A one night stay at Dorsett Putrajaya

I love staycations. Especially when we landed on a bargain for a hotel room or an experience. Last weekend, it was my moms 60th birthday. After the feast I decided to check into DORSETT PUTRAJAYA hotel overnight based on its location near Masjid Besi and the Food Truck Area in Putrajaya.

Hotel parking was adequate. FREE of course. Reception was friendly. Room was spacious. Breakfast was a delight. I love how they give you mug options for your coffee. Cause mom’s ain’t gonna have enough of caffeine in those eeenny meeeenyyy white cuppas. Ee’s breakfast rate was RM25.

I booked a Deluxe Room with balcony for a night through Agoda.com and it was RM210.00 including service tax and fee. My room comes with a nice view, free WIFI, complimentary breakfast for 2, coffee. tea and 2 bottles of drinking water. There is an in room iron with board, hairdryer, bath robes with slippers and alhamdulilah a prayer mat. It’s those little touches that make your stay wonderful.

The bathroom had no bath tub but it was fine. The toiletries were cute. I had to try the shampoo and conditioner. It smelt like Lemongrass.

The hotel has an infinity swimming pool and gym on the top floor. The pool is open from 7AM to 7PM whilst the gym is open for 24 hours. The hotel was initially conjoined with a shopping mall but we noticed that only the main supermarket and a few eateries are open. I am not quite sure what happened to the rest of the business premises. The mall looked haunted. Such a waste of space and facilities. I really hope that Waterfront Hotel in Kuching would not suffer from a similar fate.

The scene outside at the balcony in the night was really really beautiful. I could stare at the mosque all night. We had dinner at the food truck area. The options were alright and they had a sitting area too for you to eat your meals. It’s like an open air foodcourt cuma yg berjualnya guna truck. We had western food – spaghetti aglio olio and carbonara with iced milk tea.

 

I would book a room here again if I had any business going on in Putrajaya. The location is calm. There is not much traffic for a weekend staycation. You could even get involved in healthy activities like walking or cycling.

Upon completion of my stay here, I received an automated email saying that I am now a member of Dorsett Loyalty Rewards programme. This entitles me to exclusive member benefits etc. Will explore on that later.

Hotel Tenera, Bangi

I drove straight to Hotel TENERA after my morning CSR activity at Rumah Seri Mesra Ampang. It took me about an hour with all the horrendous traffic using Google Map. I was surviving on a 39% Samsung battery life because I forgot to charge at the centre. I forgot I did an FB Live which consumed much of my battery. I need a power bank.

Traffic was bad. Honestly, I don’t know how y’ll Kay-Ell peeps live this life everyday.

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“Shariah compliant, prestigious and elegant 4 star hotel with an average rating of 8.5/10”

Meaning no alcohol or pubs on site. Hence, most guests were muslims. But don’t get them wrong, non muslims are still very welcome to stay. And do relax, it’s not that they play the Quran recitation in the lobby 24 hours a day! You can even wear shorts and sleeveless T-shirts if that is comfortable attire to you. They don’t force a hijab on you. Perhaps not strutting in a bikini though. I booked the hotel through my favourite app – AGODA.Com. Gosh, Agoda should make me their affiliate or collaborator or something. Hahaha.

Hotel TENERA has 2 separate buildings to accommodate the hotel rooms and their apartments. I chose to stay in the apartments cause the price is a bargain.

 

Mine is a Studio King Apartment which comes with Free Wifi and Breakfast for 2 that I shared with my mom. I paid RM228 per night including tax and service fee. What was not included was the RM10 tourism fee which international tourists pay at the site.

The hotel was easily located with Google Map. Check in was at the hotel main lobby and I was brought to the apartment with a buggy. It was an 8 second ride. LOL.

My room was on the 14th floor. It was just after 3 PM when I arrived, so I took the time to run the water for my soak in the bath tub. I made myself coffee, put on my doTERRA diffuser and relaxed at the living space watching the remaining Shah Rukhs Khans hindi movie  – Paheli.  The story is about hantu raya. LOL.

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There’s a prayer mat, hairdryer, iron with board and mini fridge as well in my room. After my rest, I went to my parents place to have dinner and also picked my mum up to come stay with me at the hotel. I think she needs time away from home. Hahaha. Plus, she loves breakfast at the hotel.

Public Amenities

There are plenty of parking spaces at both parts of the hotel. In the apartment area, there is a swimming pool and mini gymnasiums for patrons to work out.

At the hotel building, there is a separate pool for ladies! But my mom and I did not have time to explore much cause we both slept in the morning after Subuh prayers. Yeh, two very exhausted moms of different ages. Hahaha.

