Hotels in skyscrapers are all the fashion these days. From the Armani Burj Khalifa to the Shangri La in London’s Shard, some of the world’s greatest hotels are also the world’s tallest. GTspirit recently visited the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The most famous landmark of the city, and arguably the entire country, are the Petronas Towers. The towers held the prestigious title of the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004 and still remain the tallest twin towers on the planet. It only seemed appropriate to stay in a hotel that could match the majesty and stature as the iconic towers.
The Grand Hyatt hotels are known for their quality and refinement in key locations around the world. In 2012 they officially opened their Kuala Lumpur hotel and it literally took the Malaysian hotel game to another level. It has been strategically located in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur central business district, within vicinity of the renowned Golden Triangle shopping and entertainment hub and the 412 rooms are split over the 43 story building that allow unobstructed views of the aforementioned Petronas Towers.
As with many hotels situated in tall structures, the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur’s lobby is titled a ‘sky lobby’. When entering the building you a met with a dimly lit concourse dominated by a very calming water feature that opens into the stairway to the opulent ball room. There is no lobby but a small concierge desk and a set of express lifts. Seemingly instantly you arrive at the 39th floor and exit to be met by a view we will never forget. Having arrived late at night we exited to the right of the lift and saw the glorious twin-towers illuminated in a bright white that literally dropped our jaws and had us reaching for our phones to share the sensational sight.
The lobby allows you to look down over the THIRTY8 Restaurant, Bar and Lounge, one of three dining options that we found served a delicious breakfast and also allowed guests to enjoy the view that never failed to impress us. Following the warm welcome we were showed to our rooms.
As with the Sky Lobby, the rooms have been designed to make the most of the views and natural light so feature huge floor to ceiling windows that give the already large rooms an even more impressive feel of airiness and space. Being barely 4 years old the rooms are all very modern and feature very contemporary fixtures and fittings. Even the most basic rooms, as the images highlight, feature extremely luxurious bathrooms with monsoon showers and fantastic ergonomics throughout.
Having washed off the jet lag on the 37th floor it was time to take a tour around the sizable hotel and the facilities it had to offer, we were not disappointed. A lot of hotels promise gym and fitness facilities that often fall short of expectations, the Hyatt KL is not one of them. The gym is equipped with equipment you would expect as a paying member of a purpose built gym. The Essa Spa offers every treatment under the Malay sun with a small army of trained professionals waiting to relief any aches and pains. It is somewhat disappointing that the swimming pool is not situated higher in the building, however, being outdoors and closer to street level the Hyatt have maximized its size and even integrated palm trees into it. If getting soaked in the pool, steam room/sauna, whirlpool bath or even an ice fountain isn’t for you, there is the Pool Side Bar to sip on a number of different concoctions and chill out on a sun lounger to watch the world go by.
The experience of staying in the hotel is one of comfort. The service from the moment you reach the drop off point to checkout is exemplary with nothing more than a phone call away. The location of the hotel is perfect for visits to the center of the city being just a short air-conditioned walk from KLCC and the Surya Center.
Having stayed in a number of modern hotels it is rare for us to be taken aback by city hotels, the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is different, everything has been thought through and as a result it may just be one of the best hotels in this category in Asia.
Website: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50450