The Sofitel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the newest Sofitel properties in South East Asia, being first opened from late 2017. It stands its ground as one of the top luxury properties in the city and doesn’t just cater to the savvy business person but families too.
Heading straight there from Bali was the ideal way to transition from tropical to city life, and Ollie was treated like the little prince he thinks he is. Although we think that we may have spoiled him now that he only wants to bath in Hermes amenities.
From smorgasbord breakfast buffets to scrumptious French dining, the tropical outdoor pool to the award-winning SoSPA to the sophisticated rooms and even better views. Families seeking that certain je ne sais quoi and exquisite French-inspired luxury are bound to have the ultimate staycation at this amazing Accor property.
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Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Sofitel properties are known for their French-inspired approach whilst also drawing inspiration from the local culture. The French inspiration is everywhere you look from the chic design to the bonjours in the hallway. You feel almost as if you have perhaps teleported somewhere in France.
In total, the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur is host to 312 rooms made up of 175 Luxury Rooms, 33 Junior Suites, 81 Executive Floor Rooms, 18 Prestige Suites, 4 Opera Suites and 1 Imperial Suite. We were lucky enough to be staying in one of the amazing Opera Suites of which we can HIGHLY recommend.
The hotel is located in Damansara, a short 15-minute drive from many of the main attractions of the CBD. It is 5 minutes from the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station making it super easy to get into the city by train. However in our opinion its much quicker and cheaper if travelling with more than 2 people to take a Grab or taxi. You’ll also find a small mall on the same block as the Sofitel and a few other large malls nearby.
Inside Our Opera Suite
After taking the lift to the near top of the building, level 21 to be exact, we walked to the end of the corridor to where our Opera Suite beckoned, taking up an entire corner of the floor. There before us stood not one, but two doors, a grand entrance for a grand suite (an absolutely massive 105 sqm). A quick flash of our keycard and we were in.
We found ourselves within an elegant entrance, dominated by black marble and earthy tones, enhanced with gold trim and contemporary art. This luxurious fit-out continued as we walked through to our kitchen and dining area. The kitchenette was kitted out with the usual minibar and kettle, however much to our delight there was a Nespresso machine complete with a variety of pods. And the best bit? Just ring up reception after you’ve downed your obligatory 4 morning coffees and they will bring you some more. The dining table was seriously enormous and we could have easily sat 8 people around it, had we have had that many friends in Kuala Lumpur!
But that wasn’t it, stepping off the marble and onto a plush carpet we immediately felt relaxed in the incredibly spacious and sophisticated lounge. A massive L shaped couch wrapped around the room in front of an enormous TV (of which had a personalised welcome message). But the best bit was the dramatic floor to ceiling windows giving sweeping views of Kuala Lumpur and the tree-covered mountains beyond.
Two separate sliding doors enabled the lounge to be partitioned off making way for the showstopping bedroom. Occupying a corner of the hotel, the windows were somehow even more impressive. Especially first thing in the morning when you press the button beside the bed to automatically open the thick curtains. The first thing we noticed was the impressive king-sized bed, and not just any bed, the signature Sofitel MyBed. A bed so good that you can actually buy it from Sofitel, along with the oh so comfy linens. Ollie’s cot was set up right beside the bed, and although he can’t speak to tell us, we’re sure it was just as luxurious to sleep in. There was also a realistically usable working desk complete with multi-region power plugs and a comfortable chair.
Through another door, you reach the spacious walk-in robe, the size of a bathroom in some hotels. Of which joined through another door back to the kitchen area. This room was huge and provided more than enough room for our ridiculous amount of luggage, it was also home to some super comfortable robes! Through yet ANOTHER door and we found ourselves in our opulent bathroom, kitted out with black marble an enormous mirror and a window looking outside. There was a dual sink arrangement, a walk-in shower and a separate large bath. All of this was complemented with premium amenities and Hermes soaps, shampoos and lotions.
What we loved about our Opera Suite was just how spacious it was and the luxury it exuded. Being able to partition off rooms came in so handy in keeping Ollie’s wanderings to just one area. He had loads of room to play around whilst all the furnishings were solid and didn’t pose a hazard to him. In-fact he turned one of the side tables by the sofa into his own little cubby house. Crawling in and out, bringing his toys and the water bottles inside. Who knows what he was planning needing all that water under there but he had a lot of fun!!
Check In & Club Millésime
As guests staying in an Opera Suite, we were granted exclusive access to Club Millesime, one level above our suite on floor 22. This benefit is provided to all guests staying in a Luxury Club Room or the Suites and Le Club AccorHotels Platinum members. This seriously sophisticated part of the hotel oozes class and style, and it is also where we received our personalised VIP check-in. After talking briefly to the reception downstairs they noted our booking and asked if we would like to check-in at the club, a definite yes!
We were greeted at the club by the most friendly French lady and brought a drink of our choice. As usual, we opted for a latte each. Whilst waiting for our check-in to be processed we wandered around the extravagant large space, of which offered floor to ceiling views. We also discovered the refreshments station of which is there all day, however, they also offer evening cocktails and canapes, breakfast and afternoon tea (Le Gouter) up there! A fantastic spot to just lounge into a chair and enjoy yourself. After check-in, we were swiftly brought to our suite with our bags not far behind.
The impeccable service of the Sofitel is what tied the whole package together as a true 5* experience. Small nuances like a refreshing ‘bonjour’ when the staff would walk past you and the lengths to go above and beyond demonstrated this exceptionally. The following is a rundown of our experience with all of the facilities on offer.
