GENTING HIGHLANDS, Malaysia, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Theme Park Hotel in Resorts World Genting holds many nostalgic memories for the generations of guests who have stayed in the rooms and enjoyed its proximity to the magical world of Malaysia’s only mountaintop amusement park. Since the closure of the attraction in 2013, the Theme Park Hotel followed suit, but only so it could re-emerge ready to give a whole new generation of thrill seekers an insight into creative hotel expansion.
The oldest hotel at Resorts World Genting, the Theme Park Hotel was built in the Seventies and formerly known as the Highlands Hotel. Subsequently, it seems logical for the hotel to be named as Theme Park Hotel when the theme park was built next to it.
The hotel is now opened and renamed as Hotel On The Park, a nod to its proximity to the first-in-the-world Twentieth Century Fox World theme park. “It’s an old structure, based on a boxy, old school, industrial design. We wanted something exciting, new and different,” said Dato Edward Holloway, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, Resorts World Genting.
With no structural changes on the cards, and with the hotel still retaining its 448 rooms, the resort wanted to find a way to house more families in the existing space. The hotel’s new concept namely ‘all you see is not all you get’, went through a long planning process.
“We wanted the wow factor, so we decided to make a wish list of all the things a guest might want in a hotel room: armchair, armoire and TV etc. We went to design a surreal hotel which was stripped to the bare minimum to provide more bedspace, but one that would have all the expected things drawn in,” explained Dato Edward.
The result was a fantastical take of imagination. Guests will walk into the 8,000 sq ft lobby and be greeted by a pillar of higgledy piggledy stacked ‘giant’ tea cups which reach the ceiling. There will be a ‘giant’ bench for our customers to sit on while waiting for check-in. A bank of trick mirrors also underscores the sensation of a new world of creative madness, mirroring Alice’s reaction as she fell into the rabbit role in the classic Lewis Carrol story — Alice In Wonderland. The design team also used a freestanding glass screen tinted with coloured gels to great effect, playing with the direction of the natural light to evoke a continuously shifting spectrum of colour when visitors walk past. The public restrooms are also quirky and whimsical, featuring a theme of green and white polka dots and psychedelic Easter eggs. “All this was designed to make it a fun hotel, a precursor to the excitement which waits at the Twentieth Century Fox World,” shared Dato Edward. A grab and go F&B outlet, aptly named Eatopia is also located in the lobby of the family-oriented hotel.
Directional signs around the hotel are all ‘handwritten’. The elevators are drawn with graffiti ‘Have you enjoyed your trip?’ and lots of line art and cartoons abound around the property. The corridor linking the two wings of the hotel features a floor with a hopscotch pattern on it so kids can indulge in exuberant play. A chic trick with the corridor lighting illuminates the space in a wash of coloured light. Room numbers are hand painted on the floor in front of each room.
In their old configuration, each room could house two to three guests. Expecting an influx of visitors with the soon to be opened Twentieth Century Fox World Theme Park, Resorts World Genting is doubling the capacity of the rooms by making the beds the central feature of the rooms. Most rooms now feature a built in, tatami-style raised platform on which are two queen sized beds which can comfortably hold four guests. A built-up bunk bed above the platform holds another queen sized mattress, effectively enabling six visitors in a room. The novelty of the bunk beds are bound to have children clamouring to sleep on top, allowing parents a chance to rest without fidgety children in their proximity.
The raised sleeping platforms also serve as storage spaces. Compartments in the platforms are used to store luggage, while room safes are also built into the drawer space. Clothes are hung on knobs around which artists have drawn outlines of closets. The television set too is hung on brackets, with artwork around it to make it seem that it is enclosed in a TV cabinet. “We designed according to the ‘line of sight’ theory. The goal is to have continuous, uninterrupted lines, straight lines to a clean ceiling which gives the impression of space,” explained Dato Edward. In lieu of expensive heavy drapes and curtains, artists pitched in to hand draw designs in white paint on blackout roller blinds, resulting in original works of art in every room.
There are also four honeymoon suites in the property, located in the valley wing which overlooks an uninterrupted panorama of the Genting valley offering stunning views of natural mountain forests. The suites, designed around the four fun stages of romance — courtship, proposal, wedding and honeymoon — are all executed as stand-alone units, unique in decor, feel and furnishing.