Every once in a while, it’s great to relax after a hectic week because nothing is better than feeling recharged post-vacay. But if going overseas is out of the question because all you need is a quick pick-me-up in the heart of KL, fret not, we’ve got you covered with a chic little hotel in the city centre that won’t hurt your purse.
Believe it or not, not all hotels within the vicinity of KLCC will cost you a bomb. In fact, Ibis KLCC that’s situated just five minutes away from the iconic twin towers is an affordable option if you’re in need of some urgent rest and relax over the weekend.
WORLD OF BUZZ was recently invited to spend a night there and just as I had expected, I came back refreshed and ready to take on another week at work. These are the things that made my one-night stay at Ibis KLCC such a bliss, I didn’t have any Monday blues the next day!
1. Super soft pillows to rest my head on
Of course, nothing beats my own bed at home… until I laid my head on their super soft pillows that changed my mind. Even the duvet did a splendid job at keeping things comfy while I snoozed the night away in dreamland. Since the proximity of the hotel was close to major hot spots, I was worried about any noise that might disrupt my sleep, but I was proven wrong as I didn’t even hear my alarm for breakfast (either that or I was just exhausted).
Design wise, there was nothing extra about it but no complaints there; the interior was sleek and even the furniture mimicked a neat and tidy style, perhaps to minimise distractions so it’s easy on the eye. My room also came equipped with a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi and several other basic necessities.
2. The infinity pool overlooking the twin towers
Who said mid-range budget hotels don’t offer an infinity pool? This one does, and on top of that, it even provides you with a view of KLCC! Yes, this is THE spot to snap photos for your Instagram!
3. This vanity mirror with touch-lit lights
When I entered the bathroom, I was greeted by a sweet surprise as the vanity mirror came with a cool set of touch-lit lights that that gave off a futuristic vibe. I was pretty ‘jakun’ touching the mirror to switch the lights on and off!
No more struggling to put your makeup on in a dim setting because dolling up just got more fab and functional!
4. Yummy pastries & coffee at the hotel’s French cafe
My personal favourite was their Petite Paris cafe on the ground floor because their coffee is simply AH-mazing. Plus, they also serve an interesting array of French pastries including buttery croissants and assorted puff pastries.
I managed to buy their three-pastry set and a long black while waiting for an acquaintance to keep me company. To my delight, the coffee was just nice without being too coarse for my liking. Besides that, the pastries were fresh and bite-sized, which made it easier for me to eat whilst I read my book.
When night falls, it’s probably worth checking out the rooftop bar on the 31st floor called “Jaded” for some drinks with a view of the city. Unfortunately, when I was staying over, the bar was closed for maintenance.
5. A super relaxing & therapeutic massage at The Asia Spa
If you’re a fan of Balinese-inspired spas, then you’d probably like the one they have in Ibis!
When you walk into the spa, you will immediately get a whiff of lemongrass and be greeted by their friendly staff as soothing music plays in the background.
I opted for the 90-minute massage, which was rather satisfying, even though there were times where I was in pain and thought my back was about to break. Of course, it was the good type of pain that eventually went away and I was rewarded with a good night’s sleep!
6. They literally have a big spread of breakfast
You’d be spoilt for choice here!
I may have missed my breakfast alarm thanks to the super comfy bed, but I did still make it in time for breakfast and boy, was I in for a treat! This is because they have a wide array of scrumptious food at the buffet, ranging from Asian to Western cuisine and being the foodie that I am, I wanted to try everything.
My faves were definitely the freshly-baked pastries and assorted Malaysian breakfast, which I felt were fit for a hungry King!
7. A dinner buffet that is to die for
Dinner was the highlight of their food! Served at the same place where breakfast is served, Kampung Kitchen also offers a delectable dinner menu that’s generous when it comes to the flavours.
A short chat with the chef was enough for me to know that he puts a lot of time and precision into his dishes. Here are some of my favourites from the night:
- Mutton curry – The mutton was tender and chewy, on top of being seasoned wonderfully.
- Stir-fry vegetables – These were so fresh and crunchy, I wiped the plate clean!
- Roasted duck – Duck isn’t an easy meat to cook but here, the duck is cooked to perfection while maintaining a nice, crispy skin.
Bonus: It’s near major hot spots in KL
Another perk of staying at Ibis is its strategic location that’s so close to the city’s top attractions. Here are things to check out nearby:
- Visit the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. It’s just a 10-minute walk away!
- Shop at Suria KLCC (and visit KL Aquaria while you’re at it)
- Go to the Butterfly Farm & Bird Park
- Enjoy the nightlife and bar-hopping in Changkat, Bukit Bintang which is under 20 minutes away via Grab
Overall, my stay in Ibis KLCC was a good experience and it’s a decent place to stay for the weekend in Kuala Lumpur. Out of 5 stars, I’d give them a solid 4 for being relatively affordable without stinging on a few luxuries. FYI, prices start from RM200 a night.
To learn more about Ibis KLCC’s room rates, you can visit this link.
Address: 32, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Now you know where to stay in KL (for NYE maybe?) without breaking the bank!
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