Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hotel Review - Hilton Hotel Sarawak - part2

I love Hilton Kuala Lumpur (I know I have not blogged about it because at that period of time I didn't even think of blogging thus I did not take any detail pictures - just a shot of room here and there - anyway I may want to blog about it some day but not today)
Will Hilton Sarawak offer the same satisfaction? Read on and find out!
As a Hiltonhonor Silver member - my check in was greated with a glass of orange juice and biscotti (Hilton KL management team - if you are reading this please do likewise!!!). A very good start indeed.
By the way Hiltons across asia are offering 25% discount for the whole year of 2009 for anything spent in the hotel including room rates, food etc. Of course the catch is you need to book before 31st Jan 2009 - I have already book an Innovation Suite at Hilton KL and will definitely blog about it. You can click on this link to enjoy the offer!
Now that I think about it, I should be an affiliate to Hilton for promoting their hotel.
Oops sorry, now back to Hilton Sarawak.
Ok got my room card key and off I go to my room.
This review will be focusing on its Deluxe Room.
For RM299 you will get complimentary breakfast for two at their Waterfront Cafe and of course the room itself.

Very simple decor, nothing fancy mancy very clean very neat. Oh by the way that crease was made by ME so don't blame Hilton for it. A small sofa (unfortunately not those laze ones) with a round table

(That table was made with a hidden purpose - for you to order their room dining food - I mean a table should not be empty right? Anyway maybe its just me but I just have to order from their room dining menu just to fill that empty round table - with something!)
Actually as a HiltonHonor Silver member the round table was filled with fruits and chocolates were placed on the desk(as shown below) so its really a welcoming treat.
But I had to order their mixed steak as I was informed that their Hilton Sarawak served the best steak! Trust me its true.

Simply delicious!

Their office chair/desk. There is a good and bad with this part of the furniture. The good is that it is away from the tv so not obstructing the view of others who wish to watch tv while you are doing your work. The bad is this - I can't watch tv at the same time I am doing my work!!! Cos everytime I look up I will have to see the following view outside my window;

Not that bad of a view but still argh I should have gotten the Deluxe Room River View.(and yes it cost slightly more) Cos then, I will have a river view instead. Oh well nevermind. Of course if you look slightly more to the right (my digital camera did not come with a panoramic view unfortunately and I also do not wish to be seen as a perv taking swimmers pictures) you will see the swimming pool.

Sorry but I forgot to take the picture of the tv - but take my word for it will yeah - they are still using CRT 29" TV - maybe they will upgrade in upcoming years I am sure of it - not a minus point but I am kinda used to LCD by now so it can be a little difficult adjusting to CRT all over again.

A typical wardrobe of Hilton Malaysia - that kimono piece must be tried - I think it is made from PIMA cotton - I could be wrong but it felt exactly like it.

Clean functional bathroom with a sizeable bathtub shown below. The bathroom is not large mind you so even with two people you will have a tight squeeze.
By the way the toilet did not come with a japanese bidet nor a hose - just toilet papers only.

Nothing is complete of course without their complimentary toiletries. Hilton Sarawak unfortunately disappoint in this area. The bath foam, shampoo and conditioner smell cheap ( I am sure I wasn't having a running nose at that time!) and too soapy for my liking.

That face towels with the orchid on top is just too nice a view that I have decided not to use them at all in my three days stay at Hilton Sarawak and if you are asking whether that mineral water bottles are complimentary - yes they are!
If you happened to book the DELUXE PLUS room instead, you will have an additional living room like this,

And yes, please visit their delicacy shop at the lobby area and give the hot chocoloate a try. My very young cousin was asked what kind of chocolate does she want - the conversation went like this:

Young cousin: I like a hot chocolate please.
Waiter: How would you like your chocolate?
Young cousin: eeerrr Hot and in a CUP.

We all laughed - I laughed the loudest I think. Anyway we ordered all the 3 types (since there were 3 of us) Dark, white and milk.
Of course if you don't fancy hotel food and can't be bothered to walk far, you don't have to. Simply go by the hotel river exit and cross the road and you will come to a hawker centre by the river.(picture below)

Looking at Hilton Sarawak in context i.e considering Sarawak is unlike Kuala Lumpur or Singapore - I sincerely believe this hotel is a top notch quality worthy of at least 4star status. Location wise - if you turn right from the hotel river front exit - its a 5 minutes walk to Parkson, Tun Jugah and Sarawak Plaza (shop shop shop) and not to mention "Pusak Kuching" i.e the Cats statues. If you turn left from the hotel river front exit - its a 3 minutes walk to the Main Bazaar (more shop towards local products), Jalan India (shop for textiles). And just opposite the hotel river front exit - you will get to dine by the river.

The customer service is of course 1st class and I am happy to say that I will definitely return to this hotel if I ever return to Sarawak again.

Overall rating:
84 out of a possible 100


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