Malaysia seems real nice, but we might not leave the hotel.
Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog› entry 45 of 251 › view all entries
April 28th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
Today, in a final cabbie coup de grace, our driver dropped us at the wrong terminal (Terminal 3, not 2) -- not even in the neighborhood of where we need to be. There was no sign posted there for Malaysian Air, so I showed him my ticket jacket and tried to get him to find the right area. But he kept pointing at the terminal and wouldn’t move the car, so we got out. This situation took a shuttle bus ride and 30 minutes to rectify … luckily we were plenty early, so no harm done.
The business class lounge area for Malaysian Air was promising – lots of good snacks and drinks. We didn’t spend much time there though, as it was soon time to get on the plane. We boarded, and were greeted by a fruity, wonderful smell ... I think it was the fresh juice they were squeezing. Steve ordered some tasty guava juice (pineapple and orange were other options). The business class section was only about 30% full, so we got much attention from the attendants.
The 6+ hour flight passed without incident, which is a good thing of course. We came in to Kuala Lumpur through puffy cumulous clouds towering over miles and miles of dark green palms. Green! Not brown! Everything looked lush and so healthy.
De-boarding, immigrations, customs, and catching the train to our hotel all went way too smoothly…is it me or travel gotten easier over the years?
When I was researching hotel options, I noticed the 5-star options in KL were lower than normal. There was some good deals to be had, for sure. So I decided to splurge a little, and booked a Club Suite at Le Meridien. What a treat! Our room has a large bedroom, living room with a desk area, and two bathrooms. A huge bay window faces a stunning view of the city and parks. We have access to the Club Lounge, with breakfast, plus free drinks and snacks all day.
Happy hour was happy indeed, and we basically made a full meal of the food served there. They had little open-faced sandwiches, wee salad bowls (I had three!), crab cakes, and little bowls with bite-size servings of truffle-mashed potatoes. Steve heated beef kebabs on small grill. He was very excited to see ice and vodka in the same place at the same time and poured himself a healthy dose, while I sipped on some very crisp, very good champagne. We are very lucky.
Tomorrow we will explore KL, assuming we can extricate ourselves from all this comfort and convenience!
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