Come 1 June 2019, the brand new citizenM, a technologically cutting-edge hotel that puts its traditional predecessors to shame, will be opening in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
If I were to ask you what the worst part about staying in hotels is, the tedious check-in process would surely be one of your top 5 picks. Well, with the incorporation of technology, citizenM has cut that step and replaced it with a fully automated self check-in/check-out that takes only up to 1 minute of your time. Pair that with a modernised and minimalistic aesthetic that integrates conceptual art and you’ll have citizenM, a hot new take on archetypal boutique hotels.
Located in the heart of our capital, Kuala Lumpur, this attraction is only a few minutes away from the most popular spots for entertainment such as Pavilion, KL Tower, KLCC, KLCC Park and Mid Valley Mega Mall. So, avid shoppers, this hotel’s for you! Not only that, this makes it a great and affordable destination for tourists who want to explore the ins and outs of the city but want to do it at a reasonable price.
But enough of citizenM’s practicality, let’s talk about its style.
Staying true to the brand’s global DNA, this hotel has a ‘curated chaos’ which harkens back to the other establishments under citizenM’s belt that have the same prioritisation for art and design. The concierge welcomes you into their ultra-modern spaces with a choice of freshly brewed coffee or crafted cocktails as well as some signature sandwiches. Designed to conjure creativity within its patrons, the vibrant furniture and decorative walls are perfectly conducive for meetings, reading and networking.
As mentioned before, the hotel is unique because of its incorporation of technology. In the guest rooms, an iPad, or MoodPad, allows the guest to control everything from the coloured lighting, television, room temperature and overall ambience, making the experience completely personal.
In addition to that, they have a strong rain shower that can possible wash away your sins, if you’re in need of that kind of thing. Not to mention, the wi-fi is free and super fast and the room is adequately soundproof so you can pursue your umm coquettish activities… such as watching movies and listening to music of course.
As for country folk, being in the big city can be daunting. Like a fish out of water, everything will seem unfamiliar which definitely dampens the initial excitement for the trip. Well, fear not, because citizenM is designed to make you feel at home– mi casa es su casa. Kick off your shoes and lounge at the spacious living room area that looks like yours, but a more amped up, kitschy version.
Due to citizenM’s location, it is also suited for international travellers since it is in the heart of the city. With different flight arrival times, some arriving in the dead of night, tourists are famished yet exhausted at the same time. This eliminates the possibility that they would head out into the city in search for mamak food.
That is why this hotel has a 24 hour canteenM (as they have titled it). Essentially, it is a self-affair buffet that serves healthy, well-rounded and locally-sourced food. That definitely beats gulping down Indomie noodles accompanied by the panoply of soft drinks in the minibar.
It has been established that citizenM is immaculate for tourists and city hoppers, but what about those working folks? Do they get some of this love? Well, yes…
Discarding the monotonous boardrooms that are painted a dull grey with bulky furniture to match, citizenM offers meeting rooms that are vibrant, stylish, minimalistic and oh-so-pleasing to the eyes. They claim that traditional boardroom designs kill creativity so they have ameliorated the issue and introduced their modern interior design. Say goodbye to themes that are as unappealing as stale cookies. It’s time to welcome more thought-out twists to the norm.
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