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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Most beautiful hotels to stay at

By Faye Bradley 27 November 2020

Header image courtesy of Alila Bangsar 

Kuala Lumpur houses an abundance of boutique design hotels, and indulgent, luxury stays. The diverse, multi-cultural city is constantly buzzing, and as the capital of Malaysia, serves as an iconic hub of Southeast Asia. Surrounded by endless sights, and plenty of one-stop dining spots, the region is frequented by tourists from all over the globe. If you’re planning a trip to this magnificent city, here are some of the best and most photogenic hotels to make the most of your trip.

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Photo credit: Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Located within the upscale Damansara Heights neighbourhood, Sofitel exudes French charm in a sleek setting. Inspired by the French Riviera, the hotel offers a range of stunning rooms and suites to choose from. Make the most of the spectacular facilities, which include the state-of-the-art SoFIT gym, the elegant pool, and the SoSPA to detox and relax. Plus, there are five F&B venues to choose from—we recommend the classic Cantonese restaurant.

Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, No 6, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | (+60) 3 2720 6688

Photo credit: Pullman Kuala Lumpur

Pullman Kuala Lumpur

Nestled conveniently within the city centre, Pullman Kuala Lumpur features stunning rooms, excellent cuisine at its six restaurant and bars, and a rooftop oasis. Guests flock here from near and far, to enjoy the facilities and stellar service. Find tranquillity at the Vibes Spa, which offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, whilst the Fit Lounge is ideal for fitness enthusiasts looking to keep up their workout routine from abroad. Don’t forget to take a dip at the pool, and make the most of the poolside drinks menu to enhance the experience.

Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 4, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | (+60) 3 2170 8888

Photo credit: Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur by Shangri-La

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur by Shangri-La

Located opposite KLCC, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur by Shangri-La is a five-star hotel in the heart of the city. The central location allows guests to wander around the best of shopping and dining nearby, a must for first-comers—plus, there’s the KLCC Park, which offers 1.3 kilometres of jogging track. Indulge in the on-site spa for a rejuvenating treatment, and check out the pool for a photo-worthy splash. Try out the restaurants and bars in the hotel, especially the Sky Bar, one of the city’s most cherished viewpoints.

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur by Shangri-La, 11, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | (+60) 3 2032 2388

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Photo credit: Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

In a metropolitan city, sometimes, a bit of calm is needed to escape the hustle and bustle. Banyan Tree is a tropical oasis, serving authentic Malaysian hospitality and a hideout vibe, whilst being in the heart of the city. Guests come here for the stunning views, the top-of-the-range facilities, and the elegant room designs. Soak up at the in-room relaxation pools, or in the signature bathtubs for an indulgent experience like no other.

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, 2, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | (+60) 3 2113 1888

Photo credit: Alila Bangsar

Alila Bangsar

Decked in a minimalistic shades-of-white palette, Alila Bangsar is designed by the highly-acclaimed Neri&Hu firm. Located within the neighbourhood of Bangsar, the hotel is a peaceful respite which features a range of contemporary, spacious guest rooms, overlooking the iconic skyline. Head to the rooftop pool for a dip, and don’t forget to try the on-site restaurant, Botanica + Co.

Alila Bangsar, 58, Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | (+60) 3 2268 3888

Photo credit: Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

The world-renowned Mandarin Oriental group thrives on its five-star hospitality—and the Kuala Lumpur outpost is no exception. Featuring pristine interiors, top-of-the-range facilities, and personalised services, the hotel excels in serving guests with the best of the best approach. The vast selection of restaurants lends an option for every appetite, from steakhouses at the Mandarin Grill to Japanese gastronomy at Wasabi Bistro. MO Bar is a worldwide favourite, a must-visit for whisky lovers and cocktail enthusiasts too, for that matter. Indulge in a suite, if your wallet allows you.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | (+60) 3 2380 8888

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Faye Bradley


Faye Bradley is a freelance writer based in Hong Kong, covering topics in travel, wellness, F&B, and the arts. As the editor and business development executive for Cha Siu Papers Times and Compare Retreats, Faye has experience in writing predominantly about luxury travel and well-being. With a keen eye for finding hidden gems, exploring new destinations, and tasting best-of-the-best cuisines, she continues to pursue her love for writing about travel and visiting remote lands. You can find her by the pool with a good book and a mojito in hand.