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LOCATION:

Grand Plaza Parkroyal Hotel is located right at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Imbi within the fashionable shopping precinct of Bukit Bintang, a shopping mecca for Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is just a short walking distance away from major shopping outlets in Bukit Bintang such as Lot 10, Sungei Wang Plaza, Berjaya Times Square, Starhill Gallery, Plaza Low Yat and the upcoming Pavilion.

Due to its strategic location, the hotel is accessible by a majority of public transportation modes in Kuala Lumpur such as stage buses and taxis. There are two KL Monorel disembarkation points almost equidistant away, namely Imbi and Bukit Bintang stations. Visitors arriving from Kuala Lumpur International Airport need to take the KLIA Express trains to KL Sentral, from which connecting KL Monorel trains are available to ferry you to the hotel. KL Monorel's interchange stations for STAR and PUTRA light rail transits are at Hang Tuah and Dang Wangi stations respectively. 

DESCRIPTION:
Completed back in 1974, Grand Plaza Parkroyal Hotel has gone a long way in establishing its niche brand in the hospitality scene of Kuala Lumpur. Originally known simply as Parkroyal Hotel since time immemorial, the hotel has successfully completed a major renovation programme at the turn of the new millennium to upgrade its facilities and interiors, and has since rebranded under the Grand Plaza Parkroyal emblem. The recent renovation is deemed to be successful based on my perspective, not to mention the coveted accolade of 'Best Mid-Range Business Hotel - 2004' was presented to the hotel in TTG Asia Media's 15th Annual Travel Awards ceremony. Truly, the souped-up interior of the hotel lobby and reception area is impressive by any standard; a testament of the successful renovation initiative that the hotel had embarked. The hotel lobby is emblazoned by vivid colours of bright red, soothing white and elegant black. Various metal art sculptures are sparingly placed throughout the hotel lobby to mark the stylish and modern aspiration of the design. I really love the green bamboo trees as the backdrop of the reception counter which craft an impression of an outdoor tropical garden.

The 21-storey hotel building is made up of 348 rooms and suites of various categories, together with five F&B outlets, meeting & banquet floor, business centre and health facilities. The room categories of the hotel are Superior, Deluxe, Studio Suite, Premier Suite, Royal Suite and Orchid Club. In general, all rooms and suites are equipped with centralised air conditioning, mini fridge, steam iron with ironing board, writing desk, dressing mirrors, wardrobe and drawers, IDD telephone, colour TV with selected satellite channels, broadband internet access (chargeable), electronic safe, coffee and tea making facilities, etc. The Superior room category is the smallest at 25 sq metre built-up while the Deluxe room has a slightly bigger built-up of 31 sq metre. Higher room categories boast more a spacious living space at 63 sq metre for the Studio Suite, 87 sq metre for the Premier Suite and a whopping 160 sq metre for the Royal Suite. Orchid Club rooms and suites are placed on the 19th-21st floors of the hotel building together with the impressive Orchid Club Lounge where common perks such as personalised breakfast menu, afternoon tea selections and evening cocktails are complimentary for Orchid Club guests. Having mentioned that, this review shall cater mostly on the Superior room category of the hotel which unfortunately was the only option available during the super-peak travel season of July.

Despite its below-average size, the Superior room is tastefully designed in a modern and almost Zen-like setting. There are plenty of wood items being featured throughout the room with soothing pine colour scheme. Creating an illusion of bigger space are wall mirrors on one particular side of the room which is probably not a bad idea at all. There is a half-wall partition between the bedding zone and the bathroom. The queen-size bed is sufficiently comfortable although I have to question the usage of a silky striped bedsheet that has shown some signs of wear. At a corner of the room, main amenities such as colour TV, writing desk, mini fridge and coffee & tea maker are lined up in a rather compact configuration. As the renovation was done some years ago, the room only feature a regular flat screen TV instead of an LCD or plasma TV. It is not uncommon to see such newer TV models on the latest hotel, but back then, they were probably beyond the budgetary range of most establishments. A broadband socket is provided on the writing desk, although one still needs to pay a certain fee for the usage. The bathroom has an interesting concept of separating the wash basin, the shower stall and the water closet (WC) in three different enclosures, rather than lumping them all together in one spacious bathroom. The shower and WC feature frosted-glass doors which add a touch of chic design. Storage compartments are generously provided by way of slide-out drawers at the room entrance and by the writing desk. Overall, I feel that the room arrangement certainly achieves its intention of culminating stylish and minimalist interior designs

The hotel offers a host of guest facilities which are both modern and contemporary. On the 6th floor of the hotel lies the swimming pool which overlooks the streets and the skyline of the city. Adequate landscaping is added by way of green shrubs along the pool perimeter to encapsulate some tropical ambiance. Adjacent to it is the gym which features the latest health equipment while some sort of a spa centre is located on the other side of the swimming pool. On the 2nd floor of the hotel are eight function rooms and two ballrooms. The banquet area between these rooms is rather impressive with stylish wall features and tasteful lightings.

The complement the expressive interiors of the hotel are five fashionable and trendy dining outlets. The main all-day dining facility is Chatz Brasserie located on the basement floor and has been handsomely morphed into an impressive and chic dining space. The buffet spreads are neatly arranged in fashionable bar counters while there are a number of specialty stations concocting freshly-cooked omelets or other local delights such as noodle soup, roti canai, etc, which designate its open-kitchen concept. Also at the basement floor on the street level is Bossa Nova, an atypical Brazilian-inspired grill that boasts delightful prime cuts from Argentina and Australia. Adjacent to the main lobby is Klix Lounge which overlooks the streets of Bukit Bintang shopping strip. The lounge interior is carefully done with selections of cozy cushion and leather sofa in various configurations. Klix Lounge serves delightful beverages and snacks which are prepared at the bar counter. During my visit, I decided to try out a tall glass of warm cappuccino which came with nice bite-size cookies. Klix Lounge also features live band performance in the evening. Another stylish outlet located on the main lobby is Hot Gossip which features floor-to-ceiling wall and timber-strip flooring with various seating configurations. Hot Gossip is also linked to the WIFI network of the hotel and the internet access is complimentary for the patrons. The café serves a variety of light meals, home-made pastries, snacks and hot or cold beverages while the patrons enjoying the sights of the fast-paced world passing by right outside. For a touch of authentic Chinese cuisines, Si Chuan Dou Ha prides in serving bona fide Cantonese and Szechwan fares in a modern dining setting. The restaurant is located just opposite Chatz Brasserie on the basement floor. 

REVIEWED ON:
July 2007

MY VERDICT:
Elegant, stylish and fashionable. Equally impressive rooms and suites with great amenities. Good selection of F&B outlets. Not to mention its superb location within the shopping strip of Bukit Bintang. Things should be looking up for Grand Plaza Parkroyal Hotel. My 5-star is a no-brainer.

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