Hotels in KL

25 12 2009

You’ll be able to find the cheapest beds in KL in this district, most in Chinatown. However, you tend to get what you pay for, and very cheapest rumah tumpangan guesthouses, mostly rented by the hour or used by foreign workers, are health and safety hazards that are best avoided. For more upscale accommodation, see Golden Triangle instead; and if you’re looking for hotels around the KL Sentral station, see Brickfields.

Budget

* Hotel Petaling No. 121 – 123 Jalan Petaling 50000 Kuala Lumpur – Clean and cheap hostel along Petaling Street run by friendly Malaysian-Chinese owners. Tel: (603) 20789971, Fax: (603) 20789863

* Heritage Hotel, Bangunan Stesen Keretapi, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, ☎ (+60)3-2273-5588 (her.kl@heritagehotelmalaysia.com, fax: (+60)3-2273-7566). Housed in KL’s beautiful old railway station (one stop away from KL Sentral). Offers backpacker packages starting as low as RM18 with breakfast. The facilities are borderline but acceptable, but the old, ramshackle building makes up for it. It is a beautiful place with a certain splendor. Some parts of it can be really disgusting though (There was dried cat poo in the 4th floor halls in September 09, and the carpet in the rooms had not been hoovered in a long long time), and some rooms are much newer than others. We recomment you check first. Also some of the staff is completely incompetent (Receptionnist forgets your wake up call because “I’m alone at the desk!”). Wifi in the lobby. Full hotel rooms start at RM60. Walk-in prices are around RM85

Heritage Hotel

Heritage Hotel

* Chinatown Boutique Hotel, No.34 Jalan Hang Lenkir (right at the corner with Jalan Sultan) 50000 Kuala Lumpur, ☎ (+60)3-2072 3388 (chinatownboutiquehotel@yahoo.com, fax: (+60)3-2072 3389). checkout: 12.00. This is a spanking new hotel opened near the heart of Chinatown. Being a bit excentred it is still fairly quiet, and the rooms look really really great for that budget. Bathrooms are top notch. Everything is ultra-clean. Some room are smaller than others (the ones overlooking the parking in the back namely), and some have bigger windows, so you may want to check first. Windows are all quite thick and sound proof (noise from Jalan Sultan never was a problem). There is 24hr CCTV, and (slow!) Wifi in the rooms. The staff is mostly Chinese Malay, and has proved pleasant and helpful. No breakfast is included. Rooms are RM100 weekdays, RM130 holidays and weekends. You can bargain with the boss, he is often in the lobby. RM100-130.

Chinatown

Chinatown

* Le Village Tingkat 1 Banguan BSN 99A Jln Tun H.S. Lee – Two lots from the Bangkok Bank building, look for the tiny sign on the concrete pillar. Located in a colonial three-storey building near the Puduraya bus station and Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek LRT stations. Great Atmosphere and friendly, helpful Malay staff. Painting sessions on Thursdays in the attic. Free Tea & Coffee and free distilled water, plus free to use kitchen facilities. Rooms are spread out on three floors. Lounge with TV on 2nd and 3rd levels. Dorms for RM15, singles 25 RM, doubles/twins from RM35. Internet available at nominal charge. You will have to leave your shoes at the staircase after you enter the metal gate. Guests will be given a six-digit number code to open the gate. Some guests report bedbugs.

* Matahari Lodge, 58-1 Jln Hang Kasturi (opp Pasar Seni LRT), ☎ +60-3-20705570. Squeaky clean hostel/guesthouse, with private air-con single and double rooms, but shared showers. Single rooms are windowless but quiet. TV lounge, free breakfast (toast/coffee) and free wifi. Very central location and easy to find. RM 40/70.

* Oasis Guest House Upper Floor 125 Jalan Petaling – Across the street from the Petaling Street Market, a brand-new (opened in May 2008) laidback place with free tea, coffee, kitchen and fridge use, rooftop terrace, TV/chill area. Nice place to stay. RM12 for dorm, 20 for single w/fan, 30 for single w/air-con. It is the only guesthouse that has a tout wandering around Chinatown and the bus-station. This guy will not help any possible guests with getting a metered taxi or tell them it is a short walk from the bus station to Chinatown.

Midrange

* Hotel Chinatown 2, 70 – 72 Jalan Petaling, Tel : +60 3 2145 9599(General), +60 3 2145 2593(Reservation), – Hotel Chinatown 2 has nice atmosphere and a lot of foreigners staying there. At night it is noisy, shouting and cleaning the street until 3 AM (like all hotels on this street). Room with window and a/c 100RM.
* D’Oriental Inn Chinatown, KL, 82 & 84, Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia, Tel: 60-3-2273 9999,  – D’Oriental Inn Chinatown, KL is a quiet and comfortable retreat located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s shopping district.

