Kuala Lumpur’s latest luxury hotel is perfectly located for business or pleasure and has all the trappings to make for the ultimate pampering experience. No wonder S Puvaneswary checked out from her stay radiant and reinvigorated
Location The St Regis Kuala Lumpur is within walking distance to KL Sentral station, a hub for the city’s three different rail lines including the KLIA Express that travels between both international airports (KLIA and klia2) and KL Sentral station. The hotel also offers shuttle services to the station.
The hotel is located close to the city’s largest park, Perdana Botanical Garden, and Islamic Arts Museum. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the retail offerings of Jalan Bukit Bintang are just 10-15 minute drive away.
Room The hotel has 208 guestrooms range from 63m2 for rooms to 138m2 suites, some of the largest in the city.
I stayed in a one-bedroom suite, which has a large living room, dining table, lounge area and work space. The bedroom comes with a walk-in wardrobe with ample closet and luggage space.
I was impressed by the detail that went into the suite, such as the safe concealed behind wall panelling. It was so well hidden I would not have noticed if my butler, Wan, hadn’t pointed it out.
Facilities The hotel has every facility a bleisure client would require – from a gym and fitness instructor who can help create a personalised programme, to a spa, swimming pool and yoga room.
I thoroughly enjoyed my hour-long foot massage at the spa. The Jacuzzi is also memorable as the water was warm and the jets powerful, just the way I love my hot tub dips.
For meetings, the grand ballroom stands out with its digital canvas of 47 LED screens that surround, enabling organisers to have high impact presentations. This is complemented by 16 versatile meeting rooms.
F&B The hotel offers six dining options. I was impressed by the Japanese restaurant, Taka by Sushi Saito, which features creations of three-star Michelin chef Takashi Saito in his only venture outside of Tokyo. I’ve always been hesitant about Japanese cuisine, but the Tako (octopus dish) and Otoro (tuna belly), the best sushi I’ve ever tasted, changed my mind.
The hotel is also known for afternoon tea at The Drawing Room, featuring cakes and entremets.
At Botero, the sommelier hospitality and ornate ambience cresated by Botero’s 3m-high horse sculpture captivated me.
I had breakfast at The Brasserie, and enjoyed local favourites such as Roti Canai and Nasi Lemak. In the evenings, the space transforms into a contemporary French-Mediterranean bistro.
Service As one would expect of a St Regis, the service was excellent with attentive, friendly staff who anticipated my needs before I realised them myself.
I was completely indulged by the 24/7 butler service, a brand signature. Butlers take guests to their rooms and help them settle in – setting up Wi-Fi on all devices, offering complimentary garment pressing, unpacking and packing, and help with making external reservations. I was thoroughly pampered throughout my stay.
Verdict An unforgettable experience with personalised anticipatory attention from butlers.
No of rooms 208
Rates From RM800+ (US$195) per room per night