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.