Saturday, March 30, 2013

ALOFT-Y DREAM REALISED

Believe it or not, the world's biggest Aloft Hotel is now opened in KL! I was one of the lucky invitees to witness the official opening of this latest Starwood property - the 11th Aloft property in the region.
Amidst prancing "lions" that climbed poles and performed death-defying stunts accompanied by clashing cymbals and thunderous drum beats, the owners and directors of Aloft KL beamed proudly as the media snapped away at the auspicious occasion.
 
Industrial finishing with protruding and exposed air ducts, raw concrete walls and neon colours abound within the lobby. A circular Aloha Desk (bye bye boring reception desk) welcomes check-ins whilst the trendily furnished "re:mix"  lounge invites you to burrow into the plush sofas and armchairs littered with furry thrown cushions.
 
When was the last time you find a pool table right smack in a corner of the lobby? So far I've only seen one in Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya but it's a first here in KL. Go on, make yourself at home in Aloft...shoot some pool, have a drink, mix and mingle or get your creative juices flowing at "w xyz" bar - the mixology hot spot that's similar yet different from your average watering hole.
 
Harried travellers who are hard-pressed for time can grab a quick sandwich, a cuppa or a salad from Aloft's 24/7 'grab & go' deli known as "re:fuel".
 
The simple official opening ceremony saw the relevant head honchos putting together pieces of the hotel's QR code before the press conference was held at the Ballroom.
A hotel tour soon followed where we had a chance to view the "splash" (swimming pool), the Polynesian themed Mai Bar on the rooftop and some of the guestrooms.
Vibrant stripe coloured lights and whimsical artworks by Yusof Gajah lend a breezy feel to the corridors whilst comic renderings by Antares (Kit Lee), Lam Le Siang and Tony Twigg bring a smile and a chuckle to those bedding down for the night in the pragmatically furnished guest rooms.

By the way, forget about extra bed...none's available here! Kids sharing parents' room will have to make do with "camp Aloft" - adventure-style camp bed in a bag that's guaranteed not to cause any whinging.
WiFi is available FOC throughout the hotel and guests can access the Internet and their emails via computer terminals set-up at the "in touch" lounge - a signature feature of all Starwood hotels.
BnF (that's beverage & food to you n me) takes centrestage at The Nook which kinda reminds me of a groovy Austin Powers pad: lime green horse hair carpeting, padded booth seats with high stools, freeform and sparkly rotund chandeliers and a sleek glass accented, minimalist buffet line.
Event space is known as "tactic" where several multi-purposed function room and a Grand Ballroom are available to suit a variety of special events: meetings, trainings, workshops, weddings, launches, etc.

To mark the opening of the 482-room Aloft KL Sentral, special rates starting from RM328+ per night for a Loft room is now available. Rate inclusive of welcome gift and a complimentary cocktail at "w xyz" or Mai Bar.

Call 1 800 80 6575 for reservations or email Reservations.Aloftkl@alofthotels.com


4 comments:

missyblurkit said...

Love the fun and unconventional concept of the hotel!

Alice Yong said...

@missyblurkit - yeah it's certainly a departure from conventional hotel decor. bet arty-farty ppl wud love staying here!

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Alice Yong said...

@William Braylen - Thank you for stopping by to read my blog. The combination of cafe and liquor may work although in Malaysia, it's tougher to serve both in one place unless in international hotels. Licensing rules on alcoholic drinks are stricter compared to the ones for cafes.