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LOCATION:

One World Hotel is located in Bandar Utama, a mature and established suburban township of Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The hotel is directly accessible from the Damansara - Puchong Expressway (LDP) which connects Bandar Utama with Kuala Lumpur city centre via the Federal Highway, with Bangsar via the SPRINT Highway as well as with Klang, Shah Alam and Klang via the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE). The hotel building is located adjacent to the 1-Utama shopping centre and is clearly visible from the expressway. The closest PUTRA LRT station is at Kelana Jaya from which a regular bus service is available to shuttle visitors to 1-Utama.

DESCRIPTION:
Boasting a massive population of about 250,000 with an estimated 1-2 million residents within its 50-kilometre radius, Bandar Utama is pretty much a well-established business district with a fairly affluent middle-class demographic. In recent days, high-end shopping centres such as the IKANO Power Centre which houses the only IKEA outlet in Malaysia, The Curve and TESCO have complemented the standing of 1-Utama, arguably one of the most popular shopping centres in the Klang Valley. With such a respectable profile in term of demographic, the setting up of a 5-star hotel in the area is very well overdue. The hotel building is ultimately owned and managed by the See Hoy Chan Holdings via Bandar Utama City Sdn Bhd, a property developer that almost single-handedly nurtured the township of Bandar Utama to become one of the most sought-after residential and commercial addresses in Selangor. To improve on its visibility, One World Hotel has tied up with the WORLD HOTELS AG (WORLDHOTELS) of Germany, which Malaysian affiliation includes Palace of the Golden Horses, Prince Hotel & Residences, Sutera Harbour Resort and Hotel Maya.

The imposing 20-storey hotel building houses 438 rooms and suites. The lowest room category is the Superior room which boasts a respectable size of 40 sq-m of space. Interestingly, the Deluxe and Deluxe Plus rooms are also built in a similar 40 sq-m size. Each of the Superior, Deluxe and Deluxe Plus room is fitted with a 32" LCD TV, working desk, electronic safe, hair dryer, iron with ironing board, mini bar, coffee & tea making facilities, IDD telephones with voicemail and satellite TV channels. Since these three room categories are rather similar in terms of size and amenities, one might be wondering the difference between them. The answer lies on the floor assignment for each room - the Superior rooms are placed on the lower floors of the hotel building while the Deluxe and the Deluxe Plus ones are located higher up. Apart from that, room categories are further distinguished by the bedding configurations - the Superior rooms are available in queen-bedding or twin-bedding configuration, the Deluxe rooms are available in king-bedding configuration while two queen-size beds are offered in the Deluxe Plus rooms. For those fancying club-floor benefits, the hotel offers Peridot Club rooms and suites with premium offerings such as personalised check-in and check-out procedures, welcome drinks and fruits, evening cocktails and morning breakfast at the Club Lounge, purser service (something like a cross-breed between a butler and a runner), complimentary use of meeting room and others. The first two categories of the Peridot Club rooms are Deluxe and Deluxe Plus which similarly boasts a built-up size of 40 sq-m. A major quantum increase in built-up size can be witnessed in the offering of Junior Suites at 70 sq-m and Executive Suites at 100 sq-m. These suites are equipped with 42" LCD TV and separate living areas. This review shall cater for a stay in the Deluxe room of the hotel.

As mentioned previously, the Deluxe room is sized generously at 40 sq-m of well-appointed space with homely colours of cream, beige and wood-brown. Bear in mind that most hotels rarely offer anything higher than 38 sq-m for the Superior / Deluxe category. The room entrance opens into a spacious walk-in closet and an equally large bathroom area. The king-size bed is clad in crisp cotton white sheet and plush down pillows. Adding a touch of contemporary feel is a bed runner with floral motifs. A 32" LCD TV is neatly tucked on the wall panel facing the king-size bed. A unique gesture is presented when you switch on the LCD TV for the first time - the screen will display a welcoming message with your name clearly spelled on it. While not exactly a technological marvel per se, such neat trick goes a long way to impress the newly arrivals regardless. A large working desk is cleverly placed at a corner and it features an ergonomic leather chair and a reading light should you need to burn the midnight oil for that important meeting the very next day. A comfortable cushion sofa is placed on another corner, right next to a large glass window. As in my case, the window opens out to the views of the swimming pool, 1-Utama as well as the neighbourhoods of Mutiara Damansara and Taman Tun Dr Ismail. The Deluxe room is fitted with a so-called 4-feature bathroom that consists of four major elements; wash basin, bath tub, shower cubicle and water closet. The glass-encased shower cubicle features a rain shower head that pours down soothing stream of water from the ceiling. As part of the evening turn-down service, a hotel staff presented me with a watch together with a appreciation note from the General Manager. In a sense, all the little things do signify a warming gesture of the hotel to please its guests, from a spacious and well-appointed rooms to general courtesy overall. I can't help but to give a full mark to the hotel in term of accommodation and its guest services.

In term of general facilities, the hotel is pretty much equipped with everything a 5-star establishment has to offer. It hosts an array of meeting and banqueting facilities including the sizeable Imperial Ballroom and a number of function rooms. Of late, the hotel seems to be getting plenty of high-profile events for the government officials as well as the private sector. On the 2nd floor of the main lobby lies the Business Centre which boasts a comprehensive paraphernalia for business travelers. Meanwhile, health facilities in the hotel include a medium-size pool area consisting adult and children's pool respectively, a fitness centre equipped with the latest gym equipment and a spa outlet uniquely named THANN Sanctuary. I really like the overall swimming pool layout despite the visible shortcoming for facing the roof area of 1-Utama. Adequate greenery is patched throughout the perimeter as to negate the impact while sporadic placement of Balinese-inspired stone carvings are neatly placed to create a relaxing environment. Plenty of sunning beds and umbrellas are provided along the periphery.

One World Hotel features five F&B outlets as well as a cigar divan and a drinking bar. The main eatery of the hotel is the Cinnamon which is the all-day dining restaurant. I am very much impressed with the interior of the Cinnamon, boasting contemporary, bold and bright design selections. Outdoor features a such as fish ponds, water stream and lush tropical garden encapsulate the glass-wall exterior of the restaurant, creating a lively dining experience. Naturally, open-style cooking space and serving areas are presented inside the restaurant together with a decorative wine rack. Patrons are free to choose to dine indoor or at the outdoor garden. Meanwhile, adjacent to the reception desk at the main lobby lies the Sphere Lounge that features grandiose Roman columns, classical statues and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Live band performance is presented on selected days at the lounge apart from soothing piano tunes. For ethnic cuisines, the hotel offers Kura Japanese Restaurant and Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant, both are located on the 2nd floor of the main lobby. At the swimming pool, the Pool Bar & Grill is available for beverages and snacks for the pool patrons in indoor or outdoor setup, while extensive BBQ dinners are served in the weekend's evenings.

Overall, I feel that One World Hotel puts an exciting array of amenities and guest services on the table. The hotel is very well-appointed in many segments while the interior designs are excellent to say the least. In short, it is hard not to be impressed with what One World Hotel has to offer.

REVIEWED ON:
October 2007

MY VERDICT:
Modern, stylish, spacious and well-equipped rooms. Unique gestures for the guests. Impressive selection of F&B outlets. The 5-star rating is a no-brainer. Keep it up, One World Hotel!

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