Honestly, prior to my recent experience staying at Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, I only have been whizzing pass this hotel many times whenever I was heading somewhere. I eventually stepped into this hotel for the first time to experience the Ramadan buffet held at the hotel’s food and beverage outlet called Kwee Zeen, but I didn’t get to know much about this world-class property just yet.
So, when Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara invited me for a stay, I quickly grabbed it. My stay was in conjunction with the reopening of Club Millésime, which had been closed for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After spending three days and two nights at Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, I find this French-inspired property has grown on me, to the point that I didn’t feel like leaving at all because it offers many experiences, especially when it comes to dining!
1. Club Millésime
To the uninitiated, Club Millésime is an impeccable executive lounge located on Level 22 and can only be accessed for guests who stay in certain room categories or with the additional cost of MYR220 per person per night. In this extensive, private lounge, travellers can enjoy many perks that reflect its exclusivity like personalised express check-in and check-out, Le Goûter (French afternoon tea), Apéro Chic (evening cocktails and canapés), free-flowing refreshments throughout the day, and late check-out until 4.00 p.m. (subject to availability).
Of course, those who opt for this lounge mostly do so to relax and enjoy such perks, including the staff’s accommodating and attentive hospitality. It is also appropriate for those who want to work in privacy. Additionally, travellers can enjoy a two-hour complimentary use of Club Millésime’s meeting room per stay (subject to prior reservation and availability). The lounge even comes with high-speed Internet access, making it ideal for working or meeting online.
In short, Club Millésime excellently lives up to its function as an exclusive lounge, which I wouldn’t mind spending my time in, all day long. Oh, by the way, this lounge opens from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily.
2. The room
I stayed in the room belonging to the Luxury Room category, which comes with two-single beds. The French influence is strongly represented in the room’s decor, especially in the use of the black Rococo-inspired vanity mirror near the mini bar that is equipped with Nespresso coffee machine alongside a box of premium Dilmah tea.
I have always known that Sofitel is proud of their signature MyBed™ bedding concept, which I feel is Sofitel’s differentiating factor. The soft-top mattress is made to relieve pressure and offer optimal support during slumber so that travellers get to sleep soundly and wake up the next day totally refreshed.
The bathroom is simply gorgeous and comes with spacious bathtub. The hotel uses Lanvin essential amenities, making the experience ever more luxurious.
Other room features include 49-inch LED TV, digital alarm clock with Bluetooth, writing desk, sofa, armchair, and walk-in closet.
3. Kwee Zeen
Kwee Zeen is Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara’s all-day dining restaurant that serves Malaysian, French and international fare. Located just next to the lobby, this outlet serves countless breakfast; but if I were to choose, I love Kwee Zeen’s nasi lemak that was so fragrant, flavourful and gratifying. And not forgetting the tender German beef sausage!
I thought I’ve been spoiled enough during breakfast, but I spoke too soon because the outlet is even more generous with its offerings come dinner time. I was lucky because my visit coincided with the outlet’s jaw-dropping Seafood Extravaganza buffet. Kwee Zeen goes all out when it comes to serving fresh seafood items like lobsters, salmon, prawns, crabs, scallops, and oysters during the buffet, normally held on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Kwee Zeen also has a long list of menu encompassing Chinese, Indian and Western options, but I recommend diners to try out the outlet’s savoury, well-marinated satay with peanut sauce and fulfilling nasi impit on the side. Wrap up your dinner with delectable desserts such as vanilla eclairs, chocolate tartlet, strawberry cremeux lollipops, and assorted Malay sweetmeats.
4. Wan Chun Ting
The name means ‘Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion’ and as elegant as it sounds, this restaurant serves Cantonese and Imperial cuisines. This is the place for diners to savour the best-selling and wonderful Dim Sum brunch amidst swanky décor, especially that giant chandelier at the centre, which exudes regality. The outlet’s staffs are also attentive and customer centric.
When I first looked at the menu, I was tight-lipped because I was unable to make any selection due to the abundant choices. So, I frankly asked the staff to “surprise me”. And guess what? I was pleasantly surprised!
The outlet’s steam barbecued chicken bun is a must. I also recommend the steamed fish ball with Chinese spinach, steamed chicken and prawn dumpling with seaweed, deep fried prawn balls coated with almond flakes, wantan with Sichuan sauce and taro dumpling. My dining spread was definitely a meal fit for a king.
5. Le Bar Cocktail & Stories
Le Bar is a watering hole for oenophiles since it specialises in clean, velvety French wines. But those who are not into alcohol are welcomed too, since the bar is known for its stylish French high tea, making it perfect for casual meetings with colleagues, gatherings or intimate dates.
During my stay, I took the opportunity to experience the newly-introduced La Boule En Rose afternoon tea set, which suits couples. The set includes teas and dainty pastries and desserts delightfully assembled on a three-tiered tray. My afternoon was made even more memorable as I enjoyed the graceful violin performance by Roxanne Ng from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The live show is only available on weekends.
6. In-room dining
There was that one evening when I felt like lazing around in my room and not in the mood to go out, so I called up in-room dining for dinner. I ordered pizza and burger from Nizza, another outlet within Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara that serves French-Italian specialties. The service was smooth, and I felt so comfortable having my dinner within the comforts of my own room while watching Netflix.
7. The facilities
Up this point, you must have realised that I have been mentioning about the food at Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara non-stop, but the truth is there are more to the hotel than gastronomy. For instance, its swimming pool on Level Three is huge and situated right next to the Nizza pool bar. The pool even has floating bean bags, jacuzzi areas, plenty of chairs and gazebos. On the same floor, there is a well-equipped Sofitel FITNESS gym for those who wish to stick to their fitness regime. The changing rooms are enormous as well. It has sauna and steam room for a more wholesome experience.
Staycationing at Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is indeed rewarding. Despite being in the city, guests can still have a relaxing getaway to ease their mind with good food, exceptional hospitality, praiseworthy service and state-of-the-art facilities.
For more information about Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, visit the hotel’s official website here.