“Why would you want to stay at Sheraton Four Points Puchong?”
That was the million ringgit question that would cross anyone’s mind, especially when the tourism sector has opened up with people being starved of travel after so long. Puchong is certainly not a tourist trap, and neither does it have any unique Malaysiana attractions around. Hence, the perfect fodder for a quick 24-hour getaway just for the sake of trying something new.
Those who have stayed at other Sheraton properties such as the one in Petaling Jaya and Chinatown, KL might have somewhat high expectations of this particular Sheraton joint. After all, it carries the same brand name. The Marriott Bonvoy app does offer an online check-in option, which is something that tech-savvy travellers might want to consider for a more seamless check-in experience.
The bare necessities
The corner room featured the standard pandemic setup – a notice that the room had been sanitised for added peace of mind and an empty minibar, although there was no hand sanitiser and face masks provided unlike at other establishments. The plush bathrobes were also missing despite being listed on the hotel website, which was a minor disappointment – who doesn’t love being wrapped in one after a rejuvenating bath?
Influencers and TikTok stars would find the bathroom lighting to be too romantic with just two lights, while those who prefer to line up their own toiletries in the shower cubicle would be surprised to find that there are no shelves available. Instead, the hotel-issued shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner are all stored in their respective pump containers. This is a good initiative to reduce plastic waste.
Just like any typical urban hotel, you will be greeted by a concrete jungle all around with highways that hug the side of the building. It truly is a business hotel that offers a night’s rest with free Wi-Fi to help you get your work done in the comfort of your room after office hours.
The 1st floor pool was functional, but do take note that there is no lifeguard on duty, so swim at your own risk. It is large enough to clock up a few laps without any fuss, and that is a good thing because many hotel pools these days seem to be geared more toward an Instagram post as opposed to offering a proper place to swim. Situated next to it was the gym which was fairly well equipped. Seeing how you do not need a keycard to be at the pool area, it is easily accessible.
It is all about the noms
There were numerous “local craft beer” posters plastered around the property that points guests to the hotel’s sole restaurant, The Eatery. There were a couple of local craft beer choices that hail from the US which make for ideal pre-dinner drinks.
When it comes to food, The Eatery carries the standard ala carte fare. Of course, if nothing suits your palate, you can always explore the many eating establishments located nearby the hotel. The range of choice varies from Korean BBQ to Tangkak beef noodles, watering holes, pubs, bistros, and your standard-issue kopitiams. If you have a car, you will be able to try an even greater array of gastronomic delights that are located just 5 minutes away.
If there is one highlight about hotel staycations, it would be the breakfast experience. Firm believers that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, surely you would look forward to a hearty meal upon waking up!
Thankfully, there is a standard-issue coffee machine that dispenses the usual suspects: espresso, latte, flat white, cappuccino, and hot milk to deliver that jolt of caffeine in the morning. Those who prefer tea will be able to treat themselves to pre-packed teabags.
The breakfast formula does not differ much here at The Eatery. Who can resist piping hot nasi lemak that is slathered with a generous amount of sambal ikan bilis, accompanied by a sprinkling of fried peanuts, cucumber slices, and curry chicken? Of course, if you prefer a hot Western breakfast, there is always the egg station to serve you freshly cooked omelettes. Other staples include a noodle station, a variety of cereals, a salad and freshly sliced fruits bar, and a bakery area.
Is it worth a staycation?
Indeed, why would you want to stay at Sheraton Four Points Puchong?
Most people who stay here most probably have a convention to attend at the Puchong Financial Corporate Center located right next door. There might also be occasions where hotels at Sunway and Putrajaya are full, resulting in Sheraton Four Points Puchong being the next best place to spend the night. This is a testament to the first rule of real-estate investment: location, location, location!
Parking is free with unlimited entries for hotel guests, so do use this opportunity to explore the different eating establishments in the area. Highly recommended nearby options include Oriental Cafe with their coffee, polo bun, and egg tarts (do be prepared to patiently queue, though!), Plant & Pot Studio for an eclectic cafe experience, and Minato Yakitori if you are up for a delicious, authentic Japanese meal at reasonable prices.
Original article was published on Free Malaysia Today.
1201, Tower 3, Puchong Financial Corporate Centre, Jalan Puteri 1/2, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor