Country overview: More than 23,000 hotel rooms mooted in Malaysia [Infographic]

by | 13 Jul 2021 | Projects

The TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database illustrates the scale of Malaysia’s hotel project pipeline, with both established and emerging destinations growing their offering.

In the coming years, 75 hotels with 23,640 keys are due to open across Malaysia, our research indicates. We take a closer look at some of the most eye-catching projects.

Malaysia’s hotel openings by year

Malaysia can look forward to a steady stream of openings over the next few years. For the second half of 2021, 17 launches will bring 5,626 rooms, while 19 projects with 6,174 keys are due for completion in 2022.

Looking further ahead, ten hotels and 2,561 rooms are set to open in 2023. And in 2024 and beyond, 29 schemes with 9,279 keys have already been pencilled in.

Of Malaysia’s 75 new hotels, over two-thirds (53) will be in the four-star category – the remainder (22) will be five-star affairs.

Malaysia’s key urban growth markets

Kuala Lumpur will get no fewer than 26 new hotels (accounting for 7,899 rooms), meaning that a little over a third of all new hotels across Malaysia will open in the capital alone. Kota Kinabalu takes second place with eight additional hotels and 2,705 keys, and another popular destination, Melaka, will see four projects with 1,622 rooms complete.

Further down the rankings, three hotels will open in both Taman Pulau Melaka and Langkawi, with 1,560 and 910 keys respectively. This shows that, on average, projects in Taman Pulau Melaka are a good deal larger than those in Langkawi.

Malaysia’s most active brands

Somerset Serviced Residences will open seven new properties with 19,84 rooms, earning it the distinction of being Malaysia’s most active brand. Citadines Apart’hotels is working on six schemes with 1,289 keys, by way of comparison, and Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts has three upcoming launches and 798 rooms.

The fact that two out of the top three brands specialise in serviced apartments reflects how the market for extended-stay accommodation is really booming in Malaysia right now.

Impressive new hotels due to open in Malaysia

In the capital, Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur will offer 232 luxurious rooms, suites and apartments from mid-2022. This hotel will occupy the top 17 floors of a 118-floor tower overlooking Stadium Merdeka, where the country’s independence was declared in 1957. Three bars and restaurants, a wellness centre with a spa, gym and pool, and 20,000 sq ft of flexible meeting spaces are all being promised.

Also part of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation portfolio, Alila Dalit Bay will be located just a 40-minute drive from the popular beachside destination of Kota Kinabalu. It’ll feature 152 rooms and suites alongside diverse dining options, the Spa Alila, a kids’ club, a library, retail options, swimming pools and an outdoor wedding chapel, while 74 private villas are up for sale too. The resort’s opening date is currently pencilled in for August 2021.

Another hotel earmarked for the same area, Crowne Plaza Kota Kinabalu, will launch in Q3 2023 as part of a mixed-use development at a prime downtown waterfront location. The hotel will offer eight versatile meeting spaces, including a ballroom for up to 600 guests, which can be easily transformed to suit a variety of MICE needs. Its rooftop bar will deliver unparalleled sunset views of the city and coast, while there’ll also be an outdoor pool, spa and fully equipped 24-hour fitness centre.

Many TOPHOTELNEWS articles draw on exclusive information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database. This subscription-based product includes details of thousands of hotel projects around the world, along with the key decision-makers behind them. Please note, our data may differ from records held by other organisations. Generally, the database focuses on four- and five-star schemes of significant scale; tracks projects in either the vision, pre-planning, planning, under-construction, pre-opening or newly opened phase; and covers newbuilds, extensions, refurbishments and conversions.

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