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Prince Hotel & Residence is located on Jalan Conlay which is sandwiched between Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Kia Peng. The hotel is interestingly located almost at equidistant between Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and Bukit Bintang, and walking to these two popular tourist haunts should take between 15-20 minutes. As there is no immediate access to any rail transit stations, some walking is needed if you disembark at either PUTRA LRT station of KLCC, or KL Monorel stations of Raja Chulan or Bukit Bintang.

DESCRIPTION:
Prince Hotel & Residence is somewhat little-known within the travel fraternity as the establishment is operated independently from any particular big hotel management chain. The hotel has been in the swanky scene of KL's golden triangle since 2002 although its arrival had largely been overlooked by most. Prince Hotel & Residence sits on a 29-storey twin building, catering for both the hotel itself as well as the serviced residence. It is hard to not to be impressed with the twin-tower structure clad with modern glass windows upon arrival at the hotel. Stepping inside, the main lobby is equally impressive with stylish and pillar-less design as well as revolutionary lighting features. During check-in at the reception desk, I nonchalantly queried on any planned refurbishment of the hotel to the reception staff, although in all honesty, the hotel does not need one for the time being as everything seems to be well taken care of.

There are 448 rooms and suites together with 160 units of serviced residence which are sited separately from the main hotel building. The room categories are Deluxe at a generous built-up of 36 sq metre, Grand Deluxe (48 sq metre), Premier Executive (54 sq metre), Executive Suite (71 sq metre), Deluxe Executive Suite (102 sq metre) and Prince Suite (239 sq metre). For those partial to apartment-style of living, the hotel offers 3 categories of serviced residence, namely 1-bedroom Deluxe, 2-bedroom Deluxe as well as 2+1-bedroom Deluxe. The built up for the apartments ranges from 58 - 129 sq metre and each features a fully-equipped kitchen and access to the exclusive Residence Lounge on Level 10.

As for the hotel rooms and suites, each unit is equipped with broadband internet access that comes for a fee, IDD telephone with voicemail,  writing desk,  iron with ironing board, coffee and tea making facilities,  electronic safe, mini fridge with mini bar, en suite bathroom, hairdryer, complimentary bath toiletries, bath robes and towels, alarm clock, colour TV, etc. Naturally, there are more perquisites of staying in the Executive Club rooms such as access to the Business Lounge which serves complimentary beverages, snacks and evening cocktails, free laundry and dry cleaning services, unlimited usage of broadband and wireless internet access, one-hour usage of boardroom at the Business Centre, etc. This review shall cover on the Deluxe room which should be a good representative of what the hotel has to offer.

People often suggest of having a low expectation when charting the unknown territory and it was exactly my sentiment when I booked myself for a stay at the hotel. As a number of hotels in the vicinity of KLCC and Bukit Bintang were running full and after several fruitless phone calls to other hotels, I called up the hotel and checked myself into the Deluxe room. As I mentioned in several paragraphs above on how I was pleasantly impressed with the main lobby, the verdict on the Deluxe room was acceptably good as well. There is nothing avant-garde about the Deluxe room itself, none too fashionable or chic, but the overall condition is a surprising delight. The bedding zone features a plush and comfortable king-size bed while the bathroom is humongous for such room in its class. For a five-year-old hotel, the interior wood fittings on the writing desk and the oversized clothing wardrobe are well-maintained with no traces of wear and scratch that I often see with other rooms with similar design arrangement. The interior design certainly befits the theme of the early 2000s (ie: circa 2002) which I often find rather dated, but the general upkeep of the room makes up a lot of the relative shortcomings. Just like the bedding area, the bathroom is also equally sizeable with separate sections for a bath tub, a wash basin cum vanity and a glass-enclosed shower stall. I really like the side compartments or tiered racks which are placed next to the wash basin where patrons can keep all the toiletry items. Truth be told, with my low expectation of the hotel, the Deluxe room scores one to the good.

The hotel also hosts a sufficient number of guest and health facilities. On the 10th floor lies a medium-size swimming pool that is adequately landscaped with tropical greenery that overlooks the city centre. There are plenty of sunning beds and umbrellas lined along the periphery. Adjacent to the swimming pool is a great landscaped outdoor garden with well-manicured grass, Zen-like pebbles, pergolas and several sunning beds as well. Together with a selection of tropical herbs and shrubs in the surrounding area, the 10th floor section of the building exudes an acceptable ambiance of city oasis. Also on Level 10 is a well-equipped gym which also comes with a spacious aerobic floor. The gym is actually located inside the second hotel tower that hosts the serviced residence units. For those seeking some sort of body and mind treatments, the hotel features the Mandara Spa which should adequately take care of the needs. For corporate or private functions, the hotel provides the whole 3rd floor for meeting and banquet activities. There are nine meeting rooms and two ballrooms which are aptly named Junior Prince and Grand Prince. The banquet or pre-function area is quite spacious to host various social events as it is the case with the ballrooms and the meeting rooms. The hotel is also among the few that offers a cigar room called Fidel's which is located on Level 2. Fidel's offers a good selections of cigar and it opens daily from 1000hrs to just after midnight.

There are five F&B outlets in the hotel serving regular local and western fares to specialised Asian cuisines. The main dining outlet is called Eccucino Brasserie which serves all-day dining selections. The interior setup of Eccucino Brasserie is quite contemporary with an open-kitchen concept which feature a number of cooking stations for piping hot omelets, roti canai, pancakes, etc. On Level 2 lies Tai Zi Heen which is a Chinese restaurant specialising in fine Cantonese cuisines within a modern dining ambiance. Tai Zi Heen is open for lunch and dinner. Also on Level 2 is Taishojin, a Japanese dining outlet that serves both cooked menu items as well as freshly-made sushi. Another outlet on Level 2 is Mezzanine Bar & Lounge which is styled after a cosmopolitan setting with sparse arrangement of plush cushion seats that overlook the gaudy main lobby. The lounge serves regular beverages, coffee, afternoon tea and a wide selection of alcoholic cocktails. Adjacent to the swimming pool on Level 10 is Terrace Poolside Bar & Grill which features a dining deck that overlooks the city skyline. The poolside bar serves light snacks and beverages.

REVIEWED ON:
August 2007

MY VERDICT:
Tasteful lobby design and great room conditions. Everything is surprisingly well-maintained with regular upkeeps. Very good location to both KLCC and Bukit Bintang. Truly a surprise 5-star rating recipient from malaysiahotelreview.com!

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