It was my pleasure to meet Mr. Jon Liang outside the Zenith Hotel last night:
|I'm on the left and Jon is on the right as construction goes on in the background|
Jon Liang is an interior designer from Kuala Lumpur (KL). It was very fortunate that we crossed paths as we both were snapping photographs of the Zenith Hotel. I had a pleasant chat with Jon and was able to glean some inside information about the progress of the Zenith Hotel, which is the tallest building in Kuantan and the biggest development on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
The Zenith Hotel has 23 floors, 18 of which contain rooms. 8 floors of the 18 have already been completed, and the Zenith Hotel is currently 80% complete. Most of the workers have been drafted in from KL.
It's touch and go whether the Zenith Hotel will be ready to open its doors to the public on December 1st. As such, workers are being expected to work day and night so that everything will be in place for the Zenith Hotel grand opening. In anticipation of the Zenith Hotel's imminent completion, there have already been a number of bookings for rooms.
|L-R: East Coast Mall, Zenith Hotel, Sultan Ahmad Shah International Convention Centre, Putra Office block, new shoplots|
The development has gone from a heap of dirt to a magnificently iconic, modern structure, rising 23 floors upwards into the blue Kuantan skies, in just 20 months. This rapid rate of construction does lead Jon Liang to wonder whether the Zenith Hotel is as rich in quality as it could have been given a more lengthy time scale for completion.
However, to the ordinary observer, the Zenith Hotel is a marvellous, unique building, changing the face of the Kuantan skyline, signalling the beginning of a great advancement in status of this developing coastal town.