Those of you who visited Genting Highlands in the past years will be familiar with the Theme Park Hotel. In fact, the iconic hotel in Resorts World Genting holds many nostalgic memories for the generations of guests who have stayed in the rooms and enjoyed its proximity to the magical world of Malaysia's only mountaintop amusement park.
Since the closure of the attraction in 2013, the Theme Park Hotel followed suit, but only so it could re-emerge ready to give a whole new generation of thrill seekers an insight into creative hotel expansion.
The oldest hotel at Resorts World Genting, the Theme Park Hotel was built in the Seventies and formerly known as the Highlands Hotel. Subsequently, it seems logical for the hotel to be named as Theme Park Hotel when the theme park was built next to it.
The hotel is now opened and renamed as Hotel On The Park, a nod to its proximity to the first-in-the-world Twentieth Century Fox World theme park.
With no structural changes on the cards, and with the hotel still retaining its 448 rooms, the resort wanted to find a way to house more families in the existing space. The hotel's new concept namely 'all you see is not all you get', went through a long planning process.
The result was a fantastical take of imagination. Guests will walk into the 8,000 sq ft lobby and be greeted by a pillar of higgledy piggledy stacked 'giant' tea cups which reach the ceiling.
The rooms have also been refreshed creatively. In their old configuration, each room could house two to three guests. Expecting an influx of visitors with the soon to be opened Twentieth Century Fox World Theme Park, Resorts World Genting is doubling the capacity of the rooms by making the beds the central feature of the rooms.
Most rooms now feature a built in, tatami-style raised platform on which are two queen sized beds which can comfortably hold four guests. A built-up bunk bed above the platform holds another queen sized mattress, effectively enabling six visitors in a room.
The raised sleeping platforms also serve as storage spaces. Compartments in the platforms are used to store luggage, while room safes are also built into the drawer space.
There are also four honeymoon suites in the property, located in the valley wing which overlooks an uninterrupted panorama of the Genting valley offering stunning views of natural mountain forests.