A Tiring Friday, but Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC Awaits
It was a gloomy Friday. A very tiring day although it was the last working day of the week. My job requires me to travel around Malaysia a lot and although that is something that I like, once I returned to the office, a lot of paperwork awaits me. Since it was in the middle of the month, it is not financially-viable to travel far. So, I decided for a staycation in Kuala Lumpur and we settled at Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC.
Where is Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC?
Straight after work, Amira fetched me at the office and we drove to the hotel using Waze. I am not familiar with the area. So does she. According to Waze, the distance from my office in Brickfields to the hotel in Bukit Bintang is just a mere 4 km away.
However, it was a Friday. To top that up, it was raining heavily. A great combination to create a massive traffic jam in the city centre, more so our drive was during peak hours. Still, we looked forward to our staycation at Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC.
As we passed by the former Pudu Jail and straight into the Golden Triangle i.e. Bukit Bintang area, I looked around and told Amira, how much has changed in this part of the city. It has been a while since we last came to Bukit Bintang.
“In 300 metres, turn left“, Waze tells us gently like a wife telling her husband to help bath the baby. We saw the Ain Arabia arch and we complied to Waze’s instruction. We drove downhill in the foreign-looking area of Kuala Lumpur and just a few moment later, we could see the huge building of Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC.
Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC by public transportation
I was amazed with how strategic and centrally-located the location of the hotel is. Apart from driving, I soon found out that there are two other ways in getting to Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC apart from driving or getting a cab.
The first way is by taking the KL Monorail to the Bukit Bintang station. Then, cross the road and walk towards the road at Ain Arabia. No one will miss the arch since it is prominently built. Plus, there are many kebab stalls and Arab restaurants around the area. That is the landmark to take note of.
Second way is by taking the MRT SBK Line to the Bukit Bintang station. Take Exit F which is situated in front of the Hong Leong Bank and turn left towards Ain Arabia just after passing the Bank.
After checking-in, which was fast and efficient especially with the friendly service by the persons manning the reception desk, we both straight went into our room. We were so tired and we could only think about how the room will be. Will the bed fit us and our baby Zinnirah? Will it be huge and comfortable?
We walked along the hallway, touched the keycard on the doorknob when we reached our room and… voila! We were surprised by what was in front of us!
The room is a suite with many amenities readily available. I thought the room will only be just like any other hotel rooms but it is not. All rooms in Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC are suites. Apart from the bed, all rooms come with:
- A sofa
- A dining table
- A microwave oven
- A kitchenette
- Kitchen utensils
- A sink
Other amenities that are available in our room are the usual things: iron, ironing board, safe as well as the toiletries. After an exhausting day in the office, the room was the best thing that could cure our fatigue.
Since we gotten ourselves a room at the end of the building, we had a to-die for sleeping view which is the tallest tower in Malaysia – The Exchange 106. In fact, before we slept on the first night, Amira and I fought over who should sleep facing the alluring view. As an understanding husband, I conceded.
On-Site Restaurant at Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC: Hugo’s
We spent some time in the room before proceeded to the on-site restaurant for dinner. Hugo’s is the name given to the restaurant at Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC. It is a magical restaurant with lights dangling on the bar area. It has certain vibes which are lacking in other hotel restaurant’s that we have been at.
Let us be frank, dinner at Hugo’s was great. For breakfast however, which we had on the next morning, the buffet spread was decent but for us heavy eaters, the choices were a bit limited.
But that’s not what magical about Hugo’s. The magical part is how the restaurant is actually a combination of a restaurant and a bar. Apart from that, we felt like we were overseas judging from the vibes that we had whilst eating in.
The best part is on every Friday evening, they conduct salsa classes and will have salsa dances after the class. A restaurant which magically transformed into dance floors comes Friday evening. That’s something unique that is not available in other places, I bet.
Activities around the Hotel
There is none lacking in terms of activities that can be done around the hotel be it at night or day time. After dinner, Amira decided to bring Zinnirah back into the room while I decided to play tourist in my own backyard.
I walked out of the hotel under drizzling rain and looked around to see what kind of activities can a guest done if they decided to stay at Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC.
Well, it turned out to be a lot!
Just a few walks away, there are many restaurants serving local and foreign dishes. You name it – Malaysian’s, Punjab’s, Indian’s, Western’s, Arab’s. The choices are limitless. For those who fancy street food, Jalan Alor is also nearby.
Then, there are night clubs and bars all around which makes this area feels really international. At times, I felt as if I was having a holiday in a foreign country because of the numbers of travellers walking around with me under the rain.
Further up, there are numerous malls which will cater for the shopaholics and such.
I wanted to explore further but the dedication of being a husband and a father creeping in and I decided to return to the hotel and joined Amira and Zinnirah. After all, the main purpose of this staycation is to rest. So, it would be a waste if I did not fully pamper myself on the the comfortable bed in the room!
The Pool, The Spa and The Gym
The next morning, as soon as we had our breakfast, all the three of us changed into our swimming attire. It was something that the three of us had been waiting for.
If other hotels’ sale-point for their pools is the view of the Petronas Twin Towers or KLCC as the Malaysians call it, it is different for the pool at Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC. For me, the view from this hotel’s pool is greater than the view of KLCC.
Why? Because from the pool, we could see the KL Tower standing proudly on our left. And in front of us, a lot of skyscrapers towering majestically showing how metropolis Kuala Lumpur is as a city. A different view to the over-rated KLCC’s view.
On the same level of the pool is the gym which also boast a great view of the skyscrapers on this part of the city.
There is also an open air spa nearby. Instead of the usual Thai massage, the spa at Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC named Yoyoy Camphora Spa chooses Malay traditional massage as its core massage. Amira wanted to try initially but since we were only there for a night and the spa only opens at 11.00 am, we decided that we must return again someday to try the massage at Yoyoy Camphora Spa!
We have stayed at a few hotels around Kuala Lumpur for staycation before and both of us unanimously agreed that Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC is among one of the best that we have stayed in.
Everything is perfect for us and we had a good night sleep in the room. Even the amenities and services provided by the hotel is on par with other hotels with similar standings.
The only things that we think can be improved are the breakfast buffet spread, which in our opinion can be expand, as well as the parking system. At the moment, parking is only by using Touch n Go. It would be better if they re-implement the old ticketing parking system so that it would be more convenient for those who forgot to bring their Touch n Go card or foreign visitors who chose to drive.
Apart from that, there is nothing that we could complaint of and Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC did a great job in ensuring that we had the best staycation to unwind ourselves from the stressful week at work.
If you are interested to stay at Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC just like we did, you can make your booking here.
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Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC is one of the hotels under the Ramada brand which has a worldwide presence. It is situated at 1, Lorong Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.
Rating (Maximum 5 stars):
- Value for money: 5 stars
- Location: 5 stars
- Customer service: 4 stars
- Security: 4.5 stars
- Cleanliness: 4.5 stars
- Facilities: 5 stars
- F&B: 3.5 stars
I would like to thank Ms. Jasmine, Mr. Sam and the management of Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC for the opportunity to stay at the hotel. A special mention to RaW of Ramble and Wander as well. All views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. ‘Where To Stay‘ is the series for accommodation reviews by Kaki Jalans.