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Dive into the historic tale of one of Kuala Lumpur’s proudest landmark

by Natasha Christopher

The Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, nestled between the bustling streets of Bukit Bintang, has just turned sixty together with our country! For those who don’t know, this historical landmark was built specifically to serve the needs of our Nation.

Three days prior to Malaya gaining its independence, on 28 August 1957, the Federal Hotel was opened to welcome VIPs, foreign dignitaries and diplomats who arrived in Kuala Lumpur to witness the historic celebration. The late Y.T.M. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, had officiated the opening of this country’s first international-class hotel. The hotel was developed and built from encouragement from our Government and personal support from our Nation’s founding fathers, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman and the late Tun Razak, as well as the foresight and pioneering spirit of the late Tan Sri Dato’ Low Yat.
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The name Federal was inspired due to the Hotel’s existence in the Federal capital. Since its opening in 1957, the 90-room 10-storey building has expanded into a 21-storey with 450 current existing rooms. In addition to that, the Federal has since renovated their Verandah Lobby Lounge that overlooks the tropical garden and swimming pool, upgraded the meeting space to better accommodate meetings as well as banquet and receptions, and opened an all-day dining restaurant, The Kontiki, that serves a unique combination of both Asian & Continental favourites.

Bintang Revolving Restaurant in Federal Hotel

Bintang Revolving Restaurant in Federal Hotel

Throughout the six decades in the Malaysian Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur has been the host to many local and international events, and home to various artists and athletes. Federal Hotel International (FHI) takes pride in saying that they have always been at the forefront in the hospitality industry, constantly looking to improve their hotel products and services in order to meet and surpass all expectations of travellers from around the world.

Besides the Federal Hotel, the Federal Hotel International group also manages another hotel in the city, Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur and The Grace Hotel in Sydney, Australia.

Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur is a smart, chic and contemporary hotel that is situated amid KL’s finest shopping, dining and entertainment hub. Adjacent to Bukit Bintang park, ten of KL’s major shopping malls, Times Square and Bintang Walk are also within walking distance.
HCKL 10ROOMS Premium Corner Room
This 235-room hotel includes spacious corner rooms which come with dazzling views of KL City’s skyline. At Hotel Capitol, they also have a wide range of fully equipped function rooms which can be customised and configured to organise any meetings, conferences or events. Be Be’s Kitchen & Bar offers an extensive selection of International and local cuisine, while Cafe Rasa, the Hotel’s sidewalk cafe offers a delectable a la carte menu with a new and stylish casual dining experience.

In 2009, Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur had introduced a new concept of hotel accommodation called 10ROOMS. This new concept was introduced for today’s discerning travellers who desire a unique experience during their stay. 10ROOMS occupy the 19th and 20th floor of the Capitol, featuring a floor to ceiling window that runs the length of the room. Each of the 10 rooms is unique in size, layout and décor. Every feature and fittings of the room have been chosen to ensure an extraordinary experience of luxury. The 10ROOMS experience begins from the moment you step into the hotel, with special electronic key-card access in elevators, and continues until the day of checkout, where all billings will be ready and delivered to the room just before the guest is due to leave.
HCKL Capitol Facade
Hotel Capitol has received a number of awards and accolades, including Gold Award Recipient of the prestigious Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards 2017 in the 3-Star Hotel category, Winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2012 & 2016, and Winner of the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards 2011 for Excellence in the 3-Star Hotel category.

All the way in Australia, the Grace Hotel is a beautifully restored art deco building, built on the site of the original Sydney Opera house. The landmark ‘Grace Building’ plays a pivotal role in the history of Sydney and Australia and remains as Sydney’s most prominent example of pre-war architecture. After undergoing a complete renovation in 1998, it was then transformed into the 382-room Grace Hotel that now exists.

The rooms were specifically designed with frequent travellers in mind, ensuring being away from home and the office is a pleasure for all the senses. A wide variety of restaurants and bars are located in the lobby as well as the first floor of the Grace Hotel. Similar to its’ sister hotels, the Grace Hotel is also situated at the heart of its city’s Central Business District with various shopping malls, museums and restaurants just a short stroll away.

Rooms that are offered by The Grace Hotel

Rooms that are offered by The Grace Hotel

Grace Hotel took the 10ROOMS concept up a notch after it was launched in 2010. Guests have the exclusive option of selecting decor and style, from the furniture to the colour scheme, to suit their individual tastes and needs.
TGS Grace Facade
Grace Hotel has received various awards and recognition for delivering exceptional hospitality that includes Recipient of the 2016 Award for the 4-star rating in NABERS Energy Efficiency, Recipient of the Highly Commended Awards of Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence 2015 – Sydney Superior Hotel of the Year, and Winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014.

This year, Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur celebrated its 60th Diamond Jubilee on 28 August since opening its doors in 1957, while Capitol Kuala Lumpur and Grace Hotel Sydney celebrate their 20th Anniversary on 10 September 2017 and 28 August 2017 respectively.

The Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur will also be launching a photo-posting contest which begins on 6 November, with Lenovo Ideapad 510S Laptop and a 4D3N Stay in a 10ROOMS at Grace Hotel Sydney as the grand prize up for grabs!

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