Monday, January 20, 2020

Home away from home | Mandarin Oriental Hotel Review

About a month ago, I was very honored to be able to join the World's first Congress on Fall and Postural Instability coorganised by Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine and British Geriatrics Society. I am a fulltime general physician working in a tertiary hospital, aspiring to be a full-fledged geriatrician soon. During the 5 day congress, I brought my boys to stay at Mandarin Oriental.

Mandarin Oriental is located strategically just within the KLCC park compound. It is therefore, within walking distance of about 5 minutes to the conference venue (KLCC), as well as KL Suria shopping center. This is the real KL center. At night, an easy stroll will bring us to the KLCC park lakeside which has complimentary water fountain show.

KLCC park also features one of the largest christmas trees in the country every December. Lots of instagrammable moments etched into the memory.

Night time around the area is still bustling with life. We explored Marini's on 57 which is a rooftop bar at KLCC Suria on level 57 serving alcoholic beverage, overlooking the KL twin towers. A great way to spend a few hours enjoying a sip and some snacks.

Mandarin Oriental itself is the epitome of comfort and luxury living- a real home away from home. There is a cosy fireplace with homey yet elegant christmas decorations at the lobby. All guests who signed up to become Fans of MO will also receive a complimentary box of chocolates.

Every morning, those who are in a rush can grab some complimentary coffee (a semi-auto coffee machine with choices of latte, cappuccino and espresso), a bottle of fruit juice, a fruit with a muffin on the go. I thought the management is really thoughtful about that.

The room is spacious with a fluffy King-sized bed and pillows, just opposite to a decent flat screened TV. The lounge area is completed with an office desk and a cosy couch.

Instead of bottled mineral water, the MO group is environmentally friendly by providing RO water in glass bottles which gets changed during room service. Other facilities included tea and coffee making facilities, wardrobe, safe, bathrobes and mini fridge.

The bathroom is in marble, hidden behind wooden doors which opens fanning outwards just like the doors of a wardrobe.

Breakfast service started at 6.30am every morning. The spread has a good variety of Malay, Arabic, Indian, Chinese and Western cuisines. From the Malaysian staple like nasi lemak to chicken rendang, one can also find mouthwatering croissants and danish, as well as North Indian delicacies, various yoghurt and cheese. It has something to offer to different taste buds. Even my choosy eldest boy has fun picking his breakfast for 5 days.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

This is what I would grade my experience staying at MO hotel!
Comfort 4.5/5
Cleanliness 5/5
Hospitality 4.5/5
Location 5/5
Food 4/5
Price 4.5/5

I would like to say it's great for both work and leisure. The place to rest for a pair of tired feet.

Mandarin Oriental

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