Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur: When Only The Best Will Do


  Deluxe Room
  Lobby Lounge
  Premier Selection Suite

Some hotels have everything going for them. Nice rooms, impressive suites, convenient location, great restaurants, and, most importantly, a friendly staff with no limit to their dedication to fine service. All these are found at Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur, a flagship property of the Hong Kong-based but Malaysian-owned Shangri-la hotel group.

Despite the presence of several five-star properties in the city, Shangri-la retains its position as the place to see and be seen among locals who have been loyal visitors to the hotel’s Lobby Lounge since its opening years ago. It’s not just the lobby’s stunning multistorey glass wall and tropical forest beyond that brings the cream of Malaysian society to Shangri-la; several refurbishments later, Shangri-la remains the leader in accommodation in the Malaysian capital as well as a popular venue for weddings and corporate events.

Located right on Sultan Ismail Road, Shangri-la is close to the restaurants and bars of Ramlee Road, where chic visitors go for refreshment after a hard day’s shopping at Pavilion and Starhill Gallery, the most upscale of KL’s many shopping malls. Pavillion and Starhill Gallery are just down the road from Shangri-la in the Bukit Bintang district.

Within the Shangri-la itself are several of Kuala Lumpur’s best restaurants. The award-winning Lafite is the venue for classic European dining in a refined atmosphere; the French restaurant, now under the meticulous supervision of Chef de Cuisine John Nash, exudes an air of elegance and privacy to complement the appetising aromas of the food. Mr Nash has become something of a culinary celebrity in Kuala Lumpur; his services are in great demand as guest chef for special occasions, but his work at Lafite remains the focus of his professional endeavours.

Zipangu is Shangri-la’s excellent Japanese restaurant where dishes special even for the many Japanese visitors are served along with the freshest of more familiar fare. Shang Palace, Shangri-la’s Cantonese restaurant, takes this cuisine to the highest level of excellence.

The hotel is big, with 662 rooms include more than 100 suites coming in a variety of sizes and configurations, but Shangri-la never feels congested (no groups following raised umbrellas) since the public spaces are so vast. Unusually, Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur’s executive lounge is not located atop the building, but rather on a lower floor in an expansive space where luxury is the byword both in comfort and presentation…rather like the hotel itself.

Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur 50250
tel: +60 3 2032 2388



Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.L.B
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