Hilton Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Sentral Park
Fifteen years ago, the tall tower rising above Kuala Lumpur’s derelict district around its Sentral railway station was a surprising anomaly. Why would Hilton choose this location for a five-star hotel? Fast forward to 2019 to understand Hilton’s wisdom a decade and a half ago. The revitalised Sentral Station neighbourhood has become a vibrant hub of activity, busy with shoppers, commuters, visitors, and diners, living or staying in one of the numerous towers that have joined Hilton on the city’s skyline. As its name implies, Sentral Station is the central point in the KL public transport system, thus making it extremely easy to get around town by train, monorail, or the free GO KL bus system that has routes all over the city. A big plus is the terminal for the KLIA Ekspres train linking the city to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, located in Sentral Station just across the street from the hotel.
Hilton Kuala Lumpur is one of the most impressive in the brand’s portfolio. Spacious rooms and suites evoke the feeling of openness characteristic of the hotel in general, especially those with views across the green expanse of the nearby Perdana Botanical Gardens. In addition to a convenient location and stylish decor, the staff, as highly polished as the marble floors, go to great lengths to ensure the best guest experience possible. Executive rooms and suites permit access to the Executive Lounge where food and drinks are provided throughout the day in a capacious retreat with fine views over the gardens.
Dining is a big part of the Hilton KL experience and guests have an alluring variety of options. The Japanese Iketeru is one of the hotel’s most popular restaurants; comparatively small in size but big on quality, the dining room is accessible via a Japanese-style garden. Also in Japanese style are the private dining rooms for individual parties who wish to enjoy the food and ambience in discreet surroundings. The open dining room of Graze is a smart contrast to the Asian sensibilities of Iketeru; glamorous yet low key, Graze elevates the steakhouse experience to new heights. Patrons can have a look at the meat aged right on the premises in glass compartments visible behind the open kitchen area. For exceptional Cantonese cuisine, the exquisite ambience of the hotel’s Chynna restaurant provides the setting for a delectable adventure in refined dining. Other dining options are found just off the lobby and by the swimming pool, a popular locale for transit passengers to come enjoy the warmth of the Hilton staff as much as the Kuala Lumpur climate.
The beautiful outdoor pool is but one of the many leisure activities available at Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Spa treatments for weary travellers and tired shoppers are wonderfully restorative, and shopping at the Nu Sentral shopping mall attached to Sentral Station makes Hilton an ideal choice for accommodation in one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. Guests for whom exercise is a priority should know that Hilton KL has one of the best-equipped fitness facilities of any hotel in Kuala Lumpur.