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The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur 5.0

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Pros

  • Housed in restored 1932 building that's a national heritage site
  • Quiet pedestrian-friendly area near historic attractions 
  • Art Deco rooms and luxurious suites with butler service
  • Large outdoor pool and sundeck with woven loungers
  • Full-service spa has its own outdoor lap pool
  • Sophisticated lounges and an old-school barber shop
  • Piano bar and two stylish restaurants with outdoor seating
  • Tea lounge and an orchid-filled conservatory
  • Modern fitness center
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout and area shuttle

Cons

  • Removed from central shopping and nightlife
  • Not the most kid-friendly environment (a pro for some)

Bottom Line

Opposite the old Moorish style railway station in a historic part of town, the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a five-pearl grande dame near the city's museums and manicured botanical gardens. The hotel is an attraction in itself, built around a restored 1932 colonial landmark filled with parlors and drawing rooms from another era. The bulk of its rooms are luxurious modern dwellings with Art Deco flair, and suites in the original wing retain their period elegance along with personal butlers. A spa, two outdoor pools, an old-school barber shop, and a wood-paneled restaurant with gold leaf ceilings round out the lavish facilities, and the orchid garden in the conservatory is a lovely spot for afternoon tea. For something closer to shopping and attractions in the city center, travelers might want to consider the luxury Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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Elegant luxury hotel in a restored colonial building

Built in 1932 as the Hotel Majestic, this beautiful property eventually became home to the National Art Gallery until the late 1990's when the YTL hotel group began restoring it to its original purpose. The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur reopened in 2012 with a modern wing added to the historic building, all with an aim to provide guests with the experience of stepping back in time (despite modern touches in the rooms). From the staff in white jackets to the polished Art Deco interiors, the effect is impressive. And the lobby's thick Roman columns and gilded oval ceiling marked with a bull's-eye of tiered crystals makes a grand first impression.

Location

In the historic city center across from the railway station

Situated in the old colonial section of the city and across from the Moorish-style Kuala Lumpur railway station, the hotel is surrounded by historic buildings and bucolic parks on over three acres of private grounds. It's far from the modern city's shopping and nightlife, but within an 18-minute walk of the central rail hub at Sentral Station. The National Museum, National Mosque, and Planetarium Negara are all within a nine-minute walk. Lake Gardens, along with the KL Bird and Butterfly Parks, are within a six-minute drive. Expect a 55-minute drive to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Rooms

Stylish modern rooms and lavish suites with period decor

The rooms occupy two wings of the hotel, with the newer tower building housing 253 modern rooms and suites with contemporary decor, while the Majestic Wing is home to 47 luxurious suites. Tower Wing rooms feature black wood furnishings and chrome accents that give them an Art Deco vibe, which fits in with the rest of the hotel. Each has a sitting area, big work desks with ergonomic chairs, and flat-screen TVs, as well as mini-fridges. The large marbled bathrooms have deep soaking tubs with wall-mounted TVs set between dual vanities, as well as separate walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads. Suites in the Majestic Wing feature hardwood floors dressed up with rich burgundy rugs, patterned wallpaper, and Art Deco furniture. The elegant bathrooms have clawfoot tubs and separate rainfall showers. Each suite comes with 24-hour personal butler service and free continental breakfast. 

Features

Elegant parlors, two outdoor pools, full spa, stylish restaurants, garden conservatory, and free shuttle

The hotel's Majestic Wing pays homage to the past with its gentlemanly Smoke House, a gilded man cave to shame all others with a classic lounge and bar (billiard table included), a private dining room with an on-call chef, a tailor, library, and Old World barbershop Truefitt & Hill. There's also a card room, cigar lounge, and a movie theater with leather chairs that plays black-and-white movies from the 1930s (also available as a meeting venue). There are two outdoor pools, the largest of which is on the fourth floor terrace of the Tower Wing, and another is a lap pool adjacent to the Majestic Spa -- which offers the usual range of massages and body treatments. There's also a modern fitness center with cardio machines, weight trainers, and free weights.

For two distinct types of dining, Contango serves international cuisine and has an open kitchen and a large buffet, while the wood-paneled Colonial Cafe harkens back to the colonial era with classic cuisine, an adjacent piano bar, and additional covered outdoor seating. Afternoon tea is served in a plush lounge with French doors, but guests can also book the glass-enclosed Orchid Conservatory, filled with natural light and wall-to-wall orchids. 

Apart from its sophisticated parlors, there are a few dedicated function spaces, including 14 different meeting rooms, and a grand ballroom that seats up to 1,500 people. There's also a roof garden with an open-air pavilion, pergola-covered seating, and excellent city views. Free shuttles operate on regular daily schedules to major destinations like Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station, Starhill Gallery, the Bukit Bintang shopping district, and the Mid Valley Shopping Mall. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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Address

No 5, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur 50000, Malaysia

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