Kuala Lumpur Berjaya Times Square Hotel

June 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Exotic South East, Hotels

Towering high majestically over the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, the Berjaya Times Square Hotel is a hub of entertainment and shopping. It is located smack in the heart of the city, and is a mere 15 minutes away from the world famous Petronas Twin Towers. Heavily influenced by the New York style in America, this all-suite hotel brings new meaning to the term ‘urban living’ Nikolas Tjhin

A Stellar Hospitality Experience

With a total of 650 suites, the Berjaya Times Square Hotel is the perfect choice for both your corporate and leisure travels. The rooms are furnished with the usual comforts you would come to expect, but more than that, its the small little details that makes the experience an unforgettable one.

Like the en suite bathroom with a separate shower and long bath, or the various snacks and generous fruit basket on offer. And need we mention the view? Full-length windows give you an excellent view of the capital of Malaysia during the day, and make for a glitzy lightshow at night as you tuck into your comfortable bed.

The hotel features four categories of suites, ranging from the modest Studio Suite to the two-room Brooklyn Suite, with 110 new corporate suites which span across five corporate floors. These corporate suites feature a new sleek design and include added exclusivity such as private check-in, a dedicated breakfast venue and special corporate club benefits for its guests.

“We’re actually planning a step-by-step addition of even more suites and amenities exclusive for our corporate guests,” enthused Abel Nelson, Berjaya’s Director of Marketing & Communications.

A Versatile Location

The various amenities and facilities for corporate travelers are certainly remarkable. With the hotel surrounded by Kuala Lumpur’s major shopping centers and connected via monorail to most parts of the city, it is the preferred location for conventions, receptions, corporate meetings, events and product launches.

The iconic pillar-less Manhattan Ballroom stands at an awe-inspiring 1,746 meter square, and is one of the city’s largest ballrooms. It can accommodate up to 2,000 guests for a cocktail receptions, or 1,400 guests for a seated banquet dinner. There are also eight other function rooms for smaller meetings, receptions or business lunches requiring a more intimate setting. With the help of a dedicated catering team to assist you throughout, managing your event at the Manhattan Ballroom should be an effortless excursion into the world of event planning.

The hotel’s business centers has everything you need for your work, with printers, photocopiers, fax machines, internet access and even courier and transportation services ready at your beck and call. The staffs are also specifically trained to handle your business needs, and will readily help you with your problems.

Leisure Amenities

After a long day at work, you need to spend some personal time to unwind and refresh. Berjaya Times Square Hotel has the answer to that, with the rooftop Central Park on Level 15 built exclusively with a children’s playground, swimming pool, steam and sauna room, fitness centre and two squash courts. A dip in the pool will give you a magnificent view of the city, but do mind the sun and don’t stay out too long!

The JoJoBa Spa is the hotel’s dedicated wellness center that offers an extensive list of treats that will pamper your senses and help you relax. Indulgent spa packages are designed exclusively to cater to the different needs of both men and women, and address concerns such as tension relieving, grooming and body toning. Two of the more popular treatments are the Tongkat Ali treatment and the Dragon Fruit Paradise treatment.

Alternatively, you can also head next door to the Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall for eight stories of shopping extravaganza, up to 900 shopping outlets, 14 thrill rides in the indoor Como’s World Theme Park, 65 food and beverages outlets and nine Cineplexes!

Delectable Delights

The Berjaya Times Square Hotel boasts not two, but three outlets to offer you the best in gourmet treats. At the Big Apple Restaurant on Level 14, you can indulge yourself in a range of American favorites, as well as local and international delights, all while savoring the spectacular view of the city center.

The Broadway Lounge, located right next door, is an excellent place to unwind with a glass of good wine. Finally, there is also 7th Avenue, a business lounge exclusively prepared to cater to the Hotel’s Corporate Club Floor guests. If anything else, there is always the 24-hour room service when you’re too tired to head out.

KL’s New Buzz

December 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Attractions, Exotic South East

Kuala Lumpur is juxtaposition of old and new. The city is too big to be negotiated on foot, but there is an efficient metro system, including many elevated lines. Cleaner than Bangkok, yet not quite as orderly as Singapore, the nation’s capital is a thriving metropolis where you can fill your suitcases with affordable fashions and tickle your taste buds with a cornucopia of mouth-watering cuisine.

Photo credits - Christopher Chan

Photo credits - Christopher Chan

The Petronas Twin Towers

Start your itinerary at the Petronas Twin Towers, the futuristic structure which held the record as the tallest building in the world until 2004. The 170m-high, 58m-long Skybridge on the 41st floor is open to visitors. The first 1300 tickets are free on a first-come-first-served basis, valid only for the day of issue, so make sure you get in early as tickets are usually gone by 9am.

While waiting for your scheduled time you can wander around Suria KLCC’s six levels of retials stores at the base of the towers. It boasts international brand stores selling an enormous variety of men’s ladies’ and children’s fashion, footwear, accessories, and other beauty items. It also has an interactive science centre, and aquarium, art gallery, 12-screen cinema, and an outdoor park with playground and paddling pools.

Photo credits - Cecil Lee

Photo credits - Cecil Lee

Merdeka Square

For a whiff of history, venture over to Merdeka (independence) Square, which was once the cricket grounds at the Selangor Club. Around the square, the Victorian-Moorish Sultan Abdul Samad high court builing and the Gothic St Mary’s Anglican Cathedral offer a glimpse of what might be lurking beneath Malaysia’s 21st century exterior. The main shopping and business district is called the Golden Triangle, with sheer energy pulsing through the shopping malls sure to make an indelible impressions.

Photo credits - macloo

Photo credits - macloo

Art Masquerades

There’s an excellent Islamic Arts Museum, which is housed in a stunning building, with beautifully decorated domes and glazed tile work. The first of its kind in the region, you can find inside one of the world’s best collections of Islamic decorative art with textiles, carpets, jewelry, calligraphy inscribed pottery and an amazing reconstruction of an Ottoman room.

The National Art Gallery, located close to Lake Titiwangsa, is one of the oldest and most established of all the galleries within Kuala Lumpur, boasting fine Malay art and a very unusual modern structure, built with a combination of glass, metal and slate. There is also the Asian Art Museum, which is part of the University of Malaya campus. Dedicating to local Asian art of various mediums, the museum plays host to the world’s largest collection of “kendi” water vessels.

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About the Author. Parthajit. Parthajit is a nature & landscape photographer and trekker with travel experience in the Indian Himalayas (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh), Western Ghats (India), Thailand, New Zealand, and Japan.