Malaysia's capital city - the tropical metropolis of Kuala Lumpur and known as KL - combines sparkling skyscrapers, colonial buildings and a vibrant culture and ancient heritage.
One of the most enduring symbols of the city is the Petronas Twin Towers but tourists also flock to the 400-million-year-old Batu Caves. KL is a mecca for shopping with an abundance of boutiques and department stores. The city boasts superb restaurants and sporting facilities. Amidst a plethora of visitor attractions are several stylish, world-class luxury hotels.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur:
Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur - 9/10
Expect legendary Four Seasons service at this fashionable hotel in the heart of the city. Showcasing 209 rooms - including 11 suites - spanning the eighth and 18th floors, all have showstopping views. There are 15 options of accommodation. Top of the pile is the 250 square-metre Royal Suite that spans the entire 18th floor. The two-bedroom executive Park View apartments are ideal for families and overlook the greenery of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) Park. Decorated in charcoal, caramel or lime gold palette, rooms feature smart televisions, iPads and marble-covered bathrooms with bathtubs and televisions set into the mirrors.
Dining options include Yun House where guests can feast on Cantonese cuisine within the serene surrounds of a Southern Chinese Garden and traditional tea lounge, At The Lounge Dato’ Fazley Yaakob conjures up Malay fusion, while afternoon teas are themed in partnership with Tiffany & Co and top Malaysian fashion designers. Enjoy Champagne at Curate or cocktails at Bar Trigona. The spa is a relaxing space to recoup from the city extending healing massages, signature body scrubs and masks, facials and Mesotherapy electrotherapy. Pamper yourself further in the salon and take a few laps of the outdoor pool.
Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur offers inspiring views and fantastic amenities in the heart of the city. The hotel features 643 rooms and 51 chic apartments – and overlooks the lush 50-acre KLCC Park and the city. The most extravagant place to stay is the Twin Towers view room offering birds eye vantage points of the famous landmark. Spacious with a desk, sofa, and large bathroom it is an ideal guestroom to unwind.
Meanwhile, dining is just as lavish. Inspired by the great ancestral homes of 19th Century Chinese tycoons, Lai Po Heen offers an exquisite dining experience - offering Cantonese dishes of black pepper, beef tenderloin and handmade dim sum. Expect to see gorgeous high ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and beautiful parquet flooring. At the Mandarin Grill, Luigi Stinga serves up delicious Italian cuisine, while Mosaic serves tandoori chicken, Japanese sushi and sashimi, and Chinese dim sum and stir-fries cooked before guests’ eyes in the open kitchens. The Spa features a sauna, whirlpools, a five single treatment rooms and one for a couple, a mind and body studio and steam, relaxation lounges and a spa boutique and nail studio.
Banyan Tree, Kuala Lumpur - 9/10
The Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is a haven for the senses. This intimate hotel has just 55 rooms. One of the best places to stay is the Signature Wellbeing Suite that offers fruit on arrival and an afternoon nutrition platter and yoga mat. There is a nightly rest ritual and wellbeing mini bar. Coming a close second is the Sky Suite of the Petronas Twin Towers and cityscape.
KL restaurant presents gourmet food and there is a stylish rooftop bar, wine bar and patisserie, plus excellent in-room dining options. Bake By Banyan Tree is a patisserie famous for delicious cakes, while at Ebisu and Altitude you can indulge in wines, Afternoon Tea and Japanese food overlooking Kuala Lumpur's glittering skyline. At Horizon Grill savour sublime steak and seafood in a Gatsby-esque venue, 58 floors above the city. At Vertigo sip cocktails as a DJ spins the decks at the highest rooftop bar in the city. And if you want to stay in your room, the Banyan Tree Takeaway and Delivery drops to your doorstep or there is a five star in-room dining experience. Meanwhile, the spa offers traditional Asian therapies. The best boutique hotel in the city.
St Regis Kuala Lumpur - 9/10
Featuring the largest standard guest rooms in KL, The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur features luxurious accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows and outstanding views of the Lake Gardens and the KL skyline. The hotel features 156 rooms and 52 suites, set over 48 floors. All rooms boast a large seating area and walk-in wardrobe with abundant closet and luggage space. Specialty suites have a massage room, security room for personal security detail, ‘his-and-her’ walk-in wardrobes and bathrooms and all suites can be converted for use by families. Inspired by the Astors, rooms include saddle stitching, stirrup buckles and multi-faceted crystal cabinet knobs
In keeping with its grand origins, the hotel is home to a private art collection, with a monumental horse sculpture by Fernando Botero and Mark Evans' leather murals depicting a powerful polo charge to a three-dimensional Birds and Butterflies installation by Barnaby Hosking. Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa for a massage, body treatment or facial. There is an outdoor pool and a ballroom. Enjoy sushi at TAKA USHI, one of the hotel's four restaurants, or take advantage of the 24-hour room service.
Villa Samadhi - 9/10
In an exclusive neighbourhood just a 10-minute walk from the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Villa Samadhi is one of the few boutique properties in the city. Offering a tranquil retreat from city life, intimacy is maintained in 21 distinctive villas, which span 600 to 2,000 square-feet. Accommodation is found beneath soaring grass thatched roofs that embody authentic 'Malaysia'.
