Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA

The newest landmark in Sepang, Malaysia, sports a very distinctive architectural style, easily seen by passersby who travel to and from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2. S Puvaneswary spends a night and leaves with a lasting impression

Exterior

Rooms
There are 333 rooms in total. The room I stayed in was modern, with sensors that detect a guest’s presence when the room door is opened, automatically turning on the lights and air condition. Similarly, the sensors can detect when the last person leaves the room, and turns off the electricity.

There is a smart television in each room with a total of 36 channels and five radio stations. Specific to the property, guests can also access the latest flight information at both airports.

What I loved best about my Deluxe Room was its size at 46m2. There was a king-sized bed, two lounge chairs, two work chairs, a small work table, and a long coffee table, but there was still plenty of space to walk about. A solid wooden sliding door separated my room from the bathroom. The bathroom was also impressively large, and boasted two sinks, a small round bathtub with shower facilities, and a rainshower. There’s a sensor on the huge bathroom mirror that when pressed, lights up a round vanity glass that is positioned at just the right height for personal grooming.

MICE facilities
The hotel offers direct access to the 2,386m2 Convention Hall. Within the building is a pillarless ballroom on the ground floor that can accommodate up to 2,000 banquet-style and a stage; six meeting rooms ranging from 24.3m2 to 87.8m2; a VIP holding room; and 10 other seminar rooms on the first floor with sizings ranging from 35m2 to 45m2.

Supplementing these and available to guests staying in the executive suite room categories, are three meeting rooms that can be booked up to two hours complimentary, subject to a first-come-first-served basis.

Other facilities
Temasya, a swanky coffee house on the ground floor, stands out for its unique concept. The flooring that leads to the coffee house is made of clear glass with flat stones underneath, the type one sees close to shore. I was told that come April, the flooring beneath the glass would be covered by shallow water and there will be fish swimming. I can imagine how cool that would be.

The eatery is spacious and has live cooking stations, while the food served is a mixture of local and international.

At 17.00 daily and lasting for an hour, the hotel holds its chocolate hour at Sira Lounge in the lobby. Guests are free to partake in as much chocolates, biscuits, truffles and brownies as they can possibly devour.

It was also at Sira – located right next to the reception area – where I enjoyed my welcome drink, a refreshing glass of iced lemon, tea.

There are four other F&B outlets, scheduled to open this April. One of the soon-to-open spaces will be Bara, a fine-dining restaurant with a combination of Mediterranean, Korean and Japanese influences. Meanwhile, Redup will specialise in light snacks. It is of note that the hotel is Syariah compliant, hence the kitchen is halal-certified, and no pork and alcohol is served on the property.

For recreation, there are swimming pools, gyms, and spas for men and women, as well as a tennis court shared by both genders.

In March, 12 spa pods are scheduled to open to provide short, complimentary neck, shoulder and feet massages. A kids’ club will also open then.

The entire property has free Wi-Fi access.

Service
Excellent! I remember calling for help way past midnight as I didn’t know how to connect the TV to Netflix and someone came to assist right away. I also loved the hassle free check-in service – I was handed my room key in less than five minutes – and the efficient service in Temasya where my plates were cleared from the table each time I left for seconds at the buffet line.

Verdict
Fantastic hospitality. Staff were attentive, friendly and made me feel right at home. I also thought that the food served at Temasya was remarkably delicious.

For event planners, I think this hotel has an excellent location, being less than 10 minutes’ drive to both KLIA and KLIA2, an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur City Centre and a two-hour drive from the historic city of Melaka. Meeting groups can easily extend for a city tour in Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Melaka.

Number of rooms 333
Contact
Email hotel.klia.reservations@movenpick.com
Website www.movenpick.com/Mövenpick/Kuala_Lumpur‎

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