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LOCATION:

The Gardens Hotel & Residences is located in Mid Valley City, some 20 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur city centre or 10 minutes from Petaling Jaya via the Federal Highway. To be exact, the hotel is located off Jalan Syed Putra, which is one of the main artery roads connecting Kuala Lumpur to its suburban towns. The hotel is located within the spanking new The Gardens shopping centre which is the latest attraction the sprawling development of Mid Valley City. It is also directly accessible from within the shopping centre or from the adjacent Mid Valley Megamall via a glass-covered sky bridge. Public transportation options to Mid Valley City include the KTM Komuter (on Seremban-Rawang route) or by shuttle bus services from the PUTRA LRT stations at KL Sentral, Bangsar and Abdullah Hukum.

DESCRIPTION:
Managed by Cititel Hotel Management (CHM) and owned by IGB Berhad, an exciting property developer, The Gardens Hotel & Residences marks the foray for IGB Berhad into the luxurious 5-star hospitality establishment. With the introduction of The Gardens Hotel & Residences, a gradual transformation in term of accommodation offering within Mid Valley City could be witnessed from the lower-end Cititel Mid Valley and the medium-end Boulevard Hotel. Together with The Gardens shopping mall adjacent to it, the hotel puts on the table a new lifestyle offering for discerning shoppers and guests alike. The hotel lobby is decidedly stylish and somewhat chic, with featured crystal chandeliers, carved wooden pillars, bright lightings and minimalist selections. The arrangement can best be described as compact with a waiting lounge, reception desks, a concierge counter and the elevator lobby are close to each other. During my visit for the soft opening, some construction works were still in progress and parts of the hotel still reeked in strong odours of paints and chemicals. As time progresses, the construction works should cease in due time, hence the issue should not be a bane for the future guests.

In the grand scheme of things, The Gardens Hotel & Residences shall boast 627 well-appointed accommodation units with 448 rooms and 179 full-serviced residences. For the hotel room categories, the hotel offers 345 Deluxe rooms at an acceptable built-up size of 38 sq-metre with choices of king- or twin-bedding configurations, 69 Executive Deluxe rooms also with 38 sq-metre of space and 34 Executive Premier rooms of 40 sq-metre built-up with king-bedding configuration only. Meanwhile, out of the 179 serviced residences, the hotel offers 75 one-bedroom units (77 sq-metre), 76 two-bedroom units (126 sq-metre) and 28 Penthouses (180 sq-metre, 3 bedrooms). During my stay, only the Deluxe room category was available for booking and the hotel should gradually introduce the other room categories. Without further ado, I present this write-up for my stay in the Deluxe room of The Gardens Hotel & Residences.

The Deluxe room bears some cross resemblances to the room setup that I had previously seen at The Westin Hotel & Residences in Bukit Bintang as well as Hilton Hotel in KL Sentral. If you have read my past reviews of the other two hotels, you can easily gauge the impression that the Deluxe room gives. The room entrance is clad with bold dark wood colours with a built-in shoe rack cleverly hidden in the middle. The extended entrance gives way into the main bedding area clad in soothing grey carpet. A king-size bed is placed as the feature item in the bedding area with crisp striped white cotton sheet. One thing the guests will notice is the plethora of storage compartments available within the bedding area - there are a number of them at the TV cabinet and some more next to the bedside tables. The room features a 32" Sony Bravia LCD TV which is arguably the most premium in the market. The TV cabinet is merged together with a working desk which features an ergonomic office chair and well-hidden multi plug sockets for power supply, telephone and broadband internet access. Adding to the warmth of the room is a micro-fibre sofa with extended leg rest that is placed next to the floor-to-ceiling glass window. From my not-so-brief description of the Deluxe room, it is easy to see that it successfully impresses me (and hopefully others too). Now, to an equally important component of any hotel room, which is the bathroom. In a brief statement, the bathroom design does not fail to please and perhaps it is one of the best you can find in any Superior or Deluxe categories. The bathroom is not exactly spacious but it creates an impression that it is. To emulate an open-style design, the bathroom is clearly visible right from the bedding area. If you cringe on such idea, fret not, as there is actually a segmented sliding door that can veil the bathroom area into oblivion. The bathroom entrance features three components, namely a built-in dressing wardrobe, a water closet and an extra-wide wash basin. A large circular vanity mirror is placed in the middle of the wash basin, together with the common bath trappings such as bar soap, hand towels and stylish toiletries. The final bathroom component is a shower-cum-bath-tub combination but it is not really what we normally in other lower-end hotels. There is actually a dedicated space for the rain shower head next to the bath tub (as opposed to being on the inside). Yes, the soothing rain shower stream comes right down from the ceiling, creating a great rain shower experience, pun intended. If two guests want to use the bath tub and the rain shower simultaneously, they may still be able to do it, albeit in an anomalous bathroom decorum. Anyway, nothing much can be faulted on the bathroom and the Deluxe room for all that matter. It is modern, well-appointed, comfortable and decidedly spacious.

As a 5-star establishment, The Gardens Hotel & Residences will host most, if not all, guest facilities including full-fledged F&B outlets, various function rooms, a ballroom, health & fitness centre (probably a spa outlet as well) and swimming pool. Nonetheless, as of the writing time, some of these facilities are yet to be ready for the guests. For this review, two out of six proposed F&B outlets are already operational, namely the Lobby Bar and The Spread. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Spread offers an all-day dining option in a modern and contemporary setting. Truth be told, I find the interior design to be rather less impressive than what I can expect from a brand-new hotel. The main interior theme is soothing white counter top and soft granite tiles with minimal colourful features thrown in. The food selections are decent and of respectable variety served in a typical open-style kitchen concept. Meanwhile, within the main lobby itself is the Lobby Bar which is probably more elegant in interior arrangement with generous use of dark wood panels and tiles, stylish pendant lamps and contrasting cream-coloured chairs. A variety of freshly-brewed coffee and cocktails are available from the bar counter of the Lobby Bar. Other F&B outlets to open at a later date are the Sage, offering French-Japanese nouvelle cuisines, Ri Yakitori specialising in traditional-style Japanese selections, the Pool Bar by the swimming pool, and the Common Room which will open exclusively for the guests at The Residences.

All in all, The Gardens Hotel & Residences puts up a respectable offering for the ever-growing discerning guests looking to splurge on high-quality and luxurious lifestyle. I sincerely hope the hotel will live up to the expectation when the full opening comes in due time.

REVIEWED ON:
May 2008

MY VERDICT:
Modern and contemporary setting overall. Good location in a popular shopping district. Fantastic and well-designed rooms. Giving credit where it is due, the hotel deserves my 5-star rating. Congratulations!

MY RATING:

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