“ Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre 50088 / Malaysia „
I have only just realised that I never got round to reviewing this hotel following our SE Asia trip late last year. This was by far the swankiest and most impressive hotel we stayed in on our holiday and the cost was proportionate too, we had been spending £10 a night across Cambodia and Vietnam up to this point but for our last night we blew the budget and spent £110 on a room at Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpar.
We booked via Hotels.com and the £110 was actually a special offer on a room which should have been around the £140 mark. This was a guaranteed Tower View room which looked out at the infamous Petronas Towers. When in KL this is probably the best view you can have and ours certainly did not disappoint.
This hotel is actually very close to the Petronas Towers themselves and therefore the closest monorail/subway station is for the Towers themselves. If only this has been clear from the map we would have saved ourselves a confusing, long, hot trek from Raja Chulan monorail which looks like the closest station. The signposting is atrocious from here and we were basically wondering around along very busy 3 lane each way traffic utterly lost for about half an hour.
Word to the wise if you ever stay here - simply get the subway to Petronas Towers themselves, walk through the shopping mall at the base and emerge in the KLCC Park and you will find a large golf buggy with Traders Hotel written on the side, this is especially to ferry guests arriving at the Towers to the hotel and is a very good idea as it is about half a mile across the park.
Proximity to the towers is the main selling point of this hotel and also being so close to the massive shopping complex at the base means that you have a vast array of very nice shops and restaurants very close by if none within the hotel appeal.
After our nightmare trying to find the hotel we were hot, bothered and rather tired when we got to the check in desk mid afternoon. The staff are all incredibly friendly, polite and efficient and the lovely check in man told us straight away that we had been given a complimentary upgrade to a Tower View Suite which was a corner room with a double view on two of the four sides of both the Petronas Towers and also the KL tower. We were very pleased with this, I suspect it was because we were late checking in and our room may have been allocated elsewhere.
Getting up to the room (on the 14th floor) was easy enough and a lovely concierge had already delivered our bags while we did the paperwork and was waiting at the door to the room. Staff are amazingly efficient. There are plenty of lifts and they are very quick and very silent, in line with what you would expect, this being a very upmarket hotel.
I can honestly say I had my first ever 'wow' moment on entering our room and believe me, I have stayed in many many hotels all over the world. This was just special. We had a spacious corner suite as promised with a stunning view of the towers out of floor to ceiling windows. A seperate living room with corner sofas, a flat screen TV and a bar area, connected with a twin bedroom (we had ordered a double but in these circumstances I was not inclined to switch) with the beds positioned so that from in them you could appreciate the view. Another flat screen TV was in here and a large built in wardrobe.
The bathroom was something else! At least the size of the bedroom it was decked out in marble and very beautiful indeed, having a large counter with sink, full size bathtub and a massive wet room style walk in shower. Everything you could think of was already provided for, from L'Occitan soaps and toiletries to spare shaving and grooming equipment to complimentary dressing gowns and slippers. Massive piles of fluffy white towels were piled up and hung on rails. There was even a set of scales (which I had no intention of using while on holiday).
Everything was quality and comfort to the extreme. There was even a 'pillow menu' left on each bed advising who to call if the pillow (duck feather) was not to your liking and offereing a number of alternatives which were available from housekeeping.
Just as we were taking all this in the door went and a housekeeper turned up with two large chilled bottles of water and a plate of fresh fruit for us. It was the little touches like this which continuously reminded us what an amazing hotel this really is.
So, just in time for sunset we made our way to the legendary skybar of the hotel, up on the top floor with the swimming pool and spa rooms. We knew it was pricey having done a bit of research beforehand but for the view we were determined to indulge. So, we ordered a glass of wine each (for around £8 a go) and watched the beautiful sunset and the Petronas Towers begin to light up in the dusk. It was well worth the cost of the drinks.
In the morning, breakfast was absolutely mind blowing. My husband still uses it as a benchmark to this day! Our breakfast was included in the room rate which seemed to be standard and my goodness me there was literally everything you could think of. Eggs cooked every way possible, a full noodle bar with traditional Malaysian cuisine, classic full English components, porridges, pastries, cakes, all types of bread, cereals and a pile of fruit the likes of which I have never seen anywhere else on earth. Oh, and a juice station and endless tea and coffee from a fleet of silent and smiling waiters. THIS is how breakfast should always be.
