International Hotel Management Ltd, and Pacific Sanctuary Holdings Sdn Bhd
today announced the development of the first Hotel Jen in Borneo. Opening in 2018, Hotel Jen Kota
Kinabalu will be strategically positioned in PacifiCity, an integrated shopping,
entertainment and lifestyle hub located along the coastal highway in scenic Kota
Kinabalu, the gateway city to
Sabah and wider Borneo.
announcement was made at a signing ceremony held at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru
Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu.
Mr. KP Kuok, Executive Director of Pacific Sanctuary Holdings Sdn Bhd, said: “The
Shangri-La Group was one of the pioneer investors in Sabah’s tourism industry
and has attained a reputation as a highly regarded brand by Sabahans and
visitors to Sabah alike. Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will be an extension of this, providing
another strong brand to meet the new demand from business visitors and international
provided Sabahans from all walks of life opportunities to find fulfilling
employment and to develop professional careers. When counting indirect jobs,
the industry is one of the biggest employers here. This is a significant reason
why we decided to invest in hotels and resorts in Sabah. They bring long-lasting
employment and benefits to the community,” Kuok added.
Dogan, president and CEO of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, said: “The
announcement of Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu is extremely important for our
organisation. We’ve built a strong presence in Kota Kinabalu and throughout
Malaysia, and are delighted the newest brand in our portfolio reinforces our
commitment to Sabah, Borneo and beyond.”
friendly and fuss-free. That’s the genre of Hotel Jen, the new brand launched a year ago to cater to a new
‘Jeneration’ of independently minded business and leisure travellers. Launching
quickly with the first ten Hotel Jen properties opening in major cities in Asia
Pacific in under one year, today’s announcement marks a significant milestone
in the growth of the brand that has been recognised by the travel trade as the
brand that has revolutionised the hotel industry.
“The Hotel Jen
experience delivers what matters most to guests. They appreciate important
things done well; demand quality, comfort and value, together with honest,
authentic service; and want privacy and efficiency without unnecessary fuss or
intrusion. In this highly desirable location for business and leisure
travellers, Hotel Jen is well positioned to offer guests to Kota Kinabalu more
flexibility, as busy non-traditional work hours tend to blend the boundaries
between business and leisure,” Dogan added.
a premier shopping,
entertainment and lifestyle hub located in picturesque Likas Bay, an area described
as the new city centre of Kota Kinabalu. The development is opposite Sabah
Trade Centre and near the new Sabah International Convention Centre currently
Located on top
of PacifiCity’s lifestyle mall, Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will connect guests to
world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Its prominent position offers
stunning views of the South China Sea, coastal wetlands and majestic Mount
Hotel Jen Kota
Kinabalu will comprise twin iconic towers, drawing its design inspiration from the
surrounding environment and local culture, consistent with Hotel Jen’s style
philosophy. The Hotel will also boast resort-standard
recreation and fitness facilities that are shared with the PacifiCity Club.
“We are excited to work with the Shangri-La group to bring Hotel Jen to
Kota Kinabalu,” said Mr. Jonathan Wheeler, managing director of Pacific
Sanctuary Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
“Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will be the jewel in the crown of PacifiCity, cementing
the development as a premium integrated hub, benefiting all stakeholders,
tenants and investors,” Wheeler added.
In addition to the presence of Hotel Jen, PacifiCity promises something
different for visitors and local patrons.
Wheeler continued, “We have focused on ‘retail-tainment’ and
experiential dining. PacifiCity will bring a variety of exciting new cuisines
and restaurants to Sabah; our shopping mall will also be the first to offer an
IMAX cinema, in addition to a number of family-friendly entertainment concepts
perfect for tourists or local patrons.”
“Our goal is to blend the spending power of international tourists,
whether they be here for business or leisure, with the sustainable business of
patrons from the local community,” explained Wheeler.
Nessmann, chief operations officer of the Hotel Jen brand, said: “We are
excited to expand Hotel Jen’s footprint in Asia Pacific and Hotel Jen Kota
Kinabalu will join ten hotels in key locations in the region, including the
third in Malaysia.
Club concept adds a unique experience for business and leisure travellers, including
Golden Circle members,” added Nessmann.
Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu
· 440 Rooms
Jen’s Kitchen, all-day dining, overlooking the pool
Lobby Lounge and roof top bar
State-of-the-art fitness centre
Meeting and convention facilities, including a
A Club Lounge with privileges, including express
check-in and check-out, complimentary breakfast, complimentary evening
beverages and tasty local snacks and late check-out
The PacifiCity Club, managed by Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu
A luxurious facility
offering PacifiCity residents and non-resident members exclusive club benefits
More than 75-metre resort-style pool and state-of-the-art
Family-friendly zone, including a children’s pool
and play area
Private club lounge with bistro, lounge and alfresco
About Hotel Jen
Hotel Jen is a
diverse collection of hotels in the best locations across Asia Pacific, with a
unique brand of style and service delivery designed to appeal to a ‘New
Jeneration’ of travellers.
brand is the brainchild of virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier and
all-time lover of life, travel and discovery. To guests,
Hotel Jen delivers quality, comfort, convenience and value with a twist. Jen
cares about what really matters to guests – the important things done well;
comfortable rooms and honest authentic service; respect, privacy and efficiency
served without fuss or intrusion; cultural insights; interesting experiences;
and fast, free WiFi everywhere, always. Guests will experience simple
pleasures, easy efficiency and a sense of adventure.
Simple pleasures: Cutting-edge technology throughout the hotel
includes fast free WiFi, fun and colourful mobile charging stations throughout
the hotel, laundry wash and fold service at one price for unlimited items in
the laundry bag, a PressReader app with free access to 2,500 online
publications, replacing the traditional morning newspaper, and conveniently
located vending machines with beverages, snacks and lifestyle products priced
at convenient store levels.
Easy efficiency: In-room and restaurant dining options featuring
fresh local products selected for flavour, fusion and fun. Jen’s Kitchen provides all-day dining, offering a blend of local
specialities and international classics, while Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go deli counter offers convenient meal
solutions. Complimentary coffee, infused waters, Jen’s Signature Iced Teas and snack-box-to-go options after
breakfast allow guests to get on with the things they care about most – life,
travel and discovery.
A sense of adventure: The Hotel Jen team is composed of local lifestyle
experts catering to today’s most adventurous traveller, on hand to recommend
cultural spots, local cuisines and new off-the-beaten-track places to explore.
Guests will enjoy local tips to Kota Kinabalu and Sabah and will feel as if
they are staying with a friend.
information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access
the Hotel Jen website at www.hoteljen.com.
Hotel Jen locations
Hotel Jen is
located in Beijing; Brisbane; Hong Kong; Malé, Maldives; Manila; Penang; Puteri
Harbour, Johor; Shenyang, China and Singapore. Hotel Jen development projects
are under consideration in key gateway cities in Asia Pacific, with plans to
expand globally in the future.
Sanctuary Holdings Sdn Bhd is a Sabah-based community-centric developer focused
on delivering long-lasting benefits to the community it serves. The PacifiCity
project, set to open in phases from 2016, will deliver a premier integrated residential,
commercial, retail, entertainment and hospitality hub in the heart of Kota
Kinabalu, designed to help propel Sabah as one of the most vibrant, creative,
exciting, dynamic and liveable regions in Asia. PacifiCity is committed to
investing in Sabah, developing human capital, generating jobs and raising the state’s
international appeal and profile.
Director of Communications, Hotel JEN
Tel: (852) 2599 3497