Tuesday, April 03, 2007

KL Hotels

Kuala Lumpur hotels are centered around the downtown, chinatown, and the suburbs like PJ (Petaling Jaya). The most expensive business hotel is the Mandarin Oriental Hotel connected to the large KLCC-Suria shopping mall, at the base of the world's tallest twin towers. They have a huge locker room with TV lounge, hot/cold plunge pools, and an outdoor pool. The JW Marriott is located right on the busy day/night-time shopping street of Bukit Bintang, as is the more-modern feeling Westin Hotel. The Ritz-Carlton is smaller - and a bit farther down the street. I have never been impressed with the older Regent Hotel.

A nicer long-term stay option would be the Japanese Prince Hotel with its clean, sunny, hard-wood floor hotel rooms or service apartments.

Nicely located in front of the monorail stop is the Crowne Plaza with a small, but hugely popular gym. Another viable option on the monorail stop is the Marriott chain's Renaissance Hotel. It's smaller and by itself but has a huge/shallow outdoor pool and large gym. Also in this neighborhood is the huge Shangri-La.

If you like a smoke-filled lounge with fun live bands - across the street from the Renaissance is the 15 year-old Concorde Hotel. It's hip, a bit older, but along with its lounge bands, it has the Hard Rock Cafe in the lobby. It's walkable to the many outdoor night clubs.

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