HYATT Centric Kota Kinabalu Celebrates Grand Opening

Kota Kinabalu, 22 November 2022 –– Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad (“Hap Seng”) celebrated the grand opening of Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 21 November 2022. The auspicious event was officiated by the Chief Minister of Sabah, YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Bin Haji Noor; represented by Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister Industrial Development, Datuk Joachim Gunsalam and joined by Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad Chairman, Thomas Karl Rapp, Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad Managing Director Datuk Edward Lee Ming Foo and President – Growth and Operations, Asia Pacific, Hyatt, Stephen Ho.

Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu marks the debut of Hyatt’s rapidly growing lifestyle brand in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, joining five other Hyatt-branded hotels in Malaysia. Set against the lush backdrop of Signal Hill, the hotel’s contemporary, inviting architecture and interiors by globally renowned architect Kengo Kuma reflect the natural heritage of Sabah.

Construction started in May 2019 with the hotel opening its doors on 20 October 2022. The debut of Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu marks the milestone of Hap Seng’s inaugural hotel, with three more Hyatt properties slated to open in the next few years in Malaysia.

Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu is centrally located in the heart of the city’s lively dining and entertainment district, providing a convenient homebase for adventurous explorers and local residents to discover authentic experiences and hidden gems in the coastal capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state on the island of Borneo. The 23-story hotel features 222 modern guestrooms with balconies and is crowned with an infinity pool, duplex restaurant and bar on the rooftop, offering sweeping views overlooking Signal Hill, the islands at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and the South China Sea. It also offers seven versatile meeting spaces catering to all occasions.

Thomas Karl Rapp (Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad Chairman) – right with Stephen Ho (President – Growth and Operations, Asia Pacific, Hyatt) – left.

“Investments such as the Hyatt Centric will also produce a multiplier effect to boost the economy. I want to see that hotels being built here in Sabah are measured in jobs created for our people and contributing to human capital development. We want to ensure that investments coming into Sabah will have a ripple effect throughout the local communities.” said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor. 

“We are excited to introduce Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu as Hyatt’s first Hyatt Centric hotel in Southeast Asia as we continue to grow this vibrant lifestyle brand in Asia Pacific,” said Stephen Ho, President, Growth and Operations, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “We are immensely grateful for the steadfast trust and collaboration from the Hap Seng team, the support of the Chief Minister and the local community, and the dedication of the entire hotel team – all of which enabled the successful completion of this hotel.”

Thomas Karl Rapp (Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad Chairman) – right with Datuk Joachim Gunsalam (Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister Industrial Development) – middle and Stephen Ho (President – Growth and Operations, As.

“This hotel realizes our long-held aspiration to add a world-class hotel to the city of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, the very state which witnessed the humble beginning of the group more than 60 years ago and we have no doubt whatsoever that Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu, will be able to attract travelers from every corner around the world,” said Thomas Karl Rapp, Chairman, Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad.

“At Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu, we aim to inspire the curious minded and the young at heart by offering a modern launchpad for our savvy travelers to discover the rich natural heritage and immersive experiences in the Land Below the Wind, guided by our caring team of local Sabahans,” said Ruben Schrijver, General Manager, Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu.

Restaurant table and guestroom bookings for Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu are now open. For more information and full terms or to book a stay, please visit or call +60154 874 1234.

World of Hyatt Gives Members 500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New

To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded, World of Hyatt is offering members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu, from November 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023, part of World of Hyatt’s new hotel member offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at No registration is required and members can earn on top of other offers.

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