By THE EDGE
PETALING JAYA: The Saujana Kuala Lumpur, a property managed by General Hotel Management (GHM) will undergo a major refurbishment and will emerge as a premium high-end lodging facility with The Club spearheading its transformation.
The ongoing renovation works are scheduled to be completed by mid-2008, said The Saujana’s general manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler.
Speaking to reporters at the unveiling of The Club here yesterday, he said there would be two renovation phases, with the first phase costing RM60 million and the introduction of 78 club suites comprising six different types.
Laubichler-Pichler said The Club would feature stylish interiors with larger suites ranging from 55 to 176 sq metres.
The Club, which opens its doors in the second half of next year, will charge RM730 on average on the first year of operation and the rate will increase gradually to an average of RM1,000 within five years of operations.
Currently, the lodgers at The Saujana consist of 20% leisure seekers and 80% business travellers but Laubichler-Pichler sees this changing to 60% business and 40% leisure lodgers.
The operations and management of The Club and The Saujana will be separate despite sharing common amenities like workforce involved in the maintenance and upkeep of the grounds, he added.
Laubichler-Pichler said they expected a revenue RM65 million for both The Club and The Saujana in their first financial year of 2009.
An integral part of improved amenities offered exclusively to guests of club suites include butler services, a spa, exclusive restaurant and private swimming pool with a separate entrance from The Saujana.