I Love Hotels ❤ Hilton Kuala Lumpur
My first ever overseas trip at the tender age of three was a visit to Singapore and Malaysia. I don’t remember much of that trip other than little snapshots like being stopped by airport security because I had a bunch of metal toy cars in my backpack and not wanting to get off the tour bus in Kuala Lumpur because it was too hot.
Since that first trip, I’ve travelled back to the capital of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur – home to over 7 million people (metro area), and one of the most visited cities in the world, more times than I can recall (generally short stop-overs).
Yet I managed to achieve two “firsts” on my most recent trip, 1) taking the KLIA Ekspres; and 2) staying outside Bukit Bintang.
The Hilton Kuala Lumpur is a rather large hotel with 508 rooms just 28 minutes away by KLIA Ekspres. Return tickets from KLIA to KL Sentral will set you back RM70 (or RM35 one-way), only slightly cheaper than taking a taxi but most likely quicker, particularly handy if you’re travelling light.
KL Sentral is an intermodal transport hub which opened in 2001 and is part of a 290,000 square metres (72 acres) on-going development of hotels, apartments, office towers and shopping mall. The Hilton Kuala Lumpur opened it’s door along side it’s neighbour Le Méridien hotel in 2004 and almost 10 years later saw the opening of Aloft hotel (managed by Starwood). By November 2015, the St Regis Hotel (also part of Starwood) is expected to open its doors.
Stepping off the KLIA Ekspres, the Hilton is only 5 minutes walk away with relatively clear signage leading the way.
Check-in is smooth and we were quickly taken to our King Executive Plus room on the top floor – level 35.
Our room offered great views of Kuala Lumpur through these large windows. The spacious marble bathroom with separate bath and shower got a big tick and easily accommodated two adults.
Executive floor guests has exclusive access to the Executive Lounge on level 33 which serves a full American breakfast buffet, light refreshments throughout the day and evening cocktail between 5:30 to 8:30pm daily. The complimentary pressing service for three pieces of garments per day also comes in handy and saves the need to take out the iron.
If you’re on a business trip and the office is at KL Sentral then it makes perfect sense to stay at the Hilton. On the other hand, on a leisure trip, there really isn’t much to do in the area so you’ll need to take a Taxi out to say Bukit Bintang or KLCC. The Executive Taxis (Blue ones) will charge by the metre while the Budget Taxis is a game of negotiations and depending on your luck, it can end up being 40 to 60 per cent more per trip. So the advice is, take the Blue taxis if you can.
The Hilton was good for a short stay but we definitely appreciate being in walking distance to our favourite Pavilion Mall in Bukit Bintang so next trip it’s back to familiar territory. With much anticipation, I look forward to our Suite stay at the Ritz Carlton in March, be sure to catch my review then.
I love staying at hotels, new and luxe ones that is. Met with a warm welcome as you enter a grand lobby and opening the doors and seeing the sophisticated and thoughtful interiors of a fresh immaculate room…’I ❤ Hotels’ is a series where I share hotel experiences that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.