Kuala Lumpur: Showcasing Surprisingly Affordable Luxury Hotels

Waterfall, Royal Chulan, Kuala Lumpur

Which Kuala Lumpur luxury hotel has a waterfall in an indoor event venue?

Kuala Lumpur has many excellent, 5 Star hotels. I will only be able to introduce you to a few today but, on my next trip, I will do more.

JW Marriott, Kuala Lumpur

Last week, I had the pleasure of staying at JW Marriott, a 561-room, 29-story hotel on Kuala Lumpur's fashionable Bukit Bintang. (I was in Malaysia to offer a training and development workshop.)

Guests are welcomed with hot towels and refreshing drinks, a common practice in Asia, the Caribbean and the Middle East. North American hotels would do well to emulate it.

Guest Room, JW Marriott, Kuala Lumpur

Upon entering my room, classical music was playing on the hotel TV channel. All rooms have irons and ironing boards. It was rainy season so the umbrellas were a welcome touch. Nightly turn-down service was provided and the room was even cleaned on check-out day.

Meeting Room, JW Marriott, Kuala Lumpur

The hotel has 20 meeting rooms and 32,927 square feet of meeting space. The 9,784-square-foot Mayangsari Ballroom can accommodate 1,000 reception guests. Even though the hotel was busy with meetings, workshops, nightly galas and a celebrity chef event, staff bent over backwards to offer first class service.

The hotel is directly across from Pavilion KL and Pavilion 360 Event Dome. It adjoins the Starhill Gallery. Fahrenheit88 and Lot 10 are steps away.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Step through the doors of the Mandarin Hotel Hotel Kuala Lumpur for subtle, under-stated elegance and luxury. There's nothing "in your face" about it. From the bowl of delicate flowers floating in a bowl of water to the violin and piano duo playing classical music and the original design of the tea trays, it's the small touches that make a difference. Located right beside Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC park, the hotel offers some of the most impressive views of the city.

Overlooking KLCC ParkCity View Room, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala LumpurManadarin Oriental Lounge, Kuala LumpurMandarin Oriental Lounge, Kuala Lumpur

The Mandarin Oriental Club lounge is definitely the most spacious executive lounge I have ever seen. There are a variety of seating and configurations to provide maximum privacy. During tea time and cocktail hour, a pianist plays quiet background music. Guests can also enjoy tea on the verandah overlooking KLCC Park.

Tearoom Verandah, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur has 3 floors of meeting space and the largest ballroom in the city. In fact, with its 8-meter high ceilings, it can hold a Boeing 747.

Royale Chulan

Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, Royale Chulan is across the street from Pavilion Kl and a 10-minute walk from KLCC. With traditional Malaysian facades and chic, ultra-modern interiors, the 300 room Royale Chulan is ideal for event and conference planners aiming to provide an ambiance of opulence. Yet, at Royale Chulan, luxury is affordable. Superior, deluxe and premier room rates range from the equivalent of US$233 to $267 per night, double occupancy. For an affordable US$300 per night, guests staying in Royale Club rooms enjoy complimentary laundry and pressing, 2 hours of free meeting room use per day, and access to the exclusive Royale Club Lounge.

For conferences and corporate events that include family members, the hotel also has 102 two- and three-bedroom suites with well-equipped kitchenettes, dining tables, desks and 2 bathrooms (one with a Jacuzzi).

Guest Room, Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Suite, Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Meeting planners can take advantage of half day (RM140 - US$46) and full day meeting (RM160 - US$53) packages. Each tea break offers 3 hot snacks. Theme coffee and breaks are available. Meeting venues include the Grand Ballroom and 15 meeting rooms with state of the art AV, a PA system, microphone, complimentary Wi-Fi for the meeting planner, and dedicated high-speed Internet lines.

Gala, Royale ChulanCourtyard, Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur

The spectacular Covered Taman Mahsurit Courtyard, with its lush tropical decor and waterfall, is ideal for galas and special events that call for the "wow factor." It's easy to understand why the King of Malaysia has been a frequent guest in the Royal Suite. Royale Chulan was also selected for his farewell gala. I guess that says it all.

Photo Credit: Executive Oasis International

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