More often than not travellers and locals alike claim that Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is not as ‘happening’ as other major metropolitan cities compared to its neighbouring South-east Asian countries – namely, Jakarta, Manila, and Bangkok. That fact, however, should not sway you to the point of underestimating its vibrancy and not listing it as one of the cities you wish to go. Kuala Lumpur as a city has so much to offer, and the town center has even more!
At the pulsating heart of Kuala Lumpur, you have the once-tallest buildings (before it was outmatched by Taipei 101 in 2004) Petronas Twin Towers, branded designer goods at affordable prices at shopping malls Suria KLCC and Pavilion, and the nation’s biggest aquarium Aquaria KLCC. Thanks to the currency exchange, should you need a place to stay within your financial means without compromising first-class amenities, here are five luxury five-star hotels in the town center of Kuala Lumpur:
This majestic hotel is rather known for its spa treatment menu. With 10 rooms, spa treatments are executed by professional staff who are experienced and knowledgeable in the industry. Among the 643 rooms, guests are presented with a choice of appointed rooms with either City view or Park view. Mandarin Oriental prides itself as having combined the elements of the East and the West in a manner of perfect harmony. Guests are given an option of a contemporary modern grill, a seafood restaurant, a gourmet bar, among others to choose from to dine.
Crowne Plaza Mutiara
It’s not hard to see why this hotel is becoming a popular choice of both leisure and business guests, especially in the recent years. Crowne Plaza Mutiara included broadband internet access, window seats, ergonomic work areas and open plan bathrooms with separate shower areas with rain showers and oversized bathtubs in its renovation works in 2003. To cater for business travellers, the hotel allocates 28 rooms for meetings and functions, gaining it a respectful recognition as MICE (Meetings & Incentives Travel) Hotel of the Year 2007-2008 – the Award of Excellence by Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA). There are other outlets for dining, but the one that stands out is most probably the Asian restaurant that features the best of Asian cooking, such as Thai, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Kashmir.
Rooms and suites of Hotel Nikko – a total of 473 – are built with more space than other luxury hotels in the town center, so that ensures sufficient comfort to the guests. This is another hotel accommodation that has business people in mind with state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities for their use; the Executive Nikko Club Floor is dedicated to accommodate a higher level of luxurious needs by offering extra benefits. Restaurants prepare Japanese and Chinese cuisines, and there is also an English-styled pub available.
Guests usually prefer Royale Chulan because of two major reasons: firstly, its ambiance that is brought alive by the early Malay heritage architecture visible in interior and exterior aspects; and secondly, its convenience when it comes to shopping – Pavilion shopping centre is just adjacent. The staff, clad in traditional Malay costumes, are trained to give the best of Malaysian hospitality. Malay fine dining is at its best at this hotel, although another option is authentic Chinese food.
Prince Hotel is an extravagant accommodation that caters to all kinds of guests – singles, couples, families – as well as travellers who come to stay for the sake of pleasure or business. It may be one luxurious hotel, but the ballrooms are often the preferred venue not only for posh weddings, but also cozy celebrations like birthdays. Dining here can be an experience of Chinese and Japanese cuisines, also the poolside bar serves snacks and light meals. Cigar aficionados will rejoice to find out about the existence of the cigar room.
These are only five affordable 5-star hotels in the town center of Kuala Lumpur. As a matter of fact, there are many others surrounding the area that can give you the finest lodging experience complete with exceptional services and facilities, together with a value of your money. When you save on your hotel, you can channel your budget to other expenses in order for you to gain more out of your travel in Kuala Lumpur.