It might be apparent that location is an important factor when it comes to a traveller’s itinerary since most prefer to save on travelling time between attractions by staying close to places of interest. But did you know that an increasing number of travellers also pick hotels for their green practices too?
One hotel in the capital of Malaysia - Element Kuala Lumpur - in ticks just the right boxes.
Inspired by Westin Hotels, the new Element Kuala Lumpur, launched in May 2017, is housed within Ilham Tower - a mixed-use building right in the vibrant Kuala Lumpur City Centre commercial district at Jalan Binjai.
The hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the city’s corporate hub, embassies, vibrant shopping malls, trendy eateries and popular tourist destinations. Two of Kuala Lumpur's iconic attractions are within walking distance from the hotel - Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC Park.
Sustainability from the start
Designed to be green from the ground up, Element Kuala Lumpur elevates the city's hospitality standards in sustainable tourism.
At 275-metre, Element Kuala Lumpur is the tallest hotel with green features in Malaysia.
Element Kuala Lumpur is thoughtfully designed by internationally-acclaimed architects from Foster+Partners, employing the use of various smart eco-friendly technologies.
The hotel is Green Building Index-certified with eco-friendly design features such as a rainwater harvesting system, indoor air quality CO2 monitor and energy-efficient LED lighting.
Kitchenettes in the hotel’s suites are equipped with energy-efficient appliances such as induction cooker, refrigerator and dishwasher. Additionally, they are installed with a National Sanitation Foundation-certified filtered water system, so guests can consume water safely from the tap, and reduce the use of plastic bottled water.
Element Kuala Lumpur features 252 well-appointed rooms with clean, simple and spacious design. The rooms take a decidedly natural colour palette to reflect its inspiration from nature.
The hotel comprises 132 stylish studio and skyline studio units (38m2 to 40m2), and 120 one-bedroom suites and one-bedroom skyline suites (63m2 to 82m2) , two-bedroom suites (110m2 to 125m2) and two-bedroom executive suites (152m2).
All rooms are equipped with smart television sets, microwaves and with coffee and tea facilities for convenience as you can expect from a world-class hotel.
If you are travelling in larger groups or staying for an extended period, you will appreciate the available cooking facilities, washing machine, dryer and dishwasher in the suites too.
For the next level in comfort, each room is fitted with Westin Hotel's Signature Heavenly bed, known for its plush and comfort to help guests have a restful sleep.
All the rooms come with unobstructed views of either the city skyline or the hills. No matter which view you choose, you can be sure that your perspective will always be awe-inspiring.
Holistic lifestyle approach
The green and eco-conscious philosophy of the hotel does not stop at its aesthetics and design.
Taking a page from Westin Hotel and Resort's sense of renewal, Element Hotel Kuala Lumpur provides guests the option to live well and eat well during their stay.
Its Rise breakfast at the hotel's Trace restaurant and bar features an assortment of refreshing smoothies, wholesome granola, fresh fruits and other healthy dining options.
The hotel even provides an option of having fresh produce delivered straight to guests’ rooms, where they can prepare their own home-cooked meals or have a private chef do so right in their kitchenette.
At the wellness floor on the 39th floor, guests can stay in rhythm with a complimentary Yoga In the Sky workout programme, led by professional instructors for beginners and experts alike.
Cool off by dipping in its 200sqm saline pool at the 39th floor. This environmentally-friendly pool is free from chlorine and provides guests with a stunning view of the Petronas Towers.
True to their eco-friendly mantra, the hotel offers guests access to a Bike Lending Program so they can burn some calories while checking out the hotspots in the city.
Tired from a day of exploring? Take advantage of the hotel's Relax: Evening Reception, a complimentary evening get-together offered four times a week for you to mingle with other guests over light refreshments.
Great attractions at your doorstep
Why venture far when the best of Kuala Lumpur is right at your doorstep?
With international and popular shopping malls such as Suria KLCC and Avenue K in close proximity, travellers will find it easy to indulge in a spot of shopping. The contemporary malls are accessible by train as the hotel is right next to the Ampang Park LRT.
Foodies will love its closeness to popular Food Truck Park, Tapak. Check out the nearby Petaling Street Flea Market, Little India and Jalan Alor for some knick-knacks and local street fare.
Hotel guests are also eligible for a free city bus ride aboard the GOKL shuttle bus by KL Hop-On-Hop-Off. It has 23 stops along the way that covers 70 attractions, making travel that much more convenient.
Those on Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty programmes will appreciate that Element Kuala Lumpur is linked to the Starwood Preferred Guest programme. This allows guests to have instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer.
Tempted to escape for a short and relaxing getaway in Kuala Lumpur? From now to 30 June 2018, stay for three consecutive nights at Element Kuala Lumpur for the price of only two-night stay.
Guests will also be eligible to benefit from its brand programmes such as the Relax: Evening Reception, Yoga In the Sky and Bike Lending Program.
Room rates start from RM350+ per room, per night.