By WOLO on November 14, 2019
WOLO refreshes its look to inspire the new generation of travellers with unconventional luxury
After 222 days of renovation, WOLO reopens for business with a bolder, more sensuous and eclectic luxury design to inspire modern day travellers to explore the best of Kuala Lumpur through bold lenses.
Inspired by the energy and culture of its location – at the crossroad between the old (Jalan Alor) and new (Bukit Bintang) – the refreshed design was created with the modern day curious travellers in mind.
“We are a hotel brand for the curious and creative travellers who seek unconventional luxury and we do so by providing them with more than just a reliable night’s sleep.
“We would like our guests to feel that they have a comfortable space to sit back and relax while they experience the excitement of the surrounding urban neighbourhood such as the food and culture along Jalan Alor and shopping along Jalan Bukit Bintang,” said HYM WOLO Sdn Bhd Group Managing Director Dato’ Thomas Liang.
Elaborating on the concept of unconventional luxury, Liang said that the modern day curious thrive on new experiences, refined services and personal connections.
“The new WOLO is a work of art. We have collaborated with space creators, inspiring artists, designers and craftsmen from different countries and paid careful attention to every single detail when curating this masterpiece that truly reflects the essence of Kuala Lumpur,” he said, adding that the first feature that a guest would encounter upon entering the hotel is its hand-made pewter door handle crafted by Royal Selangor Pewter.
The hotel lobby however features a 20-meter metal and wood art installations created by British self-taught artist, Jon Reading. Unlike conventional large-scale installations that are placed on the ground, the ‘Down Side Up’ is suspended from a 20-meter high ceiling with a customised hanging system. Inspired by WOLO’s location at Bukit Bintang, the ‘Down Side Up’ was designed to mirror the urban layout and the vibrant location.
Taking inspiration from Kuala Lumpur’s humble tin mine beginnings, WOLO had tastefully thrown in surprising elements of metal-coloured ‘muddy confluence’ motifs at the backdrop of its reception area as well as the shape of its metal benches in the main lobby area.
“Every space in WOLO was created to invoke freedom, boldness and innovation. Hence, our rooms and suites were designed to be fun, functional and yet design-forward,” Liang said.
WOLO, he added, aims to treat every guest with a touch of refinement. Hence, every room and suite is equipped with elevated room essentials and amenities such as Appelles Apothecary & Lab toiletries, customised hooded bathrobe, top of the class Serta mattresses, TWG tea and Nespresso coffee capsules and quirky stationeries. They also feature unique metal centrepiece made by sculpture designers from the Philippines.
The rooms and suites were designed according to four different types such as Copper, Gold, Platinum Suite and WOLO Suite with Copper being the lowest capacity room and WOLO suite capable of housing a family of 4 being the highest capacity. Guest choosing the Copper suite have an option between double super single beds or a king size bed while WOLO Suite comes with double king size bed and a 72-inch smart television.
“Regulars of Mr Chew Chino Latino Bar would be glad to know that the fusion Latino eatery remains unchanged. You will still be greeted by the iconic backdrop of Empress Dowager Ci Xi (holding a plate of tortilla chips with a bottle of tequila and a pink flamingo on each side of the empress) upon entering the premise,” said Liang.
Starbucks Reserve has occupied part of the hotel’s Ground and Mezzanine floor, WOLO’s guests can now discover coffee artistry, beverage innovation and human connection apart from experiencing the immersive experience the hotel has to offer in Bukit Bintang.