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MGPA Asia Developments and Hilton Worldwide Complete Conversion
of the Former Crown Princess to the 540-guest room, 34-storey
Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur

 
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - August 6, 2010 - Hilton Worldwide today proudly announced the opening of its first Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Southeast Asia. Celebrated during a special commemoration ceremony amidst hundreds of civic officials, business leaders and company executives last night, the 540-guest room, 34-storey Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur rises high in the skyline of Malaysia’s capital city within Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle district, just northeast of KL City Centre. Positioned along the prestigious Jalan Ampang at the Jalan Tun Razak crossing in what is known as Embassy Row, the Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur serves as a convenient gateway for all that Kuala Lumpur has to offer. Within steps of this newly transformed (formerly the Crown Princess Kuala Lumpur) upscale hotel, the city's best shopping malls, dining, entertainment, the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre can be easily explored.

Rob Palleschi, global head, Doubletree by Hilton Hotels commented: “The opening of the Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur represents an important brand milestone for our worldwide collection of more than 230 hotels and resorts. This outstanding hotel in the heart of one of Southeast Asia’s most important cities truly demonstrates the refreshing sense of contemporary style and personalised service Doubletree by Hilton continues to pursue and present to the world’s travellers, wherever they stay with us. 

With five hotels now open in important business centres and attractive leisure destinations across Asia and many more development deals under negotiation in our robust development pipeline, the Doubletree by Hilton brand continues to gain momentum as a lucrative branding opportunity for owners and developers, which is both flexible for new-build and conversion purposes in the upscale, full-service hotel segment.”
 

The Intermark, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Acquired by MGPA Asia Fund II in June 2007

Description 
Located 500 metres from Petronas Twin Towers, The Intermark is a mixed use development comprising two grade A office buildings, an international hotel and a retail podium with a total gross floor area approximating 2.5 million ft². 

Phase 1 of the development includes the complete refurbishment of the retail podium and Vista Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Malaysia, (formerly known as City Square and Empire Tower respectively), as well as the introduction of the first Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Southeast Asia in place of the former Crown Princess hotel.

Phase 2 includes the redevelopment of the former adjacent retail site where Plaza Ampang once stood into Integra Tower, a brand new 39 storey sustainable design office tower scheduled for completion in 2012. www.theintermark.com

Martin Rinck, president – Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of our first Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Malaysia in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The contemporary style, quality and versatility of the Doubletree by Hilton brand are proving to be popular features among developers across the region. The opening of this hotel enhances our portfolio of five Hilton Worldwide hotels in Malaysia and allows the world’s travelers the fast-emerging Doubletree by Hilton brand, while symbolizing our commitment to further expanding our presence across in the region.”

Managed by Hilton Worldwide, the Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur is owned by MGPA Asia Fund II and is part of a world class integrated property called The Intermark. Besides the hotel, The Intermark also has on site a Retail Podium, and a grade A office tower. Another new office building, which has been awarded Platinum LEED pre-certification, is scheduled for completion in 2012.

Immediately upon entering the hotel a relaxingly fresh design scheme welcomes guests with some of the most modern hotel amenities and services available. Each of the 32 m2 (350 sq ft.) standard guestrooms offer outstanding city and Klang Valley views and are equipped with spacious workspaces and seating areas, high-speed Internet access, flat-panel LCD televisions, complimentary in-room coffee and tea service and luxurious bath and body products. The hotel also features the brand’s signature Sweet Dreams™ by Doubletree sleep experience complete with high-thread-count linens and an abundance of pillows for a great night’s sleep.

For added exclusivity, the hotel offers nine Executive Floors from the 26th floor onwards, including 152 Executive Guestrooms, 19 Deluxe Suites, 21 Executive Suites and five Terrace Suites with spacious private terraces overlooking the impressive Kuala Lumpur city skyline. Along with private check-in, some of the many benefits Executive Floor guests may enjoy include complimentary breakfast, snacks during the afternoon and an evening manager’s reception at the Executive Lounge on the 34th floor, which offers panoramic views of the KLCC Petronas Twin Towers and Genting Highlands.

A comprehensive array of conference and event facilities is available at the Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur, with more than 1,850 m2 (20,000 sq ft.) of flexible, function space. The 1,150 m2 (12,000 sq ft.) pillar-less Grand Ballroom is equipped with state-of-art audio-visual and communication technology and can showcase social receptions for up to 1,000 guests. Nine additional function rooms can be easily configured for boardroom meetings, product launches or press conferences. A full-service business centre provides professionals with a full range of secretarial and support services.

The Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur is proud to present an extensive selection of innovative cuisine – with five restaurants and bars appealing to every palate and dining experience desired. Guests can opt for home-style Italian cuisine at Tosca, appreciate fine wines with an on-site wine sommelier at the Cellar Door, relax for drinks with friends and associates at the Axis Lounge or have a light bite from The Food Store.

Located on the 11th floor is Makan Kitchen, the hotel’s 350-seat signature restaurant, which showcases a true Malaysian dining experience. Consisting of three live interactive kitchens and featuring six local cuisines, speciality chefs present mouth- watering local Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines, as well as lesser-known specialities from Ibanese, Nyonya and Kristang kitchens. Guests get to dine amidst a vibrant interior, ranging from an authentic Malaysian long house to traditional Peranakan setting. The restaurant also features five unique private dining rooms.

For guests who want to keep their workout program on track while travelling, a state-of-the-art fitness facility equipped with the latest in cardio and weight training equipment by Precor® Fitness is available. An outdoor, saltwater swimming pool; a children’s pool; and sundecks also provide refreshing ways to relax at the Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur.

The Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur is connected by covered walkway to the Ampang Park LRT station, which can whisk travellers to the Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station in 15 minutes and connect with the KLIA Airport Express Trains for a 28-minute ride to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The hotel’s address is 182 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50400. For more information or to book a reservation, please visit the hotel’s website at www.kualalumpur.doubletreebyhilton.com, contact your local travel professional or contact the hotel directly at +60-3-2164-8888.

About MGPA
MGPA is an independently managed private equity real estate investment advisory company focused on real estate investment in Europe and Asia. Through its headquarters in Bermuda and network of offices throughout Europe and Asia, MGPA currently manages US$10 billion in assets throughout these two regions. Its managed investments include development and redevelopment projects, joint-ventures and real estate operating companies in the office, retail, industrial, residential and hotel sectors. For more information about MGPA please visit www.mgpa.com.

About Doubletree by Hilton Hotels
With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in more than 230 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations worldwide, Doubletree by Hilton hotels and resorts are distinctively designed properties that provide true comfort to today’s business and leisure travellers. From the millions of delighted hotel guests who are welcomed with the brand’s legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in to the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest reward programme, each Doubletree guest receives a satisfying stay wherever their travels take them. For more information on Doubletree by Hilton, please visit www.doubletree.com.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 91 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travellers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and 599,000 rooms in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visitwww.hiltonworldwide.com.

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Contact: 

Doubletree Hotels
Thomas Wingham
Director – Public Relations
+1 703 883 5315 (USA)
thomas.wingham@hilton.com

Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur
Cindy Wong
Manager – Marketing and Communications
+60 3 2164 8888 (MALAYSIA)
cindy.wong@hilton.com
 

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Also See: The Crown Princess Hotel in Kuala Lumpur Undergoing a Multi-million dollar Redesign and Renovation to Become Re-branded as the Doubletree by Hilton™ Kuala Lumpur City Centre / March 2009
Hilton Takes it to the Hilt with Brand-busting Kuala Lumpur Hotel / Steve Shellum / June 2005
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