There's no place like home, or at least a place that makes you feel like you’re at home.
Hyatt, a brand name known for its range of hotels, recently opened a new property in Kuala Lumpur that caters to extended-stay visitors.
Set up in the upscale Mont Kiara neighbourhood, Hyatt House Kuala Lumpur has 298 rooms and suites designed to look and “feel” like a proper living space, rather than just a hotel room. Even the spacious corridor on each floor makes the place seem more like an apartment or condominium.
However, the place operates just like a hotel – guests will have specific check-in and check-out times, and be offered some of the usual hotel amenities like general housekeeping and concierge services.
Each room has a living room and a fully-equipped kitchen (stove, ovens, pots and pans, utensils, a refrigerator and dishwasher), as well as a washer and dryer so you can cook your own meals and do your own laundry too.
If you’re not up for doing house chores then you can also let housekeeping deal with the dirty dishes, and send your clothes to any of the laundromats nearby. Hyatt House is located in a residential area after all, surrounded by a few malls and plenty of shophouses, so it’s very easy to get whatever you need within a 1km radius.
When I checked in, I noticed that they had a service called “Bits, Bites + Borrows Market”, where guests can just ask to “borrow” any item listed on their Borrows Menu. Some of the things you can ask for include a blender, a baby cot, a prayer mat, a DVD player and boardgames and playing cards. I asked for a rice cooker and got one in under 10 minutes. I didn’t actually use the cooker though.
Every room comes with a complimentary breakfast at the Gallery Kitchen. The place is rather small but the selection of food was decent enough. For guests who don’t have time to eat a full breakfast, there are some grab-n-go options at the H Market, but you would need to pay for these items separately.
During dinner, I walked around the area hoping to get something hot and fresh. Unfortunately, there were just too many choices and I simply could not decide; I ended up with some buns and chips from the supermarket.
Also, the area does tend to get quite lively at night what with being surrounded by restaurants and bars, but the atmosphere is friendly and fun rather than annoying.
The Ten37 Skypool Bar (on the 37th floor) was not really operational yet when I stayed there, so I did not bother to check it out. Officially opened a few weeks ago, it is the highest rooftop bar in ... Mont Kiara. The beautiful infinity pool is a crowd pleaser on social media, thanks to the fantastic view of the KL skyline.
Hyatt House seems to cater more for business travellers, especially those who have to stay in the Klang Valley for longer than a week. The floor manager I spoke to when I checked in noted that they even have a number of guests who like to stay there with their families for an extended period (a few weeks or months).
I suppose families on holiday, or perhaps friends who are looking for space to hold small dinner parties, may also consider this place as the rates are quite attractive.
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