Hotel Impiana KLCC Review & Tonka Bean Café & Deli Buffet
Impiana KLCC Hotel is a 4-star business hotel in the location of Kuala Lumpur City Centre which I have stayed for the last trip with a Belgian friend working in Singapore. If you go to Malaysia, stay in a hotel with at least a 4-star rating because that is one country in South East Asia which you can have a bit more luxury without burning a hole in your pocket.
The cost is relatively similar to good star rating hotels in Thailand. The less developed country like Vietnam has hotels that are more expensive than that Malaysia and Thailand. I paid more to stay in a 3-star hotel in Ho Chih Minh than hotels in Malaysia and Thailand. Even my Belgian friend had the same opinion to stay in a better hotel and not some budget ones.
I have stayed in some cheap hotels like 2-star and 1-star in Kuala Lumpur and other cities in Malaysia. The bed had a deep indent in the middle. The room condition was filthy. The wall had an ugly green painted. The toilet had a lot of dark stains on the floor and looked disgusting. The room was so polluted that my friend and I had developed allergies on our eyes and nose while talking to each other in the room.
Lesson learnt. As I grow older and have more spending power, I want to pay more to stay in a better hotel that fits into my budget. That is not to say that all cheap accommodation would end up in a negative light. I had equally pleasant encounters staying in hostels and guesthouses in Malaysia. Hotel Impiana KLCC review was definitely positive with outstanding customer service from the staff.
We travelled to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore by bus with some displeasure about our travel coach trip. Maybe we should have taken a low-cost flight instead. Nevertheless, the express bus stopped at Berjaya Times Square. We took a taxi from our arrival point to Impiana KLCC Hotel instead of a train as we did not want to spend time figuring out how to get there. The cabs there did not want to operate on a fare meter and quoted us an inflated rate of RM20 (€4 | US$4.80).
I knew that was the culture for getting a taxi there in Kuala Lumpur city. Seemingly, it has never changed for decades. The taxi drivers were operating like some sorts of syndicates where most of them would not use the fare meter even if you requested them to do it. They would rather not do your business especially if you really look like a tourist.
We went with it anyway since it was only €4 after an exchange rate conversion. How would we be able to get a 15 minutes taxi ride for that dirt cheap amount in Belgium or in any part of Europe? Impossible! Nonetheless, when we took another cab back to Berjaya Times Square from Impiana KLCC Hotel by metered fare, it was only RM7.90 (€1.65 | US$1.90) a 50% fare increment.
We were delighted with the size of the room and the toilet of Hotel Impiana KLCC. The room was larger than many other hotel rooms in KL. It was also clean and well-maintained. The smallest room of Hotel Impiana KLCC is Superior at 30 sqm which only seem to have queen-sized beds and no twin beds. Therefore, the hotel staff gave us a Deluxe Room which had twin beds when we requested double beds. The Deluxe Twin room was spacious at 36 sqm for €65 inclusive of breakfast!
On top of that, it had everything of what a 4-star hotel ought to have. Items like a hairdryer, safe, slippers and bathrobes were provided. We were on the 6th floor of Impiana KLCC Hotel and had a beautiful rooftop swimming pool view. When my friends and I had some spare time, we would watch people having fun at the swimming pool as the distance was so near to our room. Furthermore, the night view outside the Impiana KLCC Hotel was astonishing. One could see the luminous Petronas Twin Towers and capture a few good pics from there. My profile image was one of them.
The next day, we passed by a counter selling chocolates and cakes in Impiana KLCC Hotel. Although the hotel room was not that expensive for such a size, the desserts were relatively expensive. It cost €0.60 for a piece of praline, €3 for a tart or a slice of cake and €18.75 for the whole cake. If nobody wanted to buy them because they were expensive, I wondered how long can they keep the food and if they were also fresh enough to be sold.
Our breakfast in Impiana KLCC Hotel was at Tonka Bean Café & Deli located on the ground floor. The buffet breakfast began from 6.30 am to 10.30 am. The buffet had a wide spread of Malaysian and international cuisine. My recommendation is the omelette and the Chinese congee which had one of the most delicious turnips (菜脯) that I had ever eaten.
Very tasty indeed! Instead of having the typical black coffee placed on the table, you can ask for a cappuccino, latte, espresso or more from the bar counter. In Europe, salad is always the first thing I will eat because there are always not many food choices. In Asia, sorry, you are no longer my first choice because my stomach has no room for you. Overall, it was a satisfying breakfast experience because all the food that I tried was delicious and very impressive!
Tonka Bean Café & Deli also has a buffet lunch and dinner with local and western delights. The buffet lunch is Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 2.30 pm. The nett cost is RM78 (€17 | US$16) per adult and RM39 (€8.50 | US$9) per child. The buffet dinner is on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm with sumptuous cuisines. Both buffets also serve limitless scoops of Baskin Robbins ice cream. The nett costs are RM88 (€19.20 | US$21) for adults and RM44 (€9.60 | US$10.50) for children. Senior Citizens get a 50% discount at Impiana KLCC Hotel.
Impiana KLCC has an ideal location for walking to the famous Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC for under 10 minutes. The nearest MRT station is ➊ KLCC or ➋ Bukit Bintang (SBK), which both are 15 minutes walk away. Visit Petronas Twin Towers and go shopping for branded goods in Suria KLCC mall. Explore the Bukit Bintang area on a weekend evening to experience the vibrant nightlife full of street music performances! For more things to do in Kuala Lumpur, I will show you the places of interest in the same area by taking the subway train.
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