With the announcement of a 4-days water disruption back in October, we decided to book a stay in a hotel for the last two nights, as we would’ve surely run out of water by then. After shopping around for deals, we decided on JW Marriott’s ‘Light Up the Stars’ package, as it included breakfast and dinner for two pax, starting from RM438+.
We booked this package before, back in December 2020, when it was first launched. Our stay was fabulous, but was slightly marred by our dinner experience at Shook!. The restaurant had just opened again, after a long closure for massive renovations. At dinner, we waited a long time for our food to arrive. The servers themselves didn’t seem to know what they were supposed to be doing. By the time our food arrived, we’d lost our appetite, which was such a shame.
Nevertheless, we went ahead this time round and booked the same package which included Shook! again (they have two other packages which include either Tarbush or Shanghai Restaurant).
A tip for a nice room
Check-in went smoothly and we got a room on the 16th floor. As the afternoon progressed, more families were checking in on our floor and it was getting rather distracting for the kid, as he was still attending online classes.
We called down to check if we could possibly upgrade to another room and the manager offered to move us to a corner room on another level. It turned out to be great! It was quiet and here’s a tip: the corner room is a wee bit bigger than the same type of room that’s intermediate! Any little extra space was very much appreciated as the three of us were holed up in the room, learning and working online.
Shook! in the rebound
Dinner at Shook! was a 4-course affair. The main was a sampler platter of their Malay favourites and this came with a plate of white rice. As I can’t take spicy food, they offered to change my soup and main, which I thought was really wonderful of them – we’ve been to hotels with full board where they insist that they can’t replace anything on the set menu, as it’s a set menu. Rigid much? In lieu of ‘Tom Som Kar Min’, I got a broccoli and cheese soup and they replaced my main dish with a non-spicy Spaghetti Aglio Oglio.
If you’re worried that the sets are the same throughout your stay; don’t! They will serve you a different menu (for there’s nothing more of a bore than eating the same set more than once?!). Although….. breakfast was the same fare. But hey, how different can breakfast buffets get?
And what did the kid eat you ask? Just a short walk from the hotel, there’s Lot 10 Hutong, a food court serving up plenty of local flavours. He would tell you if you ever get down there, your first top should be Roast Duckking.
Thumbs up for the JW Marriott!
This time round, our stay was perfect (if only it had been a staycay instead!). The manager at the hotel was quick in his response to our situation and the servers at Shook! scored top scores this time round. As for the quality of food? Why do you think we opted for a package that included Shook! again?
If you’d like to find out more about the JW Marriott stay offers, have a look here. You can book them till 20 December 2021.