Friday, March 30, 2012

Ruemz Hotel (Taylor's Lakeside University, Subang Jaya)

Taylor's Lakeside Campus, Subang Jaya
When you think of where the latest hotels would be, chances would be very slim that you would think of it being within a university campus.  However, that's exactly where Ruemz Hotel is located.

Ruemz Hotel is part of Taylor's University at their Lakeside Campus in Subang Jaya. 

Their website says that 'Ruemz Hotel is the first research and development hotel, located at Taylor's University Lakeside Campus Subang Jaya. The hotel would be the showcase of new product and processes that is not tested in the Malaysian market. The hotel features 84 contemporary rooms, which are tastefully designed and equipped with the latest appliances from our partners.'

The last thing I would think of would be to check into such a hotel but checked into such a hotel I did about a month ago when my company did some consulting work for the university and it was extremely convenient to be right at the centre of where the action was taking place.

Modern and comfy

The room I stayed in is the Matrix Room.  It has a queen-size bed and comes with a 42" flatscreen LCD TV, iPod docking station, tea and coffee facilities and other standard aminities.  The room is rather small but I find it quite acceptable since I only got in late at night and was out early the next morning.

Why on earth did I take this photo?

My reservation comes with breakfast and while breakfast was pretty simple, the dinning room was rather refreshingly decorated with bright and cheerful colours.  The have the usual breakfast fare but like my colleague said 'There's no egg station' :(

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Courtyard Hotel (1 Borneo) Kota Kinabalu

Courtyard Hotel is one of four hotels in 1 Borneo Kota Kinabalu.  It is the last one next to Tune Hotel.  The other two are Novotel and Garden Borneo Hotel.  1 Borneo boasted one of the largest shopping mall in Kota Kinabalu but it's rather far from the city.

This is my first time staying in Courtyear Hotel and staying in this area. I choose it for the close proximity to where I would be having my meeting the following day.

I checked into Courtyard Hotel at around 10.45 pm immediately after arriving in Kota Kinabalu from Kuala Lumpur.  I checked out 14 hours later for my next destination.  The room I stayed in is the Superior Category.  It doesn't have a window as they ran out of room under this category and in order to be upgraded, I have to pay slightly more.  Since I thought I would only be in the hotel for 9 hours and I am not clastrophobic, I figure there is no reason to spend extra.

sorry, photo is rather unclear as I took it in a hurry

The room is rather small and basic but clean.  The bed is very comfortable and the hotel website boasted that the bed used is in Sydney Olympic.

The internet is free if you have the broadband cable.  If not, the hotel will lend you one. Just call the reception and they will arranged it for you.  The television is the standard 32" flat screen with local stations. Cable station include Cinemax, Astro AEC (chinese show) and sports.

The bathroom is pretty small too but again, it's clean so I'm pretty happy with it.

This was taken at 6.40 am. It gets bright early in KK

The rate that I paid for (RM114.00) comes with breakfast for 2 pax. While the breakfast is nothing to shout about, the view from the breakfast deck made up for it. 

I will certainly stay here again for my future meetings.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pullman Hotel Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Pullman Hotel is the newest five-star hotel in Kuching. It is very strategic in terms of location as it is situated right smack in the heart of the city where the other major players are – Hilton Kuching, Riverside Hotel, etc.

It is also within walking distance to the ‘old’ city and the Waterfront by the river and lots of night spots and food outlet around this area.

It was a long weekend when we decided to check into the hotel for a weekend of rest and relax. The idea is not the leave the hotel at all except for meal. We did pretty well as we just love the room allocated to us.

Everyone has something to do.  I enjoy sitting by the sofa and just read the books I brought with me.  The tired one crashed and zonked the day away on the comfy bed.  The highly energetic one spent a long time in the pool.

The is the deluxe room. Luxury is quite the right word to describe it. It is very spacious and if necessary, you can fit in another extra-bed comfortably. The floors are laminated flooring and not carpeted like most hotel so a pair of bedroom slipper is a must for me as I hate it when my feet gets chilly.

This is the bathroom. Isn’t it spacious? There’s a bathtub to soak away the weariness and a separate shower stall just by the side of it. I am actually a bit lost in spacious bathroom but the hotel was kind enough to provide a leather luxury stool where I can sit and do my pedicure so it was worth the space for me!

Lovely view of Kuching city & the river while you soak your tension away

I must also share with you that the hotel provides a pillow menu and if you want a specific pillow, you just have to call housekeeping and they will bring your choice for you. I opted for lavender scented therapeutic pillow which I must say is so comfortable that I went and got one for myself in the local departmental store after my stay!

The toiletteries are all sealed. Very hygenic practice.

This post is just to share with you the room that we stayed in Pullman Kuching and the amenities in the room. You can expect to pay about RM320 for this room which might come with breakfast for 2 adults.

