A group of us stayed at Hotel Istana during the Formula 1 races in March '12. We all had gotten club rooms as recommended by other trip advisor members. I highly recommend these rooms. They cost slightly more than the normal rooms but it is totally worth it.
When we arrived we were greeted by the VERY friendly staff and taken straight up to the club lounge for check ins rather than checking in at the foyer. During this time you can enjoy the snacks and drinks available for club room guests only.
Our room was spacious with a king size bed. The bathroom had a shower, bath and separate toilet. The only fault with our whole stay was that one of the taps in the bathroom leaked so if we used it, water would leak onto the floor. This however was not an issue as we just avoided using that tap and the friendly service from all the staff definitely cancelled out any leaky taps.
Breakfast included a wide variety of western and eastern foods. My favourite was the friendly chef who cooked the omelettes. He always has a smile on his face and jokes around with guests.
The club rooms include daily cocktail hour between 17:30 and 19:30 in the club lounge. This includes alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks as well as canapes, cheese and crackers. The lounge has free wi fi available. This however is not free in guest's rooms.
The gym is huge for hotel standards and has a variety of equipment. There is also an outdoor pool as well as an indoor sauna and whirlpool (spa).
The hotel's location is perfect if you are in KL to shop. It is about 200-300m from the Pavillion shopping centre and right next to the monorail stop for quick access to Berjaya Times Square and Bukit Bintang.
We will definitely stay here again in the future if we come to KL.
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- Also Known As:
- Istana Hotel Kuala Lumpur
- Istana Kuala Lumpur