We enjoyed a pleasant stay at the Zenith Hotel from 20th to 21st January, 2011. We had been offered a free stay by the General Manager Jerina Foong, so we decided to take up the offer on Fie's birthday, the 20th. We were greeted by an impeccably dressed and spoken man at the front desk, by the name of Razif. He welcomed us warmly, was polite in language and demeanour, and swiftly checked us in and escorted us to our room. First impressions are extremely weighty, and I'm delighted to announce that Razif gave us a wonderful introduction to our stay at the Zenith Hotel!
The lobby area and front desk
|View across the lobby and out the front window, where East Coast Mall stands nearby|
We reached our room on the 6th floor, and after exploring the room we found it to be satisfactory - king size bed, flat screen TV, view of the swimming pool, lovely large windows, modern bathroom. I like to describe the Zenith Hotel as 'Simply beautiful and beautifully simple.' There was a fridge that didn't get very cold, and a technician later told us that the ventilation needs some rethinking. As does the drain in the bathroom, which after a few showers, did become rather smelly. The Zenith Hotel is by no means complete, with only the first nine floors currently ready for service. Floors ten until twenty-three are still under construction, so it is a trial-and-error process the hotel is going through right now. I am sure that when the Zenith Hotel is fully finished, it will be worth another stay and review!
The table with complimentary newspapers
Unique flower and limes table decoration
|I was very impressed with the lovely large windows giving a view of the pool and the Kuantan landscape|
|Enjoyed a couple of hot baths here|
The great shower
Modern bathroom sink, tap and mirror
However, there were far too many positives which greatly outweighed the little concerns we discovered. The shower was the best I've ever had in a hotel, refreshing, reinvigorating, I didn't want to come out. We were determined to make the most of our stay, so we quickly got dressed in the night gowns and slippers provided in the room and prepared to go to the swimming pool.
|Fie and Lauren enjoy the pool while I show off the Zenith Hotel slippers!|
I spent a short while relaxing before I went for a dip in the pool
The birthday girl!
Fidelia in action in the pool
Nice view of the swimming pool deck
Cooling off under the shower by the pool
View of the Zenith Hotel's iconic arc
|"3 going on 15," as Jerina puts it, Lauren revels in ordering food on the room phone!|
We stayed in room 605
The elevators on the 6th floor
View of the carpet lining the hallways on the 6th floor
|The sunlight bursts in through a corner window on the 6th floor of Zenith Hotel|
Central chamber of Zenith Hotel on the 6th floor, which escalates up to the top giving the observer a view right up through the ceiling at the 23rd floor.
Looking down on the Zenith Hotel swimming pool from the 9th floor
|Another view of Kuantan from the 9th floor corner window of Zenith Hotel|
Entrance to the ballrooms on the 3rd floor of Zenith Hotel, which are located at the adjoining Sultan Ahmad Shah International Convention Centre (SASICC)
A worm's eye view of the ceiling lighting in the ballrooms
An intriguing list of souvenirs one can purchase from rooms in the Zenith Hotel
The west-facing rooms have a delightful view of the sunset on nights like these:
I went back home, a 5-minute walk up the road, for my tuition class from 8-10pm, then returned and decided to call the operator about room service. We ordered a French Fries at 10:53pm and it duly arrived 17 minutes later at 11:10pm, very quick service! I don't think I've ever paid RM17.40 for a plate of French Fries, but when you're staying at a hotel, prices don't seem to be that important - for me it's just enjoying the moment because it's not every day you'll be staying at a hotel!
Lauren found an extremely long chip!
Certainly one of the longest I've ever come across!
The next morning, from the east-facing corner window on the 9th floor, I captured this sunrise:
The sun breaks through the clouds to begin a new day
One thing I would say by way of constructive criticism is for somebody to adjust the air conditioning so guests don't feel like they are freezing in the dining room. Maintaining a comfortable temperature would be the final ingredient for a lovely dining experience in the Dining Room.
We went out for one final foray into the swimming pool after we watched a movie in our room:
Yes, my wife joked that the Zenith Hotel night gown looks rather like a kung-fu jacket, so here's the pose! I thought the night gown was great, and I enjoyed wearing it in our room and en route to the pool and back.
My wife and daughter have a "kick-around" in the pool
Water flows off the edge of the pool where it is recycled back in
|We really enjoyed the swimming pool at Zenith Hotel|
|One last picture poolside in the fantastic Zenith Hotel night gowns|
I would definitely stay at the Zenith Hotel again and advise anyone around Kuantan, or planning a visit to Kuantan, to come and sample the luxury and good service at the Zenith Hotel. Kuantan is experiencing unprecedented growth and the Zenith Hotel is a great symbol and icon of this development.
The Zenith Hotel: Beautifully simple and simply beautiful