Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Since my flight into Kuala Lumpur arrived much later than scheduled, I did not have too much time in the city.

After taking the KLIA Express from the airport to the KL Sentral train station, it was an easy walk to the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral since it is attached to the train station. The KLIA Express is having a promotion through the end of the year. You get a 20% discount when paying with Mastercard. You can buy online, through their app, or at the ticket kiosk at the airport or Sentral station. I chose to buy through their app, which worked like a charm.

After following the signs and heading up the escalator, turn right once you reach the entrance of the mall. You will head down a walkway past some restaurants and enter the hotel on the second floor.

Take the elevator right by that entrance, as it only goes to floors one and two, so waiting shouldn’t be a problem.

Compared to my prior visit earlier in the year, check-in was quicker.

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Room 1811

I was given keys to my king room.

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Bathroom

Upon entering the room, the bathroom is located directly to the left. There is a single sink, a walk-in shower and toilet. The shower and toilet share the same sliding door, which can be awkward if sharing the room with another person.

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Shower

The shower has dispensers for shampoo/conditioner, and body wash.

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Toilet

The space for the toiler is a little cramped. In addition to the toilet, there is a hose.

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Coffee Maker

Across from the toilet is the coffee maker and safe. Four bottles of complimentary water are provided, which is very generous.

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Closet

Next to the coffee maker is the closets, which contains two robes, two pairs of slippers and extra towels.

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Room

The room is fairly spacious with plenty space to move around. The room is on the dimmer side however, as lights are not plentiful.

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Bean Bag Chair

Something that wasn’t in the room on my prior visit was a brightly pink bean bag chair.

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Bed

The bed was on the firm side. There is a small night stand on either side of the bed, however outlets were only provided near the right side of the bed.

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Durian Sign

There was a funny sign/slogan over the bed.

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Free Drinks

One new thing that this Aloft offers is free drinks and snacks, much like the Hyatt Andaz brand does. There were two bottles of water, two soft drinks, an energy drink, orange juice, and a beer.

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Free Snacks

On the snack side, there were two bags much like cheese puffs, a small canister of Pringles, oriental crackers, a small pack of Oreos, a “healthy cookie” and a bag of peanuts.

I though the drink and snack selection was very generous, and would be replaced daily. This is much more than the Andaz hotels that I have been to offer.

My stay was much better this time around. I think that since the hotel has been open for a while, some of the kinks are starting to be worked out. The Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is convenient if coming from the airport late, or for early departures.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

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Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

The Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral recently opened, and is conveniently located adjacent to the Sentral train station. In fact, there is a connecting walkway between the train station and adjoining mall to the hotel.

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Sign to Sentral Station and Mall

If taking the walkway, you will enter the hotel on the second floor and have to go down one floor to the front desk.

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The Nook

The hotel’s restaurant The Nook is located on the second floor, which has indoor and “outdoor” seating.

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Lobby
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Lobby
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Lobby
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Lobby

The lobby is very spacious and has an open feel to it thanks to very high ceilings.  To the right there are several sections of seating.

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re:fuel

When entering from the front, the front desk is straight in front of you. Behind that is the re:fuel snack/drink/take away food center.

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Business Center

There is also a small business center with a couple of computers to use.

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Pool Table

There is also a pool table.

Check-in wasn’t the smoothest, as there were four front desk associates just standing around when I got there. It took a minute before one of them acknowledged me and began to help me.

He either seemed kind of lost, or really uninterested, as he took forever to give me the room keys, and asked for me credit card several times as it appeared he got lost in his thought process a couple of times.

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Room 1804

After finally getting the room keys, I headed up to room 1804.

The bathroom is located to the left of the door, and is somewhat small.

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Sink

There is a single sink with an adequate amount of counter space.

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Amenities

Complimentary toothbrushes, razor, and cotton balls/nail file are provided.

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Toilet

The toilet is lodged between a wall and the shower.

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Shower
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Shower

The shower was on the small side, but water pressure was pretty good and the temperature remained constant.

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Free Water

Four bottles of water are complimentary, which is a huge bonus in hot and humid Kuala Lumpur.

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Closet

Closet space is on the smaller side, but it was nice to see that the hotel offered robes and slippers.

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Fridge

There is also a small fridge.