* Phoenix Hotel, No. 57 Jalan Sungai Besi, 57100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia, ☎ +603-9222 8668,. The 46 guestrooms have air-conditioning, cable TV, Internet access, and IDD phone. There is a conference room with Wi-Fi access, and the location makes it merely 15 minutes away from Suria KLCC, KL Sentral, and other landmarks.

Splurge

* Maytower Hotel Serviced Apartments, No.7, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, tel. +603-26929298. 179 and serviced apartments.

* Midah Hotel, 8, Jalan Kampung Attap, Tel: 60-3-2273 9999, – Midah Hotel a Superior Business City Hotel, is located within the commercial and business hub of Kuala Lumpur. 10 mins walking distance to China Town.

* Twin Tower View, Bistari Condominium (Close to PWTC (Putra World Trade Centre)). checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. Two bedroom apartment available to rent as a holiday home. Located in a condominium opposite PWTC train station. Great view across KL city centre. Air con, ceiling fans, wifi internet, swimming pool. $110 per night.





Whats in KL: part 3

24 12 2009

You’ll be able to find some of the most interesting places to eat at reasonable prices in this district. Chinatown is the place to head to for Chinese food while Lebuh Ampang just north of Chinatown is the place for Indian food. There are also the usual fastfood outlets like McDonalds and KFC.

Little India

Little India

Budget

* Lai Foong, 138 Jalan Tun HS Lee (corner of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jalan Tun HS Lee), ☎ 03 2072 8123. A classic Chinese coffeeshop with stalls offering a range of items. The beef noodles here is renowned throughout KL. Other items available include chicken and roast pork rice, prawn noodles and wantan mee.

* Soong Kee, 3 Jalan Tun Siew Sin (at the intersection with Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin (formerly Jalan Silang) and Jalan Tun H.S. Lee) – This is KL’s most famous beef noodle shop, it is said to have started operating since 1945! It serves the noodles “dry” with beef mince while the beef balls are given separately in a bowl of soup.

* Kam Lin Kee (金莲記), (corner of Jalan Petaling and Jalan Hang Lekir, opp Hong Leong Bank) – No English sign, no menu in any language, and a kitchen you really don’t want to look into – but it packs the crowds for its famous hokkien mee (fried noodles in dark sauce, RM5). Wash it down with a RM1 mug of cooling liang teh and soak in the busy market ambience.

* Lebuh Ampang banana leaf rice – The street is lined with banana leaf rice shops, just make your pick. One of them is Lakshmi Villas. For purely vegetarian food, you can try Bakti Woodlands.

Interesting places in KL

Interesting places in KL

Mid-range

* Dome Cafe, G64 Ground Level, ☎ +03 2166-1948. 10AM – 10PM Sunday – Thursday, 10Am-11:30PM Friday – Saturday. Feeling homesick and need some comfort food? Dome Cafe has a variety of western foods including Bruschetta, Fish and Chips and Mushroom Soup. You can also get a proper cappucino and a taste slice of Tarimsu  edit

Drink

There is little nightlife in this part of Kuala Lumpur, as most of the bars and clubs are in the Golden Triangle.

* San Francisco Coffee Express, LG-022 Lower Ground Floor, City Square Mall, ☎ +603-2284-7732. 8AM-11PM Monday – Friday, 8AM-Midnight Saturday & Sunday. San Francisco style in the heart of KL? You bet! Hot and cold coffee beverages and delicious cakes of all kinds.





Whats in KL: part 2

23 12 2009

* Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) – Merdeka Square has a special place in the hearts of all Malaysian as it was here that the Union Jack was lowered for last time in 1957 and Malaysia gained her independence. Standing tall here is also one of the tallest flag poles in the world, measuring in at 100m. Surrounding the area are host of historical structures like Sultan Abdul Samad building (see below) and the Old City Hall. The Royal Selangor Club and St. Mary’s Cathedral are two famous landmarks nearby.

* Sultan Abdul Samad Building – Originally the offices of the Colonial Secretariat, they later served as the first administrative centre of the Malayan government. Built in 1848 by British architects, A C Norman and A B Hubback, this historical landmark is famed for its Islamic-inspired architecture. Today, it houses the Courts of Law. The 40-metre high clock tower is a popular gathering-point for New Year and National Day countdown celebrations and parades.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

* Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek) – Located at the convergence of the Klang and Gombak rivers is the stately Masjid Jamek, one of the oldest mosques in the city since its construction in 1909. Inspired by the Mogul mosque in North India, this building’s notable features are three elegant domes which dominated the KL skyline long before the popularity of skyscrapers.

