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Nature and citizenM’s typical design meet at in citizenM Kuala Lumpur

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Nature and citizenM’s typical design meet at in citizenM Kuala Lumpur

Design and architecture firm concrete has completed the design of citizenM Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang…

Design and architecture firm concrete, which joined editor Hamish Kilburn on stage in May at the Independent Hotel Show, has unveiled the design story of its latest completed project, citizenM Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang.

The architecture firm, which stands at the cradle of every citizenM, designed the interior of the hotel and redesigned the architecture in typical citizenM style while being inspired by local nature and art.

Located in Bukit Bintang, a lively area in the centre of Kuala Lumpur that is characterised by many restaurants, shops and Jalan Alor street just 100 metres away from the hotel, citizenM opens the door to the epicentre of Kuala Lumpur for food, fashion and entertainment. The car-free street, with open-air restaurants and terraces on both sides, is mainly visited by locals and known for their food and a great spot to get to know the local culture and atmosphere.

“Only the construction of the building has been preserved, both the façade and the entire interior have been newly designed and built.”

The existing building of the former Sky hotel has been stripped completely and has been rebuilt as a 210-key citizenM. Only the construction of the building has been preserved, both the façade and the entire interior have been newly designed and built. The first floor was removed to increase height, light and air in the lobby on the ground floor and the therefore created void now hosts societyM and meeting rooms.

The ground floor houses the disruptive check-in kiosks, iconic citizenM living rooms with a tribute to the city by local artists Azizi Latiff en Afiq Faris, canteenM for 24/7 food and beverages and collectionM, a one-of-a-kind retail shop. The internally located rooms have a view on the courtyard, which brings daylight in the rooms and the centre of the building. Just like in the lobby on the ground floor, structural beams characterize the space and protrude through the large space. Large planters and green hanging plants give the space atmosphere and create privacy for the guestrooms.

Dog accessory used as a bookstop

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Eye-catching moments within the hotel’s design include a colorful painted art ceiling in the lobby, which presents the colors and lush nature that Malaysia is known for. A colorful patchwork conceals the parking garage located in the façade and makes citizenM visible on street level.

CitizenM launched in 2008 at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The brand, which now welcomes guests in 10 different country’s “to a new kind of hotel” now has 13 properties around the globe within its growing portfolio, with plans to unveil a hotel in Zurich soon.

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CitizenM agree to use award-winning Dometic drawer minibar

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Dometic will provide its Drawer Minibars and Top Open Safes to complement citizenM’s elegantly designed modular rooms in new facilities and build-outs across the globe.

Lifestyle hotel brand CitizenM has selected Dometic to equip its rooms with stylish Noiseless Drawer Minibars and sleek in room Top Opening Safes.

Dometic, a brand widely associated for providing products for use in recreational vehicles and premium car are devoted to trying to enrich people’s experiences away from home.

As part of this new deal, the hotel brand will benefit from the award-winning Dometic Drawer Minibar, the first A++ rated 20L drawer minibar on the market. As well as the unique top-opening safe, complete with LED display and digital keyboard.

Fatiha Babou, head of lodging EMEA at Dometic, said: “We are excited to be a part of citizenM’s fantastic development. Their brand is inspiring a new generation of travellers and disrupting the industry. Our awarded design and technology will support the fulfilment of mobile citizens’ needs during their stay at citizenM.”

3rd citizenM property to open in Paris at Gare de Lyon

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The citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon Hotel, which is now open, is the 3rd citizenM hotel in France and is located a short walk away from the Gare de Lyon station.

It features 338 rooms and as with its sister properties the hotel is home to innovative tech amenities including; self check-in; completely customisable guest rooms via touchscreen MoodPads; communal workspaces; meeting areas fitted with Smart TVs; furniture by the renowned Swiss brand Vitra; canteenM – the 24 hour grab & go style canteen that has a full service cocktail bar, and outdoor space such as an open air patio and cloudM – a rooftop bar offering stunning views of the river Seine and the city.

citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon HotelThe property also features a selection of specially commissioned art works by popular Dutch artists Jetske Visser & Michiel Martens who have created a install called “Reflecting Holons” which combines bubbles and light that continually shine, move, and dance in the entrance area creating a visually interactive arresting spectacle.

citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon Hotel
In addition to this the hotel also houses a bespoke mural by French street artist Mast Cora, and a fresco by Romain Froquet to name a few.

citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon Hotel

citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon

citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon to open August 1st

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Located in the arrondissement de Reuilly, on the northeastern bank of the Seine, this newest member of the citizenM family is a must for sightseers, pleasure seekers and business-doers alike.

