The Theme Park Hotel at Resorts World Genting in Malaysia has reopened as Hotel On The Park following a redesign. Though the 448-key property’s new look required no structural changes, it did involve creating accommodations with layouts catering to families expected to visit a nearby theme park.
Renamed for its proximity to the soon-to-open Twentieth Century Fox World Theme Park, the hotel was originally built in the 1970s as the Highland Hotel.
“It’s an old structure, based on a boxy, old school, industrial design,” says Dato Holloway, senior vice president of hotel operations, Resorts World Genting. “We wanted something exciting, new and different.”
To that end, the designers incorporated an “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” theme into the hotel’s public spaces. The property’s revamped 8,000-sq.-ft. lobby features a floor-to-ceiling pillar of stacked, oversized tea cups, as well as a giant bench near the check-in area. Distorting mirrors underscore the whimsical vibe and nod to Alice’s experience of falling into the rabbit hole.
The design team also incorporated a freestanding glass screen tinted with colored gels that evokes a shifting spectrum of color when reflecting natural light. The public restrooms are decked out with green and white polka dots and psychedelic Easter eggs. A grab-and-go F&B outlet, Eatopia, is also located in the family-centric hotel’s lobby.
“All this was designed to make it a fun hotel, a precursor to the excitement that waits at the Twentieth Century Fox World,” says Holloway.
Line art and cartoons were also central to the redesign. Handwritten directional signage is showcased throughout the hotel. Elevators are decked out with graffiti that reads, “Have you enjoyed your trip?” The corridor linking the hotel’s two wings features floorcoverings with a hopscotch pattern, as well as colored lighting. Room numbers are hand painted on the floor in front of each room.
“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,” says Holloway. “We sought to design a surreal hotel that was stripped to the bare minimum to provide more bed space, but one that would have all the expected things drawn in.”
In their former configuration, the accommodations could house two to three guests each. To double the room capacity in anticipation of the influx of travelers to the new Twentieth Century Fox World theme park, the designers made the beds the main component. Most guest rooms now house a built-in, tatami-style raised platform that supports two queen sized beds. A bunk bed above the platform holds another queen-sized mattress. The raised sleeping platforms also incorporate luggage storage compartments in the platforms.
Other space-saving elements include room safes built into drawers; knobs for hanging clothes, around which artists have drawn outlines of closets; and a television supported by brackets with artwork surrounding it to imbue the look of an enclosed TV cabinet.
“We designed according to the ‘line of sight’ theory,” says Holloway. “The goal is to have continuous, uninterrupted lines—straight lines to a clean ceiling—which gives the impression of space.”
In lieu of drapes and curtains, artists hand drew designs in white paint on blackout roller blinds to create original works in every room.
The revamped hotel is also home to four honeymoon suites, which are located in the valley wing and overlook the Genting valley’s mountain forests. Those stand-alone units are themed based on the four stages of romance: courtship, proposal, wedding and honeymoon.