We sometimes get asked for tips for hotels in KL from visitors or those hosting friends and family but can’t accommodate them at home for one reason or another. Those with reasonably thick wallets can always stay at the lap of luxury at the usual 5* suspects in the city centre, but for families who want to spend a bit less but want the facilities of a big hotel rather than an airnbn apartment, we haven’t had much to recommend. So when Sunway Putra Hotel invited us over for a stay we were more than curious.
The hotel, adjacent to the recently refurbished Putra Mall, has been around for a while but many parts have been given a facelift to match its shiny new neighbour. Parts of this hotel have fantastic views over the city.
We stayed in a family premiere suite with two bedrooms and a living area. One of the adjoining bedrooms had a recently renovated bathroom, but even the original one was clean and had a spacious bath tub for the kids. The furniture is not the most trendy, but the rooms were tidy and spacious. There are apparently also rooms with a kitchenette – handy for those traveling with babies and toddlers.
By sticking our heads around the corner of our balcony, we were welcomed with this view:
The kids had fun at the pool area, that also has a small kids’ pool and a jacuzzi. The gym overlooks the pool, and there is a small pool bar that serves simple drinks and snacks. For someone not living in the central KL having the city skyline to admire from the poolside was very cool, and I imagine visitors to KL would really appreciate it.
The location of this hotel is very convenient. It is adjacent to the shopping centre that has a plethora of dining and spending options, and one of the TGV beanie cinemas. Sunway Putra Mall’s food court is like a little town with loads of options: we were pleased to find Nepali momos, but the kids opted for a less adventurous Subway treat.
The LRT station is a few steps from the hotel, and the Chow Kit monorail a 10 minute stroll away. Friends of ours actually stayed at this hotel a few years back with young kids, and loved the fact that it was easy to get around on public transport.
At night we tried out the buffet at the Japanese restaurant Gen (RM98++/person). It must have one of the best views in the city: we were mesmerised by the border of old and new KL, and the hypnotising movement of the train on the track below.
We live across the road from a fantastic Japanese restaurant so are a bit spoiled when it comes to sushi. The Gen’s spread was varied and decent buffet quality – a good option for families if staying at the hotel. If you are ready to sacrifice the view, there are a few Japanese options at the mall downstairs, including a branch of Rakuzen.
The diverse clientele has been taken into account at the breakfast buffet and great local, Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern options were available. Me and my daughter devoured the feta and hummus on offer, whereas the boys stuck to the eggs and sweet buns department.
Service was friendly and we enjoyed our little stay-cation. Sunway Putra Hotel offers great value for visiting families who want to enjoy facilities of a big hotel and be able to use the public traffic in the city. We didn’t have the lounge access but that option is available, too.
*We stayed and dined as guests of the hotel. Our opinions are honest and our own. This post contains affiliate links – if you book through them, we get a small commission that helps running this site, thank you!