We enjoyed our stay at the Traders enormously and wished it had been for longer than just one night. Yes it was costly compared to the standard for accommodation across SE Asia but my word it is worth it - and I reckon I would have been hard pushed to pay less than £500 for a similar standard of room in London. Top marks for service, rooms, location and facilities, I literally cannot think of a negative point about this hotel.
Whilst I did not stay at the Traders Hotel during my short time in Kuala Lumpur, I am able to review that which a large proportion of visitors to the Traders visit for; the SkyBar.
The SkyBar is a chic and modern bar on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel, offering stunning views of the KLCC complex and the Petronas Towers. It is both partially covered and partially open air, and boasts a large swimming pool in its centre (although it seemed seldom used by patrons of the bar). The SkyBar is perhaps the best place in Kuala Lumpur to see the Petronas Towers.
My partner and I arrived in the early evening on a Saturday night and were fortunate enough to be given window seating (on the condition that we were gone by 9.30). After 9.30 on a Friday/Saturday, you will struggle to find a seat unless you book in advance. We were fortunate enough to watch the sunset on KL and the Petronas Towers slowly light up, and the view offered from the SkyBar made it one of the highlights of our trip.
Prices, of course, are all relative, but even as students we found them reasonable given the SkyBar's status as both being owned by a large chain and a tourist hotspot; cocktails started at 30RM (£5-£6 depending on exchange rate) - expensive, but not extortionate. The snacks on offer seemed limited and expensive, but we decided not to indulge so they could well be wonderful.
Perhaps the one downside was the slow surface, but then, you don't visit the SkyBar to rush things, so this didn't prove to be detrimental to our visit. The SkyBar is THE best place in KL to watch the sunset and view the Petronas Towers; I'd advise visiting early evening (6.30pm) to a) get a seat and b) watch the sunset. Well worth a visit.
I stayed in this hotel in March 2008. The reason I stayed here is because it was number 1 on Tripadvisor. It is very central and overlooks the Petronas Towers. It cost us £52 per night for a double room which is a steal for what you get. We got a city view room but for an extra £8 per night we could have gotten a Petronas Tower view (unfortunately we were on a budget!)
The exterior of the hotel looks like any other high rise hotel in Kuala Lumpur. When you go into the entrance lobby you are directed to floor 5, where the reception is. The check in was quick and the staff were very pleasant and explained about breakfast times etc.
The room was gorgeous and really spacious. They are done up in a modern way and the bathroom is really luxurious with lots of nice toiletries. It does feel as if you are staying in a luxurious hotel.
There is a spa and a rooftop pool. The pool has a bar and it turns into a proper bar at night time with a lot of young people congregating. I didn't try the spa but the pool was lovely. It was open air and had views to the Petronas Towers. It also has a jacuzzi and when you are sitting in that with a Bellini and looking up to the sky it feels great! Word of warning though, there are no barriers at the pool and it is easy to fall in. When we were having a drink there one night a chap fell in and had to go home! Have to admit it was funny but not that nice for him!
There is also a 24 hour gym although I was too busy eating and drinking to avail of that!!!
There are also 2 restaurants - Gobo Chit Chat and Gobo upstairs. We ate in Gobo Chit Chat and it was really nice. I had a beautiful seabass. The prices are similar to that of the UK but with the room prices you can't really complain!
Breakfast was also served in Gobo Chit Chat and the choice was amazing. There was a great variety of things from omelettes to muffins. You could fill up for 3-4 hours on the food here.
The only thing that disappointed me was the service at the pool area. All the staff seemed to be running everywhere all the time and it made me jittery. But even though they were running around they didn't stop for long enough to get you a drink or food. Now I dont mind going up to the bar but when you did that they got offended and shooed you away so they could serve you!
However, overall I loved Traders and would definitely return again to experience the luxury.
City centre hotel.