Kuala Lumpur represents Malaysia's outsize aspirations like nowhere else. The Malaysian capital has managed to preserve its British colonial past while reshaping large parts of itself for the modern age, with office towers, shopping malls, and the ever-present Petronas Towers looming over it all. Visitors to "KL" will find some of the world’s finest names in hospitality within the city's borders, and will not be disappointed at the choices available.
The hotels listed below are listed in alphabetical order. They represent a selection in the higher end of accommodation choices in Kuala Lumpur.
The Ascott's 221 luxury service apartments offer guests complete living spaces at the heart of Kuala Lumpur's central business district. Units come with kitchen facilities, living room, bedroom, all stylishly appointed with wall to wall carpeting, home entertainment system, and cooking and dining utensils.
More facilities are available at the 22nd floor: a swimming pool with a great view of the Petronas Towers, Jacuzzi, beauty parlor, and spa.
Whatever you can't get in your own unit, you can get at the adjacent KLCC Mall. Guests can go further afield by riding at the LRT Putra Line next to the Mall.
- Price: from $169
- Address: 9 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: +60-3-21426868
- Website: www.ascottkualalumpur.com
The Berjaya Times Square Hotel sits atop the Times Square mall – located from the 14th floor up, the Hotel's 610 suites are fully furnished with large living and dining areas, large LCD televisions, and luxurious bath and shower compartments with Etienne Agnier bath accessories and other toiletries.
Apart from close proximity to the Mall (with over sixty dining outlets, an indoor theme park, and IMAX theater) the hotel is also adjacent to a Monorail that makes exploring the rest of the city a breeze.
- Price: from $102
- Address: 1 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: +60-3-21178000
- Website: www.berjayaresorts.com
From the second you enter the four-story high lobby atrium, you can tell that the Hotel Imperial aims to make an impression. The Imperial's 398 guest rooms are intended to recreate the best of Malaysian heritage. The larger rooms offer 24-hour butler service and access to the hotel's exclusive Club Lounge. Other facilities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor pool, and hot tub.
LRT and monorail stations are less than five minutes away from the hotel. The Asean Heritage Row next door offers wonderful opportunities for dining and entertainment.
- Price: from $145
- Address: Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: +60-3-27179900
- Website: www.starwoodhotels.com
The Nikko is all about value for money – a mid-range hotel in one of Kuala Lumpur's business districts, its accommodations are nothing too fine, but great for executives looking for business-class digs in the middle of it all.
Internet is available in every room, but is neither wireless nor free. Guests can enjoy the pool on the roof on the fifth floor, an oasis of greenery in the city. The Nikko also provides a good choice of dining outlets – guests get buffet-style breakfast with a selection of dishes from all across the region.
- Price: from $134
- Address: 165 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: 1-800-645-5687 (US toll-free)
- Website: www.nikkohotels.com
Central location in a busy retail and business district aside, the Westin has so much to offer the discerning guest. Guests get to choose from 384 rooms, with 23 suits and 68 Executive Residences – all rooms feature the patented Heavenly Bed, which you have to try to believe.
Food lovers will also appreciate the dining options available within the Westin's walls – you can sample Latin American cuisine, Italian dining, and pan-Asian options, albeit pork is nowhere on the menu (Malaysia is an Islamic nation, after all).
- Price: from $167
- Address: 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: +60-3-2731 8333
- Website: www.starwoodhotels.com
If you're in Kuala Lumpur on business, you can't go wrong by choosing the Marriott – location, facilities, and ambience make it an ideal hotel for executive-types looking for a classy place to crash while in town.
The Marriott's 561 rooms are quite sizeable and elegantly decked out; high speed Internet is available for free, with comfortable in-room work areas to access it from. Guests can have working lunches (or celebratory dinners) at the Marriott's "Feast" floor, with a variety of world cuisines to choose from.
- Price: from $168
- Address: 183 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: +60-3-27159000
- Website: marriott.com
414 rooms and 206 serviced apartments await the Legend's guests. The serviced apartments in particular are great for guests who want to make their own meals in a home-like environment.
The Legend's other recreational facilities include a sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, squash court, and ballroom. The site is quite close to the Putra World Trade Centre, with its attendant train and light rail stations.
- Price: From $78
- Address: Putra Place 100 Jalan Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: +60-3-40429888
- Website: www.legendsgroup.com
The Mandarin Oriental stands in the shadow of the Petronas Towers, bordering the 50-acre KLCC Park in the center of KL's business district. Guests can choose from 643 guestrooms, Club Floor rooms, suites, and serviced apartments included.
Guests can enjoy the Mandarin Oriental's other leisure facilities - an outdoor swimming pool, an aerobics studio, a Jacuzzi, sauna, and gym. The concierge is a great help for tourists who want to explore the city - among other things, they can help arrange for tickets to the Petronas Towers' bridge viewing platform.
- Price: from $155
- Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: +60-3-23808888
- Website: www.mandarinoriental.com
Large rooms and easy access to KL's business and retail stops make the Prince Hotel a good choice for KL visitors. The Prince Hotel is across the street from the Pavilion Mall, a five-minute walk to the monorail, and 10 to 15 minutes' walk to Jalan Bukit Bintang and KLCC. Times Square and Petaling Street are just a short taxi ride away.
Choose the Prince's club package to get the best service that business visitors deserve - along with free unlimited internet access, you get breakfast in the business lounge, free use of business facilities, and free laundry/ironing of five items of clothing per day.
- Price: from $114
- Address: Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: +60-3-2170-8888
- Website: www.princehotelkl.com.my
Manicured gardens, dazzling décor, and excellent restaurants on both the top and bottom floors make a great first impression on the Shangri-La guest.
The service and the accommodations are up to Shangri-La's usual high standard, and the hotel's convenient location (just five minutes away from the monorail, and ten minutes from the nearest LRT station) make the hotel a great place to start exploring Kuala Lumpur if you're new in town.
- Price: from $194
- Address: 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Phone: +60-3-20322388
- Website: www.shangri-la.com