Official Launch of Merdeka Wing and The Verandah

The official launch of the Merdeka wing at  Federal Hotels
Hotel staff gathered for an event at Federal International
Brand launching moments at Federal Hotels International

Another Unique New Revolution unveiled by The Federal Kuala Lumpur with the Official Opening of the Merdeka Wing and The Verandah - Celebrate, Stay, Dine and be entertained!

Ms Ooi Lee Ping, Director, Group Marketing, Sales & Business Development and Operations of Federal Hotels International said “As Federal Hotels International & FHI Group of Hotels continues to meet the wants and needs of today's business and leisure travelers, we are proud of the debut of The Federal Hotel’s newly renovated Merdeka Wing Rooms, Ballrooms, Kontiki restaurant and the brand new lobby lounge, The Verandah, which has started another new chapter, beckoning a new era in Malaysian Hospitality, staycation and dining in the city. We are thrilled to debut this phase of The Federal Hotel's transformation and revitalization of the Hotel, and we look forward to inviting both international and domestic travelers as well as locals to experience all of the "little things" that make The Federal Hotel unique - starting with the new Merdeka Wing rooms, Ballrooms, The Kontiki an inspiring place to connect, dine, meet celebrate, entertain or socialize and continuing with the opening of The Verandah. The then 90-room 9-storey Federal Hotel with its original Merdeka Wing block provided accommodation exclusively for the foreign dignitaries and guests from overseas invited for our first Merdeka Celebrations on 31 August 1957, which has made it a favourite with guests from all over the world for over five decade. Today, The Merdeka Wing has undergone a transformation. The stylish new looks and new facilities showcasing our Federal Hotels International (FHI) Group’s philosophy of creating an effortless experience and venues that allow guests the time and space to focus on and make the most of what is important to them, includes guestrooms, meeting spaces, innovative restaurants and lounge, to enhance their stay with us, as our guests are our best ambassadors.We are pleased to introduce our contemporary new look especially with the touches of stylish retro elements in each of the Merdeka Wing rooms.  While we improve with the times, we are always mindful in keeping the ‘character and soul’ of The Federal Kuala Lumpur. This will solidify our Brand’s positioning in not only providing an impeccable modern-styled living in unparalleled comfort, but also in offering a premier hospitality experience for all. We believe that our tradition of warm friendly Malaysian Hospitality and care delivered by our Federal Team will be well received by our Hotel’s guests and community as every little thing we do at our FHI Group of Hotels inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our Hotel guests, our Team members and our Communities.”

“We are excited and extremely proud of the debut of this modern, sophisticated designed lobby lounge, The Verandah, featuring a transformation that will certainly delight our guests and diners as we offer a choice of delicious appetizing light meal, afternoon tea or even late night desserts. Overlooking the Hotel’s lush garden and swimming pool amidst a serene verdant setting, which offers a refreshing innovative effortless dining experience, The Verandah is the desired venue for private moments or social functions and a great venue to network.  It is indeed the perfect setting venue for a special tête-à-tête, a business meeting or a cosy cocktail reception.  Guests can also enjoy cocktails or mocktails as it truly is the perfect place to unwind after a long day while immersing in the soft relaxing music from our live band. We're constantly developing ideas and continually striving to heighten the guest experience, through our menus and we look forward to continue to deliver enjoyable, interactive dining experiences as well as providing exceptional experiences for each and every guest and diner that walks through our door” says Senior Group General Manager of Federal Hotels International, Mr. Simon Leong.

Encik Muhammad Irwan Goh of Executive General Manager – Area Hospitality – Management & Operations of The Federal Kuala Lumpur said “The Federal has also upgraded the meeting space to better accommodate meetings as well as banquet and receptions.  The newly renovated Ballrooms at The Federal offer flexible space for banquets, special occasions, intimate wedding parties, high-end meetings, product launch and corporate events. TheMandarin Palace in a setting reminiscent of an Imperial Palace with the grandeur of its unique handcrafted interior is the perfect wedding venue.  The Federal Kuala Lumpur’s newly renovated Merdeka Wing Rooms, with a super comfortable bed, plus down duvet, bathroom and a rain shower, quality amenities plus exclusive privileges, are designed with pleasure and convenience in mind.   The new all-day dining restaurant, The Kontiki, serves a unique combination of both Asian & Continental favourites plus a fabulous selection of carvery and seafood BBQ delights.Following the recent renovation which was carried out in phases, there has been excellent response to the renovation of the Merdeka Wing rooms, the Kontiki restaurant, the Ballroom and the just completed new lobby lounge, The Verandah. Guest experiences are now perfected in every way at The Federal Kuala Lumpur, the legendary destination in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur”.

