Update (1st Nov, 2017): Do take note that the hotel management has decided to change the name of Hotel On The Park to its former name, Theme Park Hotel, beginning today.
Located just opposite Genting Highlands’ upcoming movie-inspired theme park, 20th Century Fox World, Hotel On The Park is the mountain’s latest hotel property, opened for business just a month ago, with a new brand name and image.
The hotel, which was formerly Theme Park Hotel (and Highlands Hotel before that – the oldest hotel at Resorts World Genting) had undergone a massive two-year makeover process after closing in 2013. Ready to capture and cater to the surge in tourist numbers when the theme park is ready for business, Hotel On The Park is itself like a theme park for kids, and big kids.
When I checked in to personally experience the hotel, I didn’t want to check out! The hotel has so much of cuteness, from its entrance to lobby to rooms.
In the 8,000 sq. ft. spacious lobby, the first things that capture your eye and fascination would be the gigantic shocking pink bench and pillar of higgledy piggledy stacked tea cups. Aren’t these attractions that one would only see in theme parks?
Then there is the mirror-effect corner that never fails to attract guests to take creative photos of themselves in various adventurous poses. In fact, this entire two-winged hotel is a new world of creative madness.
When it is time to look for your room, you would have to search for your room number on the floor at its entrance. As you know, I have stayed at many different types of hotels before, but not once had I come across a hotel that writes room numbers on the floor. Well, there is always a first time, and it already piqued my curiosity of what’s in store for me inside the room.
The room spells FUN in capital letters with a lot of hand drawn pictures on the walls, a precursor to the excitement that awaits at the first-in-the-world 20th Century Fox World theme park.
Looking at these photos, you notice that the hotel features a creative theme. I couldn’t stop taking photos of and with the cartoons!! It’s funny how the OCD me kept wanting to pick up the ‘clothes hanger’ from the floor!
The TV (it is actually a Panasonic) is encased in a cartoonish TV cabinet, and the wardrobe is just a drawing on the wall, adopting the ‘line of sight’ theory to portray an impression of space. I don’t think I can describe them well enough as these are things that one should personally see and try.
Offering a total of 448 guest rooms, they come in four different categories: Quads, Sixers, King Special and Honeymoon Suites.
With the objective to house more families, Quad rooms have two Queen beds while Sixers are rooms with three Queen beds, one of the beds are on the upper deck (bunk-bed style), as you can view from photos of my room. These beds are settled on top of a built-in, tatami-style raised platform for storage purposes, making the best use of the space available with bare minimum furniture and at the same time creating even more bed space. Indeed, Hotel On The Park has doubled the capacity of Theme Park Hotel with this layout.
As for King Special, these are rooms for guests with special needs. They are furnished with a King bed, as well as a one-person hospital bed. There are currently two units of King Special rooms.
The Honeymoon Suites are still a work in progress. Upon completion, there will be four of these suites. They are designed around the four fun stages of romance: courtship, proposal, wedding and honeymoon; each with a unique décor.
As a matter of fact, you may have noticed that every room has its own colour scheme and customised hand drawn line art in white paint on blackout roller blinds. These original works of art means that no matter how many times you check in at Hotel On The Park, you will never know what to expect in your room.
Do take note that this family-oriented hotel only has one non-smoking floor. Therefore, if you are a non-smoker and picky about the smell of ciggie in your room, you may want to request for a room on the non-smoking floor. Also, there is no swimming pool or gym at the hotel. But then again, when you are in Genting Highlands, the last thing you want to do is exercise.
Hotel On The Park only has one F&B outlet. Named Eatopia and located in the lobby, it has a ‘grab-and-eat’ concept although there are high tables provided for guests who want to take in a view of the mystical Talking Garden at the back of the hotel, while they enjoy their assortment of bakery items, freshly baked bread, or the all-time Malaysian favourite, nasi lemak.
This is an English-inspired interactive garden that you can spend some peaceful time in, surrounded by colourful flowers and greenery, with a majestic view of Kuala Lumpur city below or cable cars passing by above.
As you can tell, some of the rooms face the stunning natural mountain forests, while some face the 20th Century Fox World theme park, when it is ready. The hotel’s proximity to the theme park is obviously a win. It is also within short walking distance to some other attractions such as Coffee Terrace, SkyAvenue, SkyCasino, Awana Skyway and many more.
Official video of Hotel On The Park
The hotel is currently running an opening promotion and prices start from as low as RM200+ per night. Expect the prices to increase during peak season, and particularly when the 20th Century Fox World theme park is open. The opening date is still very much a big question mark but stay tuned to my blog for the latest updates!
For further information on Theme Park Hotel, visit www.rwgenting.com or call +603-61011118.
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