Indeed, not only is the Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel built on a historical spot, its very architecture is reminiscent of the city’s past. “At the end of the 19th century, most of the neighbourhood’s buildings which had been constructed from wood and thatch were replaced with bricks and tiles as stipulated by the British colonial administration,” said Yeoh, referring to the inspiration for the hotel’s brick façade.
Inside, however, the 184-room hotel is pure urban chic. Apart from the headboards that feature historical scenes of Malaysia, the design of the rooms is decidedly contemporary – think minimalist chaise longues, rain showers and sinks outside of the bathroom. This aesthetic is echoed in The Snug, an all-day dining restaurant and Brasserie 25, where guests can partake of a mouth-watering menu of local and international offerings. Both venues feature the same brick walls seen on the hotel’s exterior, a design choice that seamlessly brings the outside inside.