Two separate six and a half hour flights took me, over thunder storms and sunsets, to Malaysia. I won;t lie, I spent the entire second flight in the handbag of doom, worrying about the coronavirus. What would I do if I wasn’t allowed to go out and explore; would I have a room with a nice view so I could people watch instead. Off the airplane I passed the thermal imaging scanner (yes, I’m still cold blooded) on the way to get my passport stamped.
Then it was off to my hotel in a technicoloured minivan. Some great advice I received from the company I used was to stay inside the airport and allow the driver to come to me and tell me where I was going. There have been a few cases of fake drivers charging extortionate amounts to tourists for transfers they have already paid for. I had a scenic hour long drive through the Malaysian countryside to Kuala Lumpur. Having done very little research into my destination I had no idea what to expect, so decided to enjoy the scenery as I passed by.
The Parkroyal is a five star which is located in Bukit Bintang; a lively part of the city. 21 stories high and a modern interior had me pleasantly surprised, especially with the water fountains in the lobby. The hotel had lots of very helpful staff, including one who took my temperature to make sure I was healthy enough to enter the hotel (Luckily I was!).
The hotel has several eateries including; Chatz Brasserie, Hot Gossip Café, Kurata Japanese Fine Dining and Klix Lounge. Each morning there is a breakfast buffet on the lower ground floor. It had everything I could think of eating and more. The only thing which I found to be missing was information whether the food was vegetarian or not. This would have been really helpful to know as I was not sure about some of the Asian breakfast foods available.
My room was on the 15th floor and was very spacious. I had a huge king size bed to myself which came with a beautiful view of the cities skyline; the perfect place to watch the sunrise. The hotel provided free bottled water, something which was needed after a day of exploring in the hot weather. A free safe was also included, this proved very useful as I was able to hide inside whilst my photographer visited Jalan Alor Street (crowds scare me, so I gave my photographer a night off). There was also a lot of safety information in the room which was very helpful as it was my first time in the city.
The room also had a full sized bath, surprisingly for a hot country I used it a lot to relax after a lot of walking. The room also came with a kettle. The one thing which surprised me most was how quiet the room itself was, I slept soundly and heard nothing. A pleasant surprise given I was staying in a room near the lifts and was also overlooking a very busy road.
The pool on the 6th floor comes with great views of the skyline, especially at night. While I didn’t have enough time in KL to enjoy the swimming pool, I made the effort to enjoy the view of the Petronas Towers (well one of them!).
In Bukit Bintang, close to many delilcious eateries and lots of shopping. The hotel is a stones throw from the Sungei Wang plaza shopping centre and Lot 10. It is also only a 10 minute walk to Bukit Bintang street and the famous Jalan Alor Food Street. There are monorail and underground stops close to the hotel too, which is useful for getting around in the hot Malaysian weather. The hotel was also a 30 minute walk up to the Petronas Towers and KLCC park.
For me, I found it to be far enough out of the way of the busy streets, whilst also being close enough to many of the main sites. The street outside the hotel was well lit and always had police or other people walking so I felt quite safe when out and about. Though KL is a city where you need to be vigilant with personal safety, I did see a few humans trying to sell iPhone’s which they had just stolen. The hotel is a great base for any visit to KL for anyone who wishes to have a calm stay in luxury when in a busy city.
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