For the hotel’s restaurants and other outlets, you can check their website.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Malaysia

The Beetles welcoming you with open arms - view from poolside

Whenever I’m in Penang, I always make it a point to try assam laksa (a dish that is world famous) and one of my favourite drink - nutmeg juice (not so world famous). However, when I was in Penang last year, I make it a point to stay in Hard Rock Hotel for some rest and relax before attending a conference in Georgetown city. For that I stayed in another hotel which is not worth mentioning here.

fun for kids; relaxation for parents

Situated in Batu Feringghi beach, Hard Rock Hotel is very much a luxury and leisure hotel for everyone. For those travelling with children, you will find endless fun in the water features situation by the pool. You can sit and chill by the deck chair while keeping an eye on your kids as they enjoy themselves sliding down the water slides and other fun water activities. For others (singles, couples, etc) there are rooms that open directly into the pool (lagoon deluxe) but these rooms are not available for those with kids under 12 of age.

Lil' Rock - kids love it! p.s. model available for hire

You can also enjoy the many beach activites (para-sailing, horse riding, etc) but these are organised by private/individual contractors and not part of the hotel.

I booked my room online through the official web and managed to get the internet rate of RM360++ inclusive of breakfast for 2 adults for a deluxe room.

I'm feeling sleepy just looking at the bed

The room is very spacious and the bed is just too comfortable for words. It is also very well equipped for in-room entertainment with docking stations for your ipod, CD and DVD players and a comprehensive international channels for you to choose from over the television.

complimentary coffee, tea & milo only

The rooms also come with free wifi which is great if you need to get some work done or you just need to be connected at all times but not willing to pay for it.

The bathroom is a bit small but we’re ok with that.

Burgers from kid's menu, calamari ring & nachos

While staying in Hard Rock Hotel, you must also make it a point to dine at Hard Rock Cafe which is situated within the hotel itself but with a different entrance/exit. Dinning here is an experience in itself although it does get noisy when the live band starts playing but what do you expect? it is Hard Rock Cafe after all!

Breakfast by the beach

End your stay with a delicious breakfast from either the coffee house or by the beach.  Naturally, we opted to have our breakfast by the beach front.  It is indeed a wonderful holiday in a wonderful hotel having wonderful (but standard) breakfast with wonderful sea view.

We can't wait to go back there!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Renovated Rooms in Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu

These are the renovated rooms in Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu.  I forgot what category of room this is but they have a few designs (so far I have stayin in 3 different types) and this is just one of them.

The rooms are generally very spacious and a family of 2 adults and 2 kids or a total of 3 adults can fit into this room comfortably.

All rooms come with an extremely comfy bed, plasma TV and a writing desk which can be turned into a dinning table if you order room service.  If you enjoy uninterupted TV viewing like I do, the hotel has quite a comprehensive tv selection from Vision 4 to Star TV and AXN among others.  I can't remember if there's any cartoon channel for kids. 

You can relax and watch tv while soaking in the bath tub after a long day of work or play, depending on the purpose of your trip.  Don't worry, you can close up the glasses of bathroom with the vertical blind if you are travelling with others and watching tv while soaking in the tub is not an option at all.

Needless to say, the aminities are very complete with mini bar and lots of tempting chocolates whilc you have to pay but complimentary coffee and tea (Sabah tea).

I enjoy staying in Hyatt Kota Kinabalu not just due to it's strategic location for shopping and for food but also for it's hospitality.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur

I will always equate Renaissance Hotel KL with the HINDRAF rally in Nov 2007). That's because I was staying here when our country created history on 24 November with the much talked about and much publised rally that perhaps was a contributing element in the changing of the political landscape of Malaysia.

I have been to Renaissance for dinners and meetings previously but it was my first visit as an in-house guest. I was a bit lost in trying to check in upon arrival as I didn’t know that there are 2 wings in this hotel, the East Wing and the West Wing and the hotel practised separate check-in for the different wings.

My room was booked in the East Wing. My cab dropped me at the West Wing I confidently tried to check in there. Upon referencing my room confirmation number, I was told that I have to check in at a different lobby. The front office staff was hospitable enough to usher this 'lost' guest to the East Wing. Great service in action!

My room is standard enough with its king size bed and elegant furnishing.

BathroomThe bathroom wasn’t very spacious. The shower and the bathtub’s together and again pretty standard looking but it’s very clean.

Snack Bar
The snack bar for that very important midnight craving. Hm……again, pretty standard although the brand of the items provided are pretty impressive.

Renaissance features an attractive looking swimming pool.
The hotel provides WIFI in their public area and meeting rooms but not for guest rooms. Broadband internet in guest rooms are chargable. Generally, I find that the room lacks character and doesn’t have any particular signature characteristics. I didn’t try the breakfast Renaissance as breakfast cost about RM45++ per pax and it should featured quite an impressive spread.

Address :
Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Malaysia
Phone: 60 3 2162 2233
Fax: 60 3 2163 1122
Sales: 60 3 2162 2233 ext. 3415
Sales fax: 60 3 2161 5555
Toll-free: 1800 38 7272

What’s available in the room :
Standard toiletteries
bedroom slipper
standard complimentary coffee and tea and 2 bottles of water
TV programmes – Vision 4, national TV, Astro Star movie

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu Sabah

This is my favourite hotel in Malaysia.  It is located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu facing the South China Sea.

The hotel is going through some major renovation and refurblishment of the rooms.  I want to post this photo which I took when I was there about 2 years ago before the hotel looks different after the renovation.  I stayed in the newly refurblished room last month but that's another post for another time.