IF you are visiting Kuala Lumpur or planning to hold a seminar in the capital, why not be among the first, to savour the luxury of the Berjaya Times Square Suites & Convention Center when it has its soft opening on Oct 3?
This latest addition to the growing presence of the Berjaya Hotels & Resorts group in the Asian region, comprises 900 luxuriously appointed suites located in two towers flanking each end of the Berjaya Times Square, also scheduled for opening in October.
Berjaya Times Square Suites & Convention Center general manager Peter Gan told StarBiz that there had been many bookings for the use of the convention centre and hotel suites.
“We're targeting 65% occupancy for the first year. When everything is in place we're confident we'll be able to make it,” Gan said, adding that the aim was to achieve a 10% higher than average revenue per available room compared to other city hotels in Kuala Lumpur.
He said the target market was 60% for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), 20% travel and tours and 20% business/government and sports.
The rack rates for the two-bedroom and studio suites are RM1,500 and RM500 a night respectively.
One can select among seven types of suites from the 51-sq m studio suite to the upmarket 99.4-sq m Brooklyn Suite. All units are tastefully furnished along contemporary lines.
To cater to the needs of the business traveller, there will be Internet access, an in-room safe for a laptop and a business centre.
“With an available helipad on the rooftop, the business traveller can be assured of prompt arrivals and departures in style,” Gan said, adding that there were plans to have butler service for certain floors.
As there is a monorail station right in front of the Berjaya Times Square, guests can travel by monorail to the Sentral Station that sites the KL city air terminal, and from there travel by a fast transit train to the KL International Airport.
Gan said banquets catering to a maximum of 380 persons could be held at the Central Park on the 15th floor.
A huge 740-sq m swimming pool, gymnasium, squash courts, games room, aerobics centre, steam and sauna room are located here.
The swimming pool shaped like a figure 8 is surrounded by a tropical garden complete with whirlpool, wading pool, mini waterfalls and two gazebos.
As the two towers (Tower A with the Petronas Twin Tower view and Tower B with the old KL view) sit atop the shopping centre, the reception/check-in area is on the 14th floor of Tower B. Security features include CCTV cameras and card access to the lifts.
The two towers comprise 1,200 apartments, of which 900 are hotel suites, managed by Berjaya Times Square Suites & Convention Center.
The Berjaya Vacation Club has bought 338 units (which is good news for its timeshare members) while 362 units are under a two and three-year leaseback scheme (with 8% guaranteed rental return for two years). There are about 190 unsold units.
Besides a 24-hour room service, there will be a choice of three other food and beverage outlets such as the Big Apple Cafe, Central Park and Broadway Lobby Lounge where guests can choose a wide range of cuisines from American-styled favourites to the more cosmopolitan offerings.
”The father can attend a meeting while the mother can go shopping with the children or place them in a nursery for a few hours. This is a very challenging job. We work very closely with everyone as we believe in team work,” said Gan.
He has 15 years of working experience with major hotel chains in the United States, Europe, Australia, China, Singapore, Africa and Malaysia. – By S.C. Cheah
Did you find this article insightful?