Hey guys! Did you miss me? It’s been a while since I posted anything, sorry for the disappearance. I am doing fine here. Anyway wishing you guys a Happy New Year 2018! 🙂
I travelled to London in December 2017. This post is mainly about my experience flying with Emirates. My first time with them from Kuala Lumpur to London via Dubai. I choose Emirates as I wanted to experience travelling to London with a stopover thinking it will be less stressful as you won’t be stuck on a plane for 13+ hours.
After weeks of purchasing the flight tickets, finally, it’s time to go to London! Yeayy! J J I am very excited to go to London this time as I will be experiencing how Christmas is being celebrated in the UK.
Back to Emirates, the check-in at KLIA was smooth. The boarding announcement was clear. The staffs were welcoming and friendly.
Once I got onto the plane, the setting is almost similar to Malaysia Airlines A380. The cabin environment was nice with good ventilation, lighting and temperature. Take-off and landing were decent for A380 plane. The seats were comfortable considering I am 6’2 in a normal seat. Point to note, I did pay additional for the seat selection. The ICE infotainment system is fantastic and you can watch so many programs which are cool.
I was not too impressed with the in-flight dining. Some item was out of stock and they don’t seem to ‘entertain’ additional requests. At one point, I requested for soft drinks in between meals but didn’t get any.
One thing that I don’t like about Emirates is the baggage allocation of 20kg per person which is horrendous. Most of the other airlines provide at least 25kg for such long distance travelling. I don’t mind flying again with Emirates if the cost of the flight is significantly lower than other airlines.
I booked the stay over the phone. Awesome service through the phone. Professional yet friendly service by the reservation team (sorry I can’t recall the names). The nightmare started when I requested for a special arrangement for my stay, I’m celebrating my partner’s birthday. The housekeeping and concierge called me but I gave up talking to them. I dealt with the reservation team who handled my request. The reservation team communicated to the teams accordingly and ‘apparently’ it can be done. Phewww… My initial request with the mentioned teams was not ‘accepted’. How funny is that for a 5 star hotel! A let down if you ask me.
Anyway moving on to actual stay. Check-in was smooth as it was done at the executive floor. We had coffee and finger food while waiting at the executive lounge.
I was very surprised when we got to the room, which is an Executive Club suite. It was fantastic! It’s huge and looks really good. The bed was comfortable and so relaxing. A clear view of KL tower and you can also spot KLCC. If you wondering what is included in the room; free breakfast, access to executive lounge, evening cocktails, 2 pcs of laundry per day.
They had the bed decorated with rose petals and decorations which were awesome and a nice surprise to my partner.
The executive lounge is a nice place to be. Relaxing set up and perfect to lounge. The staffs are attentive but some of them are just average. Could be better in the delivery of service as some of them don’t look very keen to ‘serve’. The evening cocktail session was nice, from 5-8pm. A variety of finger foods, fruits, yogurt, bread and drinks, basically bottomless. I enjoyed it.
I also had ordered food while staying here via the room service. It was handled well and food was good.
Check out was fast and smooth. Not much personal touch by the staff.
Overall I loved my stay at the hotel and love love the Executive Club Suite. I have stayed in other hotels’ executive room but this one is most outstanding in term on space, room feature and exclusivity which surpassed by expectation. I had stayed here previously (many years ago) and at that time, all facilities looked dated. Only comment is the service rendered by the staff. While it is sufficient it was not that memorable. No personal touch or I would rather say ‘service with an attitude’, good attitude obviously.
Visited in April 2017.
Being a regular contributor to TripAdvisor, I was very happy to receive this via email the other day.
It says “Congratulations! You’re in the top 2% with 35846 readers, you’re one of the most popular reviewers in Kuala Lumpur. Keep those great opinions coming‘. I feel appreciated! lol
Im sure some of you would be thinking, Why do i even bother posting in TripAdvisor? Well, good question. I like the idea of travelers giving feedback based on their own experience and at their own expense. In a way, the feedback feels more genuine. Also, at that time, i didnt believe in blog sites (yes, seriously). This became very very useful for me especially in 2012, when I made the trip to Europe for 3 weeks. I could find out about where to go, what to do, where to stay, the pro & cons of a particular establishment, where & what to avoid, etc.
Coming from Malaysia, i didn’t have many friends who have been to Europe. The only friend that i knew who have been to London & Paris was a friend of mine who was an airline crew. Although she could give me some tips but it was not the same as a traveler point of view. Off course she did give some tips on where to shop which was very useful! haha.
Have a good day all!