We ended 2010 with a Family Road Trip to Malaysia, and we had a fun time with all our friends in Kuala Lumpur.
As usual, we searched for accommodation using Trip Advisor, and it proved once again to be a useful resource for all our travelling trips.
As there were quite a few of us for this trip, we stayed at the Somerset Service Apartments for our stay in Kuala Lumpur.
Located within walking distance of the shopping district in the “Golden Triangle”, the service apartments are ideally placed within the Bukit Bintang Area. This is a crucial factor for any hotel in KL, as the roads are famous for traffic jams, and travelling via foot or via the monorail are essential for any tourist.
The reception area is Spacious and Roomy and the kids enjoyed running around the Reception area, as we waited for our cabs to come.
A plus point about the Somerset is the Service found here. Receptionists are polite and able to converse in English. They were also helpful in giving us local information and helping us call for cabs. Room Service was also prompt as House Keeping was quick to bring up extra towels upon request. 🙂
Tips for Tourists:
Please be aware that taxis are famous for trying to get “more” from tourists, so make sure that the meter is running when you enter the cab. (Cabbies will always tell you that the meter is not working – So don’t believe them! )
As we were on this trip with friends, we stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment. These units had a large sitting room area and are therefore great for parents travelling with children.
Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen, complete with a fridge, microwave and a washing machine with dryer.
Here’s a picture of the Master bedroom with its King Size Bed and toilet.
One of the plus points about Somerset Residences is its location. As we were staying in the hotel on the 31st Dec 2010, we managed to get a close-up view of the New Year Fireworks. The Sitting room was also adequately sized to accommodate the 20 of us that gathered to usher in the New Year Together.
As the hotel is situated within the city area, it is not blessed with large grounds. As the result, the swimming pool is a bit small and truthfully nothing to shout about! But it did not make much of a difference, as we were too busy shopping, and we did not even take out our swimsuits! 🙂
Breakfast at the hotel is also a bit of a disappointment. 🙁 If possible, opt for the rooms without the breakfast, as breakfast is just bread, corn flakes, juice and a lonely guy trying to make omelettes. You will be better off walking down the street and having some Roti Chennai
Overall, I think that the Somerset Service Apartments are great value for money, especially if you are travelling in a Big group and staying for extended periods!
Before I go, here’s wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the BEST for 2011 🙂
Do stay tuned for my other reviews about KL and Penang!