It’s quite heartbreaking to see numerous hotels crumble over the past 1.5 years due to the pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions. We’ve only recently entered October and already, 2 more hotels have announced its closure.
Over the past week, Holiday Villa Hotel & Conference Centre in Subang Jaya and Silka Cheras Hotel had to break the unfortunate news to their followers on social media, while thanking them for their patronage over the years.
After 33 years, Holiday Villa Hotel & Conference Centre had ceased operations since 1st October. First opened in 1988, it had 309 large guestrooms, 5 F&B outlets, 18 convention and meeting spaces, as well as several sports and leisure activities. Located near Subang Medical Centre and Dorsett Grand Subang, it was at its peak before Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) opened in Sepang in 1998. Back then, many travellers would visit Holiday Villa Hotel & Conference Centre after arriving in Subang International Airport (now Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport).
Due to its strategic and unique location, developer and owner of the property, IJM Land Bhd, is unlikely to sell the hotel. “IJM may not wish to sell the hotel at this moment because it will not receive a fair price. We anticipate that, rather than selling the asset to maximise its worth, IJM would examine other options for it,” a source said. “With Dorsett Place Waterfront coming up next door, we believe that IJM will attempt to capitalise on the site.”
Even Member of Parliament (MP) Hannah Yeoh was saddened by the news. “So sad. My wedding dinner took place here. My community events when I was ADUN Subang Jaya were also organised here. Thank you for the memories Holiday Villa,” the 42-year-old politician wrote.
A few days prior, Silka Cheras Hotel also announced its permanent closure since its debut in 2015. This comes after the hotel branch in Masjid Jamek had closed down earlier this year. Cheras Sentral Mall, which is located beside it, is also rumoured to be quite “dead” as many tenants had either closed or shifted to a different location.