I’m not sure why but since joining the privileged ranks of travel writers, I’ve occasionally asked chefs manning the pans at a raft of international hotels and restaurants to cook me an egg white omelette for breakfast. It’s not that the bountiful breakfast buffets aren’t enough, I’ve just become fascinated to see what they come up with and the results have been nothing short of amazing although not always in a good way!
Some resemble a deconstructed work of culinary art – all the ingredients are there, they’re just scrambled together while others slide around the plate like an oyster on steroids. At one luxurious pool villa resort, I’ve even shown our ‘personal butler’ how to cook one which he proudly added to his skill-set by cooking the next one perfectly!
So while throwing down the EWO challenge to the breakfast chef at Melia Kuala Lumpur recently, I began thinking of what else, other than my personal peccadillo, makes for a good hotel stay. Here are my Top 10 reasons you may like to add Melia Kuala Lumpur to your list of options.
CONCIERGE. Nothing beats a good hotel concierge and Suzanna doesn’t just circle landmarks on city maps, she goes the extra mile smilingly sharing secrets such as where to eat locally in Kampung Baru, how to navigate the transit system and where to locate areas of special interest.
LOCATION. In this often steamy city, easy access to prime locations is important. Sited on the edge of Bukit Bintang, this popular area’s cosmopolitan restaurants, competitive shopping and neon night-life are just a 10 minute stroll away.
TRANSPORT. Imbi monorail station is just a few steps from the hotel lobby unlocking the rest of KL’s transport system and putting the city’s major sights within easy reach. And just a tip. On arrival at KL International Airport, if purchasing a KLIA Express ticket for airport transfers, make sure you buy the KL TravelPass, one card that comes with 2 days of unlimited rides on all KL’s transport systems. www.KLIAekspres.com
FREE WiFi. Who doesn’t provide free WiFi I hear you ask. Well, there are a few high-end hotels that still try to stiff you for providing something that the rest of the world now takes as a given
PARKING. Melia’s low low rate of around AUD1 per entry per day is charged to registered hotel guests using the hotel’s basement parking. Damn good value in anyone’s language.
ON THE LEVEL. Guests in rooms and suites on the 18th floor can enjoy breakfast, all day snacks and evening cocktails in ‘The Level’ lounge. Not a high flyer? Then request a room above the 5th floor to minimise street noise.
WELLBEING. Assuage all-day dining guilt (while admiring your efforts!) by working out in Melia’s spacious, mirror-lined, state-of-the-art fitness gym and weights room before achieving splash down in the hotel pool.SPACE. No broom cupboards here just freshly renovated rooms in restful neutrals boasting 32 sq.m of floor space, sofas in bay windows to curl up on, generous wardrobing and work stations.
WATER WORKS. I can’t begin to describe how complicated tap ware has become over the past decade, so baffling in fact, you almost need to be a member of Mensa to work it out. Not so at Melia KL. Step in, turn on and voila! a simple shower of warm water. Now that wasn’t difficult was it??
SPECTACULAR SHOPPING. Acknowledged by international travellers as one of Asia’s best ‘shop-over’ destinations, The Pavilion, Times Square, Star Hill, Sungai Wang Plaza and Lot 10 are just 10 minutes from the hotel. Plastic fantastic indeed.
As for the egg white omelette in theKitchen@melia, it all came down to who was firing up the egg station. All I’ll say is get the guy in the tall black chef’s hat or the one in round glasses and it’ll be fine….
NB. Melia first opened 60 years ago with a single property. Today, it boasts 370 hotels in 43 countries, 13 in the Asia Pacific region. Attracting both business and leisure travellers, its folio of properties covers everything from traditional luxury such as the Gran Melia Rome to contemporary lifestyle hotels under the Me by Melia brand and Tryp for budget-conscious international globetrotters. For more visit www.melia.com
For more see www.malaysia.travel and www.visitkl.gov.my and to get there www.malaysiaairlines.com
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