If you are driving by from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) towards Kuala Lumpur or vice versa, you might noticed a “weird” looking building and probably wondering what it was.
Let me tell you .. its the Movenpick Hotel and Convention Center KLIA, a hotel owned by Tabung Haji and the first ever Syariah-compliant hotel that I have stayed in.
The Movenpick Hotel and Convention KLIA is a 333-room contemporary hotel with an attached convention center located next to the Sepang Mosque and in the vicinity of Mitsui Outlet Mall, the famed Sepang International Circuit and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
My check into the hotel is quick and simple ~ and was given a twin-bedded superior room on the 5th floor. The hotel was quite quiet during my stay ~ (maybe a 20% occupancy) which was nice and easy for me to go around to take some nice photos.
The service staff of the hotel was very friendly and helpful ~ ever ready to lend a hand ~ from the concierge to the front desk offer to housekeeping and especially the restaurant crews and manager. This is definitely a big thumbs up for this new hotel.
The 36 sqm Moorish-design inspired room was quite comfortable ~ with my two twin beds, comfortable fluffy pillows, a long work desk, a state-of-the-art IPTV and a nice rocking chair. There is no balcony in my room although the wall to ceiling windows opens up to the Sepang Mosque view.
The bathroom features a separated shower stall with rain-shower, and a large back-lit make-up mirror (this is amazing – I am sure every girl would loved to have this mirror in their bathroom). Bathroom amenities were rather limited – the standard shampoo, body soap, body lotion, sanitary bag, shower cap, cotton buds and bar soap but I felt a hotel at this category should provide the dental kit too.
We had a little air-conditioning issue after check-in which causes the room to stay rather warm but the technical team responded swiftly to the complaint and got it resolved within minutes. The air-conditioning system works on sensors in which if you leave the room, the system will automatically cut off, however I am not sure if you are a really still sleeper, would the air-conditioning system shuts itself off at night.
Amenities wise, since the hotel is Syariah-complaint, it has separated swimming pool for guys and gals, as well as a separated fitness center for guys and gals too.
There is a tennis court, and a luxurious spa (to be open soon) as well as an Executive Lounge on the 8th floor (not operational as yet).
For in hotel dining, currently there is an open area behind the lobby called Redup where you can enjoy coffee, tea and snacks of Asian and Middle Eastern origins as well as the premium lobby lounge Sira which serves dessert, quick snacks and a good cuppa of teh tarik.
Temasya is the all-day international dining outlet where buffet breakfast, lunch and dinners are served as well as high-tea during the weekends. The decor is very industrial style with exposed red-bricks and steel, creating a very cozy feel. The entrance is also decorated with colored bottles which gave it a very nice effect especially when the light rays shine through.
Breakfast was wonderful – the selections are good with local asian cuisine, western cuisine, and healthy selections. Juices are good and served along freshly brewed coffee by request. The food is tasty and delicious and the service is excellent. My favorites are always the hash brown potatoes and I loved their Asian selection of mee siam as well as the nasi lemak and beef masak kicap and rendang chicken. I never got the chance to try their Asian noodles or roti canai though.
There is an attached multi-storey parking area as well as an open parking area next to the main lobby.
The lobby is very impressive with super high-ceiling and extremely wide seating areas ideal for instagrammable photos.
Overall, I would say the hotel is not too bad – although the location is far from town (45 minutes from KL) but might be ideal for those wanting to stay near the airport (10 minutes to the airport with complimentary schedule shuttle) or going for the MotoGP in Sepang. Room wise, I felt the bed was a little soft although the pillows are great. Bathroom wise, I felt they should at least provide the dental kit and something should be done to stop water from the shower stall to overflow into the toilet stall (I hate wet toilets). As for the Syariah-compliant swimming pool and gym ~ I cant fault them but I would have loved to share my workout or swim with my loved ones rather than being separated.
Price for the rooms starts in the RM 300 range which I felt a little high for this hotel.
Movenpick Hotel and Convention Center KLIA
Kompleks TH, Jalan Masjid KLIA
Sepang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603 8661 8661