From sky-high living facing the Twin Towers to boutique stays embracing the heritage of the city, these hotels epitomise high-end hospitality in Kuala Lumpur.
Endless eats, an eclectic mix of cultures, unique nightlife and low cost of living make Kuala Lumpur one of the most frequented and popular destinations in Asia. The booming capital of Malaysia is an excellent hub to get acquainted with Southeast Asia, with its melting pot of cultures and cuisines, blend of heritage and modern structures and abundant local eats on every street corner to appease insatiable foodies.
While many attractions can be navigated by foot or public transport, you’ll want to do a bit of pre-planning to ensure you see all the major sights of KL, whether you’re there for a quick weekend getaway or an immersive week-long trip. At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than luxuriating in the city’s high-end hotels, with nightly rates comparatively cheaper than other major capitals in Asia. Whether you’re seeking a foot massage to rest weary feet, looking to take a dip in the pool while overlooking the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, or seeking some of the best eats in the city from the comfort of your own hotel — these top 10 accommodations make it easy to enjoy a lavish stay in Kuala Lumpur.
After a long day of traversing the city, nothing beats coming back to your luxurious suite at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur and kicking up your feet while soaking in views of the Petronas Twin Towers, seemingly right outside your window. This sumptuous abode is one of the best-loved properties in the city, located smack dab in the heart of the Golden Triangle with sweeping views of the iconic towers and the green expanse of KLCC Park. If you can manage to leave the comforts of your room (measuring in at some of the largest in KL), there’s plenty to keep occupied inside the hotel — from complimentary canapés and cocktails daily at the Grand Club lounge, to a local breakfast at the 360-degree THIRTY8, and a dip in the circular pool underneath swaying trees with a refreshing tipple in hand.
French chic combined with local aesthetics characterise the charming Sofitel hotel located in the upscale neighbourhood of Damansara heights. The recently built 5-star property embodies exquisite comfort with enviable views overlooking the rolling residential neighbourhoods of Damansara. Connected to the DC Mall for convenience, the sleek hotel is inspired by the French Riviera, with classy elegance exuding from sumptuous suites and public spaces such as the sprawling lobby decked out in Malay hibiscus flowers and artwork. Guests can fill up their time hitting the weights at the state-of-the-art SoFIT gym, tucking into the poolside menu in-between laps, and taking advantage of the SoSPA for detoxifying treatments to relax at the end of the day. Five F&B outlets showcase everything from classic Cantonese cuisine to modern pan-Asian and more.
In addition to its prime location in the hub of the city (sky bridge walkways connect the hotel to major shopping and dining areas), the Pullman KLCC rolls out the red carpet with well-appointed guest rooms, six restaurants and bars to tempt your appetite, and a host of facilities including a 10th floor rooftop oasis, Fit Lounge, and Vibes Spa with state-of-the-art treatments. The hotel is popular with business travellers with its impressive meeting and function spaces, but leisure travellers can find pockets of serenity to themselves — whether its strolling the relaxing gardens or lounging about the outdoor pool. The dining programme is a definite highlight: Feast on modern Japanese at Enju, grab drinks and BBQ at the Terrace Poolside Bar & Grill, or savour contemporary Cantonese at the stylish Red Chinese Cuisine splashed in seductive shades.
The Banyan Tree brand’s signature sell — a tropical oasis in the midst of the city — delivers at its Kuala Lumpur flagship, with the hotel offering a relaxing escape from the buzz of the city streets. Step into the urban hideaway in the commercial centre of KL, and enjoy true Malaysian hospitality from the amicable staff and round-the-clock concierge. Guest rooms offer views overlooking the cityscape, Twin Towers and KL Tower, while featuring the brand’s signature oversized soaking tubs or in-room relaxation pools complete with vibrant artwork and colourful room decor. After a soak, sate your appetite at stylish venues Horizon Grill or Altitude, followed by a nightcap at buzzing rooftop bar, Vertigo.
