Element Kuala Lumpur by Westin

Last stayed in December 2020

Type of room stayed in: Studio King

Value – 4/5
Cleanliness – 4.5/5
Ambiance – 3.5/5
Staff services – 4/5

Location -Located in Jalan Ampang where it is walking distant to KLCC. Situated 274 metres high up in Ilham Tower and this is kinda bad news for a person like me with fear of height.

Lobby – The lobby is in Level 40 of Ilham Tower. Very huge space and with it overlooking the city skyline, it is pretty magnificent. It is a simple layout but definitely looks good especially if the intention was to create that wow element when the patron first step into the lobby. (but due to my acrophobia, I didn’t dare to stand too long beside the glass panel.)

Check in / Check out process – Fast and professionally done

Staff – Friendly and very polite

The room – Perhaps I am overhyped with this hotel but I find the room has no distinguished feature. Beside the fact that it has great view, the room doesn’t have a unique identity of its own in the design. It is very neutral in the colour choice as well. Perhaps, that is the intention, for the patron to enjoy the view more rather than it getting too busy (with colours) in the room.

But for someone like me who is afraid of height, perhaps this hotel is not such a good choice as I will tend not look out to the window.

Generally, the room feels comfortable, clean especially the toilet looking very sterile. Just that it is lacking the ambiance (in the room).

Hotel F&B – Went to TRACE (located beside their lobby) and tried their 3 course meal. The food is good but not superb. But the view (we were seated at the side of the window) of the city centre skyline at night is definitely an awe to look at.

Hotel parking – Do park at Ilham Tower and there will be signages to direct you to the hotel. Or just ask their friendly security officers.

Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection

Last stayed in August 2020

Type of room stayed in: Deluxe King

Value – 4/5
Cleanliness – 4.5/5
Ambiance – 4/5
Staff services – 4/5

Location – It is near Dang Wangi area (if you are familiar with Heritage Row / Sheraton Imperial), this hotel is very nearby. There are many good cafes (including the famous Yuk Kee) around but can be crowded during weekend (you may want to make booking or go earlier)

Lobby – Classy, urban and the first thing that catch my attention was the light bulbs.

But even before that, I do find their building façade architecture to be very fascinating. The combination of brick and wood panels (I guess that is what it is) gave a very raw but down to earth feel. The way the panels were angled are as though simulating the opening of the 2nd level window of shop houses in the olden days.

Check in / Check out process – Professionally done like any 5 star hotel would

Staff – Generally friendly. But I can also sense the tiredness in the staff especially the concierge officer who helped me with the carpark. It was a busy weekend for them though with the reopening.

The room – It is a compact room with no space wasted in its design. Particularly like the sink and the oval mirror. The room has all amenities as per a 5 stars hotel.

The room is pretty urban looking despite being a business class hotel. Plus, it is comfortable and clean. The giant photo of the old Jalan Kamunting area is certainly a very nice touch.

Hotel parking – The parking is very different than what you can find in any other hotels (possibly due to the space available). This is the first time where I have to drive my car into a giant lift to get to the parking lots. The lift can only be unlocked by their staff so it can be a bit inconvenient especially when their staff is busy. But be patient, someone will attend to you.


Last stayed in September 2020

Type of room stayed in: City Room

Value – 4.5/5
Cleanliness – 4.5/5
Ambiance – 5/5
Staff services – 4/5

Location – Surrounding area is definitely is very convenient with the shopping malls, F&B outlets (especially at Jalan Imbi area) and the public transport network. If you are driving there, you may miss the turning into the hotel (it can be hard to spot especially at night), best for you to use Waze of Google Map.

Lobby – Compact, cosy that has a cafe right next to it. Very homely feel once you step into it.

Check in / Check out process – No frills, very quickly done.

Staff – Warm and friendly

The room – All along the way to the room, you will find mural of iconic items that may remind of your childhood especially if you are 70s to 90s babies. And the room, I like the cyan colour theme that they used. Plus, the combo between the wood with metal in the material choice is tastefully done. The fittings are simple but yet workable. The light positioning is also prefect for me in setting the right ambiance.

Their bathroom metal cyan door with the tiles choice looks appealing. Oh, their free mini bar came with snacks of my childhood days too which is another win-over. 🙂 It is perfect getaway room for me. I can definitely stay inside the room without getting out the whole day.