Some may say three’s a crowd, but citizenM say ‘mais, oui’ to a third pad in the glittering City of Lights. Joining citizenM Charles de Gaulle and citizenM La Défense, their latest hotel is in the beating heart of one of Paris’ most exciting, up-and-coming districts.

citizenM Paris Gare de LyonLook forward to 1 August 2017 when citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon flings open its doors to guests. Across the 338 rooms you can expect their signature brand of affordable luxury for the people. Each room boasts king-size beds, rain showers and mood pads that control the temperature, brightness and colour – yes, colour – of the lights. There’s free movies too.

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REVIEW: CITIZENM TOWER OF LONDON
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Outside your cubby hole, the lobby is a home-from-home, filled with books, art, a fireplace and a carpet that recreates the slow ticking clock of the Gare de Lyon station. As with all of citizenM hotels, it’s filled with unique artworks, including the mesmerising installation by Studio Martens & Visser, Reflecting Holons, which transforms the entrance into a magical light and movement show of floating, dancing bubbles. Okay, okay – perhaps not exactly like your own living room.

citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon
Need to graft? The societyM meeting rooms will inspire your next lightbulb moment. Peckish? canteenM offers food and drink, healthy and indulgent, day and night. And when it’s time to wind down with a cocktail (or three), head up to cloudM for panoramas over the city. Looking out over the Seine, soak up views of timeless icons – the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame – new features such as a the Cité de la mode et du design and, all the way in western Paris, the Grande Arche. Be sure to wave to citizenM La Défense while you’re up there.

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citizenM Hotel to open in Kuala Lumpur in 2018

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Affordable luxury for the traveller of today and tomorrow – Artyzen Hospitality Group (AHG), together with Pinnacle Supreme, a member of Cornerstone Partners Group, are delighted to announce the signing of citizenM hotel in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

It was confirmed this week that Kuala Lumpur will be the location of Asia’s third citizenM hotel, as part of Artyzen Hospitality Group’s plans to transform the hospitality experience for modern travellers. Scheduled for completion in Q2 2018, the citizenM Kuala Lumpur opening will follow the inaugural citizenM in Asia, opening in Taipei Northgate in Q2 this year, and citizenM Shanghai Hongqiao, set to open in Q1 2018.

Robbert van der Maas, President of Artyzen Hospitality Group, adds, “We are continuously growing our presence in Southeast Asia with a key focus on cosmopolitan, gateway cities such as Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. We look forward to the opening of citizenM Kuala Lumpur.”

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REVIEW: citizenM Tower Bridge, London
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citizenM offers a revolutionary hotel experience for travellers in Asia who value personal choice, contemporary design, friendly technology and close proximity to a city – all for great value. The new 198-key citizenM Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s shopping and entertainment epicentre, is in a prime location close to key transportation hubs, local attractions and nightlife.

citizenM hallmarks include a living room lobby concept with ultra-modern designer furniture, contemporary art collections and innovative technology that allows guests to customise their room experience including the lighting, temperature and movies on the television. There will also be a 24/7 canteenM for hungry guests looking for quality local food at any time of the day.

Since citizenM was founded in the Netherlands in 2008, it has been a strong disruptive force breaking the rules of traditional hospitality through its offering of affordable luxury. The citizenM hotels in Asia join the existing hotels in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London, Glasgow, Paris and New York.

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CitizenM Tower of London

citizenM Tower of London

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For nearly a decade now, citizenM has been altering perceptions of what a hotel can and should be – with its ‘Living Room’ concept and modern take on what travellers need from a hotel. The Dutch chain has been blazing a trail in its native Netherlands and across Europe since 2008; blending ‘instantly-iconic’ interiors and furnishings with technology to create a unique guest experience for the ‘city-break, millennial’ types.

