Monday, April 11, 2022

[REVIEW] WORK-Staycation at Capri by Fraser Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur Part 1

Hotels are now so much more than just your home away from home. Say goodbye to old fashion business hotels for work and say hello to Capri by Fraser Bukit Bintang. Located right smack in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Capri by Fraser offers a haven for digital working nomads looking to have the best of both world, transiting from work to vacation seamlessly. 

And to see if this could be done, I stayed over at the hotel for 4 days at the tail end of a busy work week and right into the weekend. 

Capri by Fraser Bukit Bintang stands at 43-storey with a near 360-view of Kuala Lumpur from its highest floors. You will see it in my photos at the end. 

I parked my car with their very cool automated car lift parking system.

And promptly checked in at their stunning lobby on the 40th floor with their friendly staff. Tastefully decorated with high windows to allow plenty of natural lighting through, the lobby was a great introduction to the looks and feel of the rest of the hotel. 

My one bedroom premier room reminded me of the serviced apartments under the Fraser's Group in Bangkok. Both had same warmth and sense of coming home after a long day of work or exploring the city. And speaking of city, the view of Jalan Imbi (where the hotel was located) from my room was mesmerising to watch since it wasn't blocked by any skyscraper. 

Thanks to the wide windows of the living room and the bedroom, there was plenty of natural lighting just streaming, making working from the hotel room and its round table in front of the smart TV a nice change of scenery. Internet was stable enough for me to conduct a zoom call with a client (with plenty of wahhhhs from her when she saw the room) 

The bedroom also has a work desk with plug points. I turned it into charging space for my many many electronics. When it came to charging my phone, the table stand on both sides of the bed came equipped with their own USB port where I could keep my phone close by even when in bed. 

And believe me, there were some days when I did not even want to leave the bed and powerful aircon to face the heat of Malaysia. The bed was wonderfully comfortable akin to sinking into a bed of cotton while the bathroom with a tub boast extra views of the Tun Razak Exchange and complete amenities. The cupboard even has comfortable bathrobes to waddle about in. 

Should you get tired of the many walls of your room, Capri by Fraser Bukit Bintang also has the Den which doubles as a lifestyle space with games and a jukebox and the restaurant upstairs. There are plenty of space and seating options to pick from at the Den and should thirst strike, a beverage menu was available. No meals yet at time of review but I imagine it's in the works once travel picks up. 

Those in the premier room category automatically have access to the highest floor where the Pow Wow lounge was with a near 360-view of Kuala Lumpur. Outside my room, I think I spent a good chunk of my stay here due to the peace and quiet it offered with amazing views all round. 

The vibes were reminisce of co-working spaces with multiple work stations. In the evening, pre-dinner cocktail and snacks were provided.

A food and beverage station is in the works for this lounge to cater to the working crowd eventually but right now,  a fixer will come by in the evenings to fix your evening drinks and snacks as well as to chat with helpful tips on the area for travellers. 

The Pow Wow lounge opens from 3pm to 9pm but as I needed the space in the morning one day, all I needed to do was inform the staff in advance and it was opened earlier for me. 

Tip: Come to the Pow Wow lounge in the evenings for drinks and (if you're lucky) an amazing sunset. 

Currently the restaurant doesn't offer food for lunch and dinner but hopefully that would change soon. After a whole day of virtual meetings and working on the laptop, I was too mentally drained to look for food outside the hotel but thankful my room came with its kitchenette. 

I will always have a preference for accommodations where I can do my own cooking. An induction cooker, pots and pans and an exhaust hood to keep the room from smelling post-cooking, a full sized fridge, a Nespresso coffee machine and a microwave were all I needed to whip up several meals with ingredients bought from the nearby Don Don Donki at Lot 10. 

Psst, if you go after hours, you can buy discounted fresh ingredients like Wagyu beef patty at 50% or even get a rice bowl at a decent price. Then take it back to the hotel and whip a scrumptious meal in the room. 

Access around the hotel except the lobby, its facilities and to the room was via card key only so it was fairly secure. The staff at Capri by Fraser were constantly on hand to help out with anything and very accommodating to my weird request for coffee with liquor. Another memorable incident was my sister face timing me while I was at Pow Wow for help with the parking lift and one of the staff instantly offered to call the ground concierge to help her. 

For greater efficiency, guests can use their e-concierge via the QR code on the TV to put in requests like housekeeping, gym bookings and so on. I requested for housekeeping in mid-afternoon before going to the Pow Wow Lounge for a meeting and came back two hours later to find everything cleaned and refilled.

For the busy bee working from a hotel, I would say Capri by Fraser Bukit Bintang checked off a lot of the must-haves for an office away from office. 
👉 Fast and stable wifi ✅ 
👉 Working space ✅  many in fact!
👉 Meeting rooms ✅ 
👉 Plug points... Could use more plug points and USB chargers around the hotel.
👉 Post work alcohol ✅ 

Had it not been my need to look for food, I would have easily been a hermit in Capri, just stuck to my laptop. I imagine that once room service and a solid restaurant menu is available, this would be the it hotel for digital nomads to retreat to for work and play. 

Speaking of play, more on that in my next blog review on Capri by Fraser. To book or find out more about Capri by Fraser, go to their website here

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