Sunday, 13 July 2014

Hotel review: Doubletree Hilton, KL

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Each year, hubby and I will plan for several staycations for the family - just short 1-2 nights stay at a nice hotel somewhere in KL or PJ.  We enjoyed these breaks as it doesn't involve long outstation drive and I don't have to tax my braincells about all the things that need to be packed.  Forgot something?  Home is just 10 minutes away! 

We recently had a very pleasant staycation at Doubletree Hilton at the Intermark KL.  Since we can get 50% off the rates with our Hilton Priviledge card, we decided to splurge and booked a Executive Suite - which comes with access to the executive lounge and a much bigger room. 

Upon checking in, we adjourned to the 35th floor where the club lounge is, to enjoy their famous monster cookie and complimentary hot drinks and taking in the bird's eye view of the city skyline.  My son and I enjoyed the chewy cookie that's freshly baked daily and chock full of hazelnuts and chocolate chips.   

Our suite was on the 28th floor.  It has a separate living room and study area and the bathroom has separate toilet cubicle, a bathtub and standing shower.  All these extra space made a big difference - no need to cram into a standard size room. 

After a quick freshen up, it was time for the pool. 


I've always prefer hotels with a rectangular pool instead of those peanut snakey pool - the former is so much better for good swim. The kids enjoyed splashing at the children pool.

By the time we exhausted ourself at the pool, it's time for evening cocktails at the club lounge.  There were plenty of light bites, alcohol - beer and wine, fruits, and hot drinks available.  Needless to say, we chomped down quite a bit and totally spoilt our dinner plans.

Quite a good spread of light bites at the club lounge


Nice touches from a premium hotel - welcome and turn down sweet treats. 
My favourite pandan dodol, gourmet chocolates and fruits

The lobby had a bookcase of various reading materials on loan for guests
- this was a great idea and my son found many books that he enjoyed reading. 
In fact, this was one of the more memorable aspects of the hotel stay
for my son.

The next day, we took the opportunity to check out Intermark's famous Jaya Grocer - they had an extensive selection of Western ingredients.  I was so
tempted to buy buy buy!
We had lunch at Menya Mushashi - they have great set lunch deals and the
three of us shared one set and there was plenty to go around.

On our second day lunch, we deciced to check out Tosca
- Hilton's poolside Italian restaurant.  I thought their set
lunch deal was very good value. 

Look at how much bread they gave us, and the cute kiddy lunch utensils. 
My 7 year old politely declined :)) and so we passed it to my baby girl
to play (minus the knife of course).

You'd probably be asking - where's the writeup on breakfast?  Well, that's the only damper to an overall very pleasant stay.  Breakfast at Makan Kitchen was quite a disappointment.  I thought the food selection and quality was way below that of a Hilton standard; and certainly pale in comparison to other 5 star hotels in town.  In fact, I've had better food in some 3+ star hotels.  Hence, the absence of any breakfast photos :P

1 comment:

  1. We've stayed here several times in the past, really nice hotel. Plus now Intermark's got a really good food selection downstairs. Their signature cookie is so yummy, kids love it.


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