* National Monument (Tugu Negara), Jalan Tugu Off Jalan Parlimen – This immense bronze structure was built as a memorial to the soldiers who gave up their lives for their country. This sculpture depicts seven soldiers holding the Malaysian flag, each symbolising one of seven qualities; unity, strength, leadership, sacrifice, courage, suffering and vigilance. It was sculpted by Felix de Weldon, who sculpted the famed Iwo Jima Memorial statue in Virginia, United States.

Tugu Negara

Tugu Negara

* Masjid Negara (National Mosque), Jalan Perdana – The Masjid Negara is unique in that it incorporates Malay-Islamic rather than the usual Arabic-Islamic architecture. It is known for its conspicuous turquoise umbrella-like roof. A yellow umbrella is usually part of the royal regalia of the sultans of Malay kingdoms.

* National Museum, Jalan Damansara, telephone 603-2282-6255, email info@museum.gov.my fax 603-2282-6434, http://www.museum.gov.my hours 9AM-6PM admission for adults RM2. Contains exhibits on traditional life among the various ethnic communities of Malaysia, numerous well-explained artifacts including fine clothing and shadow puppets and Orang Asli woodcarving pieces. The history section is divided into four galleries – Gallery A (prehistoric), Gallery B( Malay kingdoms), Gallery C (colonial era) and Gallery D (modern Malaysia). A visit to this museum can help you to understand more about Malaysian history and culture.

* Islamic Arts Museum (Muzium Kesenian Islam), Jalan Lembah Perdana, – One of the most interesting museums in KL, the Islamic Arts Museum houses both modern and traditional Malaysia as part of the larger Islamic world and, through exhibitions of objects of religious and aesthetic significance, shows both the connection of Malaysian Islamic culture to the Muslim lands to its west and its uniqueness. Open Daily: 10.00AM to 6.00PM.

* The National Planetarium, Lot 54, Jalan Perdana, the attractions here include space science and astronomy exhibits, a theatre screening 3-Dimensional movies, a viewing gallery and an observatory. Admission is RM1 for adults and children over 12 (extra charges for all shows). Open Daily : 9:30AM to 4:15PM.

* Istana Negara (National Palace), Jalan Istana, – The Istana Negara is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the constitutional monarch and paramount ruler of Malaysia, which is a largely ceremonial post. Built in 1928 by a Chinese millionaire and occupied by Japanese officers during the Japanese occupation of Malaya, the palace, which sits on a 11.34 hectare site, was bought by the federal government at independence in 1957 and has since then undergone extensive renovations to become what it is today. Visitors can witness the changing of the guards daily from the main gate. The palace is not open to the public.

Chinatown

* Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Association, Jalan Petaling (Monorail Maharajalela) – The clan house (kongsi) of the Yuen family, this is the largest and oldest in KL, with the present version completed in 1906. Free admission (but donations welcome), open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM. If you have trouble finding it, look for the green walled temple near Maharajalela monorail station (there are no English signs).

* Sze Ya Temple, Jalan Tun HS Lee – The oldest Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur built in 1882, it is located behind the old shophouses between Jalan Tun HS Lee and Jalan Hang Kasturi. The temple is dedicated to Shen Kong, worshipped as the guardian deity for the local Chinese miners and houses several other deities, including the deified Yap Ah Loy, third Kapitan Cina of KL. The ornate interior and elaborate roof ridges are typical of religious Chinese architecture and visitors can still see patrons conducting worship to the gods and the ancestors.

* Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Jalan Tun HS Lee – An elaborate Hindu temple known as the starting point of the yearly Thaipusam pilgrimage to the Batu Caves, where Hindu devotees haul portable altars pierced to their skin with 108 lances. Check out the elaborate gopuram above the entrance. Free admission (but donations welcome).

* Butterfly Park, Jalan Cenderawasih 50480 Kuala Lumpur, ☎ +603-2693-4799. Experience the life cycle of the beautiful butterfly. Butterfly Park is home to over 120 species of butterflies. RM18

* Bird Park, No. 920 Jalan Lembah Taman Tasik Perdana 50480, ☎ +630-2272-1010. 9AM – 8PM. From beautiful peacocks to the alien looking birds from all over the world, this 60-hectare bird park is home to 200 species. RM15.

* Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, (Near Cenderawasih). 91.6 hectares of fascinating gardens holding exotic flowers around a large artificial lake. This park is popular among locals and tourist alike as a location to relax and take in the sunshine and beauty. Lake Gardens is very close to both the Bird Park and Butterfly Park.  edit





Whats in KL: part 1

22 12 2009

Kuala Lumpur’s City Center is the tradition heart of Malaysia’s capital city, both in terms of administration as well as trade and commerce.

The City Center comprises the former colonial administrative district just west of the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River, where Kuala Lumpur was founded. At the heart of the colonial district is Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) where Malaysia’s independence was declared. Many other colonial-era building surround the square. To the west of the square lies the pretty Lake Gardens while to the south, you’ll find the National Mosque, KL’s Moorish-style old railway station, and several museums including the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Museum.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

KL’s traditional commercial district lies to the east of the Klang River. The area’s narrow streets are lined with traditional Chinese shops, markets and eateries, and is now commonly referred to as KL’s Chinatown. Although the old pre-World War Two shophouses are quickly disappearing and being replaced with modern buildings, the area is still fascinating enough for a wonder. Chinatown is also where you can find budget accommodation.

Interesting places in KL

Interesting places in KL

Getting there:

By train

The easiest way to get to the City Center is by rail, whether by light rail transit or the KTM Komuter. The monorail does not serve the City Center.

The main stations of the Kelana Jaya LRT line are Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek while the stations of the Ampang LRT Line in this district are Plaza Rakyat and Masjid Jamek. Take the Kelana Jaya Line to the City Center if you are coming from the KL Sentral transportation hub in Brickfields.

If you are coming from the suburbs of KL, catch the KTM Komuter. The main stations in the district are Kuala Lumpur (often referred to as the Old KL Station as opposed to KL Sentral), and Bank Negara, although there will be a fair bit of walking from both stations to get to any attraction.

By bus

Almost all bus routes start and end in the City Center. The main bus terminals are Pasaraman Kota (or the Klang Bus Station), Terminal Sultan Mohamed or Pasar Seni (opposite Pasarama Kota), Kotaraya (Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock), Bangkok Bank (Jalan Tun H.S. Lee), Sinar Kota (Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin, formerly Jalan Silang) and Puduraya.

Some routes, especially those by RapidKL, may end at the outskirts of the City, such as at KL Sentral or Titiwangsa. You’ll be able to catch connecting City Shuttles from this terminal into the City Center. See Kuala Lumpur’s Get Around section for route details.





Sultan Abdul Samad Building

21 12 2009

Sultan Abdul Samad Building History

If you are visiting National History Museum, Kuala Lumpur Gallery or Merdeka Square you will not miss this historical landmark of Malaysia. It is located in front of Merdeka Square and Royal Selangor Club. Designed by A.C. Norman, the construction started in 1894 and was completed in 1897. Its architecture was built using Moorish architecture which makes it stand up among all the other buildings in the vicinity. This building is named after Sultan of Selangor who reigned from 1857 to 1898.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

The building has a shiny cooper dome and a 41.2 metres high clock tower. It was constructed of red bricks and has a 2 metre wide verandah around both floors. The red bricks are exposed and have white plaster lined arches and striped which have became known as blood and bandages style. Several forms of arches such as ogee arch, horse shoe arch, pointed arch and multifoil arch were used to build the structure. It has 3 towers namely the tallest Central Clock Tower and 2 shorter circulation towers. All the towers have onion shaped domes with copper coverings.

This building had been the focal point of many historical events. The declaration of the independence of Malaysia was done in front of this building on August 31, 1957 where the Union Jack Flag was lowered and replaced with the national flag of Malaysia.

At one time, the time zone in West Malaysia was half an hour later than East Malaysia. The standardization of time between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore was done here on January 1, 1982.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building was used to house the Federated of Malay States administration after its completion in 1897. Since 1972, this building has been used to house the High Court and the Supreme Court. When the new Federal Administrative Capital of Malaysia was completed, the Federal Court and Court of Appeals have since moved to the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. It now houses the commercial Division of the High Court of Malaya as well as a handicraft centre.

Every year, Malaysian will congregate here to usher in the New Year.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Getting Here

Take the LRT and alight at Masjid Jamek station. This building is 10 minutes walk from the station. You will not miss it because there are many good signages to guide you to this place. You can follow the Dataran Merdeka or Royal Selangor Club directions if you are not sure. They are located in the vicinity of each other.