If I have to nitpick, it will be the headboard, a bit too bulky to lean back comfortably.

Hotel F&B – I ate my breakfast and lunch here at Monroe. Simple menu but the food and coffee is delicious. I particularly enjoy the coffee added with coconut water.

Hotel facilities – They have a mid size swimming pool (wanted to go but not enough time) and while having my breakfast, also saw yoga session at the studio across that public can pre-register and join.

Hotel parking – There is a basement parking but do drive slow due to the narrow way.

Four Points Chinatown

Last stayed in Dec 2020

Type of room stayed in: Deluxe King Room

Value – 4/5
Cleanliness – 4.5/5
Ambiance – 4/5
Staff services – 4/5

Location – Very convenient to find food. A lot of good eateries and bar surrounding (do check out PM150 and Hungry Tapir). On weekend, most of the cafes are packed.

Within walking distance, you can head to Kwai Chai Hong, Petaling Street or Dataran Merdeka. I feel the whole surrounding area is fill with a lot of history that is worth looking into it.

Lobby – The lobby is located at 7th floor. The general hotel aesthetic is blending in Chinese olden days design element with a modern twist. I do feel it works.

Staff – Friendly in a very corporate way (nothing bad in that though)

Check in / Check out process – It is fast and hassle free

The room – The design is very much a business hotel. Even the layout is pretty much standard with what you can find in a typical hotel. I did wish they would have extend the lobby aesthetic to the room as well. The only nice touch I feel in the room was the printed mural of the olden days shophouses of this area. Nevertheless, the room is still comfortable, clean and has a relaxing ambiance. 

My room overlook the Chin Woo Stadium as well as the new ultra high tower that is still under construction. (Side tracking, I don’t know why does Malaysia need such a high tower).

Hotel facilities – It has a mid size gym and a well maintained pool. But the facilities can be quite crowded on weekends when they have good occupancy. 

Also, I tried their bar Jann (which has an outdoor seating, at 7th Level). Its cocktail concoction and presentation is quite special. I remember having one that served in a traditional Chinese tea cup; it is a mixture of chrysanthemum tea with white wine primarily. But the price is a bit higher than some of the bars around that area (which are as equally interesting as Jann).

Hotel parking – The hotel do have their own parking but during weekend, it can be packed. There are numerous open air carpark too. Don’t forget to validate your ticket even if you are paying with credit card. 

Corus Paradise Resort Port Dickson

Last stayed in November 2021

Type of room stayed in: Superior Twin Room

Value – 4/5
Cleanliness – 3/5
Ambiance – 3/5
Staff services – 4/5

Location – Among the first few resorts you see once you reach PD. About 2 to 3 kilometres, you reach the town central.

Staff – Friendly in general

Lobby – I am sure it is very grand looking during its heyday (especially with the 2 large flights of stairs overlooking the sea) but currently, it looks desserted. A lot of the glass structures were also not clean. Plants that are dying or already dead. 

Check in / Check out process – It was quick. But the lift to get to guest room was a bit slow and towards the second day, we decided to just walked up the stairs.  We stayed at 9th floor. 🙂 Good exercise.

The room – It is generally clean with strawberry air freshener smell. The tiled flooring look polished in this beige colour toned room. However, when you examine closely on the wall, this resort does looks like it has aged with the various uncleaned marks and the chipped and peeling of the paint. Then, the stains surrounding the bathroom sink and the toilet bowl seat which is pretty yucky looking should have been replaced (at least the toilet seat)

It does have all the amenities like fridge, safe, ironing board, cloths hangar etc. There is no bath robe and hot water though. There are only 2 towels provided with no hand towel or floor mat. (I am sure this is due to them still recovering from the lockdown – cost saving exercise). 

At the end of the room, there is two single chairs with a glass table. It is in working condition despite looking old. 

The room is pretty spacious and it fits two queen size bed, suitable for family with 2 young children.  

And the room overlooking the sea is great; to be able to wake up to that view is rejuvenating! 

Hotel facilities – The swimming pool is huge, one adult pool and one children pool with 2 water slides. Children would love it but it is pretty packed during the weekend. 

