I decided to stay at the Dorsett Regency Hotel in Bukit Bintang when I was in Kuala Lumpur. Though this is a relatively small hotel, it is well situated in Bukit Bintang shopping district. I arrived at the hotel at about 1 pm and was told by the staff at the reception counter that the room was not ready until after 2 pm. So I decided to leave my luggage with the concierge and decided to go to Lot 10 shopping mall to take my lunch. My impression when I stepped into this hotel was that the lobby was totally outdated and worn out. It still have the look of the eighties and seriously in need of a refurbishment to upgrade the image of this four star hotel. This gave me a first impression of not to expect much from this hotel since the lobby already looked so worn out.
After lunch and a walk around Bukit Bintang shopping malls, I was backed in the lobby of Dorsett Regency Hotel KL and was given the key to my room. The room was a Junior Suite room and as I entered the room, I was in the living room and saw a sofa set with coffee table and another 2 chairs. There was a old CRT TV in the living room. The living room was spacious enough for 4 persons to sit comfortably but the carpet looks worn out. The bedroom was spacious with a king size bed, a large LCD TV opposite the bed and a small writing table. The king size bed looked and felt comfortable and clean. However, the carpet and the furniture seems old and again the carpet was worn out. I think the management should refurbished this room to make it look more updated and brighter. 2 of the table lamps were not working and the curtains also looked old. Overall the room was clean and neat and more importantly the bed was comfortable.
Since I was in the top floor, I have a good view of the city around the hotel from the window of my bedroom. However the windows in my room really need a good scrub to get rid of the dirt – otherwise the view from the windows should be crystal clear. The mini fridge is all right and the bathroom was spacious and clean. There were ample towels and toiletries for me to use. The water pressure from the shower was strong and the towels were clean. The air conditioned was strong and in fact I felt cold and adjusted the temperature higher – perhaps it was due to the rainy weather on that day. I felt that the Junior Suite room was comfortable and spacious and overall it was a pleasant stay.
The Dorsett Regency hotel KL is supposed to be a four star hotel but with this current standard it is not so. What this hotel needs is a renovation and a update on the rooms and the hotel lobby. For breakfast, I felt that it was sufficient. But you may have too wait if there are too many guests coming in at the same time for breakfast. The staff at the cafe do restocked food that runs out. It would be nice if they could add more quantity and variety of fruits and cooked vegetables.
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When visiting Kuala Lumpur, the journey will seems incomplete if you do not make a point to visit and see the Petronas Twin Tower. Even though I was on a tight working schedule, I make a commitment to see this great landmark in the late afternoon. I took a cab from my hotel to the Petronas Twin Tower, it took about 20 minutes mainly due to the traffic jam in Bukit Bintang. Alternatively I could also take a train to the Petronas Twin Tower when would be cheaper but I was too tired to walk to the train station. When I arrived at the site, I saw many tourists busy taking photos of the Twin Tower. The area around the Petronas Twin Tower was spacious and wide enough to accommodate the many tourists that clogged this place.
My first impression when I saw the Twin Tower was that it is really a magnificent and beautiful sight. It makes me feel really small and insignificant when you stand in front of the Twin Tower. I understand from my friend that the Petronas Twin Tower is still the highest Twin Tower in the world. It has a total of 88 storey ( a lucky and auspicious number for the Chinese ) and the height is 452 metres above street level. There is also a sky bridge at the 41 storey and is open to the public for a fee. I didn’t manage to visit the skybridge as I was in a tight schedule. I think the park could be further enhance by making more benches for tourists, especially the elderly and kids.
There is a huge shopping mall that is inside the Twin Towers itself – it is called the Suria KLCC mall. There are many entrances in the podium and it makes it quite easy as well as confusing. I was lost in this huge mall when I was trying to figure out my original entrance point; so that I could go back to the same taxi stand. There must be hundreds of shops inside the mall that it would take me a whole day if I am going to browse them all. As I have only about an hour to spare before my next appointment, I try to browse through the mall by walking briskly. My conclusion is that I must come back here again as this is a good place for shopping and eating; and the same time I must also visit the skybridge at the Twin Tower. When I finally managed to find my way back to the taxi stand, I was surprised that I couldn’t just flagged down and board a taxi, I was told by the taxi driver that I must make my booking at the taxi counter. So I went to the cab counter and have to pay a surcharge and a ticket just to board a taxi. Now that is easy way to make money for the cab operators in the Twin Tower.
The Petronas Twin Tower is surely the pride of all Malaysians. This landmark Twin Towers have certainly put Malaysia on the international spotlight as a progressive country. Judging from the many tourists that flows into this place, the Petronas Twin Towers has been a successful icon for Malaysia.