With the announcement of our LCO Travel Kuala Lumpur Top 10 List, we are happy to announce that the following 10 hotels are the cream of the crop of luxury hospitality in the Malaysian Capital.
#1 Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur
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.
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
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.
The Ruma Kuala Lumpur
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. When fully operational, The Ruma will be the name to beat in the Malaysian capital.
Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur
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. An adults-only haven that serves all day breakfast at its guest-only restaurant, service here is spectacularly homely, with luxurious touches like complimentary evening port wine proffered in crystal decanters.
Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
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. For a brand well-known for its wellness approach to hospitality, the rooms are light and minimalistic but not unwelcoming.
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.
Alila Bangsar Kuala Lumpur
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. The result is not incongruous, and with views so fetching, the decorative framework seems secondary.
Sofitel Damansara Kuala Lumpur
Augmenting the rise of Kuala Lumpur’s new wave of luxury hotels is Sofitel Damansara’s opening last December, albeit in a location that is not entirely understandable to industry watchers. The location, dubbed the ‘Golden Triangle of Petaling Jaya’, is however on the rise, and there are commercial jungles and residential enclaves to cater to. 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.
Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur
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 Kuala Lumpur
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. Space is often a prime reason why this hotel is constantly packed - entry level rooms are 83 sqm, and affordability is another compelling impute. 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.