After years of passing through Kuala Lumpur on connecting flights, this January I finally made it to KL for a two night stopover at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. This hotel is a colonial classic and just one look at the lobby will give you an idea of what you’re in for at this staycation hotel. If you’re looking for a fantastic luxury hotel in KL, here is a full review of my stay at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
The Majestic Hotel
The original Majestic Hotel was built back in 1932 and quickly became one of the cities’ most iconic luxury hotels. Built in typical colonial style, the hotel features an impressive lobby, smoke room, conservatory filled with orchids, an incredible day spa and all the typical features of a five star hotel (spa, sauna, pool, gym, and a buffet breakfast fit for a king!)
A few years ago the hotel underwent a massive renovation to feature a new tower wing, which offers more modern features and decor, however with the same classic touch. Whilst both sides to the hotel offer a very different experience, the old and new compliment one another and allow guests to choose tradition or a modern touch when booking their rooms and suites. For my stay I checked in to the traditional colonial suite in the Majestic Wing on the fourth floor with a fantastic view of the city.
The check-in process was seamless, if not non-existent! I arrived at the hotel in the early morning on a Sunday, fully expecting not to be able to check-in to my room until later in the day. However the staff immediately welcomed me to the hotel and accompanied me straight to the lift and up to the fourth floor to complete check-in in my suite. A quick sign on the dotted line and swipe of the credit card and the process was over. I was then given a brief introduction to the room and advised to “push number one” to contact my butler for any and all requests. Fancy!
Checking in: Colonial Suite
My suite was a traditional Colonial Suite, the base model of suites in the Majestic Wing of the hotel. After seeing my own suite, it was hard to believe there were room categories above this! If you’re really looking to splurge, the above models include the Governess Suite and the Majestic Suite, however for two people the Colonial Suites are incredibly spacious and well appointed. The separate lounge area features a large study desk and one of my favourite inclusions – free mini bar! Laundry services are also offered complimentary, which is a nice touch to refresh your wardrobe before checking out! The bedroom is similarly large with plenty of wardrobe space and an incredible art deco bathroom, complete with a foot claw bath tub and views of the city.
The Majestic Spa
Should you have time to indulge a little, I can highly recommend the Majestic Spa at the hotel. There is an a la carte spa menu where you can select individual treatments, however to combat jet lag on your day of arrival a spa package goes a long way to kickstarting your relaxation whilst on vacation! I tried the 3 hour long Queen Victoria Lavender treatment which included breathing rituals, a full body scrub and massage – so lush! The spa also features hair masks, manicure/pedicure, and a steam room… all great methods that will go a long way in refreshing you after that long-haul flight!
Traditional British Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is quite an affair at the Majestic Hotel, particularly on Saturdays and Sundays when many locals join international visitors to the fine British affair. If you do plan to enjoy afternoon tea at the hotel, be sure to book in advance on weekends as it is incredibly popular and if you can, book a table in the conservatory to surround yourself with fresh orchids for a feminine touch.
The Dining Experience
The hotel is a part of the Leading Hotels of the World collection, requiring it to pass a stringent set of global luxury standards, particularly guaranteeing a fantastic dining experience. At the restaurant hotel I thoroughly enjoyed the international dishes on offer (being a vegetarian it was difficult to find a local dish to try which would have been my first choice). The English-themed menu had some great classics on offer, particularly by way of desserts. The English bannoffee pie was an absolute delight and for anyone who refuses to count calories like me, you couldn’t find a more indulgent toffee-themed dessert! Delicious is an understatement.
Thanks to YTL Hotels for hosting my stay in Malaysia! As always my opinions are my own.