Extra Photo Gallery: Deluxe Park View Room | F&B Outlets | Sky Bar
The hotel is located adjacent to the recently-completed Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The nearest Putra LRT access is at KLCC station from which you will have to walk across KLCC Park to get to the hotel. The hotel is also accessible on KL Monorel from Raja Chulan station where the convention centre is just about five minutes walking distance away.
If you are arriving by car, the hotel is situated off Jalan Kia Peng and is accessible from Jalan Pinang. There is a small left-turn entrance into the hotel underground parking. Vehicle parking is complimentary for hotel guests. Please be on the look out for the correct designated parking for Traders Hotel as the underground parking area is shared with the adjoining convention centre.
Traders Hotel by Shangri-la is one of the newest hospitality establishment introduced in Kuala Lumpur. The hotel building is tucked on the eastern section of the spanking-new Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and it is fast becoming a hit for business and leisure travelers alike due to its strategic location to both KLCC and Bukit Bintang areas. The hotel is owned by KLCC Properties Bhd which had previously developed Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Impiana KLCC Hotel & Spa in the vicinity. The hotel is managed by Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts.
In general, the hotel building radiates a modern design architecture, with extensive usage of steel-framed glass windows across the 36-storey building. The hotel features a multi-tiered lobby concept which is unique. There is a ground floor lobby on the street level that seems to be barely attended, with the exception of a number of hotel personnel manning a small information counter. Hotel guests will need to take an elevator to the 5th-floor lobby where the reception desks are located. I find such arrangement to be practical as the hotel tries to limit the number of walk-in passersby from the adjoining KLCC Park and convention centre that may crowd the reception area. It goes without saying that the interior design arrangement for the ground floor lobby and the 5th-floor reception is done in a very stylish and contemporary theme, with extensive usage of glass panels, colourful art forms and minimalist-inspired items. Those arriving at the reception desks will be slightly perplexed by the lack of ubiquitous gadgets such as bulky desktop PCs and noisy inkjet printers. These commonly-seen paraphernalia are neatly tucked within the reception counters to create an illusion of emptiness.
There are a total of 571 rooms and suites in the hotel. Such whopping number probably makes it as one of the biggest hotels in Kuala Lumpur. The breakdown based on room categories: 189 Deluxe City View Rooms (32m² built up size), 220 Deluxe Park View Rooms (32m²), sixteen Executive Rooms (38m²), twenty-one Executive Suites (48m²), forty Traders City View Rooms (32m²), fifty Traders Park View Rooms (32m²), thirty-eight Traders Executive Rooms (38m²) and thirty Traders Suites (65m²). The only difference between a Deluxe City View and a Deluxe Park View room is the view itself. The former commands a view of KL's Golden Triangle including the areas in Bukit Bintang, while the latter is mostly facing the greenery of KLCC Park, the Petronas Twin Towers, the areas along Jalan Ampang as well as the KL Tower. Another tiny bit of detail that I need to clarify is the difference between a Deluxe or an Executive class with those denoted as Traders rooms or suites. The hotel offers a number of Traders Club floors which offer almost identical room selections with additional perks and privileges such as access to the exclusive Traders Club Lounge which is equipped with wireless internet connection, complimentary buffet breakfast served at the lounge along with free flow of beverages and cocktails throughout the day and in the evening, complimentary suit pressing and shoe shine, and in-room broadband internet facility that comes free-of-charge. Various room types in Traders Club are available on the 27th to 31st floors of the hotel building.
For this review, I checked myself in a Deluxe Park View room. The first impression that I had upon entering the room was how simple yet elegant it was done. The room size, at 32m² built-up space, is not particularly generous, yet the interior arrangement of a Deluxe Park View room works out rather nicely. At the room entrance, two spacious walk-in wardrobes are provided and they are neatly separated by a shoe rack. Opening one of the wardrobes will reveal smaller compartment drawers which are great to squirrel away your undersized items. In the bedroom area, a king-size bed is nicely tucked in the middle with comfortable bedding arrangement that is synonymous with a Shangri-la brand hotel. A large wall mirror is cleverly snugged next to the king-size bed which effectively creates an illusion of extra space. The writing desk is done in a minimalist fashion with well-placed stationery items and trendy magazines neatly adorn the largely empty space. Joining the fray on offering the latest state-of-the-art gadgets, the hotel puts in a medium-size LCD screen TV in the room. Snugged at a room corner overlooking the stunning KLCC view is a chic micro-fibre suede sofa that comes with a leg-stretching pad. The area serves as a great in-room lounging space which faces either the LCD screen TV as well as the outside views through the large glass window. Overall, I am satisfied with the Deluxe Park View room in terms of its unobtrusive design and its cozy ambiance.
