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NEW OPENING: 5-Star Luxury for Malaysia's First Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

NEW OPENING: 5-Star Luxury for Malaysia's First Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Accor Hotels have opened the doors this month to the brand new Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, their first Sofitel in Malaysia. In the heart of Damansara Heights, the luxurious 312-room Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is part of an 8.5-acre integrated development by GuocoLand, comprising of two luxury condominium blocks, two corporate office towers, the hotel and a lifestyle mall.

Designed by Wilson Associates, the hotel's interior blends local heritage with a sophisticated feature wall depicting the country's Wau Bulan otherwise known as the moon kite with French art vivre through an Eiffel Tower artwork. Artwork and sculptures were commissioned for the hotel paying homage to the rich Malaysian and French heritage.

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Ranging from 43 to 105 square metres, the guestrooms feature the signature bedding concept by MyBed™, (hotel bedding you can buy direct!), wifi and a selection of premium in-room amenities by Lanvin and Hermès.  Guests staying in suites will have access to the Club Millésime executive lounge, which offers spectacular views of the city's skyline and provides exclusive services including complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments, evening cocktails and more.

Home to five restaurants and bars, the signature all-day dining restaurant Kwee Zeen serves Pan-Asian cuisine while the Chinese restaurant Wan Chun Ting, which translates as Ten Thousand Springs pavilion, offers authentic Cantonese and Imperial cuisine with intricate fabrics, fine embroidery and gold damask velvet. Boasting four private dining rooms with plush furnishings, the restaurant features a sophisticated blend of east meets west décor with elements of Chinese-inspired silhouettes and traditional art pieces. Guests can enjoy a selection of French wines and afternoon tea at Le Bar or authentic French cuisine at the casual French Riviera-inspired restaurant, Nizza. The hotel also offers a Nespresso lounge and TWG fine teas.

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Strategically located midway between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya within close proximity to Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is within walking distance to The Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station and 55 minutes to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

SPECIAL OFFER: You can enjoy a weekend getaway at RM398.35nett with breakfast for two at Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara from now until 1 December 2017. 

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