Guests will enjoy the new and luxurious Merdeka Wing and the exceptionally well-appointed Merdeka Wing Rooms, both embodying the essence of Malaysian hospitality at its best while redefining comfort. All guest rooms on this Merdeka Wing block will take on a modern, light and crisp appearance, for a truly welcoming and relaxing ambience from the moment our guests enter the door.  This new design incorporates Malaysia’s cultural heritage featuring an intricate weave of local art and design; while integrating modern technology, allowing for convenience and connectivity in this day and age.  Expect pleasure surprises in a journey that will evoke all senses in modern contemporary setting. In our renovated Merdeka Wing rooms, guest will surely embrace a host of new and functional in-room amenities that will envelope all their senses.  Feel our upgraded linens so smooth to the touch.  Be amazed by the subtle touches of comfort and functionality in our in-room offerings. But most of all, be thrilled with the feel-good feeling of staying in a hotel that always places its guests as top priority.  It’ll be the perfect tonic to refresh with fun vacationing getaways or the serious business meetings, whether alone or with the family.  Our guests will surely want to stay on permanently, enjoying the kaleidoscope of activities and admiring the cityscape from the comfort of their rooms.  Spacious Merdeka Wing Family Room with king or twin bed plus 1 daybed, is suitable for a family of 3 to 4 persons. The Merdeka Suite seamlessly blends classic luxury with contemporary comfort for a distinctive urban retreat. The subtle touches of heritage in our new Merdeka Suite will evoke all your senses. It is modern in design, yet functional in serving all your needs. Guests on the Merdeka Executive Floors receive access to the private-access Merdeka Lounge at Level 8 and usage of private meeting room. The Merdeka Club lounge is just the perfect sanctuary to entertain guests or to just relax and enjoy the exquisite selection of meals away from the hustle and bustle of the crowd.  It is literally your private dining room.  For pleasure or business, our guests are always assured of our renowned hospitality and attention to serve their every need.

The Federal Hotel is indeed started now another new chapter in the city centre. Ideally located in the heart of hip and happening Bukit Bintang, The Federal Hotel, one of the most iconic historic landmark here, is indeed a great starting point to discover Kuala Lumpur. With its sensational location surrounded by ten shopping malls and tourist attractions within walking distance including Jalan Alor, the cultural heart of the city’s local cuisine, Federal Hotel’srich history, this magnificent Grande Dame Hotel is a true blend of Warm Malaysian Hospitality, where traditional charm meets modern facilities and amenities that we know will add further to the vibrancy of bustling Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s trendiest shopping, dining, fashion and entertainment epicentre whilst serving both the needs of savvy business and leisure travelers of today.

Federal Hotels International Sdn Bhd (FHI)

Federal Hotels International has over five decades of experience in the Hospitality industry.  Federal Hotels International manages two Hotels in Kuala Lumpur and one Hotel in Sydney namely The Federal Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur and The Grace Hotel Sydney. 


Federal Hotels International is the pioneer Malaysian Hotel Management Company, established to manage the first International Hotel in Kuala Lumpur namely The Federal Kuala Lumpur which opened its door on 28 August 1957.  FHI collection of Hotels are located in some sensational locations.  From the heart of the City’s Central Business District to the pulse of the best shopping, entertainment to gourmet paradise, you’ll find an FHI hotel to suit your every need.  From business travel to meetings, conferences to weddings, honeymoon and anniversary, or just a short weekend Shop N Shop break, or a rest & relax holiday, our fine collection of Hotels will complement your business trip or vacation gateway, ensuring it is a successful and enjoyable one.  Our warm FHI hospitality, a friendly face and gentle charm, welcomes our guests, adding to that our great locations, will ensure that your stay with us will be that much more, well…truly sensational!



About the Prince and Premier, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, first Prime Minister of the Federation of Malaya.The Prince was born in Alor Star, Kedah and is better known as Bapa Malaysia, the Father of Independence isMalaysia’s beloved first Prime Minister.

Favourite Dishes from the Tunku’s Kitchen, a 168-page Coffee Table cookbook of over 70 private recipes collected, is a fascinating culinary journey comprising traditional, local, and western recipes.  Most importantly this legacy cookbook is Federal Hotels International & The Federal Kuala Lumpur’s tribute and dedication to Malaysia’s beloved first Prime Minister or the "Father of Independence," who once described himself as the “happiest Prime Minister in the world.”

The Federal team mooted the idea to compile this Coffee Table Cookbook in September 2003 to preserve the legacy and well-loved timeless recipes of Tunku’s favorite dishes, where it is hoped that all Malaysians and visitors from abroad may also experience the culinary pleasures of the Royal family.  These dishes are an important part of the Country’s heritage, and for enjoyment of future generations, as many of the recipes and cooking traditions handed down through the generations are fast disappearing so much so that the simple cuisine of childhood times may be forgotten. 


This compilation of specially-selected recipes of Tunku’s favourite dishes was done with the collaboration of his daughter, Y.T.M. Tunku Datin Paduka Khadijah and his niece, Y.T.M. Dato’ Mukminah Jiwa. 


In 2007, in commemorating the 50th year of Malaysia’s independence, while celebrating The Federal Hotel’s 50 glorious years of Malaysian hospitality, and to pay tribute to Y.T.M. Tunku Abdul Rahman Al Haj, Malaysian Airlines featured a selection of Tunku’s favourite dishes in all classes in selected International routes to Europe (London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome & Stockholm), Australia & New Zealand (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth & Auckland), Regional routes (Bangkok, Siam Reap, Hanoi, Phnom Penh & Denpasar) and as well as Domestic routes, Sabah and Sarawak as part of the Merdeka Inflight Dining Experience with Favourite Dishes from Tunku’s Kitchen on board our Malaysia Airlines flights during this time for our joint 50th Merdeka Celebrations.

