When it comes to Kuala Lumpur, it is a very large sprawling city. Finding the right hotel in the right location is a challenging task. It depends on what a visitor is planning to do.
In my case, I had to make a trip down to Kuala Lumpur, affectionately known as KL to the locals. I had to apply for a tourist visa at the Morocco Embassy. The submission time is between 10 am - 12 noon. Not knowing what it would be like in terms of waiting time, I took a safe approach by staying overnight in KL.
First thing I did was looked at the KL map. It has been more than a decade since I last visited KL. I expected the city would have more buildings and hotels. Almost all the embassies are located in the Ampang area. Next I searched how I would need to get there from the KL International Airport (KLIA). There is a second KLIA airport known as KLIA2 dedicated to the budget airlines and home to Air Asia fleets. I found out that now there is an express train connecting KLIA2 to KLIA to KL Sentral (which is the transportation hub centre in KL city). This is faster and cheaper than catching a train or Uber.
Next the price of the hotel room has to be within my budget which is between $100 - $150 AUD. There are several options. After comparing prices, reading other travelers' reviews, viewing the the photos posted on each of the hotel and understanding the logistic sides of each of the hotel, I narrowed down to Double Tree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur.
Do you want to know why?
Double Tree ticks all the boxes that I needed for an overnight stay. It is welcoming and service was fast and efficient on check-in. As a Hilton Honor member, I received an email from Hilton with my designated room 1317. I could view the floor layout where my room is located. I could change the assigned room if I want to. This could be done online a couple of days before check-in. How awesome is this!
The only minor issue was that on check-in, I was told by the front desk staff that my room is a smoking room. I was surprised. I didn't read all the descriptions of the assigned room. I was assuming that all international chained hotels in the world by now should have a non-smoking policy. I was wrong. Fortunately the reception staff was very helpful and offered to change my room to a non-smoking floor with a King size mattress.
The room was well furnished with sufficient soft lighting. The colour scheme in the room was neutral in light toned. The room has a see through glass wall between the main living space and the bathroom, which can be shut for privacy. The glass wall makes the room looks spacious. The most important part of the room for me was the mattress, pillows and linens. They were luxe and super comfortable for a nice sleep. The water pressure for the rain shower was perfect for a nice long wash.
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