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LOCATION:

Accessible from the Putrajaya Highway (South Klang Valley Expressway, or SKVE). If you are driving from the North South Expressway (NSE, or PLUS Highway), take either the exits at Serdang or Kajang. About 15 minutes from the ERL terminal in Putrajaya-Cyberjaya or 30 minutes from KLIA.

DESCRIPTION:
Built on a contemporary neo-Gothic architecture, the Putrajaya Marriott imposing structure is hard to miss when passing through the Putrajaya Highway. Located inside the massive compound of IOI Resort, the overall development consists of office tower blocks, two international-class resorts (the Putrajaya Marriott itself and the Renaissance Palm Garden), a golf course and a clubhouse.

There are 35 well-appointed suites and 453 guest rooms in this resort, certainly a tell-tale sign of its size. My Deluxe Room was acceptably nice. The bed was plush and comfortable, and adequately-sized wardrobe and study desk were provided inside. I am not actually a big fan of carpeted floors (God knows how clean they are, and let's face it, carpeted rooms are so 1980s). The bathroom was quite big but not as impressive as I initially expected. Your assigned room can either be facing featureless rolling hills or Kuala Lumpur city view. I only stayed in the former, though I reckon the so-called city-skyline view can be disappointing due to the distance and poor visibility.

From the main entrance, the hotel looks really massive, with colossal stone-carved archways greeting you throughout the boulevard. The fountain feature at the lobby entrance is spectacular when seen at night. Inside, the lobby is wide and expansive, but to me, it felt less exclusive with the ever-present crowd of hotel patrons as well as misplaced advertisement placards and banners that effectively takes out the luxurious essence of the hotel. First impression counts, so I felt that the Putrajaya Marriott really missed out on that.

Nevertheless, the swimming pool really makes up for the hotel's interior shortcomings. The pool area consists of a large swimming section, kid's pool as well as a whirlpool. The landscaping is meticulously done too, with eye-soothing man-made waterfalls filled with beautiful flowering shrubs and tropical trees.

The Putrajaya Marriott boasts three restaurants, a bistro and three drinking bars. The Terrace Café offers all-day a la cartè and buffet selections overlooking the beautiful pool garden, while the Summer Palace serves Szechuan delicacies, and occasionally dim sum buffet menus. For Japanese food enthusiasts, the Midori Restaurant should be able to satisfy their appetites in an authentic Japanese setting. The Palmwalk Bistro offers great selections of coffee, be it the in-house brew, latté, cappuccino as well as ice-blended. The Lobby Lounge is the most popular drinking outlet, set amidst an indoor terrace overlooking the golf course whilst piano music is being serenaded in the background. The Splash, as the name would suggest, is the pool bar, which the Tuscany is an exclusive Italian-themed cocktail-cum-wine bar.

Online published rates start at RM330 nett. I paid RM190++ per night under my corporate rate programme.

REVIEWED ON:
April 2006

MY VERDICT:
Impressive architecture, great rooms. Nonetheless, too crowded and lacks the sense of exclusivity.

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