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Monday, May 9, 2011

RM50m facelift for Hilton PJ

PETALING JAYA: Hilton Petaling Jaya will undergo its first major renovation in more than a decade, beginning this month.

The makeover, which will involve all its guest rooms, meeting rooms and the ballroom, is expected to involve some RM50 million.

General manager Chris Ehmann said that the renovation will be done in stages and it is expected to be completed in August 2012.

Hilton, which has been managing the property for the past 27 years, has been signed on to manage the hotel until December 31 2025. The hotel is owned by Tradewinds Corp Bhd.

"We will start with six floors on May 9," Ehmann told Business Times in an interview recently.

The hotel has 553 rooms, 17 meeting rooms and a ballroom that can accommodate 600 people.

"The investment will involve all infrastructure such as hot water, new televisions, telephone lines and the back of house," he said.

Ehmann said that its most recent makeover was in 2005/2006 which involved all its food and beverage outlets, main lobby and the public area.

Once completed, Ehmann expects both occupancy and average room rates to increase in line with its new product offerings.

"We pride ourselves on our service and we are excited about the products that will match our service," he said.

When asked about the surrounding competition, he said "It is the people who make the difference."

About 75 per cent of its guests are business guests as the hotel is focused on corporate travellers.

The hotel is essentially divided into three parts: the Main Block (10 storeys), the East Wing and the West Wing, each with 21 storeys.

The hotel, which started as Jaya Puri, came under the Hilton management in 1982. It closed for two years, underwent a RM40 million renovation, added a tower and reopened as Petaling Jaya Hilton.

In 1992, another tower block was added at a cost of RM75 million. Later, the hotel was renamed Hilton Petaling Jaya.

Ehmann said that Petaling Jaya residents will be particularly happy with the refurbished product as it is an iconic building in the area and most people have fond memories of the place. "We are putting Hilton Petaling Jaya back to her glory days," he said.

By Business Times

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