It also connected to a beach (pretty clean) with water sports facilities e.g banana boat, jet ski etc and a lagoon (unsure whether it is man made or natural). However, just be careful of sandflies. There are quite many of them and they will bite.

Hotel parking – ample parking space (outdoor) but very dark at night and a bit dangerous for pedestrian. 

Chow Kit – An Ormond Hotel

Last stayed in October 2021

Type of room stayed in: The Den

Value – 5/5 (also due to the Stay & Dine promo that they ran). Without that, it is 4/5. 
Cleanliness – 4/5
Ambiance – 4/5 (this would be higher if only our room came with a window overlooking the street but they ran out of such room during our stay)
Staff services – 4.5/5

Location – Within walking distance to Quill City Mall and Heritage Row which you can find good F&B outlets (do try out Joloko, Caribbean cuisine about 20 mins walk from the hotel). Nearby, there is monorail station (with covered walkway).

Lobby – All great hotels have their signature smell and they do. I cannot determine what smell it is but it is definitely a very nice floral smell. The reception area is smallish but suffice to handle the flow. It also has a waiting area at the end of the hall with The Chow Kit Bar and Kitchen on the left. 

Check in / Check out process – They were very busy on the day that I arrived but the receptionist was very calm and handle it very patiently and well.

Staff – They have great hospitality overall.

The staff at Chow Kit Kitchen and Bar were also very friendly and definitely know the menu well who can recommend to you on the food, the cocktail and the good proportion. 

Then, I remembered that we were locked out from our room due to late checkout and our keycard wasn’t working. Then a lady (whom we didn’t know was in the housekeeping department) who saw us in frustration mode came to offer her help. 

The room – I guess I would describe the room as having a very Asian feel to it (except the bathroom, very modern looking). It has comfy bed and pillow coupled with the dimmable light which is a nice touch as you can adjust the room ambiance to your liking. It has an open clothes rack attached with the amenities table (a nice looking workable design). 

But the room that I get has window that look at the next building wall and it is very near to us. It does make it feel a bit claustrophobic.

Generally, the room is clean and well maintained. 

Hotel parking – they do have their own parking but I do feel it is very limited. By the time I arrived, we took the last spot already.  

Hotel F&B – The Chow Kit Kitchen and Bar serve great food with great cocktail. And as mentioned, very importantly, they have very nice, cheerful and approachable staff. 

Hotel Penaga

Last stayed in November 2021

Type of room stayed in: Clarke Terrace House

Value – 3.5/5
Cleanliness – 3/5
Ambiance – 3/5
Staff services – 4/5

Location – It is in Georgetown and very centralised. Also within walking distance to Penang Road and Chowrasta Market

Lobby – They have a very nice looking lobby and the feel is very comforting. It is an old restored historical building but beautifully done up.

Check in / Check out process – Quick and efficient 

Staff – Friendly and nice

The room – I wish I can say the same about the room as I have with the Lobby. 

The suite has a living room, a kitchen area, an outdoor jacuzzi area (which we do not know how to operate) at the ground floor and the second level with two rooms (one twin room and 1 double bedroom). These suites are refurbished from the old shop lot and certainly has a lot of history to it. A lot of the design and finishing also reflect that including the cabinet, TV rack, sofa and right down to the switches. Certainly a lot of thought has been given to the design concept on how to fuse the old with the new and make it works. It reminds me of my late grandmother house Alor Setar, Kedah.

Unfortunately, after MCO, you can see that it didn’t weather through the economy downturn that the country has suffered. The suite did look run down with a lot of the items either spoilt, broken or not in good working conditions e.g. loose toilet seat, water taps that came off, broken shower head, unpolished tiles floor, cabinet shelves which the wood is coming off etc.

Generally, it is clean but because of the not well maintain conditions, it doesn’t give the full assurance of its hygiene level.

Hotel facilities – The room does comes with an outdoor jacuzzi and we tried to make it work but couldn’t. It also looks as though that it has not been used for a while.

Hotel parking – There is no attached parking to it. You have to park at lots available at the surrounding streets. And you have to pay for the parking from Monday to Saturday starting from 8am to 6pm. You can do that easily via the Penang Smart Parking app.

