January 19, 2021 – This exciting hotel will further increase Marriott International’s exposure to the fast-growing Malaysian market.
A growing footprint
Marriott International has signed an agreement with Rackson Hospitality to bring the Le Méridien brand to the island known as the Pearl of The Orient, Penang. Construction is due to begin mid-2022 and the hotel is expected to open in 2026.
Le Méridien’s fifth Malaysian property will be part of the Penang Gateway development, placing it close to Penang International Airport in a mixed-use scheme alongside a residential tower, a medical centre, commercial space and shops.
“We are thrilled to work with Rackson Hospitality to bring the Le Méridien brand to Penang,” said Rivero Delgado, Marriott International’s area vice president for Singapore, Malaysia and The Maldives. “This signing underscores Marriott International’s commitment to further growing its footprint across Malaysia. We are confident that Le Méridien Penang Airport will enhance the hospitality offering on the island and will inspire travellers to explore the world in style, savour the good life and enjoy experiences that offer something more than meets the eye.”
Kelvin Lor, CEO for Rackson Group, added: “We are proud to be associated with such a prestigious brand. This means a lot to us and represents a big leap forward for an up-and-coming developer like us. The hotel building façade will stand out prominently with its interesting design elements.
“It will be almost impossible for business clientele and holidaymakers, both local and international, to miss this landmark upon touching down at the airport. Upon completion of Penang Gateway, I believe it has the potential to become an accessible iconic landmark in the heart of Bayan Lepas that will raise the economic and architectural standards of the city.”
A new lifestyle hub
Le Méridien Penang Airport will be brought to life by SA Architects, taking inspiration from the Paris-born brand’s roots and mid-century design.
The hotel will be home to 186 guestrooms and 14 suites, including a 2,000 sq ft presidential suite, along with an all-day dining restaurant offering European and Asian flavours, a specialty restaurant, a café and Latitude Bar. Also being planned is a club lounge, fitness facilities, a pool area with sundeck, 7,000 sq ft of event space and the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub, providing a modern take on the traditional hotel lobby by transforming it into a social space.
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