[Review] DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-Metropolis workcation service

This can be a workcation collection the place we personally go to and evaluate inns, resorts, and extra, to learn the way effectively they cater to digital nomads and hybrid professionals. Our entire staff is absolutely vaccinated, boosted, and have examined unfavourable on the primary and final day of our journey. 

Lodge highlights:

✓ Motorised black-out and daytime curtains to conveniently create the perfect work or relaxation atmosphere

✓ Nice meals choices on the in-house eating venues, Makan Kitchen and Tosca Italian Trattoria

✓ A leisure sport room with tabletop and card video games in addition to a foosball desk, pool desk, and PS4 out there

✓ Occasion halls which might be appropriate for conferences, weddings, and different social gatherings

Globally recognised resort chain DoubleTree by Hilton opened its Shah Alam i-Metropolis location earlier this 12 months, making it the sixth resort carrying the identify in Malaysia.

Being a brand new resort, nevertheless, DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-Metropolis (DoubleTree) has adopted new requirements. Though we’re not aware about what precisely these requirements are, we had been invited for a 3D2N workcation to check them out for ourselves.

As a part of DoubleTree’s signature welcome, we got their cookies upon check-in within the huge foyer. There are many seats right here for friends to convene or hang around with some drinks and snacks from the grab-and-go café, The Koffee.  

Within the far again, there’s additionally the Axis Longue the place friends can unwind with some drinks and meals.

However we had been there to get some work performed, so we set off to our room on the seventeenth ground, able to kickstart our journey with our welcome cookies in tow.

The place we’ll name dwelling for the following couple of days

The very first thing we seen when coming into our King Deluxe Suite was the aroma. We’ve had expertise with overpowering scents earlier than, however this contemporary and refined floral scent was completely different.

I additionally instantly seen the extra welcome refreshments set out on the espresso room desk within the residing space, which included some chocolate cake pops, macarons, in addition to a glowing lime and hibiscus drink from a homegrown model, Tapping Tapir.

In the event you’re not a fan of soda, the minibar can also be stocked with capsule espresso and glass bottles of water, alongside all the required utensils comparable to cups and spoons. There’s additionally a minifridge tucked beneath.  

The primary residing space is saved separate from the bed room, which includes a plush king mattress. This separation is nice for situations the place one get together want to work whereas the opposite needs to relaxation or take a non-public name.

There’s an arrogance in there that might double as a smaller work space, however the ottoman beneath it was a bit too quick for us to comfortably get work performed.

The en suite is spacious, with a deep bathtub and a separate bathe, in addition to a roomy open wardrobe. Right here, we discovered some bathrobes and an extra pillow and blanket.

Searching the home windows of our bed room, we got a hen’s-eye-view of i-Metropolis Theme Park, that includes its Ferris wheel and metropolis lights that had been certain to turn out to be much more dazzling within the night.

And if you’re performed admiring the view, you may merely press a button for the black-out curtains to shut on their very own.

General, our King Deluxe Suite was decked with the whole lot we may need for a cushty and—true to its identify—deluxe keep, however is it as much as par for a productive one?

Judging by the workstation fitted into this room, I used to be tempted to right away say sure. Set in entrance of the minibar, the spacious work desk comes with a wheeled workplace chair and is located subsequent to 2 plug factors, that are undoubtedly office necessities.  

Nevertheless, there have been two of us on the workcation, however just one chair for the workstation. We may have labored on the couch, however that’s most likely not superb, ergonomically talking.

Fortunately, after a cellphone name to the operator, the resort employees had been capable of ship up an extra chair for us. Though it wasn’t as plush because the one which got here within the room, it was of ample top for the desk.

However a much bigger concern we encountered was web connectivity, one thing we’ve come to study is totally essential for us to be productive.

After some struggles with connecting to the visitor Wi-Fi, we determined to name the operator once more, who was type sufficient to share the password for a non-public Wi-Fi for us to make use of.

In a while, we inquired with one other employees on whether or not free Wi-Fi was out there, to which she defined that clients must obtain the Hilton app and turn out to be a Hilton Honors member without cost to take pleasure in complimentary Wi-Fi.

Nevertheless, the resort’s web site says normal in-room and foyer Wi-Fi are RM30, and from my previous stays at varied DoubleTrees, I do know not all its areas supply free Wi-Fi.

Work exhausting and chill out more durable 

After all, we weren’t there simply to work all day in our rooms, so we requested a tour of the services within the resort. 

