Four Points Puchong Kuala Lumpur
Arrived into Kuala Lumpur early in the morning from Johor. The plan was to probably stay around Sentral but we eventually decided to stay a little further out with little to do anyway. It seemed like a good opportunity to stay at the relatively new Four Points in Puchong.
Puchong isn’t a major destination on most people’s radars. It is a town to the south of central KL that has now been completely absorbed by the urban sprawl of greater KL. It is quite representative of the rapid urbanisation and moderisation seen around here. The Four Points has popped up along a strip of modern skyscrapers part of financial centre with a couple blocks of local shops remaining adjacent.
First impression on entering the hotel are good with a modern interior in the lobby, restaurant and bar on the ground floor. Our stay on a weekend is probably their quietest time of the week and it certainly felt that way as there were often more staff than customers.
Although we were offered an upgrade to suite we elected to take a standard room that was immediately available. You can’t have everything in life and in this case we checked in about 8 hours early, which was a big help as we promptly caught up on a few hours of missed sleep. The rooms are a little bit more basic than the lobby. Perfectly functional and business orientated, which I suppose is the main focus of the Four Points brand. Besides the standard deluxe room, there are corner rooms for an extra few dollars and suites which are relatively affordable and good for a longer stay. Standard rooms were not at all squishy with ample space and a small desk. The impression I was given was room upgrades would be usually forthcoming to SPG elite members. A small fruit plate and platinum welcome letter were delivered on the afternoon of arrival.
The restaurant was equally good and surprisingly popular. It was a expected mixed affair of internationalised cuisine with the usual Malay dishes thrown in. With a 25% SPG discount menu items were priced quite well particularly for western dishes. On the night of our stay they also had a seafood buffet which we felt was a bit expensive but maybe we had been spoilt from our recent stay in Senggigi. Outside of the hotel there is a popular café immediately opposite and a variety of standalone restaurants in the surrounding area from Korean and Chinese restaurants to very affordable local options. Breakfast at the four points was complementary with our SPG status and featured less than you would usually find in central KL hotels but certainly better than the average hotel in the districts. There was a more than adequate range of cuisines and food on offer given what appeared to be the low patronage.
The Four Points also had an acceptable albeit spartan pool and gym. The view isn’t great but there won’t be much competition for the handful of deckchairs at the pool. It is apparent from their marketing photos the empty outdoor deck space can be used for events and catering.
One final thing to mention is access to public transport. KL is generally regarded poorly when it comes to traffic. An extension to the elevated train line has been under construction for sometime and a station opposite the hotel was only a few days away from finally being opened when we visited.
The Four Points in Puchong is a category 1 SPG property. By international standards it’s quite cheap but for Puchong it would be pricey. What you’re getting is a solid business hotel in a business district. As I’ve stated, it’s pretty clear what the target market is here. However, the restaurant and ballroom also cater for some local use. As much as I was quite happy during the stay you’re probably not going to want to stay here unless you need to be in Puchong. Nearby Petaling Jaya offers a great range of both business and more luxury options at similar prices. Regardless it was a pleasant stay and we may drop by again if looking to camp away from central Kuala Lumpur.