The planned city of Putrajaya, south of Kuala Lumpur, is known for its edgy, contemporary architecture – a reputation that has also influenced the city’s hotel scene. Although the vast majority of the visitors to Putrajaya are there on business – another element reflected in its accommodation – the city’s hotels run the gamut, and efforts are made to provide style as well as function.
The bold, blocky patterns, glass and natural light, marble and stainless steel of the lobby set the design vibe at Le Meridien Putrajaya. Rooms are slightly more conservative, but do sport occasional splashes of colour, as well as furniture that is as fashionable as it is functional. Serious swimming pools and a fitness centre round out the amenities one would expect in a Le Meridien hotel.
Putrajaya’s Everly hotel possesses a relatively straightforward, business-oriented facade. However, a peek inside reveals rooms with a bit more colour and flair than one might expect in a hotel of this type and price range. Located next door to a massive shopping centre, the Everly also delivers in terms of convenience, with views over Putrajaya’s expansive lake drawing guests back to nature.
Putrajaya’s Dorsett hotel does a great job of balancing business efficiency and holiday flair. The borderline dramatic, marble-lined lobby stands in stark contrast with the warm, functional rooms. There’s an inviting rooftop swimming pool that provides views of Putrajaya’s lake, as well as shopping and eating venues that are within easy walking distance of the hotel – sometimes a rarity in Putrajaya.
Putrajaya’s Marriott Hotel offers a comfortable, efficient stay in a setting that also has intermittent and pleasant reminders of nature. Rooms are subtle and inviting, and as this is a Marriott, there’s an emphasis on beds, with premium, extra-soft mattresses and high-quality, high-thread-count cotton sheets. A spate of amenities and service-minded staff round out the bonuses, making the Marriott a good choice for travellers.
Architecturally striking, the Zenith Putrajaya stands out among the city’s midrange business class hotels. Inside, the lobby is dominated by splashes of gold and carpets with bold patterns, a theme that is carried on into the rooms. An inviting pool with views over the lake and city, and a sauna and spa just might serve as welcome distractions.
Perched in the middle of an island of flora at the edge of Putrajaya, the Pulse Grand doesn’t need to work hard to provide a sense of place. The unique location is made even more dramatic by the stair-like entrance that leads to the hotel and the main structure that seems to tumble down the hillside. Rooms blend touches such as splashes of crimson and warm dark woods – and, of course, views over all that greenery.
Despite its rather industrial-sounding name, nature is often at the heart of the Cyberview Resort & Spa. The grounds bring together palm trees, ponds and pools, and the rooms and bungalows, which include green in the form of pillows and other fabrics, as well as potted plants, also recall the great outdoors. Check into the spa and you’ll really be feeling at one with nature.
The nearly 500 rooms at Putrajaya’s Shaftsbury Stellar Cyberjaya claim Scandinavia as their design influence. This means light woods, occasional bursts of primary colours and minimalist furniture. There’s a particular focus on long stays, with apartment-like rooms boasting kitchenettes and washers and dryers. Amenities including a pool and gym, as well as a convenient location, mean that it wouldn’t be a bad place to be stuck for the long haul.