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Novotel Hydro Majestic Hotel is located on Jalan Kia Peng in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The nearest public transportation is accessible from Raja Chulan station KL Monorail. For those arriving on Putra LRT, the closest train station is at KLCC, from which one has to walk for 15-20 minutes along the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Jalan Pinang prior to getting on Jalan Kia Peng. If walking is not your preference, you may disembark at Dang Wangi station of Putra LRT, from which a connecting KL Monorail train can be hitched at adjacent Bukit Nanas station. If you are using STAR LRT, you will need to get out at Hang Tuah station and subsequently connect to a KL Monorail train.

From Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), take an Express Rail Link (ERL) train from the airport to KL Sentral. The estimated train journey time is 28 minutes. From the transportation hub of KL Sentral, you have the options of taking a Putra LRT train or a KL Monorail train to get to the hotel.

DESCRIPTION:
Novotel Hydro Majestic Hotel is tucked inside a newly-completed 28-storey building right in the centre of KL Golden Triangle where major commercial premises and fashionable shopping outlets are concentrated. Novotel is one of the many hotel chains that is operated under the Accor Hotels group. The establishment marks some sort of a come back into the Malaysian hospitality scene which can be considered a green field for the hotel chain. According to the PR Manager of the hotel, Accor plans to open more hotels under its Novotel and Mercure brands in major cities around Malaysia.

The hotel construction, which was shelved for many years, perhaps due to the inconducive economic climate in the past decade, was finally completed in 2006. The hotel lobby spots a fairly minimal design with excellent usage of glass walls to create a great sense of spaciousness without overbearing decorative items. The reception centre is nicely snugged at a corner that overlooks the fashionable Spiral Lobby Lounge. Overall, I feel that the hotel got it right with a less-frill lobby arrangement which seems to be a favourable choice of interior design for many new hotels sprouting all over Kuala Lumpur.

There are 291 rooms and suites in the hotel. The breakdown according to room categories: Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Biz Room and Executive Suites. Both Superior and Deluxe Rooms are of identical built-up size with room amenities such as wireless internet access (available for a fee), IDD phones, flat screen TVs, electronic safes, mini bars, coffee and tea making facilities, hair dryers, etc. I really like the overall room arrangement and the bold usage of feature wall painting in the bedding zone. Many hotels that I had stayed before tend to play it safe by using utilising neutral colours. This hotel takes an exception by making use of an eccentric colour of apple-green for the feature wall which effectively exudes warmth and homely feel to the room. The twin or queen-size beds are plush with carefully placed cotton linens to provide the extra comfort. I also like the placement of a one-seater cushion sofa at the room corner for a small lounging area adjacent to the wide glass window that opens out to the views of various sections of downtown Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, the bathroom seems to be rather small, but I truly understand the space constraint that the hotel had to face in the design stage. If you are wondering why there are Superior and Deluxe room categories when they both are identical, here is the answer: There are two items provided in a Deluxe Room that are not available in a Superior Room. One is an adjustable writing desk that can be quarter-turned at a 90-degree angle to face the large window. The second items are rather trivial though; there are two cans of fruit juice provided as a compliment in a Deluxe Room. Anyway, thumbs up for the overall arrangement and eclectic design of the Superior and Deluxe Rooms.

The hotel also features Biz Rooms at selected floor levels. While the Biz Room built-up size is similar to those of Superior or Deluxe Rooms, as well as other common amenities, it offers a number extra privileges that could not be found in the lower room categories. A Biz Room features an LCD TV fronting a king-size bed. The bathroom is more spacious and its bath tub opens out to the view of the bedroom area by way of a see-through glass wall. Quite a unique characteristic for the Biz Room. Other than that, a guest staying in a Biz Room will have the access to the Biz Lounge located on the 28th floor of the hotel where complimentary non-alcoholic beverages are served throughout the day. The Biz Lounge itself is nicely arranged in a professional setting with various lounging chairs are comfortably provided for business networking and ice-breaking sessions. A Biz Room guest can also utilise a meeting room located at the back of the Biz Lounge. The use of the meeting room is complimentary for the first two hours. Evening cocktails are available from the beverage bar while exclusive breakfast spreads are served every morning at the Biz Lounge as the extra perks.

