Newly refurbished and centrally located, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur offers good dining options and easy access to a mall and museum, writes Loong Wai Ting
IT doesn’t take much to convince my mum to go on a staycation with me at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur.
Well, it’s our birthday month and what better way to spend it than lounging around in our pajamas all day and doing nothing, right?
Getting to the hotel is very convenient. We take the Light Rail Transit train to KL Sentral and the hotel is steps away.
My Club Room, which comes with all-day access to Le Meridien Club Lounge, sits on level 35 — the highest floor of the hotel.
Situated at a corner, the room isn’t large but spacious and equipped enough for the two of us.
But what I love the most about the Club Room are the snacks, drinks and other refreshments at the Club Lounge two floors away.
It’s great that I get to sip drinks with my mum as we wait for our dinner at Favola, the award-winning Italian restaurant on level eight, overlooking the swimming pool.
The cosy bedroom showcases a nice juxtaposition of modern and traditional Malay decor. The plush king-size bed takes all my attention away from the rest of the room.
One of the cool features of the room is the bedside control, which I love fiddling with. From here, I can set the room ambience with a touch of a finger. Unfortunately I can’t control the curtains from here. I have to force myself out of bed and draw the curtain manually.
The work desk is spacious but I find that sitting for a prolonged time on the chair is not very comfortable.
I usually set the temperature to the lowest when I stay at hotels. During my stay here, the room is a tad warm despite having set the temperature on the low side.
The bathroom at the Le Meridien Club Room is recently refurbished and it features a modern and sleek design. A bathtub and nice shower area overlook Perdana Botanical Gardens.
If you’re worried about prying eyes, you can draw down the automated curtain with a flick of a switch by the marble walls.
At Le Meridien, bath amenities are provided by MALIN+GOETZ and I quite like their scent.
Our taste buds are pampered at Favola, the no-frills Italian restaurant headed by Italian Chef Domenico Piras and his team. Our dining experience begins as soon as we step into the dining area through the open galleries with a wall full Venetian Carnival masks. Service is prompt and attentive.
As we browse through the menu, the portly Chef Domenico walks over with hands clasped together.
After a brief introduction, I leave it to the chef to recommend me some of his well-known dishes.
With a playful wink, Domenico disappears into his kitchen before emerging a while later with our first appetiser: Salmon and Sea Bass Carpaccio.
Thin slices of smoked salmon and seabass are topped with generous amount of salmon roe, caviar, toasted pine nuts, parsley sauce and micro cress salad without being doused in extra virgin olive oil.
The saltiness from the smoked fish opens our palette to what is to come next.
Balancing on the palms of one of the staff is a plate of Pan-Seared US Scallops served on a bed of cauliflower and potato cream.
The juicy and meaty scallops are complemented with a tomato confit and a generous shaving of fresh black truffle.
After the scallops, we are served a plate of Porcini Mushroom Risotto, which I love the most!
The risotto is creamy and warm — perfect on a rainy, cold day.
Just when we think we are done for the day, Domenico comes out from kitchen smiling as he brings us a plate of Braised Lamb Shank on a bed of mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
The meat is so soft that it falls off the bone. The sauce that accompanies the dish is just right. Before leaving the restaurant, we are each presented with a small cup of tiramisu.
Stuffed from the dinner, we head out for a bit of walk at the mall adjacent to the hotel via the pedestrian walk on level P3.
Before we head back to our room, we mull star-gazing by the poolside.
LE MERIDIEN KUALA LUMPUR
WHERE 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
TEL 03-2263 7888
WEBSITE www.marriott.com/ hotels/travel/kulmd-lemeridien-kuala-lumpur/
STAY There are 420 stylish rooms and suites that offer contemporary luxury in a vibrant travel destination. Retreat within this stylish hotel with international multi-power points, 48-inch LED Smart TVs and scenic garden or city views. For guests staying at Club Rooms, you get to enjoy free access to the Club Lounge on level 33. The hotel has recently gone through a multi-million dollar facelift to ensure maximum comfort for guests.
EAT If you’re a meat lover, head to Prime for some delicious, lipsmacking steak. Or go to Favola for an Italian dining experience. Do drop by Gastro, if you feel like having some snacks and drinks in between meals. The hotel offers all-day dining option at Latest Recipe. The breakfast spread here is worth waking up early in the morning.
DO There’s a gym by the pool. Soak in the pool and a have a drink by the poolside bar.
GO Walk over to Muzium Negara which is just across the road and accessible via an underground passage. The museum is connected to the vast Botanical Park which is home to numerous parks and the Tugu Negara monument. For shoppers, don’t forget to grab the best deal at Nu Sentral mall which is accessible on foot from the hotel’s parking.
HIGH Good location, centrally located. Easy access from the airport.
LOW Parking can be a hassle whenever there’s an event at the hotel.
Pictures by Loong Wai Ting