Last week my wife and I along with our three kids enjoyed a wonderful week at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lampur in Malaysia.
How did we manage to stay at ‘such a nice hotel’? A friend who lives in Kuala Lumper was explaining to us that there is just no cheap way to stay in downtown Kuala Lumpur.
We did it for $30 per room per night.
Instead of paying $95 per night, we decided to use a small portion of our Starwood Starpoints to reduce the rate to $30 per night. At first we were just going to use all points to get the room for free, but after I did this analysis on Starwood cash and points, I decided that the cash and points options was indeed a better value.
The rooms were huge, but since we’re on vacation we opted for two adjoining rooms – one for my wife and I, and one for the kids. At $100 per night, I’m not sure we would have paid for the luxury, but for $30 it seemed like something within our budget.
We needed 11,200 Starwood Starpoints per room. That’s pretty simple to do with the Starwood American Express. The standard offer is for 10,000 Starpoints after first purchase and an additional 15,000 for spending $5,000 in the first six months of card ownership.
Also, since I have the American Express Platinum card, I receive free Starwood Gold status. Internet in the hotel costs $15 per day. This was one small way that the huge annual fee for the Platinum card already provide me with some real cost savings. Here’s how I justify paying a $450 annual fee.
So, what did we think of the experience?
We loved staying right downtown. We were only meters away from the Monorail. From there, we could easily get to some great dining and shopping areas. About two blocks away was the underground rail that we used to get to places like Chinatown and the Petronas Towers.
While I’m a camera dud, I did manage to snag a picture of my family in the Executive Lounge on the 38th floor. It was a beautiful place to enjoy a breakfast and evening snacks.