Old-world heritage meets contemporary comforts at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, which includes the original colonial-era Hotel Majestic first built in 1932. Previously the grandest hotel in Kuala Lumpur in its heydey, the hotel has returned to its former glory after extensive renovations, exuding the glamour of its rich history while catering to the 21st-century traveller. Part of the Autograph Collection comprised of iconic hotels rooted in the historical fabric of their respective cities, the Majestic allures travellers with its grandiose architecture, elegant lounge areas such as The Drawing Room and Cigar Room, and unique attractions including a cinema room showing old black and white movies. Neo-classical and art deco remnants speak to the hotel’s past, while the property has been expanded with the new 253-room Tower Wing to complement the 47-suite old Majestic Wing.
Designed by sought-after firm Neri&Hu, the Alila Bangsar occupies the top eight floors of a skyscraper overlooking the bustling neighbourhood of Bangsar. A minimalistic vision in cream and white, the hotel encapsulates the cosmopolitan feel of KL while offering a restful respite. Contemporary guest rooms are outfitted in plush king-sized beds with LED TVs and spacious ensuites offering views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. A variety of wholesome dining options and facilities such as the tropical-style rooftop pool, as well as curated lifestyle activities from the Alila Leisure Concierge team cater to young urbanites and sophisticated travellers. The modern retreat is conveniently linked to the Bangsar LRT station, and walking distance to Little India, Bangsar Village and Mid Valley Megamall.
Another one of the luxury 5-star hotels looming above KLCC Park, the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur lives up to the MO’s lofty reputation with luxurious interiors, fabulous facilities and bespoke, personalised amenities. Enviable suites boast spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers, plush carpets and furnishings, large writing desks and floor-to-ceiling windows with wraparound views of the park and towers. Like other MO properties around Asia, F&B is where the property truly shines: the Mandarin Grill offers a classic steakhouse experience, Lai Po Heen dishes up award-winning Cantonese cuisine, and Wasabi Bistro presents artistic Japanese gastronomy with a Californian twist. Thirsty patrons will want to head to the MO Bar for world-class libations.
Let’s get straight to it: the spectacular SkyBar is undoubtedly the main attraction at this established institution on the KL hotel scene. Perched on Level 33 of the hotel, the award-winning bar takes the cake for one of the coolest venues in town — a stylish pool by day (complete with comfy chaises and cabanas) and thumping nightclub by evening with resident DJs and live music. Elsewhere in the hotel, other facilities keep guests entertained round the clock: check out the 1.3-metre jogging track, the spa with five treatment rooms and three F&B venues. A total of 571 rooms offer sleek comforts for a posh stay, with direct access to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and nearby attractions linked by sky bridges.
Those seeking a stay off the beaten track should head to Kuala Lumpur’s newest boutique hotel, The Chow Kit (the first property by Ormond Hotels) which takes its name after its neighbourhood in the heart of old Kuala Lumpur. Just 113 rooms, the property designed by Brooklyn-based Studio Tack offers guests a relaxed sanctuary, stripped of superfluous extras and focusing on an essentialist approach that prizes great service, design and price point. The experiential, design-led property blends seamlessly into the neighbourhood’s rich character and history, while cosmopolitan comforts ensure guests enjoy a cosy and personalised stay. Taking cues from the local culture and cuisine, The Chow Kit offers experiences such as a dedicated yoga pavilion, sumptuous Malaysian-inspired dishes and regular guest chef pop-ups, and themed walking food and culture tours of old Kuala Lumpur and Kampung Baru.
A convenient base from which to explore all of Kuala Lumpur, The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur is located next to the KL Sentral train station, within walking distance to Malaysia’s national museum and nearby state parks. Oozing with decadence, the hotel blends Art Deco style with modern elegance, with marble-clad hallways, and teal-and-cream suites embodying urban glamour with subtle Oriental accents. Suites measure up to amongst some of the largest in Asia, with each including a 24-hour personal butler for that signature St. Regis service, from complimentary shoe shining to clothes pressing. Expect to bump shoulders with KL’s well-heeled whether you’re enjoying sundowner cocktails at the rooftop bar, clinking champagne over brunch, or indulging in world-class Japanese fare at the acclaimed Taka.