If you frequent Jalan Yap Kwan Seng in Kuala Lumpur you will surely have noticed the Ibis by now. Still brand new, Ibis KLCC made its debut in the city in August 2018.
The mid-scale brand from the AccorHotels group – the first of its four-star hotels in the region – is being touted as the perfect destination for leisure and business travellers looking for an affordable, comfortable and distinctive experience.
Indeed it did seem to be all of those things. The rooms, though compact, are clean and comfortable, with a modern feel to them (there are adjoining rooms, and family rooms with a tatami bed for larger groups). And depending on where you’re located in the unassuming building, you’ll get interesting views of KL city which can be very charming – from the magnificent skyscrapers of the city centre to the old shophouses and residences in Ampang right up to the hilly backdrop that extends all the way to Genting Highlands.
Ibis KLCC is set to be the second biggest Ibis in the world and the biggest in the Asia Pacific region. The chain has a worldwide reputation for excellent service at very competitive prices. Each Ibis hotel is thoughtfully designed from the layout of the lobby to the finishings of its guestrooms.
All the public areas are pleasant, with a strong geological and ecological theme running through the interior design. There’s parking for those who drive, and for out-of-towners, the shuttle buses will take you to key tourist locations within KL. Attractions like Petronas Twin Towers, Suria KLCC and Aquaria are a hop, step and jump away.
The hotel has over 650 rooms with all equipped with a 43-inch flat-screen TV, hairdryer and iron, clean bathrooms with easy to access showers, a desk and free high speed WiFi. All rooms are equipped with international sockets/USB ports and coffee and tea making facilities.
The hotel comes with some nice additions as well including an infinity pool (with the Twin Towers as a backdrop – how cool is that?), massage services and body treatments at The Asia Spa, as well as a functional gym.
For food, don’t fret as the Ibis features its own restaurant, Kampung Kitchen, which serves Malaysian cuisine and a selection of other food. There’s also a little cafe in the lobby called Petite Paris which offers pastries and coffee.
The hotel boasts a high-rise bar called Jaded, located on the 31st floor, with a private karaoke room. If you’d rather eat out, no problem as there are heaps of restaurants nearby. Grab rides are as easily available, too (get help from the front desk if your location doesn’t register on the app).
Other services offered at Ibis KLCC include laundry and meeting facilities for up to 120 people. A fairly new but welcome feature in the hotel world is that round the clock check-in is available here.
Rates are affordable for the superb location and amenities you will get. Room prices start from RM228+.
All in all we had a very pleasant stay and would readily recommend it to tourists, and even locals needing a staycation in the city. Make sure you take time to jump into the infinity pool and revel the cityscape!