Strategically presiding over the crossroads of Jalan Pinang and Jalan Sultan Ismail and only a stone’s throw away from KLCC, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur first opened in 18 June 1996 and has been dominating the corner for over 20 years. The Bukit Nanas monorail station – which connects travellers to Titiwangsa, Bukit Bintang and KL Sentral – also lies right across the road.
Popular among travellers who come to Kuala Lumpur for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE), the five-star hotel constantly has groups of local and international travellers streaming through its doors and lobby that is located in the East Wing. The hotel is now part of the leading global hospitality group Marriott International, which has large international following.
MICE organisers and guests will be glad to know that Renaissance Kuala Lumpur possesses a 1,430 metres squared Grand Ballroom that can accommodate 2,000 persons for a cocktail reception and 800 persons for an elegant sit-down dinner, making it one of the largest pillarless ballrooms in the city. The hotel also has 28 multi-purpose function rooms equipped with the latest state-of-the-art facilities and audiovisual equipment.
When staying at the hotel, Gaya Travel Magazine notices that the hotel staff members are generally attentive and efficient. This is more evident during check-in, when the Front Office employees give their best to speedily check-in groups that come in droves to reduce guests’ waiting time, which is no small feat. Mind you, such dedication towards customer service is increasingly becoming rare, so much so that travellers in the know would definitely find Renaissance Kuala Lumpur a keeper.
Tip: To get more out of Kuala Lumpur, guests are recommended to get in touch with the hotel’s designated Navigator (the person who can advise the guests on where and what to see, eat, do and experience in the city).
Beyond ordinary rooms
Renaissance Kuala Lumpur has 910 rooms in total, with 521 rooms in the East Wing, and another 400 in the West Wing. The rooms come in Superior, Deluxe, LifeStyle Club and Suite categories, all receiving generous amounts of natural light. The bathrooms are generally bright and spacious, cladded with practical and easy-to-maintain high quality material on their floors and walls. VIPs and guests who splurge are recommended to opt for the palatial Presidential Suite in the East Wing or the illustrious Royal Suite in the West Wing.
Gaya Travel Magazine finds the renovated West Wing rooms, unveiled in June 2017, impressive. They are spacious, with sizes starting from 40 metres squared, making them among the largest rooms in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. They sport fresh, contemporary design that appeal to Renaissance Kuala Lumpur’s sophisticated clientele. Taking on a neutral colour palette, the ergonomically designed West Wing rooms are fitted with re-engineered wood flooring and the luxurious Marriott’s Plush Bedding with topper and rich linen. Each of these rooms is also equipped with daybed that doubles as extra bed, Samsung 48” full high definition Smart TV, high tech radio frequency identification door lock system and IP camera security system.
Tip: Travellers are recommended to stay at Room 2320 in the West Wing for the best view of the skyline that includes the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers and KL Tower.
Another category of room in Renaissance Kuala Lumpur that appeals to the discerning crowd are the LifeStyle Rooms, located on LifeStyle Floor (Level 22) in the East Wing. Staying in one of the 63 LifeStyle Rooms only set travellers back MYR450 per night. The rooms are smaller in size compared to the ones in the West Wing, but remarkable nonetheless. Travelling families should take note that the rooms on the LifeStyle Floor do not permit children; however, families can surely find other rooms in the West Wing, including the Junior Suite in the East Wing, more fitting. The LifeStyle Lounge – which is open to LifeStyle members and guests staying at the LifeStyle Rooms – occupies levels 23 and 24, with cocktail served every evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and continental breakfast from 6:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Beyond ordinary facilities
Once guests have enough of their rooms, they should come down to work up a sweat at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur’s 1,300-metre squared fitness centre, which is open 24 hours for guests’ convenience. The fitness centre might also be one of the largest in the city to be operated by a hotel. Inside the male and female changing rooms, there are also jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Besides the fitness centre, guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s huge Olympic-sized pool. It even has two exercise machines inside the pool – hydro-rider and aquatic wheel – for guests to diversify their workouts and make full use of the water. Next to the pool is the Poolside Gazebo that serves exotic cocktails, tropical fruit juices and light bites to refresh guests as they cool off.
Next to the fitness centre is Mandara Spa, the place where guests can find again their balance and enhance their well-being through efficacious treatments and rituals, especially the 50-minute Balinese Massage that offer deep pressure to alleviate muscle soreness, followed by long strokes to rejuvenate the body.
Beyond ordinary gastronomy
For wining and dining, the hotel has abundant choices. TEMPTationS, with its welcomingly vibrant décor, is the hotel’s all-day food and beverage outlet where local delights, authentic Asian and international fare are served buffet style. It is here that guests can feast their senses at the Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Western fare, including wide selection of desserts.
The award-winning Dynasty Restaurant offers innovative Chinese cuisine creatively put together by Executive Sous Chef Kok Chee Kin comprising appetisers, barbecued and roasted specialties, soups, seafood, poultry and meat dishes.
Serving pastries, cakes and snacks throughout the day, the Lobby Lounge is ideal for sitting back over a cup of tea or coffee and unwind amidst the city’s hustle and bustle. Alternatively, guests can also enjoy a fun-filled evening at the Mezzo Bar & Wine Lounge where they can catch the latest local and international sports telecasts while imbibing refreshing cocktails amidst cosy ambience.
Guests seeking accommodation in Kuala Lumpur that is beyond ordinary should come to Renaissance Kuala Lumpur. Due to its enviable location, efficient staff, luxurious rooms, top-notch facilities and above-average food and beverage offerings, staying at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur is not only an experience that is beyond ordinary, but also extraordinary.