It has always been our ultimate goal to bring Favourite Dishes From The Tunku’s Kitchen to the world particularly to all Malaysians as well as international business & leisure travelers visiting Malaysia during our Visit Malaysia Year 2007, as early as the time when we first mooted the idea to compile and to publish Favourite Dishes From The Tunku’s Kitchen cookbook in September 2003.  This cookbook on our beloved first Prime Minister’s favourite private recipes has continued to generate great interest amongst cuisine lovers both at home in Malaysia and abroad, and very encouraging good market demand of our cookbook (in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America i.e. some of the Countries where Favourite Dishes from the Tunku’s Kitchen cookbook is being marketed internationally) since its launch of the first English edition on 28 August 2005 and subsequently the Bahasa Malaysia edition of Favourite Dishes from the Tunku’s Kitchen or Hidangan Kegemaran Dari Dapur Tunku, on 28 August 2006.

The Federal Kuala Lumpur – In the Heart of Bukit Bintang.

The Federal Kuala Lumpur, managed by Federal Hotels International (FHI), is a historical landmark located along bustling Bukit Bintang, amidst the amazing shopping, entertainment and dining paradise of Kuala Lumpur’s Central Business District.  Ten of the City’s most popular shopping malls are right next-door.

The Federal Kuala Lumpur, the Hotel for Merdeka, is Malaysia’s first international class hotel opened just three days before the Nation’s declaration of independence.  The 90-room 10-storey Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur was officiated by our first Prime Minister, the late Y.T.M. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra on 28 August 1957.  The Federal Hotel then provided accommodation exclusively for the foreign dignitaries and guests from overseas invited for ourfirst Merdeka celebrations on 31 August 1957. It was the venue for official functions hosted by the Government and private sectors as well as the official caterer of cocktails and dinners at Parliament House.  Now, the 21-storey Federal Hotel has 450 rooms.

The Federal Kuala Lumpur revealed the newly renovated Verandah Lobby Lounge on 28 August 2015 in conjunction of its 58th Anniversary.  Overlooking the tropical garden and swimming pool, the elegant Verandah lobby lounge has been revitalized to surpass the expectations and needs of the visitors and guests of the hotel.  Unwind in the gorgeous lobby lounge with your friends or family and reconnect over a scrumptious afternoon tea or light bites with soothing light jazz and evergreen songs serenaded by the house band.

The brand new Kontiki Restaurant was officially opened on 19 September 2014, serving a unique combination of Asian & Continental favourites plus a fabulous selection of carvery and seafood BBQ delights.  Savour our evening buffet dinner featuring a wide array of seafood, shellfish, poultry and meat from our one of its kind cylindrical BBQ station. This stylish contemporary setting restaurant on the mezzanine floor offers a relaxing and refreshing view of the outdoor pool with a lush tropical garden and tree lights. Experience the difference, and taste the sensation of our fresh exciting menu. The Federal boasts of Malaysia’s first revolving restaurant, Bintang Revolving Restaurant that offers fine dining with panoramic view of KL City skyline.  Check out the other outlets at The Federal Kuala Lumpur – Kaihomaru, a Japanese fine dining restaurant serving authentic Japanese cuisine, Delaney’s The Irish Pub which offers fine Irish beer on draught, Irish cocktail, wine, exotic flavour of Irish & continental dishes, live sport on big screen and live music from 8.30pm except Mondays and Soju Kuala Lumpur.  Soju Kuala Lumpur is the newest, trendiest music club in the city for avid party goers who are in the know and who want to know.


The 450-room Federal Kuala Lumpur’s refurbished rooms and suites are tastefully furnished and decorated with understated elegance, in pastel colour with lightwood accents, thoughtfully designed for your utmost comfort and convenience, be it for work or leisure.  Room facilities include high speed internet access, air-conditioning, mini bar, IDD telephone, coded room safe, satellite TV with 3 ASTRO channels (BBC, ESPN and AEC), in-house video movies and cable TV channels, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, laundry, valet services and 24-hour room service. The Federal Kuala Lumpur’s newly renovated Merdeka Wing Rooms are designed with pleasure and convenience in mind. With the comfort and quality amenities plus exclusive privileges, these rooms with 40” LED TV and 3 phones (wired & wireless), are an excellent choice for business or leisure traveller who requires added personalized attention and services.  Guests on the Merdeka Executive Floors (Level 6 to 9) receive access to the private-access Merdeka Lounge at Level 8 and usage of private meeting room. An indulgent bed with plush down duvet and bathroom with a rain shower.  Spacious Merdeka Wing Family Room with king or twin bed plus 1 daybed, is suitable for a family of 3 to 4 persons. KLCAT at KL Sentral Station 55 minutes’ drive to Kuala Lumpur International Airport(KLIA) & KLIA2; and 45 minutes’ drive to Subang Skypark Terminal.