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The Ascott

9 Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Phone: (60-3) 2142 6868

Reviewed by: gardkarlsen from Norway, review #1701

When: November 2006

Great place if you want a flat for a business stay and the location is good. But there are some business drawbacks.

Master bedroom, photo by Gard Karlsen

We arrived late in KL and we took the KLIA Express to KL Sentral and for 16 RM we took a taxi to the Ascott. The lobby area is small but pretty nice. The check-in was pretty fast and we got two key cards to be used for the elevators and the door to our room. We got room 1602 on the 16th floor. We were hoping to get a view to the Petronas Twin Towers but it seems like that is in another price category. :-)

When we got to the room we were very impressed. As we walked into the room we realized that this was more of a flat. We came right into a room where we found a dining room table and four chairs, a work desk, a big sofa, a TV rack with a nice 26Ē Sony TV with a separate DVD player and sound system. One of the door lead to a small kitchen where there was a stove, micro, fridge/freezer etc. I have to admit that with the cheap prices of food in KL we didnít use it that much. :-)

In our flat there were also 2 separate bedrooms. I went with Olav (a colleague and friend) and we flipped a coin to see who would get the master bedroom. I was lucky enough to win so I got the master bedroom which was the size (or bigger) than your average hotel room. I had my own TV with lots of channels on it, lots of drawers and wardrobes to hang my clothes, a small safe, a huge bed etc. From the bedroom I had direct access to my separate bathroom witch featured a bath, a separate large shower, two sinks, toilet etc.

There were not that many amenities - just the regular shampoo, conditioner, shower soap (from time to time), body lotion, shower cap, etc. The bathroom itself was very nice with tiled floors and walls.

Olav got a room with two beds in it together with a separate bathroom as well but it was slightly smaller and the room was without a TV.

As we came here on business we decided to get online. So we asked for a modem to be sent to our room and we paid 250 Ringgit to have internet for a month (or you can pay 50 RM for a day). It was very easy to get online but Iím afraid that the internet was one of the very negative things about the Ascott. The internet connection was very unstable and it was very frustrating when we had to sit around and wait for the feedback.

As a part of the room there was also an ironing board and an iron so I could prepare my shirts before going to work each morning :-). There is also a laundry service at the hotel if you need stuff to be dry cleaned or washed.

The breakfast lounge is located on the 22nd floor and it has a great view to the Petronas Twin Towers. But the breakfast itself was not very impressive at least if you compare it to Asian 4 or 5 star hotels. But it did have the usual toast, croissants, some fruit, some hot dishes, etc. But they did have a pretty good coffee from a machine ... it made an excellent cappuccino. :-)

On the 22nd floor you will also find a nice outdoor pool, a nice gym and even a Spa.

Location The Ascott is located near KLCC so it is an ideal location if you are going to be working there. It only took us 5-10 minutes to walk to Suria KLCC and that is enough when you walk in a standard office outfit in 26 degrees. It is also located close to the party street where you can find places like the Beach club and Rum Jungle. If you need public transportation you can take the LRT from KLCC or the monorail from around Hard Rock cafť. But it is very cheap to use a taxi to get around in KL so that shouldnít be a problem.

Conclusion The Ascott in Kuala Lumpur is not really a hotel - it is a "serviced apartment," if Iím not mistaken. The flat we had was great and spacious and it was nice to have some room as we were staying there close to 2 weeks. The room has light walls but Iím not sure I like the carpet. There were also signs that it might need a bit of maintenance (loose door stopper, stains on the curtains, etc.)

We also had problem figuring out the light switches and the connection to the main switch. The most negative thing was the extremely unstable internet connection that we struggled with.

So the conclusion is: are you staying long and want a flat that can remind you of a home than this might be an option. There are some drawbacks but I hope that I have managed to describe both the good and the bad of the hotel in this review.

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