Kuala Lumpur’s modern, upscale retail scene can be found at the Bukit Bintang district. Also known as Bintang Walk or Starhill, this area is inside the capital’s Golden Triangle, in the shadow of the Petronas Twin Towers and close to Chinatown. High-end malls grace this part of KL, and cafes, restaurants and clubs keep the party going into the night. Bukit Bintang is also the preferred venue for spectacles like the New Year's countdown and the annual Malaysia F1 Grand Prix pit stop.
These hotels are right in the middle of the action. For a more complete list of KL hotels, read this article: Hotels in Kuala Lumpur.
The Berjaya Times Square Hotel is a living tribute to the New York City hotel life, with 900 suites divided into seven classes beginning with the modest Studio and ending with the ultimate, two-room Brooklyn Suite. (Read more about luxury hotels in New York.) The Berjaya also has eight function rooms and a pillarless Manhattan Ballroom that comfortably accommodates two thousand guests. Guests get speedy Internet access at the Berjaya; selected rooms have in-room safes capacious enough to hold laptops.
The Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur has 468 guestrooms. The best of the lot are the Grand Deluxe Rooms, with awesome views of the city center from ceiling-to-floor windows; 32-inch LCD TVs with cable/ satellite channels and DVD players; marble-floored bathrooms en suite with separate shower and long bath; and free broadband Internet access. Its location in the middle of the Golden Triangle puts the Grand Millennium close to five shopping malls and the Asian Art Museum. The hotel’s amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, squash courts, and babysitting services.
The 561 guestrooms in the 29-storey JW Marriott come with air-conditioning, bathrobes, daily newspaper, hair dryer, Wifi, in-room safe, separate shower and tub, and minibar. The rooms come with great views, though they do not include the Petronas Towers (the shopping centers block the view). More on the shopping centers in the vicinity: Starhill Gallery and Fahrenheit 88 are right next to the Marriott. Wifi access is available in all of the hotel’s public areas. Other hotel amenities include golf course, gym/fitness facilities, sauna, and steamroom.
The Melia Kuala Lumpur is practically right in the middle of it all: it’s five minutes away from Bintang Walk (Starhill) by foot, it’s right next to Berjaya Times Square, and it’s only a few minutes from KL's finest shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment centers. (More on Kuala Lumpur’s food here: Profile of Malay Cooking and Culture.) Free Wifi is available in the Melia Kuala Lumpur’s rooms. I-Rooms from the 10th to the 12th floors get free access to the Business Center from 9am to 5pm, not including Sundays.
The Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur’s 426 guestrooms include 78 rooms and suites on its Orchid Club floors, which can be accessed only through special elevators. Shoppers will appreciate the daily scheduled shuttle service to nearby KLCC and Aquaria KLCC. For guests who want to venture further, they can ride the Bukit Bintang monorail next to the hotel. (More info here: Kuala Lumpur’s train system.) But more sedentary guests can relax at the Parkroyal’s St. Gregory spa, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, and four restaurants.
Piccolo Hotel has 168 guestrooms with eco-marine design styles. The lifelike marine images that decorate each room creates a soothing effect that comes in handy when returning from a business meeting or a whole day of shopping. The Piccolo’s location at the busy Bintang Walk retail area puts it between Lot 10 Shopping Mall and Starhill Gallery, right across from the Pavilion Shopping Centre.
The Prince Hotel and Residence in Kuala Lumpur offers visiting executives a great combination of ideal location and good-quality amenities. Location: city center, walking distance from Bukit Bintang and the Petronas Twin Towers. Amenities: outdoor swimming pool, spa, massages, steam rooms, kid's club, fitness center, sundeck, business lounge, and four on-site restaurants including a cigar room.
Radius International Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s location at Bintang Walk. places most of Kuala Lumpur’s finer tourist attractions within a two-mile radius of the hotel: The Kuala Lumpur Tower, Petronas Twin Towers, Merdeka Square, and Chinatown, among others. Bukit Bintang’s major shopping malls and restaurants themselves are just a few minutes away on foot. The Radius offers 458 guestrooms. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour coffee shop, swimming pool, business center and lounge.
310 guestrooms at the Swiss Garden Hotel Kuala Lumpur come in the following classes: Deluxe, Premier Deluxe, Premiere Executive, and Family Rooms. Furnishings lean towards warm colors with the most up-to-date technology available. The hotel’s recreational facilities on the third floor include an outdoor swimming and wading pool, plus a state-of-the-art fitness center. Spa fanatics can take advantage of the hotel's Samsara Spa and its Indonesian Balinese massages and tropical spa treatments.
The Westin Kuala Lumpur comes with 443 guestrooms, with 23 suites and 63 one-bedroom and two-bedroom Executive Residences. Guests enjoy a number of Westin exclusives – the all-white signature Heavenly Bed (available in all rooms), the Heavenly Shower (only available at the Executive Residences) and the “Unwind” evening ritual at the lobby. Business center, Executive Club Lounge, outdoor pool and a capacious Westin Grand Ballroom with Martin Architectural Lighting count among the Westin’s many amenities. For gourmet eats, guests can have Pan Asian cuisine at EEST, enjoy Latin dining at Qba, and authentic Italian food at Prego.