By Gaya Travel on February 28, 2012
From afar, Putrajaya Shangri-La looks like a strong fortress that formidably protects its territory but once guests step inside, it is actually a welcoming and contemporarily designed bastion set in a calm and tranquil garden.
Situated relatively 30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur city centre and Kuala Lumpur International Airport, its location is strategic for guests who seek quietness of suburbia but want to remain within an easy reach to the bustling metropolis. Located right in the heart of Malaysia’s administrative centre, Putrajaya Shangri-La is one business hotel that luxuriously houses envoys, delegates and business people that are here on business but wanting to be in a more comfortable and relaxed environment. Stepping into the lobby of this hotel, Gaya Travel quickly understands the property’s understated and tasteful elegance through its simple lighting, shining marble floor, unpretentious furniture and songket motive perforated on metal sheets. With the Prime Minister’s office as the background, the glass wall behind the lobby works effortlessly in making simple ideas work effectively.
Offering 118 rooms that are divided into five categories, this property also comes with facilities and modern conveniences such as wi-fi and broadband internet access, a 24-hour gym, infinity swimming pool, sauna and steam room with Jacuzzi, butler service and business centre. With all of these facilities, guests could simply do their work at any hour they so wish while being surrounded in the comforts of the Deluxe, Fountain Court and Family rooms or Suite. The gym that is open 24 hours offers flexibility to the guests in working out at whatever time that suits them, indicating that the hotel understands the needs of jet-setting business travellers whose timing does not synchronise well locally, especially if they experience jetlag or having to report back to their offices located in different time zones.
Each floor that houses guestrooms at Putrajaya Shangri-La comes with butler service to ensure that the guests’ needs are attended to all times. The rooms are remarkably spacious, equipped with vanity mirror, computer data port, contemporary worktable and compartment for hairdryer in which all of them face outwards to offer guests the view of the garden, the hill or the fountain. Other amenities include an electronic safe, coffee and tea, minibar, personalised voicemail and cable television offering a list of international channels such as CNN, Discovery, ESPN and NHK, apart from local ones.Putrajaya Shangri-La employs the concept of ‘hotel within a park and a park within a hotel’, emphasising the importance of maintaining a truly lush landscape in order to be in line with Putrajaya’s green identity. The grounds of the entire hotel are covered with vegetation provided by Taman Putra Perdana as well as those specifically planted by the hotel’s own management. Taman Putra Perdana is one of the attractions that can be visited by guests since it is located adjacent to the hotel. Residents of Putrajaya also come to the park to enjoy the scenic view of Putrajaya and witness the view of sunrise or sunset because it is located on higher ground compared to the other parks here. In bringing the outside in, Putrajaya Shangri-La also sets up a garden within the hotel located on the ground floor, using shady plants and flowing man-made stream.
The indoor greenery complements the interior of the hotel nicely, creating a harmonious and calming ambience that guests would surely appreciate.Apart from meeting business travellers’ needs, Putrajaya Shangri-La also accommodates demands for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). The Putra Perdana Grand Room, located at the ground floor, is able to accommodate 150 persons at a time and can be broken into two separate spaces. The Grand Room is built for convenience of its guests as it is in close proximity to the lavatories and Muslim praying rooms. The entrance to the Grand Room is also well landscaped complete with a steadily flowing stream and shady plants. There are also four function rooms that can accommodate up to 20 persons each, equipped with LCD projector, adjustable screen, meeting table and chairs and coffee machine.
A stay at Putrajaya Shangri-La is not complete without savouring its culinary offerings. The hotel offers two outlets: Azur, for fine dining, and Palm Hill Café, for all day dining. Azur serves up international menu that is delectable and enriching. Palm Hill Cafe on the other hand is more casual, where guests can come and chill out while enjoying the view of the garden, listening to the soft music and savouring the long list of local and international fare on its menu. For those who prefer to relax, the lobby lounge is the best option for reading books, talking to associates or simply enjoying the view of Putrajaya’s sophisticated architecture.Due to the lesser number of rooms, Putrajaya Shangri-La may pass as a swanky boutique business hotel located close to Malaysia seat of administration. However, the hotel is more than just cosy rooms and beautiful façade – it is almost like a futuristic and intimate and self-contained hub where guests do not need to even step out of the property throughout their stay since almost everything can be provided for them here. For an efficient and reliable stay in Putrajaya, Putrajaya Shangri-la is undoubtedly the accommodation of choice.