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The Majestic Hotel – An Icon of Malaya Boom Years!

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What tourists said about The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

“Majestic sums up this hotel”

My wife and I embarked on a 3-week tour of South East Asia and though we stayed in a couple of lovely hotels, The Majestic was something truly special.

This hotel has a lot going for it. It’s located a 5-minute ride from KL Sentral, the main train hub. My wife and I actually walked to the hotel from there, but it’s probably best to grab a taxi as we had to cross a highway once or twice and it’s not the easiest walk.

We learned at the hotel that they have a free shuttle that runs between KL Sentral and their hotel every 30 minutes. The Majestic also has an extremely handy free shuttle that runs between the hotel and central Kuala Lumpur (walking distance to Petronas Towers) every hour. We used this on a couple of occasions.

For just over £70 a night we stayed in an enormous, beautiful and tastefully decorated room with all the added touches. The hotel is themed on colonial times, with the staff dressed in 1930’s attire. This theme is represented throughout the hotel in a truly authentic style. Included in the price was the largest breakfast buffet spread you could wish for that caters for all tastes. On both days we ate in the morning and only felt ready to eat again around seven o’clock in the evening.

I cannot recommend The Majestic highly enough for a stay when you’re in Kuala Lumpur. You will not find better value for money whilst experiencing all the delights of a remarkable 5-star hotel.

Stayed January 2015, travelled as a couple

“Real luxury, great location and you can still bag a bargain”

Stayed here twice last month and received excellent service and remarkable value for money. On each occasion we were in the modern tower wing, the second time in a suite. Both rooms were spacious, well appointed and had a luxury feel. High quality linens and the bathroom, with tub and shower (and TV) worked really well.

Service and responsiveness was commendable. When we arrived the second time (about 17:45) the front desk was in meltdown – there has clearly been a major problem with housekeeping – but we were immediately sent to the bar until the restaurant opened and everything was complimentary until our suite was ready. An outstanding Head Concierge was very helpful.

The hotel seems very popular for huge and extravagant wedding celebrations which can dominate the public spaces, but never interfered with our enjoyment our created noise on the bedroom floors.

Stayed December 2014, travelled as a couple

“Step into a world of elegance”

Step into the world of elegance at the Majestic Hotel and enjoy ‘Afternoon Tea’. The old wing of the hotel has a colonial feel to it, and appropriately this is where tea is served according to English tradition.

Waiters in their smart black and white uniform offer an efficient and effective service. At all times they put their clientele at their ease with their pleasant and welcoming manner. Tiers of tasty sandwiches, and delicious cakes, and scones are served in style with pots of freshly boiled tea.

What else does want? It would be good if the Management operated a code dress in this part of the hotel, so that people dressed in line with the environment. Flip-flops and shorts are not what one expects in such an elegant setting.

Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
Source: Tripadvisor

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The Majestic Hotel (front view)

About The Hotel Majestic Kuala Lumpur

OOH, The Majestic… even the name alone is enough to evoke a sense of regal anticipation.

It’s a grand dame in KL hotelscape, and an icon of Malaya’s boom years leading to World War 2, so a stay at The Majestic Hotel KL will surely be something special.

There’s nothing like stepping into the past and into the folds of all that history.

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Attractions of the hotel

Its colonial heritage hits you as soon as you step out of your modern “carriage” and head for the entrance.

A doorman, complete with white colonial uniform, knee high socks and a rather fetching pith helmet perched on his head, opens the door for you and inside the lobby, there are handsomely-attired workers waiting to greet you and attend to your every need.

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At the lobby

The hotel is divided into two wings — the nostalgic Majestic wing, which has a more classic appeal and the contemporary Tower Wing, the retro alternative. I’m staying in a suite in the latter.

Much as I’ve been dreaming of descending the winding wooden staircase of the colonial-inspired wing, a vision in my flowing evening dress and looking refreshed after a languid afternoon cocooned in my luxurious suite, I am secretly happy to be “descending” to the magnificent lobby in the modern lift of the modern annexe wing.

What a night is like at the hotel

While a weekend in the Majestic wing, with its meticulously restored neo-classical details and old world elegance sounded like an absolutely divine proposition, the thought of all that solemn tranquillity niggles me so.

A city girl at heart, my imagination can’t help but run riot with thoughts of things that could go bump in the night! The bustle of the Tower Wing, with its modern comforts and design, suddenly became as appealing as a mug of hot cocoa.

That’s it. There’s no way you’ll want to leave your room once you see the four-poster bed in the middle of your suite, towering like a throne just waiting to be slept in.

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The bedroom – a modern comfort and design

Plush bedding and plump pillows… a wonderful proposition for an afternoon of doing nothing but curling up with a book. There’s a wonderful view of the KL skyline that you can enjoy from the sofa-cum-lounger just by the window.

The color palette — a blend of neutral tones and darker hues — offers a relaxing albeit sophisticated feel to the room.

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Majestically luxurious!

I particularly love the huge bathroom that comes complete with a free standing bathtub with wall-mounted TV facing the tub, separate rain shower and dual vanities — no more jostling with anyone for counter space.

The bathroom is enclosed within a glass sanctuary — fun if you don’t mind frolicking in the tub with eyes looking in. Now this part takes a little getting used to… especially when sharing a room and you’re trying to do your morning “business” in the toilet.

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The bathroom

What to explore at the hotel

With an “old” wing and a “new” wing to explore, it’s a delight to lose yourself in the hotel’s belly.

Of much fascination for me in the Tower Wing is the somewhat hidden Screening Room, a unique venue where you can watch black and white movies from the 1930s in complete privacy, seated in comfortable leather reclining cinema chairs.

No one will know you’re here as it’s tucked away in a secluded corner under the Smoke House, the Majestic’s lounge and bar.

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The swimming pool

I love orchids, so it’s not surprising that the orchid conservatory, located between the two wings and housing the stunning local Phalaenopsis, is another of my favourite parts of the hotel.

This beautiful floral haven is the ideal place to enjoy elegant English afternoon tea with friends and family.

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Indulge yourself with a spa treat

Something else not to be missed is an indulgent session at the Majestic Spa.

With its art deco style of Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Macintosh’s Willow Tearooms, it really does offer something different, including the intriguingly named Queen Victoria’s Lavender and English Afternoon Tea.

Information about the hotel (address, contact, website)

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, KL
Tel: (03) 2785 8000
Website: www.majestickl.com

Getting to the hotel

Located across the road from the old KTM railway station on the historical mile of Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin

My own experience and personal review of my stay

Main Attraction

The vibe — old world coupled with retro — makes The Majestic an exciting proposition

First Impression

Grand old world nostalgia


Accommodation is housed in the Majestic Wing and the Tower Wing, separate buildings linked by a glass enclosed air-conditioned walkway. The Majestic Wing is the original historic hotel building and has 47 luxurious suites exuding old world elegance.

The Tower Wing features 253 rooms and suites, with a more contemporary feel in design and furnishings. Choose from Deluxe Rooms and suites — Junior, Grand and Premier.

Dining options

Contango with its bustling open kitchen, Colonial Cafe offering classical cuisine from the colonial era, The Tea Lounge, an elegant setting for English afternoon tea and the Smoke House, the classy private dining room complete with a private chef.

Overall Service

Friendly with plenty of old world courtesy.

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Places within walking distance

The National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, Old Railway Station, Police Museum and the Lake Gardens, if you don’t mind walking a little further.

Photo credits: SUPERADRIANME, Cheon Fong Liew.

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