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
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
Theme Park Hotel when the theme park was built next to it.
The hotel is now opened and its name is 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
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.
Directional signs around the
hotel are all ‘handwritten’. There are a lot 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
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
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 décor, feel and furnishing.
A grab and go F&B outlet,
aptly named Eatopia is also located in the lobby of the family-oriented hotel.
It is clearly evident in its offerings which include an assortment of bakery
items, heat-and-go wraps and pastas, Malaysian staples like nasi lemak; sushi
and hot and cold beverages. Especially of note is the selection of healthy
breakfasts which comprise of oats in a mug with a variety of accompaniments
including peanut butter and banana, orchard bircher muesli and carrot and
Croissants, chocolate donuts,
raspberry donuts and blueberry muffins will feature prominently among the baked
goods, which the assorted wraps will be available in avocado chicken and herb
salad, tandoori chicken, beef pastrami and cheese, and hoisin smoked duck.
Snacks include biscotti, assorted chips, healthy bars, butter cookies, nuts,
chocolates, candies and lollipops.
information on Theme Park Hotel, please visit www.rwgenting.com or call 03-6101 1118.
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