Newly-refurbished Plaza Grand Hotel Kuala Lumpur courts regional meetings

A rendering of the how the newly-refurbished ballroom will look like

Plaza Hotel Kuala Lumpur has been rebranded to Plaza Grand Hotel Kuala Lumpur since earlier this month, following a change in hotel management to Kenny Rich Properties.

The 158-key property is currently undergoing its first major refurbishment since its opening in 1981, a revamp to the tune of RM1.2 million (US$294,300).

A rendering of the how the newly-refurbished ballroom will look like

AB How, the property’s general manager, revealed that the refurbishment of the ballroom is expected to be completed in May, with two floors of guestrooms completed next in July, and two meeting rooms by the end of the year.

With the revamp, How is also keen on increasing the hotel’s share of regional meeting business, in particular from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. A majority of corporate events the Plaza Grand Hotel Kuala Lumpur currently handles are from the domestic market.

She said: “The hotel used to get a lot of Singapore leisure traffic in its early days, but this has reduced due to increased competition from other properties. We will increase marketing efforts for these markets.”

Among the hotel’s greatest selling points, according to How, is its value-for-money meeting packages. A full day meeting package costs RM90 nett (US$22), inclusive of one lunch and two tea breaks.

Another asset is the hotel’s accessible location, situated within walking distance to the Sultan Ismail STAR LRT station and Medan Tuanku Monorail station, and a 10- to 15-minute drive to Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

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