Kuala lumpur TOP 10 LIST
TOP 10 LUXURY HOTELS
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A vision that took close to 20 years to materialise, Four Seasons KL may have kept the stunning views to its residential floors but the grand presence of this 65 storey high building raised a stone’s throw from the Petronas twin towers is unmissable. With distinctive class and wonderful service orientation, this highly anticipated new entrant is more than poised to stare down competitors in its upscale neighbourhood.
The address du jour of the past decade may have some of its shine stolen by flashy new entrants raised right at its gates but Grand Hyatt KL, replete with handsome structure and sweeping views of the city, still maintains a class of sterling service that sets it at the top of the game. Its wonderful Grand Club is impeccably managed and its sensational restaurant Thirty8 is still grandly popular.
Kuala Lumpur’s latest luxury hotel to open this year is a design vision unmatched by any establishments in its vicinity. If shiny brass ceiling and columnless spiral stairs are not sufficiently modish enough for one, the designer cocktails concocted from premium spirits and mixers will win you over. The rooms may be smallish but the welcome is in the details.
A hidden gem in the exclusive Ampang enclave minutes from the action but a world apart, Villa Samadhi is an urban retreat replete with gleaming black cement walls and beautiful antiques that provides respite for nerves frayed by Kuala Lumpur’s endless jams and clamour.
Raised on the ‘opposite’ side at Jalan Raja Chulan/ Bintan stretch, the greatest advantage for this new entrant is the vistas afforded from its perch. So great is this allure that everything in this hotel points towards the towers vistas - from the opulent baths in the rooms and spa to the rooftop bar that very possibly provides the most stunning night views of Kuala Lumpur.
W Kuala Lumpur
If high chromatism is the cornerstone concept of a W hotel, then its latest installation in Kuala Lumpur couldn’t have done it better from the inside. A sea of neon purples and pinks glows from a mish-mash of LED cascades and arches installed from its lobby to its spa and rooms. Essentially positioned as a hip hotel calling to the millennial sets, W Kuala Lumpur has packed in a bevy of trendy restaurants and nightclubs to achieve that directive.
A singularly tall landmark stretching upwards from the flat residential sprawl of Kuala Lumpur’s upmarket Bangsar enclave, Alila appears to have made a right bet on location with their first entry into Malaysia. The design diction here is pluralistic, with heavy wood accents inducing a resort air and stark furnishings denoting minimalism.
Augmenting the rise of Kuala Lumpur’s new wave of luxury hotels is Sofitel Damansara’s opening last December. The most fetching aspect of this hotel is its FnB operations comprising Chinese, Mediterranean and casual dining where the cuisines are delectable and the service is grand.
One of the oldest luxury hotels in the Malaysian Capital, Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur is legendary in its own rights, the favourite spot to converge upon for society soirees and significant national events. The lobby and rooms are nonetheless a tad dated, and renovation plans are in the works. Collectively, the gourmet delights from this feted address are superbly delivered, from comforting Chinese feasts at Shang Palace to classical Japanese fares at Zipangu.
The Face Suites
A behemoth property that comprises hotel rooms and apartments, the Face Suites in many ways represents the evolution of luxury hospitality in the Malaysian Capital. Forgoing one’s disdain for fake florals and crowded lifts, the capable services afforded here from operator to concierge coupled by good restaurants and an infinity pool poised for a million IG posts, propels this hotel into the fold of Kuala Lumpur’s top 10.