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LiL's and Needles's Adventures in Kuala Lumpur - Part 1 - Weekend at Doubletree Hilton

August 24 2010 at 9:42 AM

LiL  (Login LiL888)

As mentioned in my previous photoessay, Needles, my darling albino hedgehog came to live with us a little over 7 weeks ago. He is a restless one and is always game to check out new places and sights. Doubletree KL celebrated its launch 3 weeks ago on August 5th and we decided to spend a weekend chilling out in this new hotel. There is currently a 2 nights for the price of 1 Grand Opening Offer when you make a reservation which could be why the hotel enjoyed full occupancy last weekend. What a steal at RM$380 ( USD$120 ) for 2 nights !

This building used to house the Crown Princess hotel and the developer did a excellent job revamping the development.

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Doubletree presents a freshly baked, warm chocolate chip cookie to each guest at check-in.

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Used as an iconic sign of Doubletree hospitality, the cookie has been used to differentiate the Doubletree hotel brand from its competition. What a delight to be presented a cookie after a long flight.

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Doubletree cookies are baked several times a day in the kitchen of the hotels restaurants, and are kept warm in ovens built into the hotels front desks each oven is about the size of a two-drawer lateral file cabinet

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Doubletree gives out approximately 35,000 chocolate chip cookies each day, and a total of over 220,000,000 since inception. Each cookie weighs 2½ ounces and has an average of 20 chocolate chips and walnuts. If you do not want to stay at the hotel to sample the cookie, just pop into their inhouse delicatessen The Food Store,

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to purchase some. Or come over to my home for tea and if u are lucky i will share my stash with u happy.gif

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Doubletree is a stone's throw from the Petronas Twin Towers

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Needles the camwhore

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Needles peered over his paperbag and spied the G City Hotel across the road...

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He wanted to check out the "Floating" Bridge Bar between the two towers of G City Hotel and like any indulging Mommy, LiL oblidged

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Ahhh... what yummy desserts and FYI Needles loves champagne

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His heart skipped a beat when he looked through the state of the art glass flooring. Needles suffers from vertigo

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G City Hotel is also home to Tanzini restaurant

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Yummy modern Italian grub

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and yummier view of our colourful city

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Feeling tired, we decided to take a nap. Needles snuggling up

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Too cute to resist

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Peek a boo

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The hotel rooms are designed to be functional and comfortable

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Mommy LiL had a good scrub under the Rainshower using Crabtree and Evelyn range of products

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whilst baby Needles occupied his time paddling in the sink

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Feeling refreshed, Needles and LiL decided to check out the hotel facilities. Outside the grand ballroom

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Sleek

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Well equipped gym and their Axis Lobby Lounge. An ideal place to meet friends, family or clients. The retail outlets will be fully opened by year end.

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Cellar Door Bar. They employ a dedicated wine sommelier to assist guests

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Swimming pool area. This is, for your information, a saltwater pool, which is softer on your skin than the conventional chlorine pool

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Beautifully lit up at night

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In the mood for traditional Italian food, we made a reservation at the spanking new Tosca restaurant which overlooks the swimming pool area.

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Needles was amused with the pasta leaf sign.

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Needles watched the chef make pizza dough whilst waiting for our food to be served

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The appetizer was our favourite dish. Mouth watering foie gras, Needles loves everything Umami

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So much yummy food

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To complement the tastefully done up decor

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Hats off the the ID team

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For breakfast we feasted at DoubleTree KL's signature restaurant, the Makan Kitchen.

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which specialises in no less than six local cuisines : Malay, Kristang, Peranakan, Iban, Chinese and Indian

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Featuring three live interative kitchens

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Mangosteens, LiL's all time favourite fruit

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Divine macaroons, baked to perfection

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Waitress wearing the traditional Malay dress, the Baju Kurung

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After all that pigging out, Needles with his high metabolic rate was relieved that he need not go on a diet

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To end the perfect weekend, Needles and i joined our friends at NoBlackTie, to watch our local musicians belt out Broadway favourites. NBT is KL's premier jazz club and gastro bar.

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Needles spoilt silly by his favourite Aunty, Trudy. He was the star of the show and even the real star wanted to give him a cuddle

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Well, i guess that is the advantage of being an only child. However, concerned that Needles will feel lonely when LiL goes off on her overseas travels, we adopted a Salt and Pepper girlfriend for Needles.

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Please say HI to Pins. She has lived with us for a few days only and is super active and curious for her age. She will definitely be a good travel buddy when Needles and LiL goes off on their next adventure in Kuala Lumpur.





 
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Ling
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Fantastic job, Liling!

August 25 2010, 3:31 AM 

Liling,

I don't want to see Needles on the scale. I want to see YOU on that scale.

How do you rate the Italian food as Tasco?

Regards
Ling

 
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LiL
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Italian food in KL...

August 26 2010, 8:42 PM 

Hiii Ling.. Regarding Tosca, i ate there only and given the fact that the restaurant just opened, it is not fair for me to judge the restaurant too harshly. The appetizer was the best dish. For excellent Italian fare, i recommend Chiaroscuro restaurant ( behind Istana hotel ). Their 700 grams steak, clam marinara and melon parma keeps me going back month after month.

Have been eating so much i dare not weigh myself on the scale happy.gif Speaking of weight, my dear Needles is getting lighter and lighter since one week ago. I suspect he may be frustrated coz i do not allow him to cosy up to Pins given the fact that she is underaged. His constant squeaking ( only started since Pins arrived ) is keeping me awake at night sad.gif

 
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SJX
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Thanks Liling. Will check it out on my next trip. (nt)

August 25 2010, 8:57 AM 

nt

- SJX

 
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LiL
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Re: Thanks Liling. Will check it out on my next trip. (nt)

August 26 2010, 8:46 PM 

Fabulous happy.gif

 
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DRMW
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re: KL

August 25 2010, 9:07 AM 

Food looks really good in KL!

-MW

 
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LiL
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Re: re: KL

August 26 2010, 8:47 PM 

Definitely yummilicious

 
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ED-209
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I'm a loyal fan of Hilton brands...

August 27 2010, 11:54 AM 

Hi LiL,

Another great travel post. Agree with you, it's a nice touch to have a fresh baked warm chocolate cookie when you check in. Here's a pic of a recent travel to the DoubleTree in Lima Peru:
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It's not nearly as fancy as the new one that you stayed in KL, but the service is great.

Regards,
ED-209

 
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ED-209
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By the way, the pic is correct

August 27 2010, 11:57 AM 

Yes, that's a bottle of Chilean wine in a Peruvian hotel. Go figure happy.gif
But can't go wrong with a complimentary bottle of wine and fruit basket from management to welcome you back to the Doubletree.
Regards,
ED-209

 
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LiL
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Hiii Ed.. I was not given any

September 1 2010, 8:35 PM 

complimentary wine or fruit when I checked in sad.gif Guess I have to be content with my complimentary cookie.

 
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MTF
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I'm puzzled about Needles

September 5 2010, 6:05 PM 

Since Needles actually lives in Kuala Lumpur (KL), why stay in a hotel in KL?

hmmm.......must be really a camwhore.

 

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MTF


 
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LiL
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Re: I'm puzzled about Needles

September 6 2010, 3:01 AM 

Well.. Needles loves visiting new places and meeting new people.. R u coming up to KL soon ? He would surely be pleased to meet u happy.gif

 
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