Hotel Review: Hilton Petaling Jaya
The Hilton Petaling Jaya is located a few kilometers outside of Kuala Lumpur in a rather residential area. While I didn’t love the location, I generally liked the hotel. It’s not the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at, but the value for the money is hard to beat.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: King Guestroom Plus
- Month of Stay: October
As I’ve already been to Kuala Lumpur and knew that I just needed some rest and time to work, I decided to stay at the Hilton Petaling Jaya, which is located a few kilometers outside of the city center. There’s a train stop very close to the hotel and a mall nearby, but that’s about all the positive to say about the location. If you really need to go to Kuala Lumpur I’d recommend to book a hotel in the city center like the Hotel Majestic Kuala Lumpur, where I stayed during my last visit. If you happen to be from Germany like me, I’d recommend paying with a credit card like the Barclaycard Platinum Double or the Eurowings Credit Card to save foreign transaction fees.
Guestroom Plus at the Hilton Petaling Jaya
I arrived at the Hilton Petaling Jaya quite early, around 9 am in the morning. Subsequently, my room wasn’t yet ready. The communication wasn’t very good, but approximately two hours later I had the keys to my room in my hand. I didn’t bother asking about an upgrade as I just wanted to catch up on some sleep. Thus, I ended up in the “Standard Room”, which is labeled King Guestroom Plus.
Despite the lack of an upgrade, I generally liked the room. It was a standard size with around 30 square meters and features a King Bed, a working desk with a proper office chair, an armchair in the corner, two bedside desks as well as a flat-screen television.
The furniture didn’t look especially modern, but the room wasn’t worn or anything and the cleaning was done properly. The view of the pool and a bit of the city in the background was nothing to talk home about though.
On a positive note, the bathroom did not only have a sink, a toilet (in a separate compartment), but also a walk-in shower with two shower heads, both offering a nice water pressure.
There’s also a window between the bathroom and the main room, which has a curtain to lower for privacy. It’s worth noting that not everything in the bathroom was in the best condition anymore.
Other than that, there were the basic bathroom amenities you’ll find at nearly all Hilton’s on this planet.
Executive Lounge at the Hilton Petaling Jaya
As I’ve been mainly sleeping and working on this trip, I spent a fair share of time (for the working part) in the Executive Lounge, which is located on the hotel’s top-floor and thus offers nice views.
The lounge is spacious and comes with a couple of different areas, including a couple of dining tables, a business center and a few couches and armchairs. Upon arrival, I had breakfast in the lounge, which came with a fair share of different hot and cold options.
You may also order egg dishes, pancakes etc. from the kitchen.
Barista coffee is offered, too. Later that day, I also checked out the afternoon tea selection, which just had some sandwiches and a few sweet options.
The evening selection offered was way more substantial, including a selection of sushi, cold cuts, salads, spring rolls and mini-quiche.
Other than that, there were a couple of sandwiches, white wine, red wine, beer and spirits. Nothing out of this world, but totally fine for a business hotel like the Hilton Petaling Jaya.
Room Service at the Hilton Petaling Jaya
Later in the evening, I decided to also try the room service. The menu is quite extensive and offers dozens of hot options. I went for a very boring one anyways, the Club Sandwich.
The portion was surprisingly big and the sandwiches tasted good, so there’s nothing bad to say here.
Breakfast at the Hilton Petaling Jaya
While I’ve already briefly spoken about the breakfast in the Executive Lounge, I’d also like to explain the breakfast served in the restaurant. On the second morning of my one night stay (the beauty of an early check-in) I went to the restaurant and had a look at the options there.
Honestly, I was surprised very positively again. The breakfast had all the options you’d expect at a business hotel and even more. There was a very nice cold selection with cheeses, cold cuts, breads etc. as well as a warm selection with Western and Asian favorites.
Coffee specialties and egg dishes are brought to your table upon request. While the breakfast wasn’t as good as at the Conrad Bangkok, I didn’t find anything to criticize either.
Pool & Gym at the Hilton Petaling Jaya
The Hilton Petaling Jaya offers an outdoor pool and an indoor fitness center. The pool is a good size and located in the hotel’s courtyard.
While it is okay for swimming, I didn’t like the “lounging situation”. There are a couple of loungers around the pool, but the area is not atmospheric at all and there’s a lot of street noise, too. The gym is substantially nicer, but lacks daylight, sadly. There are a dozens of machines, for cardio and strength training alike. Plus, there’s a nice area with free weights.
The gym is also accessible for members of the sports club, which might explain why it is quite big. Despite that fact the gym wasn’t any crowded when I visited in the morning.
Overall impressions of the Hilton Petaling Jaya
For the kind of stay I had in Kuala Lumpur, the Hilton Petaling Jaya was a great choice. The hotel offers decent rooms, a nice executive lounge with a good food spread, a good breakfast as well as a very good gym and an okay pool. The only real downside is the location of the hotel, which doesn’t make it a really good choice if you have business to do in the city center of Kuala Lumpur. At the same time, the rates for this property are so low that you definitely can’t go wrong with staying here!