Kuala Lumpur has plenty to offer, from places to eat, sights to see and cultures to experience. I recently participated in Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur’s #1HourGem, which allows guest to document their vacation and share their experiences on social media – while tagging the hotel with #1HourGem.
Our Sheraton experience began as soon as we checked in; our suite was spacious and equipped with an entertainment system, luxurious jacuzzi and a separate work station for business matters. Part of the suite room benefits include access to the club lounge – a luxury I’ve grown to enjoy when I started travelling extensively for work.
Dining options are aplenty at the hotel but if you’re adventurous enough, there are plenty of options to check out within a short distance from Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur. Just a short walk away is the famous Coliseum Café, an institution on its own and a legendary spot in Kuala Lumpur for old-school steaks and chicken chop.
A few doors away is the famous nasi kandar stretch – one of the must-try things if you’re visiting Malaysia. Here, you get the best of Malay and Indian flavours as the curries are robustly flavoured and delicious with steamed white rice. Take your pick from the variety of dishes available (chicken, fish, mutton, squid and prawns) and don’t forget that frothy cup of teh tarik while you’re at it.
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman is also where the original chilli pan mee is, and while they now have several branches in Klang Valley, I like going back to the main outlet when I’m in the area. Across the road from the nasi kandar and Coliseum Café is a row of stalls and shops selling batik and kebaya. This is where your bargaining skills come in – to haggle for the best price.
A tip: Don’t pay more than RM150 for a top and if you’re getting cotton batik, it shouldn’t cost more than RM50.
Across the street from Toastina Café & Bar are bars, cafés and restaurants under The Row KL. Enjoy drinks at Timbre on a chillout Saturday night or tuck into Nyonya cuisine at LimaPulo. Or walk up the road and check out Yut Kee for local, unpretentious fare. If you want Malaysian cuisine, they have plenty under one roof!
For those craving Italian, Villa Danieli at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur offers authentic Italian fare in trattoria-style décor. Expect flavours of the month paired with fine wines – try their house special pastas and wood-oven pizza.
Toastina Café & Bar has a pairing menu where guests can order from six tapas dishes and have them paired with craft beers or wines. You get a choice of fried chicken wings with cheese dip, air-dried beef with fresh figs, baby lamb ribs soup, spicy sardine on toast, cod fish fritters and heirloom tomato salad. I enjoyed the soup, sardine on toast and fish fritters best.
We tucked into a sumptuous brunch of dim sum at Celestial Court on Sunday – a real treat where you get to order whatever you like from the ala carte menu and have your dim sum paired with wines or beer if you like.
Just like that, our weekend at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur came to an end. It’s been fun exploring what’s around the hotel and the within the property itself, and I hope you’ll find this helpful should you plan to stay in Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur.
Don’t forget to hashtag #1HourGem (details here) so we can follow your adventure and live vicariously through your photos!
For those of you who find packing a chore, Sheraton has a PackPoint app that is designed to help you pack for your trip with ease. Download the app and key in your travel dates and location – you’ll get to customise your packing list before you start packing. Happy travels! :)