Alila Bangsar Kuala Lumpur Review

March 12, 2020

Hi guys! Today I'll be sharing all about my stay at Alila Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur.


Alila is attached to another residential building called The Establishment, and I have friends that used to live there so I've passed by it quite often. The Establishment is very popular because it's directly attached to the LRT, so a lot of apartments have been turned into Airbnbs.


Alila Bangsar is located on the top 6 floors of the building, separated from the residences:


Address:
58, Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Phone:
03-2268 3888

Website:



Airbnbs in the Establishment can go for as little as RM180 and go higher depending on the decor/owner, but that's the general price range. For Alila Bangsar, their cheapest room is around RM300, and this fluctuates depending on the usual factors like dates, weather, occupancy, etc.


If you're a Hyatt member, you can get rooms for cheaper by booking directly on Alila's website. Even more so if you book in advance.


I actually stayed here on two separate weekends. Both weekends were spent taking pics for clients and making content, and since one of the clients was actually a Hyatt member, she managed to get the special price from Alila's website itself.

As I mentioned, the building is directly attached to the Bangsar LRT station


This is great for tourists because it's so connected to KL without being too busy and crowded like Bukit Bintang.


It's one station away from Mid Valley, one station away on the other side from KL Sentral and 2 stations away from Pasar Seni/Central Market/Petaling Street. Taking the LRT for 15 minutes also brings you to KLCC, so I would say the location is very good and very connected.


When you first step in, you'll be met by the concierge on the ground floor.


You'll then be directed to take the lift to the 41st floor, where Alila's lobby is. The lobby for the hotel is on the 41st floor, while the rooms are on the 35th to 40th floor.


Reception is located on the lobby floor. I would say I really like their minimalist interior, and I like how the plants and concrete complement the woody/Aesop-y aesthetic.


Legit looks like a "scandinavian" furniture set on The Sims haha, so aesthetic.


As I gave reception my booking number, they asked me to sit by the sitting area where we finalized my payment.


I could actually see my office building outside the window haha.


Check-in was super easy and simple, and I would say the staff were all super hospitable and friendly.


Across the lobby are some stairs, which lead down to their popular pool area:


I can't tell you how many times I've seen people's shots here on IG. It's a super trendy place to take pics!


The pool itself isn't too big, and there are sunbeds for you to relax on around it:


Connected to the pool area is the 24-access gym, which is nicely-sized, but still compact in my opinion.


Back on the 41st floor/lobby are 2 restaurants. Eatier is where breakfast is served and they carry whole day menus as well:


There's also a bar called Pacific Standard next to it:


So back to the room! I got my key cards after checking in and headed down to my room:


When you get to your floor you'll first reach the "Alila Living Room", where you can chill if you please.


They offer free flow snacks and coffee via the coffee machine, and on some floors I even saw fruits.


The hallways are pretty dimly lit and cozy:


On my first stay, I stayed in 3523, a 1 King Bed Deluxe Room.


By the door is a recyclable bag available for purchase:


The room is separated into 3 sections: the bathroom, the bedroom and the living/dining area. I think the size of the room is actually not bad, and the decor was nicely done.


Here's the bed:


The room also features a TV with a customized greeting, and you can access the menu and order room service via the TV.


The minibar is available upon request. If not, you will only get sachet coffee/tea and water.


On the other side is a mini sofa and a desk:


The living area is nice for just lounging about, though I kind of find it weird that they separated it from the TV so you can only watch from the bed.


The dining area is petite, and they served me some fruits a few minutes after I entered my room:


The view from the window was so-so~


The closets, safe and more amenities are by the shower area:


The toilet is located on one side:


While the shower area is on the other:


I couldn't really capture it but this shower room is huge. I don't understand why it needed to be so big just for a waterfall shower, when 3 whole bathtubs could easily fit in that shower area haha.


The vanity comes with lights, but I personally don't think it will be enough if you want to do your makeup there. It's a nice concept tho lol, and it was still great for doing my skincare.


Through the door is the room again:


Overall I think the room is nicely decorated and is fabulous for 1 or 2 people to stay in.


Some comments on their service, I found them to be quite...slow. After calling for an extension wire and other amenities, it took them a good 15-20 minutes to get back to me. Mind you, with the corona virus around I knew for a fact that their occupancy was not high at all. Anyhoo, aside from that the staff were all friendly and helpful, just that they moved quite slow. 

Another thing I wanted to highlight was their Alila Living amenities. The products like the shower gel, shampoo and conditioner were all amazing, and I was quite impressed. When I used the lotion and found that it smelled and felt similar to Aesop I was like, wait, what kind of products are they using here???


I asked the staff and they all didn't know how to reply me (lol) but after searching it up, I found that Alila actually started producing their Alila Living products in 2013, and it's available on Alila properties. All the products are made in Bali, and you can read more about it here.


The morning view when I woke up was quite nice:


I headed down to Entier for breakfast around 7am:


To be honest, their entire interior was very in-line with their branding/style, and I loved how it was so uniform in every inch of the hotel.


Here's the breakfast menu:


If you book your room with the breakfast, you get to choose 1 breakfast menu + get access to their breakfast buffet.


To be honest the set was...meh hahaha.


Here's the breakfast buffet spread:


Since I had nothing to do after that, I decided to go for a swim:


And that was pretty much it for my first stay at Alila.

For my second stay I booked the same room. After checking in I called the front desk 5 times befoer I could get someone to check my aircon since it wasn't working. They then moved me to another room, which was the 1 King Bed Deluxe Corner. On paper its slightly bigger than my previous room, but because of the layout it just felt slightly smaller.


Anyhoo same thing, it was sectioned into parts like the last room:


It actually worked out for the better because I was supposed to film 2 videos that weekend, and the window provided great front lighting compared to the side lighting I would have gotten in the previous room.


Here's the view:


Overall I enjoyed both of my stays in Alila. If you ask me, I would say its much worth it to stay here than an Airbnb in The Establishment, #1 because of the ambience and the amenities and #2 because it's more private. I'd say more than 50% of The Establishment are Airbnbs, and the rooms are pretty basic. For a difference of only RM100, I definitely recommend Alila.


As an ending note, I just wanted to say that the Malay breakfast set was so much better than the international breakfast set lol.



And that's it for this post! I hope you guys found it useful and informative. See you in my next post!

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