Hilton recently announced that the Waldorf Astoria brand will make its debut in Malaysia next year.
The Hong Kong studio of LW Design will transform the former Istana Hotel Kuala Lumpur into the Waldorf Astoria Kuala Lumpur. “With the legacy of the property in mind, the design language will be rooted in classic principles where proportion and symmetry are paramount,” says LW partner senior director of interior design Adrian Battisby. “Reinterpreted with a modern approach and paired with a fresh contemporary palette, the aesthetic will be undeniably contemporary.”
The Waldorf Astoria Kuala Lumpur will be defined by grand architectural proportions, marrying lofted interiors with subtle references to the rich cultural traditions of the setting. A modern, palatial lobby will welcome visitors with a neutral color palette accentuated by warm hues and muted bronze features, while a 14-layered portal in the reception area will flourish with patterns derived from Kufic calligraphy, sacred Islamic geometry, and Songket fabrics.
Peacock Alley, the brand’s signature restaurant, will overlook a courtyard-style terrace garden, forming a lush oasis at the center of the city. A unique timepiece—complete with bronze, slumped glass, and crystals—will serve as another focal point of the lounge. Intricately detailed furniture will be paired with embossed tabletops, and ceiling-mounted crystal lighting in the eatery—one of eight onsite dining options.
Spanning a minimum of 815 square feet, the hotel’s 279 suites will be outfitted with custom décor and furnishings, as well as a playful use of texture, light, and shadow interplay. Neutral tones and green Verde Alpi marble accents will also abound alongside a curated selection of artwork. The rooftop presidential suite, the crown jewel of the guestroom lineup, will boast 15-foot ceilings, an indoor courtyard, formal living and dining rooms, and a laidback family room bedecked with textured upholstery, locally sourced wood, metalwork, and soft fabrics.