Staycations are nothing new but it is picking up pace in Malaysia, thanks to the handful of newly-launched hotels, resorts and short-term residences.
One of these places is The RuMa Hotel & Residences in Kuala Lumpur, which officially opened for business in November last year.
This property is the only member from KL listed under The Leading Hotels of the World, and one of four completed hotels by Urban Resorts Concept, a hotel management and development company. The RuMa is URC’s first – and only – property outside of China.
Company portfolio aside, The RuMa is a deluxe hotel located just a few minutes’ walk away from the KL Convention Centre. A night at one of its smaller rooms on a weekend could set you back about RM700, but that price includes breakfast and a fully stocked minibar.
I was really impressed by the frontline service. From the doorman and bellboy to the front desk officers and floor manager, everyone was attentive to the guests’ needs, and seemed earnest in trying to make everyone comfortable.
Check in was a breeze for me (though I suspect there was a note to say that I was from the media). I observed how the other guests fared and it seemed like we all got the same kind of treatment.
I got the Corner Studio, which is one of the bigger rooms at the hotel. Aesthetically, the place is very pleasing and plush. The combination of muted colours and simple lines made the place seem warm and inviting.
In the bathroom, which is separated from the main room by a sliding partition, lies a beautiful porcelain tub placed right by the window – remember to close the blinds when you’re taking a bath or shower!
For dinner, I was treated to a meal at the hotel’s restaurant, ATAS Modern Malaysian Eatery. From the name itself, you can tell that the place is, well, “atas” (upmarket), but the food is exceptional, and the ambience is just right.
Breakfast is served at the same place, but there’s no Black Angus Short Rib or Smoked Eel Trout to savour then.
The pool lounge and gym are located on the same floor as the UR Spa, which specialises in Malaysian-style treatments. The pool is only accessible to guests, yet the lounge and spa could be used/visited by walk-in customers. So if there are a lot of customers that day, chances are you won’t have such a peaceful lie-in by the pool.
That aside, the place is commendable for its service and beautifully decorated interior, and is a nice addition to KL’s growing list of high-end hotels.