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Hotel Check: Hotel Nikko

31 May 2009 by intern11

Hotel Check: Hotel Nikko (KUALA LUMPUR)

WHAT’S IT LIKE?
The 12-year-old hotel has just completed an US$11 million refurbishment that took one-and-a-half years to finish. Being the only Nikko property in Malaysia, it is a sign of the hotel chain’s long-term commitment to Kuala Lumpur’s hospitality industry.

There is no better time than now to stay at the hotel, whose interiors exude a stylish yet warm contemporary feel.

WHERE IS IT?
Rising 30 stories high on Jalan Ampang Road, Hotel Nikko is located at Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle. This prime piece of real estate is a social, commercial and cultural hub and is also home to the premier Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The hotel’s proximity to the convention centre, which is just 15 minutes away by foot, is a big convenience for guests who don’t want to commute far when attending conferences and business events.

HOW MANY ROOMS?
The inventory includes 473 guestrooms divided into seven categories: Deluxe Room, Premier Room, Executive Club Room, Executive Club Suite, Ambassador Suite, Presidential Suite and Royal Suite.

ROOM FACILITIES:
All rooms and suites have been refitted with imported furnishings such as muted gold wallpaper from the US, halogen down lights and special LED bedside reading lamps, televisions with multi-channel radio, high-speed access and other amenities. Guests, who are staying on the club floors, enjoy extra perks such as full access to the Executive Nikko Lounge on level 26, personalised check in and check out, complimentary breakfast as well as afternoon tea and evening cocktails, free one-hour use of a meeting room at the business centre, free internet access at the lounge and discounts on international phone calls.

RESTAURANTS:
Hotel Nikko is home to some of KL’s award-winning restaurants. Benkay Japanese Restaurant is known for its extensive à-la-carte menu with the freshest ingredients flown from Japan twice a week. Don’t forget to study the special menu of the month, which features seasonal dishes.

For intimate functions, Benkay boasts five private rooms and two Tatami rooms.

Toh Lee Chinese Restaurant serves dim sum and Beijing and Sichuan cuisine with a touch of fusion. Located on level one, the main dining hall can seat 208 while six private rooms can accommodate between 12 to 14 people.

In the lobby, an expanded Serena Brasserie is now open, serving a throughout-the-day dining experience, featuring a lavish buffet spread of Japanese specialties and all-time local favourites.

BARS:
The Lobby Lounge and the Bentley Pub, perfect for unwinding after a long busy day.

BUSINESS FACILITIES:
The business centre offers complete secretarial services such typing, fax, internet access, email, office equipment rental and interpreter services.

For private functions and business events, the hotel has expanded its meeting space on level two, increasing its function rooms from 10 to 13 with a combined floor area of 1,866sqm. Its Grand Ballroom can accommodate between 800 and 1,300 people, depending on the choice of room setting.

LEISURE FACILITIES:
The Sompoton Spa managed by Baliyeeh Aromatherapy Massage and Spa has a wide range of services to soothe jetlag, stiff muscles and other minor aches and pains. Staff therapists are only too happy to share more details about the treatments. For more active ways to relieve stress, the pool and a well-equipped business centre await guests on level five.

PRICES:
An online Value Stay programme, good until December 31, offers a Deluxe Room at RM780 (US$222) and the Executive Nikko Club Room for RM1,180 (US$337).

VERDICT:
Good value for money with excellent service delivered with warm friendliness.

CONTACT:
165, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, tel 60 3 2161 1111, www.hotelnikko.com.my

Gigi Onag


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