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Room
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Room
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Room

The room itself is on the larger side. The bed was not very comfortable even though the hotel is relatively new.

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View From Room

The view from the room is nothing to write home about.

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Pool
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Pool
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Pool
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Pool View
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Pool View

The hotel has a rooftop an infinity pool with nice views of the city.

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Mai Bar
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Mai Bar

The Mai Bar is also located on the rooftop.

The room was relatively quiet, but somewhat dark. I find this to be a consistent problem throughout the chain as lighting seems to be a premium.

Prices seem to be fairly low, and you cannot beat the convenience of staying right next to the train station, and in the city, if needing to get to the airport early.

 

Aloft El Segundo-LAX

 

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Aloft El-Segundo-LAX

The Aloft El Segundo-LAX recently opened, and is located about a mile south of the airport. The hotel is located on El Segundo Boulevard, and there are several restaurants in the surrounding area, with a Whole Foods Market and bigger shopping center down the street.

Parking is plentiful, and complimentary at the time of my stay despite their website stating that self-parking was $14/day. The west side of the hotel sits along a residential street so it appears that you may be able to park there and avoid the parking fee.

Upon entering the hotel, the lobby is fairly large and open. Upon check-in, the front desk associate could see my reservation, but was somehow unable to process my check-in on the computer he was using. We had to wait until the other front desk agent had helped another guest before he could use that computer. For a hotel that has just recently opened, I thought that was unacceptable.

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Lobby Seating
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Lobby Seating

There is an open seating area to the left.

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Pool Table

A pool table is located to the right.

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re:fuel
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re:fuel

Beyond the “front desk” there is a 24/7 re:fuel market.

The wxyz bar is located along the back wall of the lobby.

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Business Center

There is a small business center.

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Hallway

The hallways are semi-dark with slate grey walls, and darker carpeting with splashes of blue and orange.

Upon entering the room, the bathroom is located to the left. The bathroom is on the smaller side.

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Sink

There is a sink with ample counter space. Bliss amenities are provided.

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Toilet
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Shower

The toilet is wedged between the sink and shower. Thankfully, the shower door closes all the way, and you are not exposed like many designed bathrooms you find now.

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Dress/Fridge/Coffee Maker/Safe

After exiting the bathroom, there is a dresser of sorts containing a safe, mini-fridge, two complimentary bottles of water, an ice bucket and coffee maker.

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TV

Next to that is the TV with a small bench located underneath.

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Desk

The desk is on the smaller side, but at least outlets are easily located.

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Beds

The beds were on the firmer side, and although new, it felt like the beds were rather “springy”.

It’s nice to have another airport hotel option, especially one that is not located on Century Boulevard where traffic can be bad, and parking costs are outrageous.

The Westin Pasadena

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The West Pasadena

The Westin Pasadena is located within the Plaza Las Fuentes in downtown Pasadena. It is situated just a couple blocks off of Colorado Boulevard, which is within easy walking distance.

Upon check-in, my reservation was noted, and I was thanked for being an SPG Gold Member. I had quickly had keys in hand, but no further details about the property were given. I had to ask for a late check-out rather than having it pro-actively offered.

The hotel does have a complimentary shuttle, but this was not disclosed at time of check-in, and I did not see any signs indicating that this was a benefit of the hotel.

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Room 830

I was assigned Room 830, which was on an SPG Floor.

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Bathroom

Upon entering the room, the bathroom is located to the left. There is a sliding door that closes off the bathroom. There is a single sink with limited counter space.

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Heavenly Shower

There is a Westin Heavenly Shower System with dual shower heads, which is a great feature but not the greatest use at the current time due to the drought situation.

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Towels

There is a small table in the corner, holding hand towels, Kleenex, glasses and the hair dryer.

Upon closer inspection of the bathroom, however it did not appear that it was cleaned, or cleaned very well.

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Water Spots
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Flooded Counter

There were water spots all over the glass shelf above the sink, and the countertop was flooded with water. There also was no soap anywhere to be found.

I reported the lack of cleanliness of the bathroom to the front desk, and they apologized and indicated that they would send somebody up to clean the room, while we were out.

When we came back, the bathroom had been cleaned and soap had been furnished.

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Closet
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Closet
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Coffee Maker

There are two closets with sliding doors, providing ample storage space. Between the two closets are the coffee maker, and ice bucket.

