By Jeremy Khalil on July 19, 2019
Being merely 45 minutes’ drive away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sunway Putra Hotel is a 35-storey, 650-room, family-friendly, value-for-money five-star hotel that forms part of the Sunway Putra integrated mixed-use development that seamlessly combines the hotel with the award-winning eight-storey Sunway Putra Mall and an office tower.
Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) – one of the most established convention and exhibition venues in Kuala Lumpur – is linked to the hotel via a pedestrian link-bridge. The city’s major transport nodes are within easy reach from the hotel, making it an ideal base for business and leisure travellers. On top of that, the hotel’s free scheduled shuttle service connects guests to various landmarks and attractions around Kuala Lumpur like Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Tower, Bukit Bintang, and Aquaria KLCC. With its enviable location and remarkable access, ‘ultimate convenience’ should be the hotel’s other name.
After the completion of a MYR123 million refurbishment programme back in 2016, Sunway Putra Hotel proudly showcases its new look and welcomes guests to a refreshed experience. On arrival, guests are ushered to the 9th floor where the hotel’s sprawling main lobby is situated, featuring a dramatic atrium dome with natural light flooding in through the prism-like skylight, creating memorable atmosphere for a private and elevated check-in and arrival experience. Once checked in, guests can easily log on to the hotel’s fast Wi-Fi connectivity.
Sunway Putra Hotel features nine room types (Superior, Deluxe, Family, Club, Family Studio, Junior Suites and Club Suites, 2 Bedroom Suites and Premier Suite) that are all fitted with conveniences such as complimentary Wi-Fi, LED Smart TV, electronic safe, and mini fridge, including coffee- and tea-making facilities for an efficient stay in Kuala Lumpur.
The rooms at Sunway Putra Hotel are generally bright and uncluttered through the use of light-weight furniture, rendering them airy and welcoming. They come with clean lines and characterised by soothing colours and hues that are easy on the eyes to promote relaxation. The material used for the room’s fixtures, cladding and flooring are practical and durable, meant for easy and long-term maintenance, something that many Malaysian developers should emulate and apply onto their residential developments, irrespective of cost, because those materials help to enhance the quality of living.
One of our team members stayed in a Deluxe Room, which is smartly upholstered in white and blue colour scheme. The room generously provides five plug points, with one of them being multi-standard for foreign travellers’ convenience. Another team member stayed in room number 2510 on 25th floor, which is interestingly spacious and embellished in white, beige, and reenergising light orange. It also comes with a balcony that overlooks the city’s breathtaking skyline.
Though it is indeed worthwhile to simply stay at any of Sunway Putra Hotel’s rooms because of the comfort and convenience they provide, we recommend that guests choose to stay on Club Floor to enjoy extensive benefits that include personalised check-in and check-out, late check-out until 4.00pm (subject to availability) and complimentary local calls.
Another advantage of putting up at Sunway Putra Hotel’s Club Floor is the entry to the purposefully-designed 272-square metre Club Lounge on level 34, which comprises fully-equipped lounge, dining and boardroom spaces for added comfort and privacy since Club Floor guests can come to the lounge in the mornings to have their breakfast in exclusivity, enjoy free-flowing non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day, and on-the-house cocktails in the evenings. Club Lounge is also the best place for guests to catch the glimpse of the city’s major icons such as Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur Tower and the exclusively leafy neighbourhood of Bukit Tunku.
We are surprised to find that the food and beverages served at Sunway Putra Hotel are notably appetising yet underrated. The hotel’s all-day dining outlet located on 9th floor – modestly called ‘Coffee House’ – serves local and international fare through its buffets and a la carte menus. During breakfast, Coffee House lays out an extensive spread that include Chinese, Malay, vegetarian and Western fare, besides usual staples like bread, cereal and fruits. We love the outlet’s flavourful and lip-smacking Malaysian fried noodles served during breakfast, which guests should not miss.
Coffee House is also well known for its legendary Fish Head Curry dish served with two plates of steamed white rice and vegetables that diners can order any day of the week between 11:00 a.m. until around 9:30 p.m. Diners could also choose any of the outlet’s a la carte favourites like margherita pizza, Sunway Putra club sandwiches, grilled chicken chop with mashed potato, yellow curry noodle with cockles and Indonesian fried rice, each accompanied by a cup of coffee and tea, including dessert and reasonably priced at MYR28 nett. On weekends, this outlet showcases delectable high tea buffet from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Coffee House has Kid’s Menu too, including a children’s corner so that parents can comfortably dine while monitoring their children playing in a safe environment.
Adjacent to the Coffee House is The Atrium Lounge, which presents its signature English or Malay afternoon tea sets every day from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., including a wide selection of coffee, cakes and pastries.
On the same note, Japanese cuisine lovers should head to the restaurant called Gen on Level 10 for authentic Japanese menu that ranges from teppanyaki to buffet offerings that are apparently popular for lunch and dinner. Diners should try one of the restaurant’s signatures, which is the satiating grilled saba (mackerel). Many of Gen’s expansive windows run along the curved main dining area, rewarding diners with sweeping and captivating views of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic skyline that is increasingly recognised globally. Do take note that Gen closes every Monday.
Leisure facilities in Sunway Putra Hotel includes a 24-hour fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool with an attached children’s pool and a hot tub overlooking the city. The hotel also offers free scheduled shuttle service to KLCC and Bukit Bintang area specifically for guests.
For meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), Sunway Putra Hotel offers 15 spacious function rooms, including the meeting venue located on 35th floor of the hotel called Meet-On-35, supported by highly competent staff. The hotel also possesses a flexible Grand Ballroom that can be divided into separate sections using mobile wall system and accommodate up to 1,200 persons in a theatre-style setting, or 800 persons in a banquet-style seating, ideal for prestigious events and banquets. With such facilities, Sunway Putra Hotel garnered the ASEAN MICE Venue Standard Award conferred by ASEAN Tourism Forum in January 2018.