Nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur Business District, sits Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral. The property is part of Mariott- Bonvoy group operating more than 175 lifestyle hotels around the world and each of them embodies a different design based on the culture it creates.
If you’re coming from the KLIA airports (Both KLIA and KLIA 2), you can simply take the KLIA express to KL Sentral and it’s a 10 minutes shaded walk via a linked-bridge through the adjacent connected mall, Nu Sentral from KL Sentral station.
You can also drive or take a grab there, which is quite straightforward. Just bear in mind that parking in Aloft is shared with Nu Tower and entrance fees are RM10 per entrance and you can only pay via TouchNGo card OR credit card. Before heading out, do validate with the front desk.
If your schedule requires you to drive in and out multiple times a day; do consider their valet option charged at RM20/day.
The hotel lobby is reminiscent of The Jetsons cartoon with dynamic colors, 90’s futuristic vibe and all-around fun atmosphere.
At the waiting area, there’s a wii gaming console area to keep guests/kids entertained while parents check in and other family members could grab a bite or get their essentials from the 24/7 Re:fuel hub.
The High Floor Guest Room
My room for this stay was the High Floor Guest Room, located on the 29th floor (highest floor). The room measures approximately 33 square meters and even though it has a loft-inspired style vibe, their 9-foot-high ceilings makes the space look bigger than it actually is.
The room features a wide 42’ LCD TV and a bean bag to lounge in, and one cannot help but to sink into the chill ambiance of the space.
The windows spanned the width of the room offering an uncluttered view of KL city which is very nice especially if you’re visiting the city for the first time.
The toilet is simple and sleek, and ultimately serves its purpose especially for many business travelers using this hotel as a resting hub. Beyond that, the standard amenities are to be expected – coffee, tea, mineral water and in-room dining options.
Breakfast can be booked along with your stay and is served at the restaurant -Nook on the 1st floor.
What was unique about the breakfast venue was the seating style. Besides the usual chair seating, it also has a cubical futuristic style with high chairs affording more privacy.
As with most hotels, there was an array of cuisines to choose from their buffet style menu; Western, Chinese, Malay and Indian.
The food overall was alright, but some merit higher praise than others. The western food in general felt processed and typical and the flavors somewhat lackluster. However, the Indian food spread on the other hand did more than compensate for the shortcomings of the other cuisines represented.
The hotel is situated very near to Little India and many of its chefs are also recruited from the local scene. They have a very good spread of Indian breakfast delicacies. These are the food items worth going back for seconds. The tosai can be made fresh to order and comes with various types of chutney available. Dhal, Roti Pratha and Samosa were also delectable.
Re: Charge is their gym and is relatively well equipped. It has the usual treadmill and other stationary machines. In the evening when I went to the gym, I was the only one there so you may have the whole place to yourself.
Within the gym, there is an area cordoned off for guests to refresh themsleves right before heading out without the hassle of returning to the room.
Swimming pool is located on the 30th floor right outside the rooftop bar with a view of the city skyline. An average sized pool with a kids pool next to it, it was sufficiently sized to clock in one’s daily swim.
On the same floor was the MaiBar; a tiki-themed bar where you can find yourself either at the bar seat or chilling al fresco on a bean bag.
On the ground floor is also the WXYZ café/bar, where they offer drinks and food to guests looking for a more relaxed, quiet, and personal experience.
All in all, it’s a great stay especially if you’re in Kuala Lumpur for work or want a hotel in the city center without the usual hefty price tag of surrounding 5-star hotels.
The offering within the hotel seems to be more catered to a business audience, but can also suffice for tourists planning to anchor themselves in the city for 3 days whilst exploring parts of Kuala Lumpur. The location of the hotel is very central and well-connected.
Aloft KL Sentral
5, Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
This post was written by Leonard Yap