When I travel on business, the hotels I stay at are mostly good in terms of location, convenience and comfort. They are often conventional which I don’t mind since it’s a work trip, but every now and then, it’s good to check out a hotel that is young, vibrant and full of life. Like Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, which rif and I stayed at for the weekend.
Aloft is a brand of hotels under the Starwood Group, said to be “a vision of W Hotels” and Kuala Lumpur’s Aloft is said the largest Aloft Hotel in the world. It is home to 482 rooms and suites, and just a few steps away from the bustling Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station.
The lobby is a vibrant mix of colours and shapes – the aloha desk at the reception is designed to resemble a DJ console bar and the lobby (re:mix) is bright and bold to give the hotel a burst of energy. Then there’s W XYZ Bar which I had the pleasure of throwing my blog giveaway launch, a work station and re:fuel, a grab n’go café with treats to curb your hunger pangs at night.
Our room was bright, spacious and full of natural light, with a plush king bed and work space with high speed internet access and enough plug points to support your electronics. I like how the hotel is fun, yet tailors to a business traveller’s needs at the same time.
Room amenities are basic but sufficient – there’s the usual coffee and tea making facilities, in-room safe and toiletries for a comfortable stay. One thing I’ve learnt from business travels – it doesn’t matter if a (business hotel) room has all the frills, because most work travellers won’t have time to enjoy them. #truestory
One of the things I enjoyed most about Aloft is the breakfast. The spread has almost all my favourite breakfast items – rich and cheesy eggs casserole, baked mac & cheese, chocolate pastries and all the makings of a good breakfast by my books. And they have fruitloops! Not many hotels have that — they usually offer the wholegrain stuff which are often tasteless and dry.
The pool (with salted water) offers one of the nicest views of the city skyline at the moment and I love that the hotel focuses on little details. Like staff going around the poolside offering guests cold bottles of water and ais krim potong (popsicles) to cool down from the heat.
Come night time, Mai Bar gets pretty packed with the happy hour crowd. It’s hard to blame them as the view from the bar/pool is really quite something. I wouldn’t mind popping by to watch the sunset.
Nook also serves daily lunch and dinner buffet as well as a la carte options, and their local food offerings are quite good. The nasi lemak with wagyu beef rendang features tender chunks of beef in a rich and spicy gravy, coconut milk infused rice and a sweet yet fiery sambal. Also worth checking out is the Sarawak Laksa, served with prawns, egg strips and shredded chicken for hearty meal. Because of the hotel’s location, it gets pretty packed during dinner. So do call ahead to book a seat if you’re planning to head over for a meal at Nook.
Our stay at Aloft was pleasant. It allowed us to recharge from a stressful week and take full advantage of the hotel’s facilities and strategic location. Nu Sentral is adjacent to the property so there’s plenty to see and shop while you’re there.
I reckon this hotel is great for business travellers and savvy tourists, as the amenities are catered to offer guests a comfortable and customised stay. It’s a hotel that keeps up with time. :) For more information on Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, check out their official site here.
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