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The Zon All Suites Residences is sandwiched between Jalan Ampang and Persiaran KLCC. As of recent days, the link entrance road from the latter has been opened to improve the accessibility of the hotel for guests who prefer to drive in. As for public transportation modes, the closest PUTRA LRT access is either at the stations of KLCC or Ampang Park, from which the hotel is just a walking distance away. A majority of stage buses in the city make a stop at Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) which is just some 5 minutes walk away.
The Zon All Suites Residences, formerly known as Suitestay Executive Residences, is sited on a 25-storey building which was built in 1995. For those who were familiar with the area around the KLCC Park, you might have noticed a residential tower block painted in pink-orange colour adjacent to Menara Naluri (or used to be known as Menara TRI). As of a few years back, the hotel building sports a new look in a fresh white-and-emerald paint. The rebranding initiative started in early 2006 together with some changes implemented to its facades and guest facilities. In fact, according to an interview that I read with Simon Yong, the hotel manager, renovations should have been completed by mid-2006 which included all its suites. As this review was done in September 2007, which is a good one year later, I expected a brand-new look for the hotel as well as its interiors. As a matter of fact, I have stayed at the hotel back in 2003 when it was still known as Suitestay Executive Residences, and those who frequent this website may still remember my ancient review back then.
As of writing time, the hotel currently boasts a total of 185 suites of various bedroom configurations, which is an increase from 161 suites that it hosted previously under the Suitestay brand. In general, there are 6 different suite sizes measuring from 55 sq-metre to a generous 275 sq-metre. The room categories are 1-bedroom Suite, 1-bedroom Deluxe Suite, 1-bedroom Executive Suite, 2-bedroom Suite, 2-bedroom Deluxe Suite and 2-bedroom Executive Suite. Generally, each suite is equipped with living room, dining area, kitchenette, cushion sofa with coffee table, writing desk, entertainment centre, en-suite bath in each bedroom, et cetera. This review shall cater for the 2-bedroom Suite in which I stayed in for a night in September 2007.
To my disappointment, the 2-bedroom Suite is not renovated at all. It looks very similar to the unit which I stayed in previously back in 2003. I guess the hotel went as far as saying that all rooms have been renovated, which I quote, “at a cost between RM90K to RM100K”, when the fact that it was not. Perhaps I chose a wrong 2-bedroom Suite and should have asked prior to check-in at the reception desk. Anyway, the 2-bedroom Suite opens into a spacious living room where lounging sofa and coffee table are placed to face the so-called entertainment centre on a TV cabinet. I use the word “entertainment centre” loosely as the TV set is extremely old while the “mini compo” (for those who are unfamiliar with such term, it is more or less a cassette radio system with big speakers) deserves an immediate boot from the living area. The black-box TV set should be disposed too, if the hotel ever considers of doing it. Naturally, the 2-bedroom Suite features two separate bedrooms which is separated by a dining area. The bedroom also looks exactly similar with the one I saw back in 2003. In fact, the placement of colourful pillows on the queen-size bed gives me a sense of déjà vu in a negative kind of way. I suppose I should not write more on the 2-bedroom Suite as there is nothing new about it. I have known of some hotels in Kuala Lumpur that had done partial renovations and the newly-refurbished room types are properly distinguished in their promotions to ensure the incoming guests are in the know of what to expect (Swiss Garden Hotel comes to mind), but claiming that all suites are renovated in a news article really takes the cake. I might draw some brickbats for this, but I sincerely hope the hotel can clearly state which units have been renovated and which have not. Another thing that worth mentioning was that the bedroom area is not properly sound-proofed as the discomforting noise originating from an adjacent construction site could be heard from the inside although I reckon it is a once-off disturbance until the construction work completes.
The hotel only hosts one main F&B outlet called Terracotta Restaurant. To my surprise (yet again!), the outlet also looks very similar to the old days. Perhaps the changes made were that of some tables, chairs and buffet counters but nothing else. On the end corner of the restaurant lies Terracotta Bar which hosts a number of plush cushion chairs with a big-screen TV. Terracotta Bar serves light snacks and cocktails throughout the day. Just outside Terracotta Restaurant is the poolside dining area for those seeking to enjoy their meals outdoor with partial views of the swimming pool and the city centre. Other guest facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool landscaped in tropical greens, gymnasium, business centre, travel desk, meeting rooms, lounging area at the main lobby, underground car parking, etc.
Utter disappointment. Only partially renovated instead of what was advertised. The noise from the nearby construction site can be a discomfort. Most guest facilities are found wanting. Superb location near the KLCC area and spacious suites otherwise.