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The golden triangle of Malaysia's capital city covers several streets and encompasses the best shopping and entertainment spots in the downtown hub. Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC are huge malls where shoppers can score the best deals on fashion, electronics and designer brands. As evening falls, this area transforms into a bustling nightspot with al fresco dining, bars and live music. Look up to the sparkling 88-story twin Petronas towers and then grab a bite to eat in this multicultural, vibrant metropolis. And when it comes to bedding down in this capital, you can't go wrong with these best hotels in Kuala Lumpur.
Best Overall: InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Located in the shadow of the famous Petronas Twin Towers, the InterContinental is a five-star luxury hotel right in the heart of the vibrant city center. The 473 modern and spacious rooms come complete with a 47-inch LCD TV, elegant styling and large luxury marble bathrooms. Relax in the outdoor pool or take a walk through the tranquil Japanese inspired gardens that will make you feel like you are miles away from the busy metropolis of KL.
Although guests are just steps away from countless restaurants, bars and entertainment, the hotel can cater to all your needs with both a Chinese and Japanese restaurant, a brasserie, lounge and pub. Enjoy afternoon tea in the lounge or go straight to cocktails – it's five o'clock somewhere!
Best Budget: Grid 9 Hotel
Kuala Lumpur has a huge variety of quality low-cost lodging options available, so travelers don't need to break the bank to find a comfortable spot to bed down for the night. Conveniently located right near the central market and decorated in a fresh, youthful style, the Grid 9 hotel is a funky and affordable place to stay. Breakfast is included in the wallet-friendly room rate and the clean, comfortable rooms come equipped with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. A social lounge provides a great place to relax on a colorful bean bag chair, watch TV and chat with other travelers, while the onsite bar and restaurant will keep you entertained and well fed well into the evening.
Best Boutique: Le Apple Boutique Hotel@KLCC
Close to both the Suria KLCC and Avenue K shopping salls, you can shop all day long and then return to the clean and compact rooms at Le Apple for a well-deserved rest. The 78 superior and 144 rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee and tea making facilities, satellite TV and fantastic city views. The lobby here is bright and welcoming with colorful, bespoke furniture and signature orchids. A simple breakfast is included in the Japanese restaurant in the hotel, but since this boutique hotel is located in a busy shopping and dining district, there are many different cuisine choices to sample closeby. You’ll be within walking distance to the twin towers, the science center, museums and all that KL has to offer.
Best for Families: Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences
The one-, two- and three-bedroom residences here will provide all the space you and your family need to spread out in style and luxury during your Malaysian vacation. You can expect to find high-speed Internet access, living and dining areas and a TV and DVD player. In the full-service kitchen, which even has a dishwasher and washer/dryer, you’ll find everything you need to fix a delicious family meal. The 24-hour reception desk gives peace of mind and the staff can provide excellent recommendations for a range of activities and events in the city.
Kids will love the outdoor, Olympic-sized swimming pool and will also be entertained at the on-site children’s playground. There is a fully equipped gym for parents to use to stay fit, but you can also take the whole family to the nearby Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve for a day of hiking.
Best Romance: Villa Samadhi
The Villa Samadhi is the ultimate romantic, tranquil retreat. Laze with your lover on the plush daybeds around the free-form swimming pool lagoon, enjoy the sun and just relax. You could be forgiven for thinking you are on a secluded island once inside the gates of these luxe private villas, yet you are only a short 10-minute walk from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Each of the 21 villas has been uniquely crafted with sustainable materials, including bamboo. Those on the first floor allow direct access to the water and each features either a balcony or private whirlpool. Choose the Loft Room with stunning views of the KL skyline and it's very own private plunge pool for late night skinny-dipping. Enjoy your meals adjacent to the lagoon, in the dining room that serves fresh, local food all day and is only open to residents.
Best Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur
The Ritz Carlton name is known as a world leader in luxury accommodations and this five-star hotel in the golden triangle district is no exception. Featuring a high-end spa, five fine dining restaurants and a fitness center, you’ll feel like royalty after a stay here. The 364 guestrooms and 30 one-bedroom suites all come complete with a full butler service. The team of attentive butlers can arrange a variety of services for guests, including drawing them a bath and providing a plentiful supply of sweet treats to return to after a long day of shopping or sightseeing. Expect your elegant and spacious room to feature a high-definition flat-panel TV, a fully stocked refreshment cabinet, as well as marble bathrooms with rainforest showerheads and fluffy terry cloth bathrobes. At the end of the day, retire to the library for a cognac or sample a cigar in the smoke room.
Best Nightlife/Best for Singles: Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
This hotel is a sexy, urban hot spot just steps away from KL Sentral station, the busiest transport hub in Southeast Asia and the entry port for many visitors to the city. It’s home to the first hotel food truck in Kuala Lumpur, serving up Nasi Lemak, fried noodle and Sarawak Laksa, as well as western comfort food favorites for breakfast and lunch. Fuel up for a big night out inside the hotel’s Nook restaurant, where you can sit in spaceship-like pods before heading to the on-site WXYZ bar, which hosts regular open mic nights, so it may be you doing the entertaining if you have musical talent or a great voice.
The rooms here are hip, comfortable and decorated in a pop art style with high ceilings and feature Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.
Best Business: Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
It’s the small touches at the Trader’s hotel that make guests feel at home and as though their comfort has been considered in the very design of the buildings. Meeting rooms feature natural daylight and all the audiovisual equipment you would expect in a corporate hotel. Connected to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), this hotel is the perfect base for conference delegates.
Choose from Deluxe or Executive Rooms – each has panoramic views of the city skyline, a full-size executive desk and free Wi-Fi. Frequent travelers can join the Traders Club and enjoy lounge access, upgraded rooms with built-in international adapters, as well as extra power points to help you stay on task with your deadlines. You can take some time for yourself at the 24-hour gym or float around in the rooftop pool. Enjoy a drink here at the sky bar before dinner at either of the two restaurants offering both casual and fine dining.
Best B&B: 1000 Miles (Thousand Miles)
Hotel 1000 miles is a cool and chic destination that has been named the best B&B in Kuala Lumpur. It's located close to central market, Merdeka Square, the KL City Gallery, and Chinatown, where you’ll find many restaurants to choose from. Rooms are basic and come with a choice of bunk, twin or double beds. Expect to find air-conditioning, a TV and free Wi-Fi. A simple breakfast of pastries, bread and coffee is included in the room rate and the friendly, hospitable staff are commended by guests again and again.