Strategically located in the heart of Petaling Jaya, the Armada Hotel is full of pleasant surprises despite being almost two decades old. This hotel has certainly evolved with time by undergoing major renovations and makeovers to stay relevant and most importantly, appeal to a wider target market.
The Armada Hotel is no stranger to us PJ folks and undeniably, over the years certain preconceptions may have formed but a recent visit to the Armada quickly changed that. It is most assuredly not the Armada I once knew.
Today, the Armada Hotel is anything but dull with its latest additions of surprisingly chic and hip venue spaces. The facelift brought about many positive changes including its aesthetic look and feel.
Many have attended events at the Atlanta Ballroom which is commonly used for weddings, seminars, conferences and annual dinners as it comfortably seats up to 350 guests in banquet style and up to 500 guests in theatre style seating. Also available are smaller function rooms which cater to crowds of 15, 50, and 100 pax. But there are many newer spaces which deserve the same attention.
The Merchant Bar
Having heard my parents talk about the good old Merchant Pub, as it was formerly known, made me almost choke when I stepped into The Merchant Bar recently. It looked like something out of a movie. Not at all what I was expecting for a place that was hip in the 80s.
This swanky version of a London gentleman’s club exudes elegance and sophistication and its sleek long Onyx bar completes the entire look and feel. The Merchant Bar also has designated seating areas including The Cigar Lounge for cigar and malt aficionados, and The balcony, an outdoor seating area with views of the Federal Highway – ideal for business meetings.
You will also find The Merchant Bar complete with a games area which features pool tables and Electronic Dart Machines to wind down after a hard day’s work and for those who prefer to add a little fun to their discussions. After all, all work and no play make Jack and Jill a dull boy and girl.
The Merchant Live
Moving on to a much hipper venue, one that speaks to a much younger audience, The Merchant Live had me at its wicked illuminated tunnel.
The Merchant Live is a live performance venue equipped with state of the art sound system and comfortably accommodates up to 150pax. This space is a great fit for intimate events like company dinners, birthday celebrations as well as for a night out.
While The Merchant Live only opens at 5.00pm, don’t let night or day restrict you as the venue is available for hire during the day for press conferences, product launches, seminars, and town hall meetings.
If you are looking for something more private which accommodates a much smaller crowd of up to 50 pax, The Merchant Live also comes with three private suites which feature darts and karaoke machines in every suite. The largest suite even features a British pool table for additional entertainment. The suites are perfect for team building activities, as well as private parties such as birthday and celebrations.
Another addition, The Latitude, a multi-purpose event space, is located on Level 1 and is ideal for cocktail parties, meetings, town hall discussions and product launches. This space can be used in its entirety which accommodates up to 250 pax for a standing cocktail or for a banquet sit down, The Latitude can accommodate to a maximum of 160 pax. Alternatively, it is also easily partitioned into three separate meeting spaces, depending on your crowd.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel for guests and patrons.
By adding exciting stylish layers to their interior spaces, the Armada Hotel is indeed a diamond in the rough just waiting to be discovered, just don’t let the exterior outlook fool you. If you are considering an event in PJ, the Armada Hotel has everything you need at affordable rates.
And trust me when I say, the Armada Hotel has truly impressed me in every way but don’t take my word for it, though. Go ahead, inquire the rates, make a booking and experience it for yourself – don’t forget to tell me how it was!
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