Country Snapshot: Over 23,000 Hotel Rooms Reported in Malaysia [Infographic]


The TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database illustrates the breadth of the hotel project pipeline in Malaysia, with established and emerging destinations expanding their offerings.

In the coming years, 75 hotels with 23,640 keys are expected to open across Malaysia, according to our research. We take a closer look at some of the more eye-catching projects.

Hotel openings in Malaysia by year

Malaysia can expect a steady stream of openings over the next several years. For the second half of 2021, 17 launches will bring 5,626 rooms, while 19 projects with 6,174 keys should be completed in 2022.

In the longer term, ten hotels and 2,561 rooms are expected to open in 2023. And in 2024 and beyond, 29 patterns with 9,279 keys have already been traced.

Of the 75 new hotels in Malaysia, more than two-thirds (53) will be in the four-star category – the rest (22) will be five-star hotels.

Malaysia’s main urban growth markets

Kuala Lumpur will get no less than 26 new hotels (or 7,899 rooms), meaning that just over a third of all new hotels in Malaysia will open in the capital alone. Kota Kinabalu is in second place with eight additional hotels and 2,705 keys, and another popular destination, Melaka, will see four projects with 1,622 rooms completed.

Lower in the rankings, three hotels will open in both Taman Pulau Melaka and Langkawi, with 1,560 and 910 keys, respectively. This shows that, on average, Taman Pulau Melaka’s projects are much larger than those of Langkawi.

The most active brands in Malaysia

Somerset Serviced Residences will open seven new properties with 19.84 rooms, earning it the distinction of being Malaysia’s most active brand. Citadines Apart’hotels is working on six programs with 1,289 keys, for comparison, and Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts has three upcoming launches and 798 rooms.

The fact that two of the top three brands specialize in serviced apartments reflects how booming the long-term accommodation market is in Malaysia right now.

Impressive new hotels set to open in Malaysia

In the capital, Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur will offer 232 luxurious rooms, suites and apartments from mid-2022. This hotel will occupy the top 17 floors of a 118-story tower overlooking the Merdeka Stadium, where the country’s independence was declared in 1957. Three bars and restaurants, a wellness center with spa, gym and swimming pool , and 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting spaces are all promised.

Also part of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation portfolio, Alila Dalit Bay will be located just a 40-minute drive from the popular beach destination of Kota Kinabalu. It will include 152 rooms and suites as well as various dining options, Spa Alila, a kids’ club, library, shops, swimming pools and an outdoor wedding chapel, while 74 private villas are also for sale. The opening date for the resort is currently set in pencil for August 2021.

Another hotel for the Kota Kinabalu area, the Crowne Plaza Kota Kinabalu, will open in the third quarter of 2023 as part of a mixed-use development in a prime downtown waterfront location. The hotel will offer eight versatile meeting spaces, including a ballroom for up to 600 guests, which can be easily transformed to meet a variety of MICE needs. Its rooftop bar will offer stunning sunset views over the city and coastline, while there will also be an outdoor pool, spa, and fully equipped 24-hour fitness center.

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