Kuala Lumpur City Centre may be filled with towering buildings of both old and new — but the name Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, which has been standing since 1997, is etched in every Malaysian and even most tourists’ minds. Often when the name is mentioned, everyone would automatically know of the five-star hotel that’s located along Jalan Sultan Ismail.
‘The Grand Dame’ of hotels in the KL city area went through a multimillion-dollar facelift and recently just reopened its brand new doors to guests from across the globe. We had the privilege of witnessing and experiencing its huge upgrade by staying at its newly-refurbished Sheraton Club Room late last month. Here’s what to expect.
The recent multi-million facelift has left the hotel now with 398 rooms, ranging from Deluxe Rooms, Club Rooms and Suites. While dim ambient lights, heavy carpeted floors and seemingly dark interior are deemed to be known as ‘what a luxurious room should be’ back in the days — well, things have changed. The rooms are now refreshed with a bright and contemporary finishing — an ambience that guests now prefer when it comes to accommodation.
The Sheraton Club Room that we stayed is no less different. It’s noticeably brighter and more spacious, thanks to the addition of the walk-in closet. Everything is still luxurious as it seems and expected from the hotel — especially the fully-marbled bathroom that comes with both a bathtub and separate standing shower that we put to good use during our stay.
Those who chose to stay at the Club Rooms will have access to the newly revamped Sheraton Club Lounge on the 38th floor. You’ll get to check-in and out from the lounge itself, have a more exclusive and quiet breakfast in the morning, light bites during the day and pre-dinner cocktails during the evening — and all of the above is included with the Club Room. The Sheraton Club Lounge is also where you can to admire the KL Tower while you unwind with a cup of coffee or cocktail in hand.
As for other amenities, this section is definitely not lacking as expected from a five-star hotel. A 24-hour gym that is fully equipped with the newest facilities, comfortable-sized pool that is sheltered from wondering eyes (that may come from one of those towering buildings), Mandara Spa for wellness and relaxation and ballrooms, meeting rooms and boardrooms for events.
There’s a bit of everything from around the world when it comes to dining at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur — we’re not saying this out of context. The interiors of the hotel’s dining venues are revamped to further enhance guests’ dining experience. Chinese restaurant Celestial Court continues to introduce authentic yet innovative Cantonese dishes to guests. The Imperial Sea Treasure Dumpling with Abalone is one of them and what we think truly deserves a mention. A generously-filled dumpling that is served with one of the heartiest soups we’ve tasted.
Villa Danieli also recently welcomed a new chef, Federico Bozzo from Genoa to head the standalone Italian restaurant. Authentic and traditional Italian dishes are promised, but the twist is in the ingredients as the dishes are made using local produces. The Tuscany inspired decoration adds on to the homely ambience no matter if you’re dining during the day or night.
The Weekend Seafood & Grill Buffet is Essence Restaurant’s latest offering. Serving decadent spread of the finest from the land and sea; which includes Grilled Australia Tomahawk Steak Carvings, Slipper Lobsters, King Crab Legs, Japanese Fresh Oysters and more. It’s a buffet one can indulge in at an affordable price nevertheless, at RM199 nett per person.
Even with the fact that the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur has been here since 22 years ago, it hasn’t lost its charm. The moment you walked through the main doors of the hotel, you’ll be immediately greeted by friendly staff and smiles — and that’s when you know that it’s going to be a magnifcient stay. The whole experience was indeed a luxurious one, expected from ‘The Grand Dame’. Food selections are aplenty, but since the hotel is located in the city area it’s tempting to head out to explore more of the city and its night life (which is what we did instead of calling it an early night).
We stayed for a little over two days and even then it felt like it wasn’t enough to truly immerse and experience everything that Sheraton has to offer. This may be a confirmation that we’ll definitely revisit to experience more, putting Mandara Spa as our main priority.
Images: Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur