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May 22 2015

PARKROYAL Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant city drawing business and leisure travelers to the busiest location in Malaysia. While Penang, and especially Georgetown, has become a boutique hotel fanatic’s paradise, the capital city maintains a metropolitan feel with the famous Petronas Towers, massive underground shopping centers and bustling nightlife. When selecting a hotel here, visitors will be faced with plenty of options at different price points and in different locations. We chose to stay close to the downtown area at the PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur.

The Rooms

We were exhausted and appreciated the painless check-in and friendly staff. As soon as the busboy dropped off our luggage, we flopped onto the comfortable bed and decided not to leave until after dinner. When we did venture out, we returned to find lovely chocolates left on our beds for turndown service.

Because we were working after all, we were pleased to find a spacious desk placed near the window. The room was comfortable and clean and the bathroom had plenty of room, too.

The Food

From our large window, we could see huge murals painted on the sides of smaller buildings that bordered a side road. We watched the clouds change colors as a storm came in and enjoyed the view from our room as we ate our room service pizza. The food arrived quickly and was really good for hotel pizza in Southeast Asia.

Breakfast for all guests is served on the first level in a large restaurant, buffet style. We chose to enjoy breakfast in the Orchid Club Lounge instead. For those who want to avoid that crowd or need an afternoon caffeine fix, a cute little coffee shop, Hot Gossip, is also on the lobby level. It is yet another ideal location on the property for a quick business meeting.

The Lounge in the main lobby hosts live music on some nights and what seems like a lively happy hour. The large, modern lobby is spacious and grand, but the Lounge itself was comfortable.

The Orchid Club Level

A haven for business travelers to Kuala Lumpur, the PARKROYAL’s Orchid Club business floor offers quick check-in, afternoon hors d’oeuvres and cocktails that border on an entire meal, a quieter, more intimate breakfast area and a few computers for guest use. The rooms occupy a separate floor reserved only for guests who have selected the business option. We didn’t hear a single sound on this floor during our stay which supported a great night’s sleep.

From 6-7:30 in the Club Lounge, we dined on an impressive complimentary spread of cheese, meats, pastas, fruit, kabobs, wine and beer. The private lounge has windows on three sides, TV nooks where you can catch up on international news and tables big and small that make ideal settings for quick afternoon meetings.

Breakfast in the Lounge was great as well. There was a small buffet (but still with plenty choice) along with made to order hot items. I tried the traditional Malaysian breakfast Nasi Lemak and loved it! It was perfectly spicy and I can see why this is one of the most popular comfort foods with the locals.

The Spa

The Spa at the Park Royal Hotel focuses on quick treatments that could easily be fit into a busy schedule. The small facility is run by incredibly friendly and welcoming staff. We were invited to take a seat upon arrival and asked to pick a flavor tea and a type of oil. Eric and I both experienced an oil massage.

Perhaps because the spa does seem to be geared towards people in a hurry, I set my expectations pretty low. But the treatment room itself was simple, pretty and relaxing. The masseuse was professional and the massage was wonderful. The bed was even covered with a heating blanket that made not relaxing an impossibility. The spa even offers a jet lag treatment, so if you can fit it in, I highly recommend making an appointment.

Discerning business travelers looking for a convenient home base with several setting to meet with colleagues and clients should add the Park Royal Hotel to the top of their list. Travelers in town simply to enjoy the city may find the Club Level isn’t necessary, but we enjoyed having a smaller, more intimate breakfast and a quiet place to read and do work in the afternoons outside our room.

Park Royal KL-16

Park Royal KL-15

Quick Tips:

  • Business travelers should definitely stay on the Orchid Club level. Quieter breakfast, work space and speedy check in are ideal
  • Don’t skip the spa, especially if you’re on a stressful or exhausting trip!
  • The Park Royal Hotel is in a great location with food stalls next door and plenty of dining options on site
  • If you are sick of working in your room (and work is what you’re up to) move down to the lounge or the coffee shop for a change of scenery
  • For more info or to make a reservation, visit the Park Royal online.

 

Poplar Travels was a guest of the Park Royal Hotel. our opinion is always our own.

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Evanne Allen
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Evanne co-founded Poplar Travels after quitting her job in Washington, D.C. She got itchy feet at a young age and has never lost the urge to explore the planet. A previous museum employee, she is apt to drag travel partners into several cultural institutions anywhere she goes. She wishes she could speak every language and loves meeting new people.

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  • Excellent review … may consider staying here, especially since KL has some of the most affordable rack rates for 5 star hotels in the world!

    June 1, 2015 at 4:20 am

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