To make things better some welcome goodies were brought up to our room shortly after checking in. And if you’re dessertrt fan, you’re in luck, the chocolates were truly delicious. However, the most amazing treat was the couture ‘Teh Tarik’ and chocolate cake that resembled a French designer bag. We seriously had to ask if the entire thing was edible. It was! Nightly turndown service meant returning to the room after dinner was a very relaxing affair.
The large outdoor swimming pool was the perfect spot to beat the city heat and we loved hanging out down there. There is a range of cabanas and pool chairs, some of which are actually located in the pool itself (the perfect tanning station!). Making up part of the pool is the cool jacuzzi and jacuzzi chairs too! Next to the main pool is a shallower kiddies section as well. There is also a bar nearby and free waters are provided at the towel stand.
So FIT Gym
Constantly travelling makes it hard sometimes to slot in gym sessions so when hotels have them, we make use of them! SoFIT is open 24 hours a day and equipped with all of the latest fitness machines from Technogym, as well as a range of free weights and mats. This well-stocked gym was actually more than sufficient for us to get in our usual full-body routine.
We had the absolute relaxing pleasure of experiencing a treatment package at the SoSPA. This multi award-winning spa (best spa blah blah blah) definitely lived up to the hype. We can honestly say this was the most amazing spa design that we have ever experienced, and the massage we received also went straight to the top of the list. Seriously the masseuse must have been a magician as she managed to work on knots and aches with laserlike precision. Our package consisted of a 30-minute lavender steam bath, a 1-hour massage and a 1-hour facial – heaven! We left feeling like completely new people, especially after the range of herbal teas and refreshments provided post-treatment. But to sweeten the relaxation a bottle of Mumm champagne was brought up to our suite.
Dining at Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
A la carte breakfast @ Club Millesime
Breakfast at Club Millesime is a stylish affair. Tempting meals may be ordered a la carte whilst you can also make use of the semi-buffet offering up cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruits, cereals and pastry items. We sampled the menu getting the full breakfast, pancakes and a dim sum selection, and believe us everything tasted just as enticing as it looked.
Dinner @ Nizza
Nizza is a French Mediterranean inspired restaurant, and boy do they do their food well. Food comes out beautifully plated as if a work of art whilst their drinks are equally as curated. We ate a seriously seductive three-course meal starting with a Burrata to share and a salmon and duck each for mains. Although the salmon was lovely the duck definitely took our hearts and tasted out of this world. After that, we were a bit naughty and may have indulged in three different desserts, oops! All of which tasted so decadent we nearly slipped into a food coma right then and there, mm mmm!
Also as a side note, the herb pull apart bread they bring out before your food is exceptional and I would return just for that alone.
Dinner @ Wan Chun Ting
Visiting Wan Chun Ting, an imperial Chinese restaurant, is an experience in itself. Towering ceilings adorned with Chinese flair makes it all feel very royal. What Wan Chun Ting is known for is it’s mouthwatering Peking Duk, of which is prepared right in front of you. So, of course, we had to try it out. Little did we realise that it was an entire duck. An entire duck between 2.5 people! It was an absolute feast, but given how good it all tasted we just had to devour it all! It was first prepared as Peking Duck pancakes from the skin and then carted off to the kitchen where the remaining meat was whipped up into a duck dish of our choice. For us, that was an exceptional noodle platter.
Breakfast Buffet @ Kwee Zeen
We love a good buffet and the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur has set the bar extremely high for future hotel stays. Seriously if you are a hotel reading this – we encourage you to show us a better buffet! There was absolutely everything available from healthy juice concoctions to Asian goodies to Indian delights to exceptional pastries and desserts as well as all the staple western breakfast items. Buffets are great for Ollie as we never know what he is going to eat, so it’s amazing to have such a variety of options. The variety didn’t matter though as he munched down everything we put in front of him – finally!
Afternoon Tea @ Le Bar
On the ground floor tucked away from the lobby you will find Le Bar, a spacious and comfortable venue serving up drinks and light meals. We took our afternoon tea there one afternoon and were duly impressed. Albeit it was more afternoon ‘coffee’ as we opted for the cappuccinos. The paired nibbles though are what got us really excited. A three levelled pyramid laden with delicious snacks.
How Kid-Friendly Is Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara?
Staying in luxury properties we always feel slightly on edge having Ollie with us in case he is ‘frowned upon’. This was definitely not the case at the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur. In fact, they were more prepared than many hotels that we have stayed in and welcomed him with open arms. Seriously the staff loved having him around and would always find themselves gravitating towards him for a quick hello and hi-5!
Nothing was ever too much in regards to keeping Ollie happy and all our requests were swiftly addressed. Although Club Milessime has a very grown-up feel, he was offered a high chair although him feeling like an adult wanted to sit in the big boy chairs. Plus he was even brought his own plastic kids eating utensils and bowl, why don’t more hotels have this stuff on hand! This same treatment extended throughout all of the restaurants on the premises.
In terms of the room, it was totally equipped for a little active toddler. There was a cot provided and there was everything we needed to prepare his bottles, including lots of bottled water and a kettle. Having a bath is always handy when travelling with a bubba however the dual handheld/rain shower was fantastic for quick washes. Our opera suite was massive and Ollie loved exploring in and around the solid furniture, where for a change he was unable to move it. He even made a little cubby out of the side table.
Ollies favourite spot in the hotel would have had to have been the pool. Although there was a separate kids section, he loved swimming with us in the deeper bit and floating around! The main pool also has lots of shallow areas where you can hang out with your little one, and the cabanas make the perfect nap spot.
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Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara. As always, all the reviews and opinions expressed are based on our personal view and experience.