Renaissance Hotel

21 12 2009

The mark of a true 5-star hotel can be seen in its services and facilities. Sure, they may have what everyone else has, but consider the magnitude of this commitment and you can probably pick the diamond from the glass. Renaissance Hotel has gone all out to retain its classiness and understated elegance that you cannot help but be surged with a feeling of home-away-from-home. Consider this with its great location, it is certainly worthy of its steep price.

Renaissance Hotel

Renaissance Hotel

The facilities there are basic, but more grandeur in its size. The swimming pool, for example, is of Olympic-size. Worthy of Ian Thorpe’s strokes, the pool in itself is a glistening sight in the sunlight. And to take your fitness regime one step further, get introduced to the state-of-the-art gym centre. Opened 24 hours, you have no excuses to neglect your body, after all that food and partying. While it’s your time-out, slacking off can cause you some major damage-control for your body once your holiday ends. So, take advantage and wow them when you get home.

Besides that, the services available there is highly commendable. They’re as attentive as your guards-on-duty and as helpful as your local telephone directory. And to enhance on this, the incorporation of technology to further enhance their services is applaudable. For one thing, the “Delighted to Serve’ one push button system on the telephone in the guestroom means getting assistance is just one button away. Along with that, they incorporated a digital alarm clock right next to the bed, so that you will not be at risk of human error. We are familiar with the time when we missed an appointment because someone forgot to wake up. So here, you have both a person and an alarm clock.

Renaissance Hotel

Renaissance Hotel

Perhaps, their emphasis on hospitality can be explained by their involvements in many community projects. This charitable streak is witnessed in their Charity Ribbon projects where the hotels under the global Marriot umbrella are encouraged to give back to the needy. Three projects have been completed so far, such as building houses for the poor in Malaysia in 2003. Along with that, they do have projects dedicated to children and blood drives. Truly selfless in their nature, this rubs off onto their view on making sure their tourists have a great a time as they can possibly be offered.

All things considered, the Renaissance Hotel seeks to impress and probably will. With such a fantastic service, an even-more fantastic location and their guests-above-self view, this stunner will ensure that your trip to Kuala Lumpur is not just another memory.





Regent Hotel

20 12 2009

Don’t be fooled by Regent’s modest exterior. 18 years ago, many would be stunned by its outer beauty but with all the advancements and changes in trend and architecture, its architectural design is now one for the history books. It’s not exactly the best way to make a first impression and one wouldn’t expect much from the rooms after seeing the lobby, but prepare to be blown away. The rooms are tastefully furnished and still retain a fresh look. Regent Hotel also prides itself in its excellent service. They have been aptly rewarded as well and over the years they have won many service excellence awards. The service staff are well-trained and very friendly. They wear smiles on their faces and always ready to serve even at the wee hours of the morning.

Regent Hotel

Regent Hotel

The Regent Spa is a complete Health Club facility that consists of the swimming pool, gymnasium and a separate spa. The swimming pool is a free form one and wouldn’t exactly be fit for those looking for an Olympic challenge. It is mostly visited by children who prefer the cool refreshing water as opposed to the hot tropical weather that Malaysia possesses. Once in awhile, when the skies are clear and the sun shines brightly, you might be able to catch a few guests getting a tan by the poolside. The convenience of a gym is available but not many guests would jump at the idea of working out during a holiday. That’s where the spa comes in and facilities for men and women include the wet and dry sauna; hot and cold whirlpools, Jacuzzis; and beauty and massage treatments.

Regent Hotel

Regent Hotel

The hotel also takes into account the business traveller and provides them with the facilities required such as internet services and meeting rooms at the Executive Club Lounge. Located on the 18th floor, the Executive Club Lounge has been voted as one of the best of its kind. The large lounge area is perfect for casual meetings where else the larger meeting rooms will be adequate for formal meetings. The entire Executive Club Lounge is wireless internet enabled and for those without laptops, have no fear for personal computers are available upon request.

Regent Hotel

Regent Hotel

Being located along Jalan Bukit Bintang is what gives Regent Hotel an edge over many of its competitors. There is a plethora of activities around the area ranging from shopping, dining, sightseeing, entertainment and nightlife. Kuala Lumpur is alive 24 hours a day and you’ll be right smack in the middle of all the action at Regent Hotel. Alternatively, if you’d like to stay in for the day, there are many restaurants within the hotel that you might enjoy. Lai Ching Yuen and OGGI Restaurant and Bar come highly recommended. The former serves local Cantonese cuisine and the latter offers Italian cuisine. Light snacks are available at The Terrace and The Brasserie is where guests can be seen enjoying the International Buffet. The prices at these establishments are surprisingly reasonable as well considering its location.