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Fridge, TV

There is also a mini fridge, and flat screen TV placed on top of a small dresser.

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Desk

The desk is of adequate size, with outlets conveniently placed. The overall lighting of the room was on the darker side however.

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Bed

The Westin Heavenly Bed was comfortable with a small night stand located on either side. Sadly, outlets were only located close to one side of the bed.

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Sitting Area

There is a long couch along the window which is good for lounging sideways, as sitting upright provides little back support.

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Pool

The pool area is rather small, but given its downtown location I am surprised that they have a pool at all.

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Gym
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Gym
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Gym
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Gym

The fitness center is actually quite large, and has a large variety of equipment including weight machines, free weight, treadmills, elliptical machines, and a stair stepper.

Valet parking is a reasonable $15 per night, but I pre-paid parking through Park Whiz and only paid $6 for covered self-parking, which is a great deal considering being close to the downtown area.

The hotel itself is nice and in pretty good shape, but the front desk staff could be a little friendlier, and the housekeeping definitely needs some improvement.

Element Frankfurt Hotel

We arrived into Frankfurt late at night, and our flight didn’t leave until the following afternoon. It didn’t seem worth it trying to go into the city for such a short time, especially late at night.

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Frankfurt Element Hotel
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Frankfurt Element Hotel

In looking at hotel options, the Element Frankfurt Hotel met our needs on a couple in a couple of ways. First, it was close to the airport. SPG had a promotion at the time that would net me an extra 2,000 Starpoints, and I was able to file a successful Best Rate Guarantee for another 2,000 Starpoints.

I am not familiar with the Frankfurt airport, so transportations to the hotel seemed somewhat limited. Although it is an airport hotel, the hotel does not offer a shuttle. We took a cab to the hotel, but the cabbie was perturbed given the short ride to the hotel and low fare.

Upon entering the hotel, the front desk is located to the left. Check-in was smooth and we were quickly given room keys. Although the hotel is set-up for the SPG Keyless system, it was not working at the time.

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Lobby
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Lobby
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Lobby

The lobby is airy, and open. To the left is the front desk. To the right are several couches, dining tables, a high top table and chairs, that could be utilized as work space, or breakfast overflow seating.

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Business Center

There is a small business center with a couple of computers and a printer.

The hotel is set up as a long term stay property, as there is a small kitchen.  The property is marketed as a serviced apartment.

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Kitchen
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Kitchen
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Kitchen
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Kitchen

Upon entering, the kitchen set-up is located to the left. There is a sink, stove, dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, utensils and fridge.

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Closet
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Closet
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Closet

Next to the kitchen is a small closet, which included an iron and ironing board. Around the corner was two other closets, including a luggage rack.

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Desk/TV

Along the far wall, there is a large desk and TV.

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Welcome Amenity

I was given a welcome amenity of two apples, a gooseberry and half a grapefruit (inexplicably), along with a bottle of water.

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Bed

The bed was a little on the firm side, and not the most comfortable. A small night stand was on either side of the bed, along with an electrical outlet.

Next to the bed, was the bathroom which was on the smaller side.

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Toilet

Immediately to the right upon entering the bathroom was the toilet.

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Sink

Opposite that was a single sink with limited counter space.

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Shower

There was a shower that included a hand held shower head, along with a rainfall shower head. There are shampoo/conditioner and shower gel dispensers that had a fantastic apple scent.

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View
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View
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View

The view from the room isn’t that great as it overlooks ongoing construction. There is a large window that opens a few inches. Although the window opens only a few inches, it is somewhat scary that there is no ledge or balcony underneath the open window.

Element Hotels offer all guests complimentary breakfast.

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Breakfast
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Breakfast
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Breakfast
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Breakfast
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Breakfast
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Breakfast

The breakfast spread was fairly expansive and included juice, bread, rolls, muffins, fresh fruit (including the other half of my welcome amenity), eggs, bacon, quesadillas, cereal, cold cuts, yogurt, salad, coffee and tea.

The Element Hotel is a nice, clean hotel that is also relatively new. Although it is an airport hotel, they do not offer an airport shuttle which I think would be greatly appreciated by guests since taxi drivers appeared to be miffed by having to take such a short drive.