Built in 2003, this hotel along with its LeMeridien Kuala Lumpur are both co-located next to each other opposite KL Sentral. This Hilton hotel is one of the earlier international hotels chains in the vicinity.
There is a total of 35 floors in the property, with the car park in the lower floors shared between the two hotels. To access the hotel, you need to walk out of KL Sentral station and across the covered walkway to the P3 Lobby. Then take the lift up to Level L. As you walk towards the lobby you will notice the two doors with distinct decors to identify both hotels.
The room has recently undergone some renovations. The hotel offers smoking and non-smoking rooms. Also, there is also a selection of rooms with the lake view or city view. Each room comes with a day bed by the window.
The room comes with coffee and tea making facilities, minibar, glasses for beverages and wine. It also has got powerpoints – some visible and some hidden; for the provision of USB charging outlets to power up portable devices.
The design of the bathroom seems to maximise movement due to the sliding doors and the way the cupboards can open both sides – facing the room passageway and the bathroom. It works well if you are in a rush.
While the bathtub is right smack in the middle of the room makes it feel more like an oasis than a business hotel.
The toiletries provided reminds me of a previous stay in Hilton Istanbul back in 2015. The toiletries provided at the property are by Peter Thomas Roth.
Hotel Facilities and F&B
There is an in-house 24-hour gym, an in-house spa, and two Swimming pools – one by Hilton and another by LeMeridien. Both are next to each other. The Swimming pool is open from 6 am – 9 pm daily.
There is also a few restaurants and bars at the hotel. Hotel breakfast is served daily at the ground floor restaurant –
The hotel does not offer complimentary parking, however, the guests may validate the carpark coupon at the front office for an RM3 per entry ticket.
Nearby Attractions and Shopping
The National Museum is just across the street from the hotel, as well as a huge shopping mall – NU Sentral that is located next to Kl Sentral. The mall acts as an overhead linkway to the monorail station. There is also some shopping malls accessible from KL Sentral via the public transport in case you get bored of shopping at NU Sentral. The KLCC is 5 stations away via Rapid KL Kelana Jaya line, while the Bukit Bintang is 6 stops away via KL Monorail and you could also take the KL Commuter train to Mid Vallery which is 1 station away.
Airport (Taxi, Buses, Train)
KLIA Express & Transit
Both the KLIA express and transit line serves the KL Sentral station. The express train runs at an interval of 15-20 minutes with the journey time of between 28 minutes (KLIA – KL Sentral) to 33 minutes (KLIA2 – KL Sentral). A one-way ticket cost RM55 while a two-way ticket is RM100. With a 10% discount if you purchase online or at the self-service kiosk.
KL Transit trains run at a frequency of 20 – 30 minutes. With a total of 5 stops between KLIA2 and KL Sentral. The fare ranges from RM2-RM55. Discount of 10% is available if purchased via the ticketing kiosk.
In-Town Check-in facility at KL Sentral
There is also the in-town check-in facility for Malaysia Airlines, Malindo and Cathay Pacific next to the KLIA express ticketing counter at KL Sentral. At the same time, the KTM ETS ticketing counter is also conveniently located across from the hotel. To use the service, you will need to purchase a KLIA Express ticket prior to using the facility.
The hotel is part of the KL Sentral development plan with many office buildings, hotels and as a transport node in Kuala Lumpur.
Though I stayed for one night at this property over the weekend, the hotel service is pretty decent, but it lacks the human touch. As much as they try to live up to the “magic” call. The room service request items like wine opener and bucket of ice seem to take a while. Moreover, it seems like they are facing high occupancy that they run out of wine opener. As the rooms look new, it will take a while to see if the rooms can be well maintained in the longer term. Otherwise, the hotel breakfast is good and worth a stay for the strategic location.
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
3 JALAN STESEN SENTRAL, KUALA LUMPUR, 50470, MALAYSIA
KL Sentral – Kelana Jaya Line, KLIA Express, KLIA Transit, KTM Commuter, KL Monorail, KTM ETS (via NU Sentral linkway)
Muzium Negara – KL MRT 1 (via walkway – from 17 July 2017)
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