Tuesday, September 15, 2020

[Hotel Review] Four Points by Sheraton Chinatown 2D1N Staycation

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur has garnered some hype on social media for the revamping of Kwai Chai Hong and the emergence of many bars, cafes and traditional-turned-modern eateries built into the historical shoplots. It is in reminiscent of what Penang has done with Georgetown and it's certainly a step in the right direction to preserve the charms of the area. Weekends often sees swamps of visitors taking to the streets to check out the alley and instagrammable cafes in the area. 

And swiftly becoming an easy identifiable landmark in Chinatown is Four Points by Sheraton Chinatown. I recently enjoyed a staycation at the hotel thanks to Triumph Malaysia and the first thought that came to mind was...I can check out the bars in the area and just head back to my room after! Better yet, I can just roll out of bed and check out the morning scene of Chinatown. 

Anyway, on to my hotel review. Like any true blue Malaysian who loathed getting stuck in traffic, I took the LRT to Pasar Seni and it was just a 5 minutes walk to the hotel. Temperature scan and mySejahtera check in were done at the main entrance on ground floor before I took the lift up to the lobby on the 7th floor. It was hard not getting distracted by the interior design of just the ground floor which were a pleasant blend of homey oriental. 
The rest of the hotel continued to reflect its Chinese-inspired design, befitting of its neighbourhood. Most hotel lobby tend to be painfully deary with a standard look of nude or dark coloured furniture but not the lobby of Four Points by Sheraton Chinatown. As soon as I stepped out of the (again, elegantly designed) lift, I was greeted by a spacious lobby with a ceiling to floor windows looking out onto parts of Chinatown, the national mosque and old train station. The seating area just screamed Instagrammable with its unique furniture that just fits in with the interior design with elegant splashes of teal, turquoise, jade and gold. I imagine this was what it was like to step on to the set of Crazy Rich Asians. 
Check in was seamless. Due to Covid-19, a glass panel separates the guests from the staff at the counter which every interaction and transaction designed to be contactless. This included check out which was just to drop off the card keys in a box at the counter. 

From there, it was onto my hotel room - a Deluxe room with a massive king sized bed waiting for me. On the wall above the bed was a wallpaper by Malaysian artist Loka Made featuring an artwork of Chinatown. Each room has a different artworks of different part of Chinatown which was a really nice touch of local. 

And the view I got once I threw the blackout curtains open...wow. There was just something about watching the trains go by and the standstill traffic build-up while I just relaxed the evening away before my event in the hotel's function rooms on the 8th Floor. 

After attending the launch of Triumph Malaysia's Autumn Winter 2020 collection, I was conflicted between just dining in the hotel's restaurant, Quan's Kitchen or heading out to explore. Seeing as the night was young, I opted for a walk around the area before settling a nice porky mantou dinner at Da Bao. 

Long story short - the portion was bigger than I expected and I ended up needing to...dabou the pau and walking around Chinatown to burn off the calories. Despite wanting to check out the drinking holes and the bars, I was simply too full to properly enjoy anything and decided to retire to my hotel room for the night. 

Sleep was blissful thanks to the wonderfully plush bed with its many pillows and comfy blanket. Despite being on holiday, I was awake by 7am (old habits I swear) and decided to hit the gym for a quick workout. The gym wasn't huge but like the rest of the building was tastefully decorated with three oriental portraits looking out on me as I took to the dumbbells. 
The swimming pool looked temptingly relaxing with its view of KL Tower but my stomach demanded good old fashioned kopitam food (there was a long queue at Ho Kow!) and off I went to Kafei Dian, set inside the old post office building on Jalan Panggung. 

The great thing about staying at the hotel right smack in the middle of Chinatown was that I get to explore the area for some street photos and head back for a quick shower before check out. My entire stay at Four Points by Sheraton Chinatown was perfectly relaxing - the best way to sate my travel itch without having to travel too far out. My only regret was not being able to check out their in-house bar, Jann and oriental restaurant, Quan's Kitchen. I heard they have happy hours at Jann for their local-inspired cocktails and a reasonable customisable Nourish meal for only RM33 at Quan's Kitchen. 

The hotel has parking at RM2 per hour with guests getting a fixed rate at RM10 per stay, Street parking was also available (depending on your luck) but if you're like me and want to skip the stress of traffic, just take the MRT or LRT. 

I would highly recommend this hotel for a 2D1N or 3D2N staycation in the heart of Kuala Lumpur to enjoy our beloved historical Chinatown and to check out the cafe and bar scene in the area without having to venture too far out. 

Four Points by Sheraton Chinatown
Address: 2 Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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