After months of transformation process (since August 2012), the brand new Le Méridien HUB was unveiled last evening at the Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur. The Le Méridien HUB is a unique lobby concept inspired by Le Méridien’s Global Cultural Curator, Jérôme Sans.
The “Pomacanthus Imperator One” design of the entryway
The moment you step through the hotel entryway, you will be captivated by the burst of colours on the sliding door – the beautiful colours of “Pomacanthus Imperator One” by Jonathan Maccabe – an art piece inspired by the fluid movements of a tropical fish! From there, move on in and be totally enamoured by the transformed space of The Le Méridien HUB which re-interpretes the hotel brand’s lobby as social gathering places for people to foster creative minds, promote dialogue, awaken curiosity and stimulate thoughts through physical and personal interaction.
“The HUB offers opportunities for our guests and locals to immerse and interact with the local creative community. Through our curated art activities, coffee and chocolate culture experience at The HUB, we hope the arrival experience at Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur will provide an eye-opening experience and spark new perspectives for our guests,” continued Harvey Thompson, General Manager of Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur.
“We are thrilled to transform Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur into a creative platform for talents from many fields such as contemporary arts, literary, cuisine and wines,” said Arnaud Champenois, Asia Pacific Brand Director, Le Méridien and W Hotels Worldwide.
Love the fluid artistic lines and the vibrant colours!
Every piece of glass in this cascade is hand-painted
“The Art of Connection” is a journey of discovery, inspired by the cosmopolitan modernity of Kuala Lumpur and the meeting point of global origins and cultures. The artistic modernity of the décor is certainly appealing, exuding an atmosphere of chic simplicity, yet very classy. Some of the unique artworks showcased are proudly Malaysian, crafted by the very talented Khairul Izham, a TAKSU Gallery artist, born in Maran, Pahang. Khairul created unique artistic experiences incorporating key traits of Kuala Lumpur, like the intricate line designs of an old Kuala Lumpur map etched into the wall of the main reception. “Creating surprises in unexpected places” … be sure to look up to the ceiling of the exterior of the main entrance – you will see verses of some Malay “pantuns” (poems) crafted up there!
Linda Grabe and Executive Chef Antoine Rodriguez helming the wine pairing session
Guests at the launch also had the pleasure of interacting with Linda Grabe, a wine expert, who highlighted the “French Origins” of the Le Méridien brand in a brief food and wine pairing session in Prime. Artist and writer Sam Samore also presented his thoughts and views on his creative process and approach to work, particularly on his recent story entitled “Journey of the Space Between”.
From the seamless lines of The HUB, you will be inevitably drawn to Gastro Sentral – a gastro dining experience that offers a fresh and innovative approach to cuisine, orchestrated by Bordeaux-born Executive Chef, Antoine Rodriguez. The beautifully-designed restaurant with its super-high ceilings offers an informal venue for classic pub and local comfort food.
Guests chilling out at Latitude 03
Latitude 03 houses a creative atmosphere, drawing guests to the sights, sounds and smells of the coffee bar serving Illy coffee. Art Cacao is a section in Latitude 03 that serves a wide variety of premium Vero chocolates.
Taking a break at the foyer area of Metropolis
We got a glimpse of Metropolis – the hotel’s meeting and event facilities up on Level 6 which encompasses the pillar-less Clarke Ballroom and 6 function rooms. They are named after state street names from our colonial past, like Clarke, Parry, Davidson, Campbell and Broadrick. State-of-the-art lightings, hi-tech interactive gadgetry and top-notch connection and communication are provided – for example, One Touch iPad2 for controlling air-condition temperature and microphone volume in the function rooms. The foyers on Metropolis, aptly named Sentral 1 & 2 are complete with 2 interactive kitchens so that delegates are able to watch the culinary teams at work, creating gastronomic experiences for their breaks and meals.
With all the above in place and the excitement created by The HUB, it looks like guests to The Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur are now in for a very enriching creative experience. We can’t wait to go back again and savour the place in a more leisurely manner, soon!
For more information, please visit www.lemeridien.com/kualalumpur
For more information on the Le Méridien HUB, please visit www.lemeridien.com/lmhub
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
N 3o 9’ E 101o 42’