I had the pleasure of sampling this quirky approach during a recent stay at one of the latest additions to its UK offering at the Tower of London property. While the hotel’s entrance is inconspicuous in comparison to some of its more illustrious neighbours, the building’s exterior and interiors are anything but.

citizenM Tower of London

The rectangular-clad façade is a stark juxtaposition of modernity against the overtly historic Tower of London just a stone’s throw away. And as soon as I enter the reception-cum-lounge-cum-dining area, I’m met with a brilliant visual treat for the senses. It might sound like an odd mix to combine all three with no regard for distinct separation, but the free-flowing design of the spaces has been treated with the utmost respect; utilising clever chainmail curtains and highly effective wayfinding to create the impression of three distinct entities.

CitizenM Tower of London

I’m a huge fan of the contemporaneous and wonderfully ‘kitsch Britannia’ feel of the space, and judging by the buzz of people using the space to work, network and relax, I’m not the only one. The walls lined with striking and lively photography and art, floor-to-ceiling shelves filled to the brim with more literature than a hipster could shake a stick at plus a mixture of delightful vintage pieces and Vitra furniture all go to create a fantastic space that demonstrates the citizenM brand ethos perfectly – and with a touch of style too. For those new to the concept, this communal area makes for a great first impression.

Citizen M Tower of London

*As if to emphasise the brand concept, doing away with a traditional reception desk has allowed for the placement of self-service check-in pods. I always love to see technological innovation in hotels, especially when it actually enhances the guest experience; this does – an easy-to-use system and not technology for technology’s sake.*

The quirky and leftfield décor continues even in the lifts and corridors on the way up to the room. Each lift cubicle is fitted out in a different style and inspirational photography and quotes line the walls. And then there’s the rooms themselves…

I was offered an external-view room which, with views directly onto the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the London cityscape beyond, I definitely recommend; watching the sunrise over the Thames makes for a dramatic start to any day.

citizenM Tower of London

While small, the 370 rooms are fantastically formed and include everything a guest would need. The space has been utilised to perfection. The wall-to-wall Sealy bed against the window makes for a unique layout, but doesn’t feel cramped especially as it includes space-saving luggage stores stowed underneath, which more than makes up for the shortage of hanging space. The self-contained bathroom and rain-shower unit is a wonderful example of economic design, with privacy being maintained with curved, frosted glass. Having seen images of the rooms beforehand, I feared this might be a little too ‘university dormitory-esque’ and with space at a premium I worried about noise pollution from adjacent rooms and the corridor, but my fears on both counts are allayed immediately on entering.

citizenM Tower of London

citizenM Tower of London

The biggest selling point for me has to be the iPad, from which central and mood lighting, the television, music and curtains can be controlled. An ingenious touch, and something that stands out long after checking-out. Another design choice I found myself giving a thumbs up for is the universal power sockets, as someone who often forgets adapters when travelling, this consideration from the designers is indicative of the ‘everything you need, nothing you don’t’ concept of citizenM. Make no mistake, this space isn’t designed for spending hours at a time in. This is a practical-but-fun base for exploring the city. And it fits the bill perfectly.

citizenM Tower of London

 

Once checked-in, I have time to take in a drink at the Cloud M cocktail bar, located on the top floor. The interior theme running throughout makes its way up here too, with Queen Elizabeth print wallcoverings, stunning bespoke brass light fittings and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves bringing a frisson of frivolity to the space. The attention to detail in the design here completes a top-to-bottom clean sweep for the hotel in terms of creating interesting, unique and stimulating interiors. The 180-degree panoramic views over London are definitely a bonus, too.

This was my first experience of a citizenM property close-up. I was intrigued by the concept and I wasn’t disappointed – it has been carried out exceptionally. The designers have carefully thought out the process of designing a hotel that caters to guests’ needs with utmost efficiency without bombarding them with frilly extras, whilst at the same time creating interiors of a quirky quality rarely seen this close to central London and at these prices. A near-perfect balance of practicality and aesthetics.

With more properties on the horizon, I can safely say this won’t be my last experience of a citizen property…

citizenM Tower of London

Based on a visit in November 2016
Photos: Daniel Fountain / citizenM

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