Parting the drapes on our suite, the sparkling lights of early evening Kuala Lumpur greeted us on our first day in the city. We were on the second leg of our Beach Hop Asia 2016 tour and KL was the next destination on our list. This place has always been one of our favorites in Asia and the view from our room gave us an entirely new way of looking at it.
Leaving Melaka by bus, we arrived at the Sheraton Imperial via the KL monorail. The hotel sits right across the train station, so even if it was raining, getting to the hotel was no problem at all.
|SHERATON IMPERIAL’S POSH LOBBY|
Courteous staff greeted us at the lobby, helping us with our backpacks, something the hotel probably hasn’t seen a lot of. Sheraton, being a five-star hotel, is probably more used to crisply suited business travelers than t-shirt clad backpackers. Still, we were treated as if we were wearing three-piece suits and flowing dresses.
|STYLISH WORKSTATION AT THE GROUND FLOOR|
We were quite tired from our journey from Melaka, having had no luck flagging a bus to their central bus terminal (forcing us to walk the two-kilometer road from The Pines Melaka with our heavy backpacks on), and we wanted nothing more than to go straight to our suite and flop down on the bed.
|THE EXECUTIVE LOUNGE|
|DELICIOUS BITE-SIZED SNACKS|
But it seemed that our room comes with free access to Sheraton’s Club Lounge, their version of the executive lounge, where snacks and beverages are being served all day round. We were, of course, famished, and the call of food weighed more than the call for rest.
With our bags carted to our room, we proceeded to the lounge where bite-sized snacks, freshly squeezed fruit juices and cold beer awaited us. Seating ourselves near the window, we watched the Menara KL Tower loom above Kuala Lumpur as soft rain patter on the glass.
|SHERATON CLUB SUITE, OUR ROOM FOR A NIGHT IN KUALA LUMPUR|
We relaxed a bit and waited for the twilight before proceeding to our suite. Oh yes, we were billeted on their Sheraton Club Suite at the 32nd floor and it was more than spacious!
|KING-SIZED BED AND PLUSH SOFA|
It has its own living room with an office nook, a powder room for guests, a walk-in closet and, of course, a bedroom with a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur with its very own toilet and bath. The usual amenities were present; big-ass flatscreen cable televisions (for the living room and bedroom), mini bar, coffee and tea-making facilities, electronic safe, and superfast and absolutely free wi-fi.
|SPACIOUS WALK-IN CLOSET WITH SAFE AND IRONING BOARD|
Booking this room apparently has additional benefits aside from the use of the executive suite, like, free laundry (which we definitely needed!) and evening cocktails (which we also definitely needed!).
|TOILET AND BATH WITH BATHTUB|
Since I favor modern minimalist design over opulent ones, Sheraton’s room design seemed a bit too classical and oriental for me. But that didn’t stop me from appreciating our room though; the view of the city from our window was enough to bowl me over.
|PERSONALIZED LAKSA FROM THE NOODLES & SOUP CORNER|
The next day found us at the Essence, the hotel’s in-house restaurant at the ground floor, for the complimentary breakfast buffet that comes with a stay at the Sheraton. With the variety of selections from traditional Malaysian dishes to Western favorites, this is probably one of the best breakfast spread I’ve tried in KL.
|KOPI AIS, BACON, SAUSAGES, MINI BURGERS AND FRIED RICE, ALL FOR ME|
Besides having bacons (beef, since this is a halal restaurant), guests are allowed to order drinks at no additional charges. I requested for kopi ais (iced coffee with sweet milk) with no hesitation and got a legit version of our favorite Malaysian drink.
|SHERATON IMPERIAL’S GRAND STAIRCASE|
After almost a year, it was really nice to be back in Kuala Lumpur. And this time, staying at Sheraton Imperial Hotel, it couldn’t be a more perfect comeback.
* BIG THANKS TO SHERATON IMPERIAL FOR HOSTING OUR STAY AT KUALA LUMPUR
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Address: Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact Number: (603) 2717-9900
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