The RuMa Kuala Lumpur: New, Elegant, And Very Discreet
As five-star hotels continue to proliferate in Kuala Lumpur like flowers after the rain, the pressure to differentiate themselves from their competitors runs very high. Pressure, though, is the last thing felt by guests at The RuMa, a newly opened property where cleverly stylish design and exceptionally capable staff elevate the guest experience to its loftiest level. The dedication to excellence in service is here called ‘hostmanship’ and gives a good idea of just how important The RuMa considers service as a principal aspect of the perfect hotel stay.
Kuala Lumpur’s only member of Leading Hotels Of The World, The RuMa is the sister property to Shanghai’s PuLi Hotel and employs a similarly artistic approach to its interiors. The polished copper ceiling above the expansive lobby is the most apparent salute to Malaysia’s mining past; less obvious are the dual spiral staircases that greet guests upon entering the lobby, meant to represent drills used to dig the mines. The mining theme is invoked even before entering the lobby proper; an intimate, circular anteroom is smartly designed to recall the birdcages used to test air quality in the mines.
The RuMa‘s hushed atmosphere attracts sophisticated locals and affluent visitors who feel no need to flaunt their wealth. Rooms are, of course, spacious and beautifully decorated, as are the public areas. The black and gold tiles in the swimming pool shimmer at night, and even the hotel’s gym is evokes a Malaysian ethos with its handmade woven mat commissioned specifically for The RuMa adorning the ceiling. The hotel’s two bars, the indoor Seven and poolside Santai, are already popular with local leisure and business visitors, the latter often holding meetings and events in the dedicated space on the pool level, which is also the location of the spa.
The RuMa‘s restaurant, ATAS, has quickly become a must-eat-at destination in the food-crazy city that is Kuala Lumpur. The airy space is staffed by attentive servers who enhance the dining experience with their deft professionalism. The menu is varied and appealing, providing all sorts of options for both adventurous and conservative palates. The effective presentation of the dishes adds to the enjoyment of the overall experience. For those who wish to perpetuate the RuMa experience beyond a few days, the hotel’s residences are ideal for enjoying this outstanding property on a permanent basis.