Malaysia’s sultry capital is steeped in history, swarming with hawker stalls, and perennially hot. Glitzy mega-malls tempt shoppers with designer labels and air conditioning. A humid jungle waits outside the city limits. Futuristic skyscrapers and Mogul-style domes dot the skyline in equal measures, a constant reminder that Kuala Lumpur is one of Asia’s greatest melting pots.
Kuala Lumpur – KL as it’s known by the locals – has been a player on the world stage for a relatively short period, but this metropolis-on-the-rise is angling to take on Singapore as the buzziest destination in the region.
Hotels in KL cater to a wide range of budgets and preferences. The city is regularly lauded for having some of the best value luxury hotels around, so even budget-minded visitors can experience the A-list life. A few DMARGE-approved favourites, below.
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur represents a new generation of hotels in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). With impressive views of the cityscape, including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, and easy access to destinations like the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Suria KLCC Shopping Mall, the hotel is popular for business and leisure guests alike. Head to the 33rd floor to mingle with KL’s fashionable party people at SkyBar, a rooftop watering hole with an excellent cocktail menu and a 26m pool as the centrepiece.
Book @ Booking.com From $230
Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel
As part of the Renaissance brand, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel aims to transform boring business travel into memorable stays. Complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms, suites and public spaces keeps you connected when it counts, but the real fun starts in your off-hours. Relax with a signature cocktail at the swim-up pool bar, enjoy a Balinese massage at the Mandara Spa, or ask the resident Navigator to plan a personalised itinerary packed with the one‐of‐a‐kind, off‐the‐radar, authentic experiences only a local knows.
Book @ Booking.com From $125
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is within walking distance to KL’s vibrant Golden Triangle entertainment precinct, shopping district and dining scene. The hotel’s 411 guestrooms and suites favour warm, earthly tones and are amongst the largest of the city’s 5-star properties. Floor-to-ceiling windows enhance the spacious feel and overlook the Petronas Twin Towers, city skyline or KLCC Park. Dine at JP teres for authentic Malaysian flavours or the hotel’s signature restaurant, THIRTY8, for a blend of Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisines served with 360-degree city views.
Book @ Booking.com From $231
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton-approved luxury comes to Malaysia’s capital as the Hilton Kuala Lumpur, a 35-floor lifestyle destination located opposite the National Museum in KL Sentral. The property features generously sized rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, an elegant spa, and 10 restaurants and bars including the award-winning Chinese and Japanese eateries Chynna and Iketeru. Book an executive room or suite for an array of additional benefits including complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails in the Executive Lounge.
Book @ Booking.com From $337
Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur
With Thai influences and a Sanskrit name, Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur is a lush escape from KL’s hectic streets. Anxieties stop at the door as you enter an oasis of gardens, lantern-lit paths, and a winding freeform pool that snakes throughout the property. Rooms are inspired by traditional Malay architecture and equipped with flatscreen TVs, minibars, free Wi-Fi, rain showers, and Samadhi toiletries. Upgrade to a Luxe Sarang room for a patio and private plunge pool, or The Loft for a unique honeymoon retreat.
Book @ Mr & Mrs Smith From $300
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection
Colonial décor meets Neo-Classical details at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection. Built in 1932, the original hotel was one of the great landmarks of Kuala Lumpur in its time. Following a meticulous renovation, the hotel retains its heritage charm but adds the mod cons expected by today’s travellers. The Majestic Wing houses suites with butler service, the Colonial Café, The Bar and the Tea Lounge. The newer Tower Wing is home to deluxe rooms and suites, meeting rooms, a ballroom, a gym, a swimming pool and Contango restaurant.
Book @ Booking.com From $130
DoubleTree By Hilton Kuala Lumpur
A warm cookie greets guests at DoubleTree By Hilton Kuala Lumpur, and the experience only gets better from there. Dine in five in-house restaurants and bars offering a wide selection of options, including the hotel’s signature restaurant, Makan Kitchen, for an authentic regional Malaysian dining experience. Swim laps in the outdoor saltwater pool. Work up a sweat in the 24-hour fitness centre. If you’re in need of pampering, check out the Sompoton Spa on the 10th floor or indulge in some retail therapy at The Intermark mall, which is conveniently located just outside the lobby doors.
Book @ Booking.com From $107
Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection
Hotel Stripes calls the eclectic Jalan Kamunting district home. Once a main settlement for KL’s booming mining industry, the neighbourhood now boasts a modern reincarnation of The Row – twenty-two 1940s shophouses featuring restaurants, nightlife, cafés, art galleries and creative businesses. Hotel Stripes embraces this dynamic mix of old and new, offering guests a different perspective on the local scene with a bit of edgy style and adventure. The view from the rooftop pool is not to be missed.
Book @ Booking.com From $109