KL: Dorsett Regency Kuala Lumpur
We stayed here on a very short trip to Kuala Lumpur in May 2012. We were in KL for some family matters and we were visiting the specialist hospital. We booked this hotel because it was not too far from the medical facility (5 minutes taxi ride away) and it was cheap. We were expecting to stay in the hospital and not at the hotel, so we did not want to book an expensive hotel.
Dorsett Regency is right next to The Ritz Carlton and 5 minutes walk away from JW Marriott. It’s also quite near the big huge new mall called Pavillion KL. The location of the hotel is quite good.
We had 2 rooms here, one of the rooms had view of the Twin Towers.
We could also see the nicer and newer JW Marriott from the windows.
Dorsett is the cheaper cousin of the surrounding hotels with an international brand name. It’s about time to refurbish the hotel and air the place a bit. It has a bit of the ‘old’ hotel smell now. If you have sensitive nose, when you are the lobby area of each floor outside the lifts, you might sneeze a bit. My sis thought that I was falling sick, I told her I am not, it’s the air that is not clean. Guess what? I think I am right. When we waited for the lift, we spotted two times, young children sneezing too!
The lobby is busy as this seems to be a popular hotel with tour groups because of the cheaper rates.
We had rooms on the 14th and 12th floor. Our room on the 14th floor had neighbors who have booked 5-6 rooms together. They left their doors ajar and the kids were running in and out of different rooms.
The rooms looks a bit dated. Older style furnishing and carpeting. The instructions and room service menu are laminated. Yup, it’s that era!
The sheets are clean. The beds are comfortable, not saggy.
It’s clean, just a bit dated. When in the rooms, I don’t seem to sneeze though, so the rooms have cleaner air.
Free bottles of water and a new kettle to boil water. Yup, a Philips kettle. No fancy coffee maker or teas.
It’s Nescafe sachet.
Notice the piece of glass over the table and all the laminated instructions, menu, etc below?
You can tell the TV console had large TV on it before, it’s now being replaced with a Samsung flat screen TV. You have extra space to put stuff, e.g., the phone
There’s still a bathtub, which I don’t use in most hotels.
No rain shower, the shower is not too bad. Hot water was sufficient. Basic toiletries and not from some fancy brand. It’s the hotel’s own name on it. The fragrance was tea tree.
Ironing board’s already in the room so you don’t need to ask for one.
There’s a safe in the room too.
Like what I always do, I want to know the bed I am sleeping on.
They use Sleepmaker Miracoil mattress here. Never slept on one before, it was all right. As I mentioned, it was not saggy.
I did not try out their Wifi service here, as a techie, I notice they use Cisco routers here. You can see the routers outside the rooms. That’s for you to know if you want to know the rates.
We booked through hotels.com and prepaid it online. No frills, not fancy, a bit dated. The location was superb though. It’s minutes away from Pavillion shopping mall which has lots of restaurants and shops.
The nearest train is the monorail at Lot 10, which is around 15 minutes walk away. If you have luggage, not advisable to drag it around. Hail a taxi. If you are here with only a backpack and are used to walking, it’s OK to walk.
Our stay details:
Name of hotel: Dorsett Regency Kuala Lumpur
Date of stay: May 2012
Rooms: 14xx and 12xx (2 rooms)
Rate paid: SGD105.35 per night. (booked via hotels.com)