Business hotels have come a long way from being just a hotel for weary businessmen to relax and get work done. Today, business hotels are no different from your standard luxury hotels. A good one of its ilk should cover the basics of having adequate conference rooms, an extraordinarily comfortable bed, and a good bar to unwind at after meetings. Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara offers all those and more, including an outstanding selection of dining outlets to fulfil your gastronomic desires.
Opened less than a year ago, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is the first of the French-based hotel chain’s property in the capital. It is located in the Bukit Damansara area, right in the heart of the area’s business district. It also happens to be located right next to Damansara City Mall, a bourgeoning neighbourhood shopping centre with a good number of restaurants. But don’t worry, because Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara will suffice, thanks to its many selections of dining outlets.
Its location in Bukit Damansara is a convenient one. On one hand, the hotel isn’t located in the busy city area of Kuala Lumpur, hence peace and quiet is a given. Having said that, it is still within reasonable distance to the KL city centre.
As a luxury business hotel, its location in Bukit Damansara makes it a prime one. The area itself is home to several high-rise office buildings.
During our three-day stay at the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, we got a chance to check out the Junior Suite. It’s a spacious room with comfortable bedding and a keen eye for paintings, stressing the French art vivre. There’s also a cosy corner with a sturdy workstation, where one can utilise to get work done when needed. The bathroom is stocked with Lanvin bath products, and we had a choice to either indulge in the rain shower or a long soak in the tub.
Tired businessmen would be glad to know that all rooms feature the MyBed bedding concept that runs across all Sofitel residences. MyBed combines a Multispires mattress with a plush featherbed, a fluffy duvet and an extensive menu of pillows. Your sleep will be a quality one. There are 312 rooms to choose from, and all suite guests have access to Club Millésime, the hotel’s version of a club lounge.
Despite being known as a business hotel chain, we were pleasantly surprised that the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara’s strong suit lay in its various dining options. There are five restaurants and bars within the hotel. There is Kwee-Zeen, the all-day dining restaurant that serves Pan-Asian cuisine. Kwee-Zeen is also where breakfast happens, and the choice of food is large, ranging from local delicacies of Chinese, Indian, and Malay to continental favourites. On the same floor is Le Bar, where one can indulge in afternoon tea and also hand-crafted cocktails.
Moving upstairs to the second floor, you will find Wan Chun Ting which offers authentic pork-free Cantonese and Imperial cuisine. Service at Wan Chun Ting is as excellent as their food, with adept waiters and waitresses on hand to help you out with suitable dishes to order. If you fancy some dim sum, come in the mornings and indulge in some delicious selection of dim sum for brunch. It helps that the interior is rather elegant, reminiscent of emperors dining in their palaces.
Over on the third floor, you will find Nizza serving Mediterranean cuisine. The interior is reminiscent of the French Riviera with its calming tones. Casual dining is key here, and the place shines with comforting favourites such as pasta and pizza. For a change of pace though, we recommend trying out the grilled octopus and codfish dish. After your meal at Nizza, head outdoors to the poolside bar where you can enjoy more drinks to some cool beats by the resident DJ that spins every other day.
One other place in the hotel that also serves afternoon tea is Club Millésime, so suite guests have the option of dining at the club for breakfast and afternoon tea. Complimentary cocktails, wine, and champagne is also available during the cocktail hour between 6.30PM to 8PM.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Luckily, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara has several nifty amenities to get you out of your working funk. SoSpa, the hotel’s in-house spa recently opened, offering a range of relaxing treatments. It’s also the first hotel in the city to have its own hammam spa. We had a chance to try out the hammam, which was an elaborate process of cleansing the body, followed by an invigorating massage. What’s interesting is that the spa’s treatments are segregated similarly to a menu: there are appetisers, mains, and desserts. Naturally, the first and last are smaller and shorter treatments.
If the spa isn’t your thing, check out SoFit, the hotel’s gym. The gym is located on the same level as the pool. The pool itself has cabanas for you to relax and read a book when you’re not dipping inside.
As a business hotel chain, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara made a great choice with its location in the affluent Damansara Heights neighbourhood. Its close proximity to the area’s high-rise office building makes it a convenient one for business travellers. The amenities that the hotel provides are decadent and aplenty, while the myriad of dining outlets and choices ensure that the affluent business traveller will never have to go far in search of food and drinks. It’s certainly a place that goes above and beyond for businessmen.