I debated for quite some time whether a hotel could be worth the premium over the standard 5* offerings in KL. Whilst Villa Samdhi doesn’t offer all the amenities of a large hotel, it definitely makes up for with personal touches. Having only a handful of rooms, the staff were quick to get to know you, and were all very polite. You could certainly feel the difference over a large hotel.
-My room was spacious, with a comfortable bed with a nice Jacuzzi on the terrace.
-Wonderful staff, whom were quick to react and good at accommodating needs
-Free cocktail hour in the rooftop bar between 6.30-7.30. I didn’t see this advertised, so was happy to find it happening
-Brilliant and high quality breakfast by the pool
-Minibar prices were reasonable, and there was a good choice of tea and coffee, plus a generous fruit plate.
-Turndown service chocolates were tasty
-Both towels in my room were so threadbare that they had gaping holes in them. I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels around the world, and these were by far the tattiest towels I’d ever been offered. When I mentioned this to the front desk, the one I had used was replaced with a new non-holey one, but the other wasn’t checked, and was left there (I later found it also to be holey). Please, buy some proper towels!
-the pool area was nice with the loungers and rolled towels, but there were a lot of leaves in the pool, which gave it an air of unkemptness.
-the Jacuzzi in the room has unchangeable on/off times. It would be much better for the guest, and more environmentally conscious for people to choose their own times for using their private Jacuzzi, rather than having it run when it’s not wanted, and off when it is.
-there is a little minibar in the room with soft drinks and beer. The only glasses on offer were very long stemmed wine glasses (and three at that). Rather odd!
-A major bugbear of mine in hotels around the world is lighting. Sadly, I cannot rate Samadhi highly here. There were so many switches and dimmers, I couldn’t work out what was what. It was very frustrating flicking all these switches to try and work out if they worked/what they did. To confound things, some areas had a choice of 3 or 4 lighting options (e.g. the entrance portico), whilst some had none (e.g. the bar area).
-the balcony had some furniture on, but nothing comfy to relax on. There was a wooden sofa/bench thing, and a matching chair, but the table that clearly should have gone in between was missing.
Overall, I was happy with my stay. The negatives were annoying, but most can be easily fixed. I’m pretty sure I will return one day, hopefully after they’ve thrown out all their old threadbare towels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best described as Kuala Lumpur's ultimate treat to nest in. This ravishing villa-in-a-room boutique hotel is one-of-a-kind in the capital city. Tucked within an upscale locale just 10 minutes drive from town, Villa Samadhi becomes an immediately accessible respite to restore soul into one’s exhausted self.Its collection of 21 contemporary Asian-inspired rooms, with each spanning from 600 square-foot to over 2000 square-foot of living spaces are accented with a collage of elements to create a raw yet sophisticated Asian dwelling. Discreetly recede from street view, the most distinguishing feature of Villa Samadhi is the massive, soaring grass thatched-roof that shouts 'Malaysia'. But most eye-catching is the mysterious-looking multi-layered thatched roof structure of the rooftop bar-lounge ‘Bumbung’ which is floating above all else. Open the bamboo-clad gate and the surprise is over, a façade in absolute russet harmony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Samadhi Hotel Kuala Lumpur