For the ultimate luxurious experience, Novotel Hydro Majestic Hotel has an impressive proposition by way of its seventeen Executive Suites. With about twice the size of any Superior, Deluxe or Biz Rooms, an Executive Suite is nicely partitioned into separate living room and bedroom. The main entrance opens into the living room which features timber strip flooring that emanates modern design selection. Enhancing the living room appearance are a number of colourful cushion sofa in circular arrangement facing an oversized LCD TV which is fully equipped with a DVD player and a stereo sound system. A writing desk is placed at a corner section, and adjacent to it is a nice counter top that features a nice Espresso machine for the added touch of luxury. The bedroom is equally impressive with choices of king-size or twin beds neatly adorn the room space. As expected, the bathroom next to the bedding zone is very spacious with discernible partitions for a built-in wardrobe, a glass-enclosed shower stall, a wash basin as well as a bath tub. While I normally would not comment on room pricing, I thought the Executive Suite that goes for about RM400 a night is quite a steal!

The hotel offers three fashionable F&B outlets spanning across its two-tiered lobby. Next to the reception counter on Lobby Level is The Square, which is a signature outlet for Novotel brand. Its interior is fashionably designed into a fresh and chic dining outlet that offers an interactive live cooking experience where patrons are able to chit-chat with the chefs in an open-kitchen setting. The Square is open daily from 600 hrs to 2300 hrs for buffet-style lunch, dinner and weekend high tea. On Level One, Qing Zhen is a rather atypical dining outlet. While the restaurant name tends to point out to just a run-of-the-mill Chinese food outlet, its interior and exterior featuring exquisite mixture of Islamic decors and Chinese art forms seem to suggest otherwise. Rightly so, Qing Zhen is uniquely a Chinese-Muslim restaurant in a finely distinguished setting. In fact, the name "Qing Zhen" is a direct translation for the word "Halal", which in certain ways, should give an idea of what the menu would entail. If you think Qing Zhen is just another Chinese restaurant serving "Halal" meals, think again. The restaurant is headed by Master Chef Zhou who hails from Kunming, China. His Chinese-Muslim specialties are somewhat different from commonly found Szechuan, Hokkien, Cantonese or Hainanese as certain variety of spices are utilised in the food preparation. Qing Zhen also offers two isolated dining rooms for those seeking for a medium-size private party. Meanwhile, at the ground floor, Spiral Lobby Lounge graces a corner section overlooking the busy streets and the partial landscaped greenery. I was impressed with the fresh interior design of Spiral Lobby Lounge. Colourful usage of chic cushion sets in an unpretentious arrangement gives out a soothing yet fashionable lounging experience. Its cocktail bar is nicely stocked up with various beverage concoctions with ever-attentive wait staff are ready to serve for your drink and snack needs. The lounge opens daily from 0900 hrs to 0100 hrs with Happy Hours commencing from 1700 hrs to 2100 hrs.

The hotels features a number of leisure and health facilities such as a fitness centre, a swimming pool and a spa outlet. The fitness centre is located on Level Three and it opens daily from 0600 hrs to 2200 hrs. The fitness centre is very well equipped with modern exercise machines and equipment, and it opens out to a great view of the city centre. While the fitness centre is within my expectation for a city hotel, the swimming pool is rather disappointing. While the pool area is considered to be spacious, the actual swimming pool itself is quite small and projects some sort of emptiness. At the moment, the pool area is facing the massive construction project for The Pavillion shopping mall, which is probably not the prettiest of sights. Anyway, the pool features a number of sunning beds with umbrellas and a Pool Bar is available to quench your thirst. At the writing time, the hotel has just opened a spanking-new spa outlet called Space. I quite like such name as the common Javanese- or Balinese-inspired names such as "Samsara" is fast becoming a tired cliché. But why Space? Stepping into the spa outlet should give you the answer. Its interior is painted in spotless white colour. The floor tiles and curtains are also done in whites, which, together with the white walls, create an illusion of space. Hence, Space is born.

As I come to the end of the review, I would like to express my heartiest thank you to Harriet Hoong, the PR, Communication & Branding Manager of the hotel for her invaluable assistance in getting out most information of the brand-new Novotel Hydro Majestic. Overall, I feel that the hotel provides a refreshing and modern outlook for newer hotels around the city.

Room bookings can be done directly from Accor Hotels website.

REVIEWED ON:
May 2007

MY VERDICT:
A modern hotel with bold interior design selections. Fashionable F&B outlets with great food menus. Room designs emanate minimalist-yet-refreshing concept.

MY RATING:

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