Subang Jaya is a city 21km southwestern of Kuala Lumpur. It is a city well-connected with the surrounding cities and can be accessed via the highways, KTM Komuter trains and the upcoming Kelana Jaya Line LRT service. As such, it is an ideal place for travellers and businessmen to stay at even if they have a morning meeting in Kuala Lumpur. One of the prominent hotels in Subang Jaya is the Empire Hotel and this is the review of Empire Hote, Subang Jaya.
I have had the chance to stay at this hotel twice. The first time I stayed here was when I joined the #TSBreakaway program, organized by Tourism Selangor where I stayed at the Premier Essential room alone for 4 nights. For my second stay, I stayed at the Premier Essential Plus room, which I will review in this post.
Empire Hotel is a ‘four-star boutique designer’ hotel and it is strategically located at the heart of Subang Jaya city centre and within walking distance of the Subang Jaya train station. It is attached to the Empire Shopping Gallery, one of the shopping malls in Subang Jaya.
When I checked-in for my second stay, I was supposed to stay at the Premier Essential room but they upgraded my room to Premier Essential Plus without any charges. I accepted the offer happily and straightaway went to the room.
PROS & AMENITIES
My first impression of the room is that this hotel room is very comfortable and suitable to business and leisure travellers alike. I am right. Upon opening the door via the ‘Open Sesame’ card, there is a round table with 4 chairs set up as the work station. There is also a small desk which can be used as a laptop desk.
Moving along a small corridor towards the sleeping area, a wardrobe is smartly put there, thus reducing space use. 2 bathrobes, an iron and an ironing board is also provided, which means there is no need to worry of wrinkle-shirts while staying here.
The room also provides for coffee-making facility, with 4 bottles of mineral water which can be chilled in the minibar provided. A safe is provided, in case there are expensive belongings which we want to put in extra security. However, I did not try the safe as during my both visits, I could not figure out how to use it. Yes, I am not that technology-savvy.
As for the bathroom, the hotel provides soaps and body foams as well as shampoos. Shaving kit, hair dryer, cleaning kit, tooth brush, tooth paste, everything that you basically need are there. Anyone can check in and stay at the hotel just by bringing one self and a set of cloth to be worn during check-out. Yes, it is very complete that you don’t really have to bring anything.
The best part for me is the bed. Super comfortable that every time I put my head on the pillow, I feel like dozing-off. Apart from that, the fact that the TV has a greeting with our name make it more personal. The view from the room is also nice, facing the Subang Jaya city and the always-busy Federal Highway.
Security to the hotel floors is also not compromised as visitors can only access the lift up to level 2 i.e. the reception area/main lobby if there is no access card. This is due to the fact that access card is needed to access to the other levels where the rooms are located.
And not to forget, the parking is free for hotel guests.
CONS & SETBACKS
However, having a lot of praises does not mean that this hotel does not have its setback. The major setback for me is the lift service. There are only 2 main lifts servicing the hotel and another 2 supplementary lifts located near the staircase. Sometimes, when it is peak time or one of the lifts is being ‘parked’, I had to wait to get into the lift. Just like waiting for the train during peak hours.
Apart from that, staying at lower grounds means that we have to bear the noises coming from the Federal Highway. It is now 1.43 am as I am writing this sentence and the sound of cars and motorcycles piercing the night along the Highway can still be heard.
Besides that, the bathroom and the beds are separated by a layer of fancy glass and while it looks nice and artsy, the fact that you can see the shadow of the person inside the bathroom may make some people to be not too comfortable.
And while parking is free, it is quite a hassle as you will have to go to the reception area located on the 2nd floor to validate your parking ticket every time you want to take the car out.
Other than that, I would say that this is one of the best hotels that I have stayed in in recent years.
Empire Hotel Subang is situated at the Subang Jaya city centre, approximately 21 km from Kuala Lumpur.
For bookings and enquiries, do visit their website or contact them at:
Empire Hotel Subang
Empire Subang, Jalan SS 16/1
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
T: +6 03 5565 1388
F:+6 03 5565 1288
Rating (Maximum 5 stars):
- Value for money: 4 stars
- Location: 5 stars
- Customer service: 3.5 stars
- Security: 4 stars
- Cleanliness: 4.5 stars
- Facilities: 4 stars
- F&B: N/A
I would like to personally thank Empire Hotel Subang for making the stay possible and for giving me a complimentary stay as a prize for winning the Wolo Word Search Contest. Kindly note that all the reviews are of my personal views.
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