Empire Hotel Subang

Last stayed in May 2021

Type of room stayed in: Premier Essential Plus

Value – 4/5
Cleanliness – 3.5/5
Ambiance – 3.5/5
Staff services – 4/5

Location – Empire Gallery, a shopping centre is attached to the hotel and it is very convenient to get anything you want. Also, it has many choice of F&B outlets in that shopping centre. If you feel adventurous, you can go across to SS15 to get Chinese hawker food.

Lobby – I find it a bit difficult to navigate to the hotel lobby from the shopping centre despite the signages. Once arrived, it does give me the deserted feeling. The high ceiling does give it a grandeur feel but due to energy saving (I guess), a lot of the light is not on and it can be a bit too dim (and eerie) for some. Can’t help to feel that they are really trying their best to survive through this pandemic.

Staff – Doing their best that they can.

Check in / Check out process – Smooth flowing with no hassle. Also the time that I went, it was a bit quiet so it was fast. 

The room – I got an upgraded room where it has a nice living room (with a sofa and a 3 seater table) attached to it. I basically went to the supermarket at the shopping centre, got various ham and cheese with a can of beer and that was my dinner.

The longish layout bathroom is designed as the separator between the living room and the bedroom. It is spacious. The view is city / highway view so nothing to shout about. It has all the complete necessary amenities that you can find in any 4 to 5 stars hotel.  

But the furniture and the flooring did show some sign of aging.

Hotel parking – As it is attached to the shopping centre, there is ample parking available. However, I still need to take manual ticket so it can be validated and I can’t pay by Touch & Go (as that can’t be validated and it will be counted per hourly basis).  

Tian Jing

Last stayed in April 2021

Type of room stayed in: Deluxe Twin Room with balcony

Value – 4/5
Cleanliness – 5/5
Ambiance – 4.5/5
Staff services – 4/5

Location – The location has so much potential. Can easily find unique cafes and bars around (which all serves good food). Also within walking distance to Petaling Street, Dataran Merdeka and RexKL. Don’t forget Kwai Chai Hong too.

Lobby – The lobby is also Lim Kee café that serve nice coffee and kopitiam food (I like the Blood Moon, the coffee mocktail). 

Check in / Check out process – Easy and quick. No frills. 

Staff – Great and very friendly

The Room – You will walk through a very nice walkway even before reaching the room. Once you are in, you have the two beds on your left with the amenities on the right. Then comes the balcony in which it is a unique point because it also where the bathroom is; it is an open shower (don’t worry you can’t see to other room). 

The room is very clean and well maintained. Mostly cement and wood finishing / furnishing that give you the old China house feel. Even the bed are those old wooden type with a four corner frame that hangs the mosquito netting. 

Hotel parking – there is no parking attached to the hotel. You have to park at numerous open air carpark and walk. Or come with MRT (Pasar Seni station, about 15 mins walk)

Hotel F&B – you have Lim Kee Café (which is also the lobby of the hotel) which serve kopitiam food. But then again, surrounding area is a food haven and certainly won’t starve. 

VE Hotel & residences

Last stayed in May 2021

Type of room stayed in: Deluxe Suite (I got my room upgraded)

Value – 4/5
Cleanliness – 4.5/5
Ambiance – 4/5
Staff services – 4/5

Location – It is attached to Bangsar Nexus with various F&B outlets (but nothing much to shop). If you walk down the road, you can get local Malay hawker food too.

Lobby – A very big and spacious lobby. Brightly lit but felt a bit loss when I first enter.

Check in / Check out process – Fast and efficient

Staff – They were busy but yet always maintain a smile.

The room – It is a modern business class hotel. It is comfortable with good ambiance. This upgraded room that I stayed in also has a small designated work area over looking the city view (which also has a sliding door for some privacy).

The room uses a lot of wood finishing with timbre strip flooring. The bath room is slightly longish with good finishing (and it is clean more importantly).

The room is pretty spacious too cos I remember there were 4 of us playing uno on the table that was available at the side of the bed and it can fit us nicely.

Hotel facilities – They have an infinity pool for the adult and a smaller one for children.

Hotel parking – As the hotel is also attached to a residential and office complex, I was a bit lost trying to park at the right part so I can head to the lobby fast. However, I failed and still have to walk to find my way there.

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