Exclusive: First look at what’s inside The St Regis Kuala Lumpur
Join us as we journey through the St Regis Kuala Lumpur that has finally opened its grand glass doors in the thriving Kuala Lumpur Sentral hub, setting a new benchmark for luxury.
A shiny new hotel is causing a huge ripple in the Kuala Lumpur hospitality scene and we must say all the hype and anticipation surrounding it was well worth it.
The St Regis Kuala Lumpur has finally opened its grand glass doors in the thriving Kuala Lumpur Sentral hub, setting a new benchmark for luxury.
Everything we’ve heard about the 6-star hotel – its 208 rooms and 56 suites, its generous use of Austrian crystals in its chandeliers and its resplendent employment of hand-painted gold tiles in the ceilings – was only the tip of the iceberg.
Join us as we journey through the new establishment with immense noble lineage of the founding Astor family matched by unrivalled guest experience in this exclusive virtual tour.
You can easily tell which building is The St Regis KL even amidst the concrete jungle that is KL Sentral. It stands grand and impressive with its 48 storeys boasting a sleek shiny façade with the sign St Regis proudly erected right at the entrance.
Pulling into a hotel entrance has never felt more exclusive. Once you’re done taking in the beautiful crystal chandeliered high ceiling, you’ll notice a screened port cochere, built in such a way that at anytime it can be pulled shut to shield VVIPs away from the prying eyes of papparazis or any other threats you can think of.
Out of the car and into a polo match – or rather, the check-in lobby. Stepping through the glass doors will find you right smack in between two large diptych leather art pieces by Mark Evans depicting polo players charging at you on horses. The story of St Regis and polo dates back to the early 20th century when both the sport and hotel became part of the vibrant summer social scene in New York, of which the Astor family was a prominent fixture.
The Drawing Room
Right next to the lobby is the Drawing Room, a tea lounge that you will find in every St Regis hotel worldwide, due to Caroline Astor’s love for afternoon tea sessions with her friends back in the day. In this one, Fernando Botero’s famed Botero Horse made entirely of bronze stands tall and proud as the centerpiece, on a special floor slab designed to take all of its 2.5 tonne weight.
The hotel comes with 6 dining and libation venues, with the signature one being The Brasserie that serves up ala minute breakfast, lunch and dinner. French-Mediterranean cuisine is the heartbeat here and you’ll dig in on custom-made swivel leather chairs, complete with horse-shoe saddles and saddle stitches adorning them to stay true to the polo theme. The live kitchen boasts shiny zinc surfaces, as do the panels in the ceiling, as homage to the roots of our city that started off as a tin mining town.
The Astor Bar
Evening drinks will be a splendid affair at The Astor Bar that, though built to be a gentleman’s bar with its dark furniture and plush leather armchairs, will entice even the ladies with its selection of cocktails. The St Regis Bloody Mary is a signature here and specially for KL, it has a localised version utilising vodka-infused calamansi assam boi and Sarawak black pepper.
Not to be missed is the Cigar Lounge adjacent to the bar. We don’t know which aspect of it we’re more in awe of – the private gold lockers built into the walls where you can store your cigar collection, the custom ashtrays fitted to certain armchairs so you don’t have to prop yourself up every time you need to knock the ash off, or the ceiling of hand-painted gold.
For the wine-enthusiast, the St Regis Decanter is the stuff of dreams. Built in a circular room with custom-made gold wine cellars lined along the curvature of the walls and topped off with a domed ceiling, the space is engineered to be echo-less – making it the perfect private dining venue.
Taka by Sushi Saito and Ginza Tenkuni
Of course Michelin-starred goodness will be part of the dining lineup at a hotel such as this. It comes in the form of Taka by Sushi Saito, a refined space of plentiful wood by the youngest sushi chef to be awarded 3 Michelin stars, Chef Takashi Saito. If you want tempura, Ginza Tenkuni right next door is where you’ll find perfectly light and crisp tempura skillfully prepared by a tempura specialist.
A total of 14 meeting rooms are available for meeting and events purposes. They boast names like Dollar Room and Ringgit Room, inspired by the story of how Tan Sri Chua Ma Yu started out in the stock exchange sector. Each room is also differently themed and comes with its own washroom, pantry and butler to assist with any proceedings. There is also a special screening room to host media and product launches.
The Grand Ballroom is truly befitting of its name – it is large, grand and uniquely equipped with a first-of-its-kind surround LED digital canvas that can transform the ambience into anything your mind can imagine. For weddings, it has a dedicated Bridal Salon on the same floor so brides can nip in quickly and change anytime and it also comes with an oversized lift with direct access to the Ballroom, perfect for events like car launches.
What sets each of St Regis’ 208 guest rooms apart is that it comes with its own seating area, walk-in wardrobe, vanity table, study desk and full length mirrors. HDMI media hubs and international plug points are all-inclusive to ensure ease of business during travels. The mini bar isn’t your typical one either -- it is designed in the shape of an olden day travel trunk and stocks only healthy snacks. It goes without saying that each room also has access to the 24-hour butler service that St Regis is renowned for.
And there are the suites – 56 in total – that cleverly distinguish work and play for you. The living room, dining area and powder room are built to not overlap with your private bed and bath. Get this: they come with Massage Rooms and Security Rooms while the bigger suites have separate His and Her walk-in wardrobes and bathrooms so you won’t have to wait on your partner to get ready. There is also the option to convert singular units into multi-unit accommodations for groups and families.
We dare say we’ve barely scratched the surface of this glistening diamond of a hotel – oh yes, the famed St Regis diamond, aka Caroline Astor’s favourite gem, is also scattered aplenty, hidden in the smallest of detail in and around the hotel from the stitching in the chairs to the panel motifs on the walls.
Don’t just take our word for it. Explore more at the official website here or book a stay now and awash yourself with its glory.
(Source: The St Regis KL)
The first St Regis in Malaysia was just opened in Langkawi last month.