Choose one of two Cribs containing a king size bed, day bed by the window, mini bar and rain shower, there’s nine unique luxe cribs with oodles of space and showstopping whirlpools, while the serene Sarang properties are open to the elements with timber floors. And finally, The Loft with pyramid-ceilings and a spectacular plunge pool. All rooms are incredibly spacious, and some have a Jacuzzi tub or plunge pool. At the centre of the property is a spectacular swimming pool sprinkled with shaded cabanas. The onsite restaurant serves Western and local cuisine and there are frequent shuttles to the city. There is no onsite spa but the resort itself is a sanctuary to restore one’s soul.
Alila Bangsar Kuala Lumpur - 9/10
High above Kuala Lumpur’s most cosmopolitan districts within a mixed-use development known as Establishment is Alila Bangsar. There are 143 guest rooms ranging from 113 studios, 13 deluxe balcony rooms, six premier rooms, five junior suites, five Bangsar suites and one Alila suite. Each floor has a dedicated butler station floor with personalised guest service. Alila Bangsar’s sleek, dark cladded façade provides a dramatic contrast to its tranquil white interiors. From the sky-level lobby on the 41st floor to the three-storey atrium overlooking the pool on level 40, with tropical-style landscaping, luxurious loungers for laid back luxury and a well-equipped gym.
Botanica + Co is a dining venue on the ground floor serving international and Asian dishes, while Entier perched on level 41 serves whole foods, as per its name. At Pacific Standard be transported back to the old-school allure of mid- 20th century Los Angeles. A chic cocktail lounge and bar inspired by the glamour and romance of vintage Hollywood plays soulful jazz blues. Meanwhile, the pool bar allows guests to feast on tropical food.
W Kuala Lumpur - 8/10
Find 150 chic guest rooms and suites all reflecting the traditional and modern-day elements of the Jungle City at W. Get a great night’s rest in one of the signature W beds draped in covers with indigenous "Wau" tassels featured on Malaysian kites and batik designs. Wind down in a Wonderful Room, where creative mood lighting sets the mood enhanced by large windows that invite in remarkable views of the city. Entertainment is covered with a 43-inch television and Bluetooth soundbar. Tea and coffee are on tap or something stronger in the W MixBar. Refresh with a luxurious rain shower and separate bathtub with posh bath amenities and plush bathrobes and slippers.
Settle in for a great night’s sleep in king or queen-size W signature beds with decorative pillows. There are diverse options at the six dining venues reflective of Kuala Lumpur's cosmopolitan gastronomy. AWAY Spa has a steam sauna, flower baths and plunge pools. Indulge in body wraps and scrubs or the Melayu massage. Enjoy manicures, pedicures, and access to FIT 24-hour hotel gym. The outdoor pool lights up at night and the famous W sign radiates in all its neon brilliance.
Colonial grandeur awaits at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, a national heritage site. The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur opened its doors in December 2012 and includes a restoration of the iconic Hotel Majestic building. Built in 1932, the original luxury hotel became one of the great landmarks of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in its time. It was an icon of Malaya’s boom years leading to World War II and a venue for glamorous social events, government receptions and the residence for prominent international visitors.
Epitomising glamour, heritage and success, the hotel features 300 luxury rooms and suites, the Majestic Wing houses suites with butler service, the Colonial Café, the bar and the tea lounge. The new 15-storey Tower Wing houses deluxe rooms and suites, while the Governor Suite has a classic art deco interior and striking views. Dine at Contango Restaurant – an interactive open kitchen concept – which offers superb international cuisine – from sushi to chicken curry! The Majestic Spa and The Smoke House has amazing facilities. Enjoy a dip in the swimming pool, a workout session in the gymnasium, or watch vintage black and white movies.
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur - 8/10
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur has 411 rooms complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and bathrooms – complete with television and bathtub. Guests love the choice of options, from the panoramic room with a king-sized bed and garden views to the Tower king room with city views, there is something for everyone. The hotel has a superb outdoor swimming pool and three in-house restaurants including the signature restaurant, THIRTY8, offering a selection of Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisines. JP teers features a cosy indoor dining area and a large outdoor terrace with an island bar surrounded by lush green landscape. A glasshouse by the swimming pool and features al fresco setting, Poolhouse offers all-day dining with serves local and international favourites.
There is a 24-hour fitness centre and the Essa Spa which offers the healing practice of Ramuan to realign the body with the rhythms of nature. In line with ancient Malaysian beliefs, staff will prepare specialise Ramuan body oils, tinctures, and elixirs for each treatment. This hotel is conveniently located close to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Pavilion Shopping Mall and Petronas Twin Towers.
Shangri La Kuala Lumpur – 8/10
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur’s 662 rooms and suites all contain large windows peering out at the beautiful city. The majority are suites, and the rooms are just as cosy, sophisticated, and expansive with elevated city views. Each is equipped with a flat-screen television, a mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests can enjoy meals at six of the property's in-house restaurants offering an array of Japanese, French, Cantonese, Western, local, and international cuisines.
At the spa on level two, guests can enjoy traditional Malay body massages, foot reflexology, facials, body scrubs and wraps, surrounded by wooden furnishings and minimal décor that create relaxation. The scent of the aromatherapy oils and soft instrumental music playing in the background add to the ambiance. Recline in the hot tub, sauna and steam room and later get your hair styled or indulge in a pedicure, manicure, waxing services. There are beach chairs and loungers surrounding the pool and a fitness centre.
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