InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
How often would you sign up for a weekend getaway if you could skip the time, money and energy taken to get there? If it was accompanied by a good deal, I might do it every weekend. Given the current global situation, it’s actually quite doable as hotels around KL are selling packages too good to miss. InterContinental Kuala Lumpur currently has several promotions including breakfast and late check-out for weekend bookings. There are even bargains for interconnecting rooms that make taking the whole family possible.
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur is literally metres from our home, and so truly makes a quick escape. Traffic, plane tickets, taxis, airports and crowds are all avoided, and we get to start our mini-vacay as soon as the work week ends. Moreover, what we save on travel expenses (both money and time) by staying in the city can be added to experiences such as afternoon tea, dinner, or an upgrade to Club InterContinental. Located in the heart of KL, the hotel boasts easy access to a host of attractions, and the hours saved by staying in the city yields time to enjoy them.
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur is minutes from the LRT and bus stops, and you can walk to KLCC or The Intermark in minutes. Besides, a shuttle bus is also provided to transport guests to Suria KLCC and Pavilion – shopping, dining and entertainment malls. If you choose to leave the hotel, you might consider a show, some shopping, a slice of culture or a stroll around the park. The choices are limitless, and the hotel concierge can help you sort through them.
Placing considerable importance on the guest experience, the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur doesn’t just offer a concierge but an entire concierge lounge. As the name suggests, there’s a dedicated area not only a counter inviting a rushed quick tip. Instead, there’s a comfortable reception attracting thoughtful contemplation and meaningful recommendations of things to do and see. Hosted by local experts, the concierge lounge ventures to give you “in the know” understanding by equipping guests with maps, suggestions, and tips to curate an individualized and memorable adventure.
Despite the central location, the recreation facilities at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur are sufficient enough to keep us occupied for the weekend and not consider stepping a foot outside.
Firstly, a tropical outdoor swimming pool, the temperature of tepid bathwater, holds our interest for a dip. At the same time, a bar cabana outfits us with refreshments. A gym, on the same level, is stocked with Life Fitness cardio machines and strength building equipment. There’s a spa too on the property – more reason to never leave.
Building further on the saved time and money as a result of staying in, we spend some of those liberated funds on things we love most – food and beverage.
Three restaurants, a lounge and a pub, are more than enough to keep us satiated. We can have Japanese at Tatsu or Chinese in Tao. Afternoon tea and cocktails in OneSixFive is an elegant option, as is all-day-dining with local and international cuisine at Serena Brasserie. Finally, bar snacks, brew and a down to earth atmosphere can be found at Bentleys Pub. We can’t recommend Tao highly enough. Follow this link to find out why.
Despite the abundance of choices, I plan on spending a good part of my time in bed – a SUPER king-sized bed that could easily fit a family of six! These are seriously the largest beds I’ve come across in a hotel – they seem to be the size of two queen beds put together. Cosy Dreamz pillows and luxurious cotton bedding are so sleep-inducing. Consequently, the number one item on my list of ‘things to do’ is finding out if they can be purchased to take home. A pillow menu addends comfort and the bed is so big I don’t even feel hubby roll over.
While double-glazed windows and blackout curtains ensure we wake up naturally, with drapes drawn open the room is bright and light. Large windows, white walls and plenty of glass in the form of a modern desk and a transparent divider between bath and living areas, encourage natural illumination.
Although the bathroom looks a bit dated with its single sink and marble top, it’s in tip-top condition. Dual showerheads provide instant hot and high-pressured water. Soft-scented bath products are of high quality, and the bathrobes provided are especially snuggly in the chilly air-conditioning.
Electronic enhancements are aplenty, including iPod docking station and an enormous TV. Coffee and tea making facilities feature Illy coffee and an in-room espresso machine. We rarely use it though, as we always take an upgrade to an executive club room, where we can have lattes and flat whites made to order.
Club InterContinental Experience
You can scale up a stay at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur to the Club InterContinental Experience, which I highly recommend.
Club benefits entitle guests to several additional privileges in a stylish, exclusive location. The two biggest value items are breakfast and cocktail hours, including light nibbles, sparkling, wine, beer and bottom shelf spirits. Furthermore, Club InterContinental guests are entitled to late checkout, complimentary internet, afternoon tea, and a free-flow of non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day. We even get three items of clothing pressed per night of stay, which is especially appreciated when we’ve squished our robes into one tiny overnight bag.
While breakfast is advertised as continental in the lounge (you can also have a full buffet in Serena Brasserie downstairs), it provides more than we could try in one sitting. A semi-buffet displays cereal, fruit, cheese, baked items, yoghurt and fresh juice. Mains can be ordered from the menu, including both local and international favourites such as nasi lemak, eggs any style and pancakes. Dishes are plated particularly well, and we’re grateful for the gracious staff who bring us a continuous stream of coffee.
Evening cocktails are worth mentioning as well. A handful of wine and cocktails are served in beautiful stemware. Plenty to nibble on is provided in a counter of cheese, nuts, salad, bread and dessert. Chefs at a live cooking station make hot canapes on the spot and deliver them to guests who request them. Last but not least, there’s a gorgeous box of handmade pralines. I do my best to show self-restraint but am tempted to take a handful to try each and every one.
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur Price
Current room rates are excellent packages for families. Two connecting rooms are offered at RM620 for both! This includes daily breakfast and late checkout up until 4 pm (promotion ends April 12, 2020).
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur Review
The InterContinental Kuala Lumpur is conveniently located in the city centre. The beds are enormous and rooms ideal for getting a sound night’s sleep. The restaurants and club lounge experience are top-notch. It is definitely worth considering InterContinental Kuala Lumpur for a quick weekend getaway.
Reasons to visit the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur: SUPER king-sized beds; excellent location; gorgeous club lounge experience; delicious food and beverage options.
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