kuala-lumpur

Taking its cues from Malaysia’s vibrant Chinese, Indian and Malay communities, Kuala Lumpur – better known as KL – is a frenzied and steamy mishmash of multicultural modernity. Characterised by heaving street markets, lush parks, mega shopping malls and an iconic skyline, the city is punctuated by minarets, historic monuments and towering steel-clad skyscrapers.

One of the world’s greatest megalopolises, this dynamic, chaotic city with its organic charm is fast becoming one of Asia’s hit-list destinations. Top this with a wave of new hotel openings – there really is no reason not to drop by for a visit.

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Alila Bangsaar

The 137-room Alila Bangsar is a hip urban retreat that occupies the top seven floors of The Establishment, a mixed-use skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur’s affluent Bangsar neighbourhood. On the top three floors are the open-air swimming pool and Entier, a modern French restaurant with a menu featuring dishes such as roasted spring chicken in salt-crust dough served with chicken fat mashed potato. If that isn’t your thing, the colourful maze of textile shops, jewellery stores and restaurants of Little India are just a 10-minute stride away.
Rooms from £65

  • +60 3-2268 3888
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  • 58, Jalan Ang Seng
    Brickfields
    Kuala Lumpur
    50470

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons’ Kuala Lumpur property is definitely worth a stay – especially if you are after some grown-up chic. Its home, inside a towering glass skyscraper, means views of the iconic Petronas Towers or the lush expanse of KLCC Park are first class, while its location in the city’s buzzing Golden Triangle neighbourhood is a hotbed for shopping malls and restaurants. Although, with six on-site dining rooms (including Yun House, which has a popular lunchtime dim-sum offering) you might find it hard to leave.
Rooms from £180

The RuMa

The RuMa, Urban Resort Concepts first property outside China, brings a much-needed dose of energy to Kuala Lumpur’s hospitality landscape. From its 24-hour check-in policy to the complimentary fully stocked minibar, the option to breakfast anywhere within the hotel and its thoughtful decor (which takes its cues from the city’s tin mining and colonial history), The RuMa is a convenient and authentic base from which to explore the best that KL has to offer.
Rooms from £170

W Kuala Lumpur

Bringing its signature brand of bold to Malaysia’s steaming capital, the W Kuala Lumpur takes its cues from the city’s melting pot of cultures, resulting in a dynamic festival of the senses with larger-than-life traditional batik motifs, bamboo-inspired chandeliers and – in the 150 guest rooms – interesting accents, like the indigenous wau tassels commonly featured on Malaysian kites. Located in the city’s Golden Triangle neighbourhood, explore nearby sites like the Petronas Towers, before coming back to indulge at Yen (one of the hotel’s six drinking and dining spots) which serves up traditional Cantonese fare.
Rooms from £128

  • +60 3-2786 8888
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  • No. 121
    Jalan Ampang
    Kuala Lumpur
    50450

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