The bathroom certainly does not disappoint either. The hotel, while acknowledging the space constraint, does not take the bathroom design for granted. The foremost appealing attribute of the bathroom is its spaciousness. The bathroom features separate sections for a shower stall, a large bath tub, a water closet and a wash basin. The wash basin is particularly chic in design, with the backlighting illuminates it into a dazzling arrays of bold colours. Leaving no stones unturned, personal care items such as bath toiletries, mouth-washing glass, hand towels and a tissue box are meticulously arranged on the wash basin. The bathroom features a rainforest shower head (the term is coined by the hotel itself) but unfortunately I find it somewhat far from being the ultimate rain shower that I had experienced previously at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hilton Hotel and Hotel Maya.
The most impressive feature of the hotel, without a doubt, is the rooftop lounge aptly named Sky Bar located on the 33rd floor. Its introduction has created quite a stir within the social network as the lounge commands arguably the best view of the city centre with ample spots for light conversations. It is not uncommon to see the lounge filled to the brim with hotel guests and visitors who want to immerse in the dazzling view as the sun goes down over the city. Featuring right in the middle of Sky Bar is a generously sized swimming pool which is good for a couple of calming laps. There are varieties of seating arrangement provided along the periphery of the lap pool. Naturally, the ones overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers are quickly snapped. A beverage bar at the rooftop lounge serves various choices of fruit juice, soft drink and cocktail mix.
The hotel boasts two fashionable restaurants. The main all-day dining outlet is Gobo Chit-Chat Meet & Eat. While everyone may have the hardest time trying to figure out what it means, Gobo Chit-Chat's chic interior theme can easily relate to everyone. The restaurant generally serves Asian and Western fares from around the world for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Gobo Chit-Chat is assembled in bright colours that exude a lively dining atmosphere. Much to my surprise, a decent variety of sushi rolls are freshly concocted from a mini sushi bar during a morning breakfast. Choices of piping hot Chinese dim sum are also available for breakfast. Everything inside Gobo Chit-Chat screams of an open-kitchen concept. There is an egg station right in the middle of the restaurant where hearty omelets and specialty eggs are done by request. At a far corner of the outlet is a beverage counter where fresh fruits are squeezed into your choices of fruit juice. Baked goods are also prepared and served in an open-style pastry bar inside the restaurant. In all honesty, the food tastes rather ordinary as an overall view, but the fantastic setting does make up for it. Gobo Chit-Chat is located on the 5th floor and has a seating capacity of 216 patrons.
One level up from the reception area is Gobo Upstairs Bar & Grill. With a total seating capacity of merely 93 patrons, the restaurant is distinctly arranged for a more intimate ambiance. The specialty of Gobo Upstairs is perhaps its prime-cut steaks although the number of Italian fares administered by Executive Chef Theodor Falser can also steal the show. The restaurant bar is also well-stocked with a variety of cocktails and bottled wines. Gobo Upstairs boasts an open-kitchen concept where patrons will be able to witness the meal preparation. Apart from that, the restaurant features floor-to-ceiling steel-framed glass windows in a nice lounging corner from which stunning views of KLCC can be comprehensively seized.
Despite being a 4-star rated hotel, the hotel does not cut corners when it comes to guest facilities. For recreation, the hotel provides a health club, a lap pool in Sky Bar, a steam and sauna room, The Spa outlet on the 34th floor and an outdoor jogging track in the adjoining KLCC Park. The hotel also features a well-equipped business centre where computer workstations, broadband internet access, scanners, printers, facsimile and photocopy machine are provided. Within the business centre also are six personalised meeting rooms that can cater for small-size business groups.
All in all, Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur has largely exceeded my expectation for a 4-star business hotel. Without a doubt, my 5-star rating is deservedly accorded to them.
Modern, chic and fashionable. Bold and colourful designs which are rather brave yet effective. Practical room and bathroom design done in shrewd space utilisation and equipped with the latest gadgets. Unique restaurant concept as well as a must-see rooftop lounge!