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With its convenient location, luxurious feel and plush rooms, Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur ticks all the right boxes, writes Loong Wai Ting


THE newly-opened Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is a beautiful and sophisticated hotel that caters to well-heeled travellers or those who seek some quiet me-time.

The hotel, located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, is inspired by the area’s culturally and historically rich past.

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Situated along Jalan Balai Polis, the hotel has an all-brick faćade which makes it easy to spot even from afar.

Nestled steps away from the Pasar Seni MRT and LRT stations, this hotel is close to some of the best cafes, bars and shopping places within the Chinatown area.

Best of all, the hotel is about 10 minutes’ drive away from KL Sentral, the city’s transportation hub.

A short walk from the hotel — just across the road, really — will take you to one of the most Instagrammable spots in KL: Kwai Chai Hong, where locals and tourists alike take turn to pose in front of the wall art mural or sip coffee at one of the cafes.

The main lobby of the hotel lets in plenty of natural light.

There is also a souvenir shop located not too far away from Kwai Chai Hong that sells festive paraphernalia.

As Chinese New Year is just around the corner, red lanterns of all shapes and sizes are hung in front and above the shop. Plastic flowers litter the sidewalk; their bright and vibrant colours seem to be screaming at shoppers to pick them up.

From the shop, cross over to Jalan Sultan, where you’ll be greeted with another shopping paradise.

As I don’t need another pair of T-shirt that screams “I Love KL” in big black, bold letters, I skip most of the shopping action and dive straight into the diverse culinary options.

From slurping down a bowl of piping hot snakehead fish porridge at the famous Hon Kee Porridge stall to twirling the springy wonton noodle at the Koon Kee Wan Tan Mee stall next door and washing it all down with a cup of iced cold longan drink, Petaling Street is brimming with so many options that I wish I have four stomachs!

Other places worth checking out are cultural landmarks, such as Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and the Guan Di Temple.

If you don’t mind a bit of walking, spend some time to admire the beautiful architecture of the Masjid Jamek on the north side of Petaling Street.

THE HOTEL

After a long day of exploring every nook and cranny of Petaling Street, I long to walk right into my hotel room and dive into its signature Comfort Bed.

A palette of warm colours, mostly blue, red (from the bricks) and green, adorn the walls of the hotel lobby.

On the walls are photos taken from around the neighbourhood, featuring local food and popular spots in Petaling Street.

As if giving a nod of approval to the local community, there are also replicas of old wooden door screens, which you normally see in old homes, hung up on the walls.

The hotel's signature Comfort Bed ensures a good night's sleep.

I love how the vast lobby gets plenty of natural light from the large picture windows that go from floor to ceiling.

There are also various sofas, inspired by the 1950s art deco, placed near the windows and up against the walls, offering guests a place to sit.

One of the highlights of the hotel is the outdoor pool. Take a dip here in the evening and be mesmerised by the colours of the skyline as the sun sets behind the clouds.

All of the hotel’s rooms offer panoramic views of the city. From my room on the 15th floor, I have a view of the striking landscape KL city skyline. I leave the curtains open that night and fall asleep to the blinking lights from nearby buildings. Talk about a million-dollar view! This hotel has it all.

My room boasts customised wall art by Malaysian creative brand Loka Made, whose work can be seen in various platforms.

For the uninitiated, Loka Made gives a new perspective to art by combining local elements and inspiration from Japanese anime.

As a result, the artwork exudes a nostalgic view of Malaysian culture.

The ensuite bathroom is separated from the dry and wet area via a glass screen.

The bathroom is not too large but easily fits two adults. Toiletries are provided and refilled daily.

Apart from taking a dip in the swimming pool or going for a shopping spree, guests can opt to stay in the hotel and sip on customised cocktails at Jann or tuck into a delicious Peranakan Afternoon Tea at Lady Yi’s Tea House.

Another dining option includes Quan’s Kitchen, which offers traditional Malaysian specialities.

By the way, the breakfast spread here is not to be missed.


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FAST FACTS

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON KUALA LUMPUR CHINATOWN

2, Jalan Balai Polis, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

TEL 03-2035 7333

WEBSITE www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/kulfc-four-pointskuala-lumpur-chinatown/

STAY There are 318 rooms and suites offering a comfortable stay in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Each room comes with the signature Comfort Bed, plush pillows and duvet to ensure a good night’s sleep. The hotel offers complimentary high speed WiFi, perfect for those who’d like to catch up on work or binge-watching TV series on their mobile devices. Toiletries are provided by the hotel, so you can leave your toothbrush or shampoo behind. All of the rooms offer panoramic views of KL.

EAT For breakfast, lunch and dinner, Quan’s Kitchen is an all-dining restaurant, offering delicious Malaysian specialities. The open-kitchen concept lets you see the chefs work behind the counter. Drop by for some sumptuous Peranakan Afternoon Tea at Lady Yi’s Tea House or relax with a glass of customised cocktails at Jann in the evening.

DO Swim at the pool or work out in the adjacent gym.

GO Embark on a food trail in nearby Petaling Street or shop till you drop here.

HIGHS The centralised location and easy connectivity.

LOWS Limited parking space, especially when there’s a big event happening at the hotel.

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