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.
There are however a few things of concern. More of to highlight so guests could make preparations in advance;
- 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.
- 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?”
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Hotel Bangi Putrajaya was previously known as Equatorial hotel. I was informed by a friend that their star ratings dropped – hence the change in name. Which probably includes the management team. That did not deter me to book it for my so called weekend stay-cation.
The plan was to ronda2 Putrajaya or Bangi and use the room for sleeping only. We ended up soaking in the luxuries of the room and place. Ha ha. Our feet were practically rooted to the room.
Our room number was 611. My son thought that we were given that particular room because he enjoyed watching Astro Ceria. Of course – that was not the reason.
The world doesn’t evolve around you my son.
So what do I think of the place?
Price : I’d say it is worth every penny. This is after all a resort. I booked my room through Agoda.Com, so it was quite easy.
Location : Love the hotel on top of the hill. It overlooks a golf course and if you’re lucky you get to see the pool. You would have the feeling of being isolated in a land far far away but interestingly we still see flocks of people appearing here and there. Mostly participants of a meeting or a course.
Hospitality : Very friendly and accommodating front desk. They were also very thoughtful by providing free flow drinks while waiting and a bowl of sweets at hand for visitors. Mr Husband loved the FREE, COMPLIMENTARY English newspapers. I also learnt that they have a shuttle service to IOI Mall Putrajaya.
Food : I wish I could say the breakfast was awesome. Well.. they could try harder. He he.. after all there is a nearby food court which has a the famous Haji Samuri Satay!
Cleanliness : Tip top. KUDOS to the housekeeping team.
Would I book it again? definitely! Once they are done with their renovations of course.