We had been proven across the occasion halls, one thing that appears to be a key spotlight of this resort because it homes a complete of 1,594 sq. metres of assembly area, making it a becoming venue for weddings, enterprise conferences, and different social gatherings. 

You’ll be able to contact the resort immediately or by way of its web site to request the pricing of those areas.

Subsequent to the 24/7 health club is the outside infinity pool, which I made a decision to strive at round 9 within the morning.

Sadly, it was being cleaned on the time, however I solely needed to look ahead to round 20 minutes earlier than it was prepared for me.

There’s additionally a jacuzzi related to the pool, which was very nice. There isn’t a temperature distinction I may discern, however the jets there make it a cushty spot to chill out after a swim.

In the event you’re in search of a heated expertise, although, there’s a sauna on the ground above. There’s additionally set to be a spa on this ground, however it’s not open but.

On the identical ground because the health club and the pool is a sport room that includes a bunch of various card and board video games, in addition to a foosball desk and pool desk.  

There’s additionally a PS4 that friends can play, however might want to put down a large RM600 deposit for.

A gastronomical journey

On our first night time, we had been served dinner at Tosca Italian Trattoria, DoubleTree by Hilton’s Italian restaurant.

The inside design right here is cosy and heat, and in line with employees members, the Shah Alam i-Metropolis’s Tosca follows the brand new DoubleTree by Hilton requirements, which sees an up to date idea and aesthetic, the primary to take action in Malaysia.

After ordering our waitress’s suggestions, we had been served heat and delicate focaccia with a aspect of home made tomato sauce, which was an awesome begin to our dinner.

In the event you’re headed to the resort anytime quickly, undoubtedly order the bruschetta romana, Petto Di Manzo (a beef brisket dish), Aglio Olio Di Gamberi, and Burrata Con Pizza. 

 

  

After a filling meal, deal with your self to the tiramisu which is ready in entrance of diners, making it extra of an expertise than only a dish.

Most of our meals, although, had been held within the aptly named Makan Kitchen, which is thought for having three primary sections that correspond to Malay, Chinese language and Indian meals.

The breakfast buffets actually gave us a variety of choices to select from, together with roti bakar and soup noodles, however what was actually thrilling right here was the seafood buffet on the second night time.

We had been instructed that it was the second-ever seafood buffet held on the resort, and it looks like it’s set to be a month-to-month occasion. Freshly shucked oysters, scallops, and extra, had been up for grabs, in addition to in another way ready crab, fish, and different seafood.

For many who aren’t huge seafood lovers, there are additionally non-seafood choices out there such because the rooster and beef satay, pandan rooster, and extra.

The final space you may dine in is the Axis Lounge, the place we had been really useful to work at. We had been seated by some plug factors, which was nice. Right here, we loved some fish and chips in addition to a popiah dish as we labored. Company can order choose Makan Kitchen dishes right here too. 

I’d say that the Axis Lounge is a perfect spot for enterprise lunches or informal conferences, although it may not be a productive spot for many who take pleasure in a quieter working atmosphere. 

An incredible workcation spot with no surprises

Having skilled just a few workcations within the coronary heart of some central areas previously, I discovered DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-Metropolis to be fairly enjoyable because it’s additional out of KL with out being too distant.

I felt just like the King Deluxe Suite was undoubtedly an excellent room alternative for a workcation as effectively, because the structure offers a pleasant sense of not solely bodily separation, however a psychological one too, from working and enjoyable.

Whereas the mattress was comfy sufficient for relaxation, I discovered the pillow to be too delicate. The additional pillow in the bathroom was a little bit firmer, although. 

The eating choices listed below are value coming again for, however the extra premium costs may need me in search of different choices. Good factor is, there’s a mall, Central i-Metropolis, close by with extra meals decisions.  

I can genuinely think about myself coming again once more for one more workcation right here, so long as free Wi-Fi is on the desk. 
What workcation crowd is DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-Metropolis appropriate for? Professional tip
Solo hybrid staff Give your self a change of tempo by working on the Axis Lounge or by The Koffee, the place you can even have enterprise conferences.
Workcationers travelling with household Go to the pool in addition to the sport room on the fifth ground to entertain the children.
Expats/longer-term enterprise travellers Benefit from the varied meals choices provided throughout the resort, or go to the close by malls for a change of tempo.
Enterprise conferences and company occasions Ebook a company gathering on the assembly rooms and occasion areas provided on the resort.
  • Learn our different critiques of workcations we’ve been to right here.
  • Be taught extra about DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-Metropolis right here.

All photos credit score: Vulcan Submit, taken on the Huawei Mate 50 Professional



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