Monday, January 2, 2012

Hotel Review: JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur

We stayed in the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur for 2 nights.  We were quite impressed with the hotel and would recommend it to anyone.

The hotel is in a great location.  It is a short 5-minute walk to the monorail (although the monorail can be a slightly confusing way of getting around town).  The doorman is very helpful in tracking down a taxi and fare is quite cheap in KL.  The hotel sits on the busy Bukit Bintang, which is the name of the shopping and entertainment district of Kuala Lumpur.  It is home to many landmark shopping centers, al-fresco cafes, bars, night markets and street vendors.  It’s a very popular area for tourists and locals.  The hotel itself is attached to the Starhill Gallery shopping center, which is a very high end mall featuring the world’s known designers.  Other landmarks, such as the Petronas Towers, are a short 10-15 minute walk.

The hotel itself is very luxurious with marble and chandeliers found throughout the lobby.  The check-in process was simple with a very good English speaking staff.  We never had to wait to be helped as the hotel was sufficiently staffed. 

The rooms were very spacious with extra high ceilings.  The bathroom we also large and well stocked.  There was also plenty of free drinking water, coffee, and tea.  We also had fresh fruit, daily newspaper and free Internet in our room.

There is also a great outdoor pool at this hotel.  We found it very refreshing after warm, sweaty days in KL.  The gym was probably the most spacious, well-equipped gym we’ve found at any hotel.

We also enjoyed dinner at Shook.  Found at the ground floor of the Starhill Gallery shopping center, Shook is a beautiful restaurant that has a huge menu offering Italian, Grill, Japanese or Chinese cuisine.  If you choose Sea Bass, they have 4-5 ways to prepare it.  It was a great restaurant and was very reasonably priced.  Shook also handles the hotel breakfast.  We didn’t try breakfast at Shook, but noticed that it was very good reviews.

We were quite jet-lagged and only stayed in KL as a stop over before heading to Phuket.  We didn’t do a lot while there, but did visit the Petronas Towers and the gardens surrounding The Towers.  KL also is home to one of the most beautiful airports in the world offering regular train service from the airport to the center of KL. We would like to go back and found that KL has a good mix of feeling like a modern Asian city while still feeling somewhat exotic.  It hasn’t been homogenized the way Singapore has.
Gardens Surrounding Petronas Towers

Shook Restaurant Kuala Lumpur

Shook Restaurant

KL Airport

KL Airport

View from work out area of JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur

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