A hotel can make or a break a holiday, when it’s bad it affects everything as you can’t relax, and in turn when it’s amazing it seems to give your trip a boost and makes it even better, one for the memories, and for me the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is one of Travelista Barbie’s favourite hotels when in the Malaysian capital.
The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur hotel really has it all, good size rooms, great location – we stayed in a room literally looking out towards the Petronas Twin Towers, impeccable service, three great restaurant options – the best being JP Teres, a spa, and a luxurious pool that really makes this a great hotel for both pleasure as well as business, and trust me with the Malaysian heat a great pool is definitely needed.
One of the biggest draws for this hotel has to be the location, you are literally a stones-throw away from the Petronas Twin Towers and if you can get a tower view it is totally worth it, as all the hotel rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, so probably not a hotel for someone who is scared of heights. The hotel is also within walking distance the Golden Triangle shopping and entertainment district, so plenty of malls and eating options, which are easy to get to via the sky walkway that is accessed just behind the hotel. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the Grand Hyatt to the Pavillion, one of the cities biggest shopping centres.
The hotel has 370 rooms and 43 suites, so there is an option for everyone, plus according to the hotel chain they have some of the biggest room sizes in the city, which really comes in handy when you want to escape the crazy Malaysian heat. The ‘Grand Deluxe King’ room, which we stayed in, was on the 21st floor and had spectacular 180-degree views of the city and at 65 square metres it really was spacious. It had all the amenities that you could want, a large bathroom with a ‘rain’ shower and a separate bath, which looked out to views of the Petronas Towers, a desk, a large wardrobe, a comfortable sofa, as well as impressive WiFi across the whole hotel.
A hotel is only as good as its breakfast is what we say at Travelista Barbie and the Grand Hyatt passed with flying colours. It had a lot to do with having access to the Grand Club Lounge, which offers everything you can imagine for a continental breakfast, as well as being able to order any eggs from scrambled to omelettes, as well as fruit salad, doughnuts and pastries, and a very large selection of loose teas and juices. The Grand Club Lounge also offers cocktails, canapés and a wide selection of cakes in the evening.
Definitely check out JP Teres, located on the ground floor as it serves authentic selections of Malaysian, Indian and Chinese dishes and its show kitchens featuring satay grills, tandoor ovens, roti hot plate and wok stations, so you can see your food being prepared as your order. There are also buffet stations so you can help yourself to a wide variety of different dishes. Also, top tip leave room for dessert as you have to try the chiffon Cake served with soft serve ice cream from the dessert station.
The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur gets high marks for location, its rooms, as well as breakfast, as well as having one of the best outdoor pools, which was definitely needed after a hot day sightseeing. It is a good size, has plenty of beds and it even has a separate kiddies pool, and its own dedicated restaurant, Poolside, offering more Western food such as burgers and chips.
The hotel isn’t cheap, for a room like this you can expect to pay around 2,000MYR a night, which is about £300 a night, but if you are going to travel 13-hours around the world a treat might be in order.