There is a designated Smoking Area too outside.

Breakfast & Restaurant

I am not quite sure what to advice. If you come too early, you’ve got to beat the huge crowd. Especially on a weekend. So we had ours a bit late. We both went up for breakfast at 900am but risked having some of the local favourites on the finishing end with no signs of being replenished. Such as the half boiled eggs. There was a wait for roti canai and pastries. Even the normal sliced breads are not topped up. The main dishes were alright but I was dying for the good ol Nasi Lemak which was substituted with fried rice instead. Hampa. 

Perhaps the good part of it is that we get to eat bowls and bowls of cereal. If only they would consider having overseas cereal options.. the ones not available in your regular supermarkets like those premium ones sold at Jaya grocers for a change. Barulah cornflake hotel. giteww. 

There is however a stand alone restaurant within the same compound of the hotel if you are still hungry. A small cafe is also available at the lobby just beside the little Siti Khadijah store . To those in the dark, Siti Khadijah is famous for its prayer garments. It is usually given as gifts especially for umrah/hajj. 

Even then, there is a huge mall beside the hotel. I am not sure of its name but you do need to drive a bit unless you need to fulfill your 10,000 steps exercise for the day. There, you could find most fast food joints and regular shops for window shopping. Mum and I decided to just stay in the hotel room until it was time to check out.

I checked out by 11AM because I did not want to be caught up in traffic back to Melaka. Overall, it was a satisfying pleasant and relaxing stay. I would definitely bring my kids here next time.

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Melaka

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We booked a Studio during our stay at this resort. It has 2 single beds which we pushed closed together and towards the wall to accommodate the 4 of us. Mr Husband paid RM293.50 for a 3D2N stay including breakfast , tax and 2 adult entrance ticket to the waterpark for FREE. We still have to pay RM20 tourism fee upon checking in. 

3D2N = RM 293.50

The hotel was understandably packed as it was the long holidays. Our breakfast on the 1st morning had to be held at the convention centre because of the huge number of people. It was only the second day did we get to sit in the coffee house.

Breakfast selection was acceptable for the price you’re paying. You have the rice/noodle option, toasts with jam/ butter, porridge, fruits, basic cereals and coffee/tea. It was OK. 

Checking in was a breeze. This resort uses a ticketing system to serve their customers. Service was fast. Our room was located on the 8th floor in the Amari Villa. Despite the large volume of people staying in the resort, there was no difficulty (for us) to get into a lift. Bayou Lagoon has an in house convenience store just in front of the elevators which was convenient when you’re desperate. Otherwise, replenish your supplies elsewhere. 

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Our room has a strong WIFI connection, a mini fridge and complementary beverages. To us, having a fridge is a blessing. We are not allowed to bring the room towels to the water park, so either bring your own from home or rent one in the park itself. 

Our tickets came with the price of the room. Otherwise, the fees are as below;

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As you can see, there are other attractions available but because of time constraints ( we still have a few houses to visit for Eid), we just went into the water park. 

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Bayou Lagoon is a relatively small water park compared to the bigger ones out there. Families with young kids would enjoy this place. Teenagers and young adults? Maybe, depending on what thrill you’re looking for. What I loved about the place is that they don’t scrutinize your swimwear. Meaning, it is ok to wear a clean T-shirt and pants. One need not wear a burkini for instance. Janji pakai baju. 

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This place does not have lifeguards. So swim and play at own risk. There is an eatery inside. You can reload your tag with RM50 at the entrance and once you’re in the park, transactions are scanned through your bracelet. I am not sure if you could collect any balance from the counter once you’ve exit the park. That perhaps, is a question other visitors can answer. 

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Ee enjoyed going down the water slides. He is a lot more braver the last time we brought him to play in a park. Ninie on the hand, occupied and entertained herself by scooping water into her little bowl. Occasionally, I would give her duck float a little push around the ankle pool. In case, you’re wondering, she is not butt-nàkéd. She is wearing a diaper. But we don’t let her take a dip into the pool for hygiene purposes. 

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If I could improve my trip experience any better, I would consider the following;

  • buy own bottled mineral water in advance. their convenience store is expensive. A bottle of 2L drinking water costs a freaking RM6.
  • bring a few extra blankets cause my kids, being self-centred (lol..egoistic lil brats HA HA) like to keep the blankets to themselves. They ain’t wanna share. And while you’re at it, bring personal towels that you can use inside the water park too.
  • diffuse the room with EOs of your choice. the room does smell a bit musty when we first arrived. It got better but the experience could be enriched with my doTERRA oils preferably the Wild Orange/ Peppermint. 

