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Room Report: Doubletree Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Arrival Experience: Within walking distance of the light rail station, guests can easily arrive here from the airport even with heavy luggage. The lobby is located in the center of the growing shopping mall, and the airy atmosphere is enticing especially in this crowded city packed with high-rise buildings and traffic-clogged streets. Staffers are friendly and quick to usher guests toward the elevators, but not without Doubletree's signature warm chocolate chip cookie as a welcome gift.

Dining: This is perhaps the hotel's strongest suit. Makan Kitchen, the 11th floor restaurant (or should we say restaurants), is a showstopper for dining. It features a plethora of Asian cuisines from Malay and Chinese to Indian and Japanese. Breakfast is the first introduction to how amazing this restaurant is with live cooking stations around every corner and extensive views of the city from the wraparound dining room. Guests have the chance to try traditional Malaysian breakfast foods like nasi lemak and hot noodle soups made to order. The same creative and globally inventive menu continues throughout the day attracting locals for lunch and dinner. The Axis Lounge lobby bar and café stays open late with drink specials and snacks and the nearby food shop dishes up light bites, often to go, including special packages of the famous warm Doubletree cookie.

Accommodations: Guest rooms are spacious with naturally lighted hallways mostly facing the Petronas Towers. All feature the Doubletree signature pillowtop bedding with duvet and a separate pillow menu featuring everything from firm buckwheat pillows to soft feather-packed ones. Glass windows separate the bathrooms from bedrooms although privacy shades can be lowered as needed. When not used, however, magnificent views of the city are visible from the glass-enclosed shower. Honey and coriander-scented Crabtree & Evelyn products are in all rooms, and extras like robes, slippers, and scales are great perks. Spacious work desks sit beside flat-screen cable TVs, and all rooms have multiple speaker phones, coffeemakers, and full-length mirrors, which are all important amenities for the business traveler. Club level rooms are situated on higher floors for better views, but only a handful face the Petronas Towers. The ideal spot to take in the view of KL's most famous icon is from the club lounge's terrace where cameras should be ready to snap away. Complimentary breakfast, all-day soft drinks, and an evening happy hour with snacks is also part of the package. Rooms in this category enjoy free wireless or wired high speed Internet while those in standard rooms must pay.

Conclusion: A wonderful outdoor pool with lounge seating is situated on an elevated level above the city where a modern fitness center also serves the exercise crowd. Meeting facilities are ample at this hotel, and the Doubletree is emphasizing its friendliness toward business travelers as one of its strongest suits. Plentiful conference space is in the tower, and the convenience to nearby restaurants, shopping and business towers is the icing on the cake. This business traveler hotel also caters to leisure guests thanks to its shopping mall location, exceptional Petronas Towers views, and convenience to the nearby light rail. It is one of Kuala Lumpur's most interesting thanks to the activity in the new shopping center at the hotel's base.

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