In the age of sustainability, reducing your carbon footprint has become a matter of great importance. You can hoard your grocery bags and amass a collection of reusable straws, but it’s easy to throw away all that effort away if you don’t attempt to travel sustainably. One way to do that is to stay in eco-friendly hotels, such as Element Kuala Lumpur.
It’s the perfect location for both foreign travellers to KL as well as locals intending on a weekend staycation in the city. Nestled on the upper floors of Ilham Tower along Persiaran KLCC, the hotel is within walking distances to major shopping malls in the city, a short distance away from some of the best cocktail bars in town, and also some of the best restaurants to dine out at.
During our time at the Element Kuala Lumpur, we stayed in the Studio Skyline King room, which had amazing views of the KL cityscapes, including the Petronas Twin Towers. The room features the Heavenly bed, a signature of Westin hotels. Once lying on it, you actually do feel quite heavenly – this is thanks to the 13″ no flip pillow top mattress and individually pocketed coils. The Heavenly beds have been manufactured by the Simmons Bedding Company exclusively for the Westin hotel groups, of which Element Kuala Lumpur is.
The bathrooms will please millennials – it is almost completely decked out in marble. It’s also spacious with a luxurious rain shower. True to its eco-friendly credentials, you won’t find small bottles of shampoo, body wash, and conditioner. Everything you need comes from a wall-fixed pump bottle, minimising the use of plastic.
But perhaps the most sustainable feature of the room is the 3M water filter faucet. Do you ever cringe at the number of plastic water bottles you go through whenever you stay in a hotel? Some hotels have switched to reusable glass bottles, but having a kitchenette in every room alongside a water filter is Element Kuala Lumpur’s green solution to the water problem. It sounds like such a simple idea, but it truly is impactful. Not only do you eliminate single-use plastic, but you also have drinkable water at your beck and call.
Element Kuala Lumpur keeps things simple in the dining area with just one restaurant to settle your every meal. Trace Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the 40th floor of the hotel. Sit by the bar when you want a pick-me-up in the evenings. In the mornings, there’s a buffet spread with Western favourites such as pancakes and waffles, as well as local offerings of nasi lemak and rendang. For something more sumptuous at night, try the selection of steaks that Trace Restaurant & Bar offers – you won’t regret it.
The hotel is Green Building Index-certified, so the hotel provides more than just eco-friendly amenities. There’s no spa within the hotel, but the indoor swimming pool more than makes up for it. The pool is indoors, which means that you can swim rain or shine. Floor to ceiling windows offer you enough views of the outside, should you need your dose of sunlight still. The gym is open 24-hours, perfect for that four a.m. run you absolutely need to commit to.
Whether you’re thinking of a staycation or you’re travelling to Kuala Lumpur, Element Kuala Lumpur is a great option for the green traveller. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and you don’t have to worry about using more plastics than necessary. It’s also in a great location within the city, book your stay here.
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