Review: The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur

Introduction
SkyTeam Lounge Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airport Midfield Terminal
Korean Air 604 777-200 Business Class Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon
Korean Air 71 777-200 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Vancouver: Part 1
Korean Air 71 777-200 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Vancouver: Part 2
Our Whistler Apartment: Pinnacle Ridge
Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort: My Thoughts
Westin Wall Center Vancouver Airport
Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver
Korean Air 72 777-200 Business Class Vancouver to Seoul Incheon
Korean Air 607 747-400 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific 723 A330-300 Economy Class Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur
The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur
Cathay Pacific 720 A330-300 Economy Class Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong


This will be a pretty SEAMC (South East Asia Math Competition) based report, as the hotel was basically themed for the event during our stay. SEAMC is a maths competition for people aged 14 and under, and it was a great way for me to polish up some math skills, meet some new friends, and sneak in a trip report along the way. I’m hopefully/probably going to be able to be one of the select six in SEAMCPlus in Jakarta next year, so stay tuned.

We were bussed to the hotel in a SEAMC bus, where I admired the scenery of Kuala Lumpur. It was a beautiful day, as shown in the below picture. The exterior of the hotel is pretty modern, nice, and in many ways inviting.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Exterior

The lobby was a great hangout space, and it was airy and well designed, if not slightly dated. As the “boys-not-allowed-into-girl’s-rooms rule” was, as usual, in effect, we ended up hanging out in the lobby for quite a bit of time.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Lobby

We were greeted by SEAMC staff who gave us our welcome packages for the math competition.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Lobby SEAMC Reception 

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Lobby

The lounge area was called “Flutes” – but I didn’t see anything being served there, or anything wrong with us hanging out there, for that matter.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Lobby “Flutes”

The friendly receptionist checked us in really quickly, and I was originally assigned room 1514, a superior room located on the 15th floor.

The hallways were slightly dated, and kind of stained – we didn’t spend much time there, especially with a grumpy old man in one of the corner suites for the duration of our stay. A little noise made him really pissed off.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Hallway

My roommate, Jake, and I both had a shock when we saw what was in store (no, Jake wasn’t, it was just me).

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior King

Soon the supervisors came and said that the hotel messed up the room assignments, so we were given our real keys for our room.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin Entrance

While most of the doors were placed together, our room was a single door, positioned next to a corner suite on one side and a friend’s room on the other side.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Floorplan

The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur
Check-in: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Room Type: Superior Twin
Room Number: 1522
Stay duration: 3 nights
Check-out: Sunday, February 28, 2016

The room featured an entryway, leading to the room straight ahead and a bathroom on the right. There was also a really nice open space to put luggages on the left side (right on this photo).

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin Entryway

I felt like the room was decently stocked. There was a desk, two moderately comfortable beds, a flatscreen TV and a chaise longue by the side. I did feel like the colours were a little dated, but they felt comfortable on the eye and I did like the room.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin Flatscreen TV

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin Desk

The views out of both rooms were pretty nice – though I preferred the view to the second, sort of.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin View

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin View

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin View

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin View

The toilet was pretty nicely designed, with a walk-in shower (with the annoying floors designed specifically for the water to flow into the rest of the bathroom, a sink and a toilet.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin Toilet

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin Toilet

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin Bathroom Sink

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin Bathroom Shower

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin Bathroom Shower

The bathroom was stocked with hotel amenities, which were fine.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Superior Twin Bathroom Amenities

Overall, I thought the room was nicely designed for a business hotel, and more than sufficient for a three day stay.

During the hotel, we took advantage of the free breakfast provided in our rate. The spread was fine, but it wasn’t top notch by any standards. However, I’m not sure where my photos of the spread went.

Given that the pictures are on one of my old phones that takes around a few hours to charge to 5% and it’s out of battery completely, I’ll post these later.

We didn’t use any of the hotel’s facilities, but there’s a pool, which was blocked off for the teachers during our stay.

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The Boulevard by St. Giles Kuala Lumpur Pool

The hotel is also connected to the Midvalley Megamall, which we used throughout our stay. WiFi at the hotel was fine, but only connects three devices per room, so may be a mishap if you’re staying with a friend and both bring computers and phones.

Bottom Line

The Boulevard by St. Giles was a very nice business hotel that was sufficient for our stay. I wouldn’t use it at all for recreational purposes, but in terms of a business hotel, it’s fine. I definitely wouldn’t take this as a top choice due to the WiFi issue, though it definitely wouldn’t hinder me from attending another meeting at Kuala Lumpur.

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