by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 04, 2017
The 252-room Element Kuala Lumpur has debuted in Malaysia, Marriott's first Element-brand property to open in Southeast Asia. The hotel is in the Ilham Tower near embassies and corporate offices,  and within walking distance to the Suria KLCC shopping center, as well as the capital city's iconic landmark, Petronas Twin Towers. The hotel is Green Building Index certified for its eco-friendly design and best practices, including a rainwater-harvesting system, an indoor air-quality carbon-dioxide monitor and energy-efficient LED lighting.
 
The property's Wellness Level 39 features a fully equipped Motion: Fitness center and indoor saline pool, as well as yoga and Zumba classes; the hotel also offers bicycles for guests who want to ride around the city. In addition to the Trace restaurant and bar, guests can have fresh produce delivered to their doors to prepare their own meals, or have a private chef cook for them within the comfort of their suite's kitchenette. The hotel has four meeting rooms. 
 
"Element Kuala Lumpur marks an important milestone for the brand as the first in Southeast Asia. We are happy to work in partnership with IB Hotel Management Sdn Bhd, who also recognizes the need to respond to the evolving expectations of travelers today," said Rivero Delgado, Marriott International's market vice president for Singapore, Malaysia and the Maldives. "We are thrilled to introduce our 14th brand to Malaysia and specifically to Kuala Lumpur, a city that perfectly embodies the qualities of the Element brand -- alive, smart and balanced."
 
"We are looking forward to bringing a new and much-needed offering to the city of Kuala Lumpur," said Ramesh Ganeson, general manager of the hotel. "The emphasis placed on wellness and sustainability makes guests feel as if they are at home, making short-term and extended-stay guests equally comfortable."