300 guests graced its doors on opening day to celebrate the brand’s first property in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, which also marks its 16th destination worldwide.
“At citizenM, we celebrate modern travellers, also known as “mobile citizens”, that are on the move and want to maximise their most valuable commodity – time,” says Michael Levie, Chief Operations Officer of citizenM. “We look forward to changing the hospitality game by providing not just a place to sleep, but somewhere to work, relax and play, where mobile citizens can meet like-minded people and get inspired.”
Take a virtual tour of the 210-key property below to see how the brand is building up a generation of mobile citizens.
Where modernity meets mobility
Every citizenM hotel prioritises design and technology – two essential areas that work hand-in-hand for a streamlined guest experience. This is demonstrated from the moment you enter its doors to check-in: the fully-automated counters will have you ready to retreat to your room in a minute. Trust us, we’ve tried it ourselves.
But before we get to the rooms, citizenM wants you to reconsider where you’ll spend most of your time as a fast-paced traveller. Its answer to that is the “living room”. Featuring vibrant Vitra furniture punctuated by a curation of local artwork from artists such as Azizi Latiff and Afiq Faris, the spacious lobby cum common area is where the hotel has designed for guests to connect and unwind.
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The hotel’s 24/7 dining area and bar, canteenM, is not mutually exclusive from the designer living room; instead, the two spaces co-exist seamlessly at the ground floor for your convenience. This is what it’s like to eat, drink, work, play and live as a mobile citizen, according to citizenM.
If you require a private room to hold a business meeting or creative discussion, the hotel has got you covered with three meeting rooms on the first floor. Thoughtfully called societyM, each room features distinctively designed interiors to spur your imagination. They also come equipped with meeting necessities including high-speed WiFi (which is accessible wherever you are in the building so you never have to worry about poor connection), a sizeable TV (perfect for presentations!), ample power outlets to plug in your gadgets as well as quirky stationeries. Who says business has to be boring?
After you’ve wined, dined, worked and/or explored the city, an XL king-sized bed and awaits in your room to reward you with a peaceful night’s sleep. That, and a rain shower complete with bath amenities featuring citizenM’s signature scent, too.
Don’t worry about fumbling over a dozen switches because everything in the room is controlled and customisable via a “MoodPad”. As its name suggests, you can select from preset “moods” to automatically adjust the ambient lighting, day/night shades and entertainment content accordingly – or simply play around the settings to suit your preferences.
Now, that is what the citizenM calls affordable luxury.
Meet the citizens around the world
While representing the essence of KL’s cultural melting pot to mobile citizens of the world, citizenM also proudly invites you to discover that of other global cities. Check out some of the brand’s most outstanding locations below.
citizenM New York Bowery
citizenM Tower of London
citizenM Paris La Defense
citizenM Shanghai Hongqiao
citizenM Amstel Amsterdam
citizenM Taipei North Gate
citizenM New York Times Square
citizenM Copenhagen Radhuspladsen
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