Grand Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

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Good location, comfortable room, delicious food.

That would be my heading for a review on Agoda.Com. We stayed there over the weekend. I had a conference about Old Age. Which means Mr Husband and the kids get to roam the city as local tourists. They went to Zoo Negara without me. Hmph.

But I joined them for the trip to Petrosains KLCC the next day. That will be another blog entry.

Generally our stay at GSH was great. Its near the Chowkit Monorail which can get you anywhere in KL once you reach KL Sentral. Hotel facilities are modern and up to date with a bit of Indian touch to it when it comes to food. Very nice. Plenty of legal parking space.

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There are however a few things of concern. More of to highlight so guests could make preparations in advance;

  1. The toilet has a bidet. Which may not be kids-friendly. Kids might have difficulties to adjust their bum and what not hence could be off target in most cases and you end up with a puddle.
  2. The lobby toilet is only available for hotel guests of if you’re a customer of their very own Avenue Cafe. Weird. Even Ee was like commenting ‘tandas bawah ni pun dia nak kunci?”
  3. Its a popular hotel. In the heart of Kuala Lumpur and a popular venue for conferences. If you’re like me, who decided to check in late, just be prepared that your extra requirements may not be met due to the huge number of guests. I did not get my large bed. And my non-smoking room. The reception said, “I’m sorry, but this is all we’ve got for now”. And he forgot to give me my Wifi password and inform me where I’ll be having my breakfast the next morning.
  4. Speaking of WIFI. It is free BUT it has a limit. Like maybe just 2 slots per room? Cause when Mr Husband and I wanted to do our work on the laptop – we couldn’t log in because we had initially used the free WIFI on our phones. And even if we had logged out of the service on our phones – the WIFI won’t connect with our laptops. So.. penat je kan angkut benda alah tu. Geram I. 

I guess that’s about it. Breakfast  is wonderful . Fresh fruits. Delicious nasi lemak sambal with chicken percik. Rich banana cake. There’s even tosai for those tosai lovers.

During our stay , there was a minor renovation going on at the swimming pools floor. The pool is still open to public. There is a gym on the same floor and also a dodgy looking spa. Grand Palace Spa. I dare not enter as there was a man sitting at the reception. Perhaps it is too under renovation in the inside. I was dying for a Reflexology Foot Massage.

Overall, it was a pleasant stay but I would choose to book there on a weekday. And not on a school holiday. And if it has to be there because of a conference or something.. then I’ll check in early.

Our 6th Anniversary at Palm Garden Hotel, IOI City Resort

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We stayed here for 2 nights : 31 December 2016 – 02 January 2017 and booked the Heliconia Twin Room which has 3 single beds in it. The total payment was MYR 458.00 which included breakfast for 2 people.

I made by booking through Agoda.Com and paid for it with my credit card. Checking in on a Saturday afternoon was a bit of a wait but all counters were open and reception staff was still able to manage a smile and a small pleasant conversation.

Our room was 117. There were no supernatural sightings or weird noises as reviewed by a visitor back in 2014. That particular review back then was so specific to mention room 107 & 202. We did hear the therapeutic sounds of the garden pool though.

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Despite our many holidays and hotel stays – we were new to the Turndown Service. I thought that was interesting and a simple google search led me to various articles regarding this service. We didn’t require the service but it was good to know. The furniture in the room is a bit old but sturdy and the rooms electricity supply did not require us to put our card key into any form of slot. It was just the simple old fashioned main switch – God bless, I loved it.

I wanted to try the Tranquility Spa especially with the Happy Hour Promotion but the spa was fully booked. Damn.. they have a 50% discount on selected packages from 11AM to 3PM everyday. The catch is your session must be within that time frame. So you can’t really book a 1 hour massage at 230PM – it just doesn’t work that way. Maybe next time.

I was happy with the breakfast buffet although there have been suggestions to have more variety of food. What more can they add honestly? There’s already cereal, salad, fruits, local delicacies, western options.. are these people asking for kebabs? Laksa ?

The swimming pool was surprisingly very happening. My son feared water  – he can only swim in the bath tub. But looking at the crowd of young parents like ourselves bringing their kids, just shows that the pool is fun and a major attraction to families who choose this place. Plus, the view is great!

Parking space is abundant and guess what – IOI City Mall is just a <10 min walk from the hotel. The hotel also has a shuttle service to the mall that takes you less than 5 minutes to get there if walking is not your cup of tea.

Would I stay at this hotel again?

Definitely. Why not. And I’ll book the spa next time. 

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