Following the success of The PuLi in Shanghai, Urban Resorts Concepts (URC) continues its expansion with a flurry of new openings that includes its debut in Malaysia with the RuMa Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Occupying the first 18 floors of a 37-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle neighbourhood, the 253-room hotel has been outfitted by Shanghai-based firm MQ-studio, which has created an urban retreat with local references inspired by the country’s colourful history: latticed patterns dotted throughout are a nod to traditional chequered sarongs; original pillars at the entrance have been salvaged from historic Malaysian homes; and details like the copper ceilings, wall lamps and the grand spiral staircase nod to the country’s tin mining history.
Upstairs, the guestrooms – some with views of the Petronas Towers – feature a colonial aesthetic, with lots of rattan, while a bonsai tree, from the rubber tree species, hints at Malaysia’s rubber industry. Room service.
With a sixth floor infinity pool, a spa that has a Truefitt & Hill Barber, round the clock check in and check out, 24-hour butler service for selected suites, access to a complimentary in-room minibar and the freedom to breakfast in any of the hotel’s restaurant, which includes ATAS, a modern Malaysian eatery, there really is no reason to leave. But if you do, KLCC and its array of shops are just across the park.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 253 rooms (43-48m2), including 34 suites (60-111m2) • hotel opened: 2019 • architecture & interior design: MQ Studio • bathroom amenities: La Bottega ✅ free parking on-site • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk