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The 8 Best hotels in Kuala Lumpur

By Chris |  January 23 2007


Whether a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare, choose from our stunning selection

THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL

Lobby Lounge, THE Shangri-la Hotel

Lying amidst verdant gardens in the heart of the city, the Shangri-La Hotel sits just 45 minutes from the international airport and moments from key business and shopping areas.

The hotel’s 662 newly-renovated guestrooms, and 101 luxuriously-appointed suites, are appointed with modern amenities to offer only the very best in comfort.

TOP SUITE THE ROYAL SUITE

The Bedroom, the royal suite

Why we love it: The ultimate in modern-day opulence, the Royal Suite exudes a warm and regal ambiance, distinctive in antique beige and gold upholstery, wall paneling and furnishings. White Italian marble and floor-to-ceiling mirrors are used predominantly throughout the suite to evoke a sense of spaciousness.

Accessible via a private lift at an exclusive lobby, this luxurious suite comes fully furnished with plush sofas and settees, a working room with a large executive Italian writing desk, and a dining room that seats 12 with an adjoining pantry. Both the master bedroom and the living room come equipped with a 42-inch plasma television screen, while the large marble bathroom is complete with Jacuzzi and a dressing area.

 

 

 

  • Square footage: 2,583
  • Nightly rate: $5,225

Lothar Nessmann, General Manager

+60 3 2032 2328

11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250

www.shangri-la.com

MANDARIN ORIENTAL

The Lobby, Mandarin Oriental

With a prime location between the flowering gardens of Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park and the soaring heights of the Petronas Twin Towers, the Mandarin Oriental boasts some of the most impressive views in the city.

As well as award-winning restaurants, the hotel offers guests the glorious luxury of a superb spa and leisure facilities in the city center.

TOP SUITE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE

Bedroom, The Presidential Suite

Why we love it: The grand master bedroom is a haven of refinement, intricately decorated in muted gold with its enchanting, curtain-draped, four-poster bed. The rich wood writing desk and classic mantelpiece clock add to the air of extravagance, which is followed into the lavishlydecorated living room with its plush red and gold fabrics and deeppiled, hand-loomed carpets. The magnificent marble bathroom is even more luxurious, with its private sauna and whirlpool bath, featuring in-built entertainment, personal gym equipment and separate double showers. Entertainment possibilities abound, both traditional and high tech, thanks to the baby grand piano, a DVD / CD player and a 42-inch flat-screen television.

 

 

 

  • Square footage: 3,600
  • Nightly rate: $9,000

 

Khairul Zaman

+60 3 2179 8818

Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088

www.mandarinoriental.com

RITZ-CARLTON

Penthouse Suite, Ritz-Carlt on

Discover the exclusive Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, and experience a place where ancient rivers converge and a modern city beckons guests to explore the sights, sounds and flavors of Malaysia.

At this distinctive five-star luxury hotel, guests can indulge in soothing spa treatments and award-winning cuisine or simply relax in the exceptional comfort of their rooms and take in the best that Kuala Lumpur has to offer. Services and facilities include the award-winning-Cantonese Restaurant. Guests in 2010 included Elle Macpherson and Felipe Massa.

TOP SUITE PENTHOUSE SUITE

Why we love it: With high-definition flat panel televisions and DVD/CD players, a spacious writing desk, iPod dock, high-speed internet access, multi-line telephone with voice mail and speaker phone and a full butler service, this suite has much to offer. It boasts breathtaking skyline views of Kuala Lumpur, a bedroom with a king-size bed, feather duvets, plush extra-large pillows, a walk-in closet and storage drawers, a separate living room area, and a marble bathroom with separate shower and tub.

 

 

 

  • Square footage: 2,362
  • Nightly rate: $1,950

Steve Cokkinias

+60 3 2142 8000

168, Jalan Imbi, 55100

www.ritzcarlton.com

TRADERS HOTEL

Bedroom, Executive Suite

Kuala Lumpur’s Traders Hotel is a contemporary city center hotel offering 571 stylishly appointed rooms and suites in the heart of the city, just opposite the Petronas Twin Towers.

All suites include modern furnishings and Traders Club services, including a daytime beverage service and cocktail hours on the 32nd floor Traders Club Lounge. The suite’s features include dual line telephones (with data port connection), broadband access, built-in international adaptors, a flat-screen LCD television with satellite and a writing desk.

TOP SUITE EXECUTIVE SUITE

Why we love it: The Executive Suite offers an unobstructed direct view of the Petronas Towers and combines exceptional comfort with exclusive Traders Club services. This well-located modern suite provides ample space with a separate sitting room that is perfect for intimate business conversation or simply spreading out comfortably while working or relaxing.

 

 

 

  • Square footage: 516
  • Nightly rate: $538

Theresa Goh

+60 3 2332 9888

Kuala Lumpur City Center, 50088

LE MÉRIDIEN

ROYAL Suite, Le MÉridien

Reflecting a European charm with Malaysian influence, colorful glass carvings stream down from the high ceiling as the lobby’s cascading fountain calms the spirit.

There are 420 guest rooms equipped with modern conveniences and goose down duvets ensure a luxurious night’s sleep while windows adorned with silk drapes open up to panoramic views of the city’s skyline. Le Méridien is set in the finest location of the Kuala Lumpur Sentral precinct. The Kuala Lumpur monorail links you to bustling Bukit Bintang where Starhill, Lot 10, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Berjaya Times Square reside. The lush greenery of the Lake Gardens and the winding pathways of the Bird Park are just minutes away.

TOP SUITE ROYAL SUITE

Why we love it: The Royal Suite promises an exceptionally comfortable and luxurious stay and in addition offers beautiful views of the city and Lake Gardens. A tremendous 46-inch LCD television screen is provided as is a BOSE iPod docking station, dual line telephone and work desk, making both work and entertainment easy to achieve in this comfortable space. Relaxing is a delight as the king-size bed features goose down duvets and duck feather pillows.

 

 

 

  • Square footage: 737
  • Nightly rate: $626

Andrew Fairbairn

+60 3 2263 7888

2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470

www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien

THE ASCOTT APARTMENTS

Living Room, Three-Bedroom Premier

Ascott Kuala Lumpur boasts a plethora of spacious and elegant apartments, all luxuriously serviced to cater for the most exacting of clients.

Each contains broadband internet, fully-equipped kitchen and offers secretarial services all from the heart of the central business district. This is a top location from which to enjoy the best dining and entertainment options on offer in Kuala Lumpur’s city center.

TOP SUITE THREE -BEDROOM PREMIER

Why we love it: Tailored to meet your every need, the services and facilities of these hotel apartments in Kuala Lumpur are luxurious, extensive and personalized. The three-bedroomed apartments – with elegant décor and marble flooring – offer outstanding accommodation and can be found adjacent to the Petronas Twin Towers, a stone’s throw from Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle and KLCC Putra Line. Whether it’s a business trip or a welldeserved holiday these apartments offer a perfect location from which to enjoy Kuala Lumpur’s delights.

 

 

 

  • Square footage: 1,808
  • Nightly rate: Price on request

Jacqueline Shu

+60 3 2142 6868

No 9 Jalan Pinang, 50450

www.the-ascott.com

THE DATAI

The Lobby, The Datai

Tucked away amongst the lush rainforest hills of Langkawi is The Datai; an idyllic natural retreat for the well-heeled traveler.

Featuring 54 deluxe rooms, 40 villas and 16 suites the hotel overlooks its own private stretch of white sand beach while facing the breathtaking blue of the Andaman Sea. Hotel facilities include a luxurious spa and an 18-hole championship golf course, carefully designed to complement the serenity of the resort’s forested surroundings.

TOP SUITE VILLA HUTAN

The Bedroom, Villa Hutan

Why we love it: Perched dramatically on the hillside among the tree tops of a pristine ancient rainforest, this luxurious private villa enjoys breathtaking views of Datai Bay and the ocean. Surrounded by the sounds and sights of the jungle, you will watch amazed as a pair of flying squirrels sail from tree to tree and monkeys, hornbills, eagles and flying foxes carry out their centuries-old habits within the spectacular environment of the rainforest. The villa comprises many spacious pavilions: a luxury living room, a beautifully-designed dining and kitchen area, three spacious bedrooms and a master bedroom with an ocean view. It also has its own swimming pool. The villa Hutan is staffed by The Datai Langkawi’s F&B service and housekeeping personnel. For special occasions, guests can take advantage of the chefs’ gourmet experience through a private catering service.

 

 

 

  • Square footage: 4,000
  • Nightly rate: $5,594

 

Ms Eleanor Hardy

+60 4959 2500

Jalan Teluk Datai, Kedah, Malaysia

www.ghmluxuryhotels.com/Datai.htm

FOUR SEASONS, LANGKAWI

Swimming Pool, The Four Seasons, Langkawi The Royal

The resort is reminiscent of a traditional Malay village and all 90 generously-sized guest pavilions and villas display spectacular vistas of the Andaman Sea.

The large and airy rooms give way to covered verandahs, dressed with roomy day beds in the villas and full outdoor terraces in the pavilions. The rooms are accented with handmade batiks of muted earth tones, Malaysian art and Arabesque details that beautify everything from the furniture to the architectural finishes.

TOP SUITE ROYAL VILLA

The Royal Villa, The Four Seasons, Langkawi

Why we love it: Secluded at one end of the resort’s beach, the Royal Villa is a perfect hideaway for private gatherings, large families or groups of friends traveling together. This magnificent pavilion houses spacious living and dining areas, kitchen facilities, maid’s quarters, a private swimming pool and a private spa treatment room. The spacious patio offers a dining table that seats eight as well as large daybeds and sun loungers. The living area includes a 42 inch plasma television screen, a CD/DVD player, a personalized mini bar, an espresso machine, a writing desk and high-speed internet access. The Royal Villa’s interior is decorated with the hotel’s own collection of rare treasured Malaysian artwork.

 

 

 

  • Square footage: 15,078
  • Nightly rate: $7,520

Greg Pirkle

+60 4950 8888

Jalan Tanjung Rhu, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia

www.fourseasons.com/langkawi

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