Just one year after its opening, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Southeast Asia, Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu has received a string of accolades from World Luxury Awards 2023, MyMalaysia Tourism Awards 2023 and GreenRE.
In a statement today (Nov 22), it said that it was recently awarded by World Luxury Awards 2023 in 4 categories, Best Architectural Design and Luxury Lifestyle Hotel; and its ON22 Restaurant garnered the Asian Cuisine and Magnificent Scenic Views awards.
It was also recognised as the Outstanding New Lifestyle Hotel by MyMalaysia Tourism Awards 2023, Hospitality award from Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) Award and a Silver Award certification by GreenRE.
Its general Manager Ruben Schrijver said that despite being only a year old, a very young hotel by all industry standards, the hotel is proud to have made such a mark on the local scene and hospitality industry.
“We are celebrating in the only way we know how – by continuing to lead the way in making Kota Kinabalu a hub for arts and culture through hospitality. We hope to achieve that through our many innovative and fun initiatives in typical vibrant Hyatt Centric style,” he said.
“We are proud to hit its one-year mark with positive sentiments from all around, a testament to its track record as a growing lifestyle brand in the country and region.”
Since its opening, the hotel has received guests particularly those from Korea, China as well as the US and UK for both business and leisure.
Key features of the hotel include its spectacular pool, its proximity to the Gaya Street Night Food Market and Sunday Market for an immersion into local culture and its vicinity with the Jesselton Pier, which allows speedy travels to nearby islands for water excursions.
The hotel said to cultivate rapport among local chefs, the hotel staged events like the Best Bah-Ger in KK Competition, with participation of chefs from the region in a friendly cook-off at its restaurant ON22.
Similarly, to connect guests with local culture, it has on its perennial itinerary a Kota Kinabalu Street Art Walking Tour that helps participants discover and connect with the local street art scene.
“The hotel has rewritten a new menu for the local F&B scene with its dining establishment ON22 and rooftop bar ON23, spotlighting local produce, flavors and influences, under the stewardship of Chef Jun Yip Ho while at rooftop bar ON23, there are locally-infused signature
cocktails concocted by Bar Manager Kenneth Klassen.”
“Coupled with its stylish interior design, top-notch amenities and warm and welcoming staff, the hotel has also retains a local-centric focus on operations by retaining its philosophy of talent being the heart of the hotel,” it added.