Review: Pacific Express Hotel Central Market (Kuala Lumpur)

My bus turned slowly into the driveway and finally came to a haul. The time was 1 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. I grabbed my bag and walked briskly towards KLCC LRT Station. From there, I took the LRT and alighted at Pasar Seni LRT Station. Walking past the Central Market, I reached Pacific Express Hotel.

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Designed for the modern travellers, “express hotels” like this are the new focused-service model, providing crisp service for both business and leisure tourists while ensuring the core product – the guestrooms – is comfortable and affordable. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur, at the crossroad of Chinatown district and the historic district, Pacific Express Hotel is within walking distance from landmarks such as Central Market, Petaling Street, Masjid Jamek, Masjid India Bazaar, Merdeka Square, National Mosque and many more interesting building and attractions.

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The 207-room hotel was converted from a former banking building, making it the perfect location for business travellers with banks and many corporations surrounding it. Pacific Express Hotel features contemporary designs with modern stylish furnishings with 4 types of guestrooms to choose from: Standard, Superior, Deluxe, Pacific Room.

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Standard (19-22 sqm) – No window

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Superior (19-20 sqm) and Deluxe (22-25 sqm) – similar layout

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Pacific Room (30 sqm) – suite style

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Pacific Room comes with lounge area that is partitioned from the bed and it is the only room type with bath tub.

Regarding facilities, besides the regular room amenities (mini fridge, bottled water, coffee/tea making, LED TV, hair dryer, etc), what I am impressed with and enjoyed the most is the fact that all bathrooms have deluge rain shower in their standing bathroom. I also enjoyed the view from the rooftop swimming pool and the workout from the gym.

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For the business-centric travellers, there are two meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 30 persons each, with flexible option of combining the two meetings rooms to host up to 60 persons. Half day meeting package starts from RM50++ per person and full day meeting package is from RM85++ per person. There is also a small business centre available for guests who require secretarial assistance.

I spent the whole afternoon walking around the historic districts and went into Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. Admission fee for KL City Gallery is RM5 per person, but you also given a voucher worth RM5 which can be used to offset for the food or drink you order at the cafe. KL City Gallery reminds me very much of the Singapore City Gallery at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). There are mini models of the Greater KL Region as well as exhibition on the different historical buildings surround the hotel.

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A trip to KL is not completed with catching up with my friends. I was lucky to squeeze in 4 appointments within my 2D1N trip, including a durian session with my mates. Considering that it was the durian season, it was definitely fun for us to pick up Mao Shan Wang (Cat Mountain King) and Ang Hay / Hong Xia (Red Prawn) from one of the ad hoc durian vendors and bringing them back to my friend’s apartment for a feast.

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I had my breakfast the lobby cafe. The food was alright but choices were limited to nasi lemak. But do bear in mind that it is an express hotel so the breakfast is mostly catered for those who just want to fill their stomach and get on with their day. What they lack of in food variety, they make up in service. When I arrived for breakfast, the attentive staff would ask me for my drink order and serve to my table. When the fried egg at the buffet corner ran out, they automatically serve me a portion without me asking for it.

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I heard from the staff that the cafe is a popular place for lunch and afternoon tea among the office workers among the hotel. The items on the lunch menu range from RM8-14 for a main course, very economic in my opinion.

Alternatively, my suggestion is to take a walk around Chinatown / Petaling Street and let your nose do the deciding for you. There are two popular place for congee and chee chong fun (rice noodle roll).  Since I already had breakfast at the hotel cafe, I decided to buy muah chee from the old lady street vendor. There are several different flavours and I bought the mixed package at RM5.

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All in all, it was a good trip for me. Although my friends were concern about me staying at Chinatown and reminding me to be careful with my belongings as it’s not a very safe area. I didn’t experience any potential crime but it always helps to be caution.

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Tip: There are graffiti along the canal right next to Pasar Seni LRT Station. It’s very popular with youngsters to pose with selfie sticks there.

Pacific Express Hotel is managed by Pacific Regency Hotel Group. Five minutes walk away from Pasar Seni LRT or Majib Jamek LRT station.

Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 2022 6888    Fax: +603 2022 6868

Email: info@pacific-express.com.my

Website: www.pacific-express.com.my

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