One of the few things Jien and I enjoy doing is going for staycations within the city as it allows us to relax and recharge from our hectic schedules. Since travelling outside of the country comes with a whole lot of hassle, we decided local hotel staycations are best suited for us at the moment.
Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara may just be 10 minutes away from where we live but being able to relax in a different environment does help improve our mood (and mental health). We checked into the Opera Suite for two nights – a luxurious 105sqm space with a separate master bedroom, dining area and lounge (living area).
The hotel is connected to DC Mall and is just 5 minutes away from the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station so it’s convenient to get around. With 5 dining options to consider (Wan Chun Ting, Kwee Zeen, Nizza, Le Bar and Pool Bar), you are further spoilt for choice with more dining options at the mall, should you choose to venture out.
As Jien and I checked in end of December 2021, the property is in the midst of resuming business as usual post-pandemic so Club Millésime wasn’t available for us to enjoy evening cocktails during our stay. I believe the club lounge’s renovation will be completed by February 2022; something you might want to take note of (or check with the hotel) if you’re planning to book the suite with club lounge access.
That aside, all of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara’s F&B offerings are available to guests. We dined at Nizza, Sofitel’s Mediterranean restaurant that specialises in French-Italian cuisine. Jien and I loved the BBQ beef short ribs here – tender, fall-of-the-bone meat that paired beautifully with a glass of red wine.
Nizza is also known for its Tomahawk steak, “Café de Paris” style; I didn’t order this but majority of the patrons that night ordered the tomahawk. It arrived in a pushcart, like the Negroni I ordered from Joel John (one of my preferred bartender and old friend). 😊
A good beef tartare isn’t easy to come by these days so for those who are a fan, Nizza does a pretty decent version. The wagyu beef tartare is large enough to be shared between two pax – you might want to ask for more bread to go with this. I did.
I’ve been told Wan Chun Teng serves good Chinese cuisine and now that I’ve tried it for myself, I must concur. The chef originally worked under a Cantonese master at one of my favourite hotel Chinese restaurants in the city centre before becoming the head chef at Wan Chun Teng.
The Peking duck is quite good – carved tableside and served with Chinese pancake slices, scallion and sweet sauce. You can opt to have the remaining duck meat cooked with fried rice or fried noodles – we had noodles. We both like the interior at Wan Chun Teng; high ceiling and a whimsical chandelier as a centrepiece. Private rooms are available if you prefer a more secluded dining experience.
Prior to checking out, we enjoyed a Revitalizing Wellness Bath in our suite, prepared by Sofitel Spa. With your permission, the spa ambassadors will prep the bathtub in your room with the treatment of your choice.
Alternatively, book a massage or treatment package at Sofitel Spa and have their therapist massage your knots and worries away. We did a Hammam bath ritual where the therapists scrubs the body with a Kassa glove and so your skin feels refreshed, cleaner and smoother.
Occupancy was picking up when Jien and I checked into Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara last month. If you’re planning your staycay, it’s best to book ahead. At the moment, the staycation package with F&B credit starts from RM388 per night. Also, parking charges apply even if you’re a hotel guest — apparently the carpark is operated by a different management but for guests of the hotel, there is a discounted rate.
*This review was done in collaboration with Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara.
Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
No 6, Jalan Damanlela,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 03-2720 6688