Review: Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

  • 21 November 2012 |

After a good time in Indonesia we decided to take a detour before heading home.We searched a bit on the internet ended up at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur.

As expected we are welcomed in a great way. Though it feels a bit like Europe (set aside the extreme warm temperature) we still enjoy the famous Asian hospitality. When we check in the lady at the lobby tells us we are upgraded to a 80 square meter Premier Selection Suite including membership to the exclusive Horizon Club, the luxury lounge of the hotel.

We took the KLIA Ekspress train from the airport which made it pretty easy to reach the hotel. The only down side of this train is that we are not prepared for the switch from quiet airport to the extremely busy city centre. Our hotel has 28 stories which is not even that big of a deal in Kuala Lumpur. Lot’s of buildings easily reach 350 metres high (this includes the famous KL-Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers).

Back to the Shangri-La. This is one of the biggest and most luxurious hotels in the city. We know this before (internet) we enter the hotel, but we find out ourselves when we experience the tour. We are told that Royals and Head-of-States regularly stay in the Royal Suite. This suite consists of multiple beds and living rooms and has a extended view of the city. Unfortunately we can’t take a look for ourselves because the rooms are occupied.

Our room is located at the 25th floor and has a beatiful view on the KL-tower. Funny thing is the moment we stay at the hotel the annual BASE jump event is held so every know and then people fly by our window like it’s the most common thing in the world. The room itself is great in every way. Our photographer is head of heels because of the walk in closet. There’s is also a living and a sleeping area. Nice detail is the small TV screen in the bathroom. The  thing is that we can’t look at the screen when taking a bath or taking a shower, which is a bit strange if you ask us…

After a good rest we are invited for dinner at the famous resaurant Lafite. The French kitchen is ruled by an American chef named John Nash of which we get a special tasting menu. It consists of 4 courses and of course we can’t pick any. These four courses are the best the chef has to offer. Nash visits our table to say hello and gave us a quick walkthrough of what we’re about to eat. That’s makes us even more excited.

All 4 courses are delicious. 2 of them we’re extremely good. The lobster with bing cherry and sorrel was very tasteful and the sea bream was perfectly baked on the scrubs which gives ‘fish and chips’ a whole different meaning.

All in all we can conclude that the Shangri-La in Kuala Lumpur is the perfect hotel for people who have a little bit more to spend then most. Also business people who are looking for some rest and comfort should stay at this hotel. It has style. It has comfort and it is luxurious.

Price: EUR 380 a night 
More information: Website Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
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