Last week I attended an annual dinner event organized by one of the Engineering institutions branch in this country that bring members from various industries (naval, marine, and all in between!) to celebrate the yearly gathering. It was my first, as last year I'm unable to join due to the other family commitment that occurred on the same date. But this time I took the chance to participate - despite it was actually very ad hoc as I got the invitation quite late i.e. almost midweek, and I had to rearrange my weekend schedule just for this event.
Since the dinner was on Saturday nite, I thought there's no way I could return home very late as it was more than 200 km away between both venues (my home and the hotel). Therefore, the right decision to take is to book a nite stay at the same hotel where the event was organized. And there I was, a couple of days before, eagerly anticipated for a good deal when I browsed thru the websites that indicate the stay there.
Surprisingly, the best deal is none other than the hotel's official website as it gave the cheapest (than thru Agoda). And bam! My hotel's booked. On that Saturday, I packed my stuff and head on to the capital city for a weekend away from home. It was pretty easy to find the location coz I'm way too familiar with the location. It was always on my route whenever I went to Pavilion KL or taking a turn towards KLCC - so, it's not that puzzling. Its architecture is too prominent, by which somehow I had a secret wish that one day I would stay at this hotel myself.
Well, I just did. I got to stay at The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
I got an 'Apartment' type. Upon entering the room, it was a surprise to see a kitchenette at the hallway. The room is quite ok, a good interpretation of a 'studio apartment' style instead.
Something that I truly adore upon seeing the bed is this one: the padded bedhead that looks so luxe. Very royal!
Did you see what I see? The lamp stands were in the shape of labu sayong. How pretty traditional-influenced! (labu sayong is always associated with Perak's indigenous local produce)
Something small, but very relevant - if other hotels I stayed usually put 'One Touch Service' button on the phone, The Royale Chulan make it extra special by calling it 'Royale Touch'. Now I'm feeling regal!
Fantastic labu sayong inspired wall lamp.
The kitchenette, complete with a hot plate for you to do a proper cooking, and a big fridge to store your groceries. And oh, there's a microwave too in case you just wanna heat up your meal. How awesome! (sadly, I'm there just for a nite... no time to cook!)
Even the door signs are in the shape of labu sayong...
The bathroom was ok, though I'm expecting a bath tub in there. But hey, I'm not complaining when I got a proper rainshower in there...
Man in black. Leather tee + asymmetric biker sweatshirt + cropped jogger.
Something surprising was that the closet can actually be accessed from both direction - from the bed side and from the bathroom. So, better don't stay here with the family coz someone can see your 'business' you're doing in there...!
I love the hallway. This one looks very understated classic luxury.
The hotel architecture boasts the look of a traditional Malay palace. Quite a grandeur facade...
One of it numerous sitting areas in the lobby. The lobby was quite massive - but unfortunately I've forgotten to snap any.
The breakfast at its Warisan Cafe. Something I found so interesting was how the nasi lemak was being presented: it's in a proper pyramidal shape banana leaves wrap. (Something quite similar at Hotel Istana too).
The roti canai was quite ok, and the best thing - they got selections of roti canai which include the roti telur! And, the waffle is the best compared to Impiana Hotel.
Oh, should I tell that I had breakfast with a celebrity that morning? It was Datuk Syeikh Muzaffar - the Malaysian astronaut. Ok fine, that's not the whole truth. He and his family were actually sitting behind my table - so, technically we're having the breakfast in the same cafe lah. Ha!
Anyway. The room that I had was quite fortunate coz I can still view the Petronas Twin Tower. Probably in a couple of years if I stayed in the same room, it might be obstructed with the upcoming Harrods Hotel, that will be built just beside The Royale Chulan. (which by that, I might change hotel then...).