Kuala Lumpur is not new to Singaporeans traveling for business or a short weekend getaway. Given its close proximity to the city-state (a mere 45-minute flight away), it is the obvious destination of choice for regional meetings or once a long weekend comes around. But with the recent introduction of these new luxury hotels in the heart of the city, you just might want to linger a little longer. Up first, a closer look at the Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
In December 2018, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur, which is managed by Banyan Tree, officially opened its doors at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, adjacent to the shopping mall’s luxurious Couture Precinct extension. It proudly stands 13 floors above the popular mall and boasts easy accessibility to shopping hotspots, attractions, and renowned landmarks.
Since the property is managed by Banyan Tree, which is known for its resorts and spas, expect nuances of tranquility and relaxation during your stay, even when you’re located right smack in the city center. The outdoor courtyard, which is on the same floor as the hotel lobby, is a great example of this – it is cleverly hidden within the hotel building, with further enclosure in the form of a towering water feature. Of course, there is also an award-winning Banyan Tree Spa here for those who prefer Asian-inspired treatments within an enclosed, peaceful location.
There are 325 rooms and suites in total at the property, and 79 of them are located on four dedicated club floors, allowing for access to the exclusive Club Lounge that offers a breakfast spread, light bites, flavorful local dishes, and surprisingly well-made gin-based cocktails. We enjoyed our restful stay at the Club City Oasis room (ranging from 32 to 39 sqm) mainly because of the simple yet elegant décor, magnificent city views, spacious bathroom, and comfortable king-sized bed.
With KL’s reputation as a foodie destination, Pavilion Hotel takes full advantage of this distinction with the sumptuous offerings found in its three F&B outlets. Up first is The Courtyard, an all-day dining restaurant that offers an assortment of Southeast Asian specialties, as well as well-loved Malaysian classics. Over at Ebisu, expect a menu comprised of Japanese classics like fresh sashimi, sushi, and teppanyaki to more inventive dishes like the uni chawanmushi. Finally, the hotel’s in-house bar, Whisky Cove, is the perfect place to unwind with its wide selection of whiskies, wines, and signature and bespoke cocktails.
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