A hotel can make and a break a holiday, when it’s bad it affects everything as you can’t relax, and in turn when it’s amazing it seems to give your trip a boost and makes it even better, one for the memories, and for me the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur totally made my recent press trip with Malaysian Airlines to the Malaysian capital.
This Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur hotel really has it all, good size rooms, great location – my room literally overlooked the Petronas Twin Towers, impeccable service – I really don’t think I could have got around the city without their help, three great restaurant options – the best being JP Teres, which was so good I think it deserves its own review, a spa, and a luxurious pool that really makes this a great hotel for both pleasure as well as business, and trust me with the Malaysian heat a great pool is definitely needed.
One of the biggest draws for this hotel has to be the location, you are literally a stones-throw away from the Petronas Twin Towers and if you can get a tower view it is totally worth it, as all the hotel rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, so probably not a hotel for someone who is scared of heights. The hotel is also within walking distance the Golden Triangle shopping and entertainment district, so plenty of malls and eating options, which are easy to get to via the sky walkway that is accessed just behind the hotel. It took me about 10 minutes to walk from the Grand Hyatt to the Pavillion, the shopping mall that hosted Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week.
The hotel has 370 rooms and 43 suites, so there is an option for everyone, plus according to the hotel chain they have some of the biggest room sizes in the city, which really comes in handy when you want to escape the crazy Malaysian heat. My ‘Grand Deluxe King’ room was on the 21st floor and had a spectacular 180-degree views of the city and at 65 square metres it really was spacious plus I loved the contemporary feel. It had all the amenities that I could want, a large bathroom with a ‘rain’ shower and a separate bath, which look out onto views of the Petronas Towers, a desk, a large wardrobe, a comfortable sofa, as well as impressive WiFi across the whole hotel.
I also judge a hotel on its breakfast, yep way before snapping a shot of your brekkie for Instagram was a thing I used to give hotels ratings just on how good their offering was, for some reason breakfast is very important to me when I’m on holiday and I can say that the Grand Hyatt passed with flying colours. First off I have to admit I was given a little special treatment, my stay was upgraded to allow access into the Grand Club Lounge, reserved for guest staying in the more expensive rooms. This lounge was my everything, the continental breakfast really started off my day right, I ate everything from omelette and fruit salad to doughnuts, and drank the hotel’s delicious loose tea, while in the evening I got to sip cocktails and enjoy the canapés, which basically meant I ate all the amazing cakes. I also have to give a big shoutout to the staff of the Grand Club Lounge as they were all super attentive, I just had to say morning and my omelette was ordered, and I each day they gave me tips on where to visit.
So, the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur has already got high marks for location, its rooms, as well as breakfast, and my rave review doesn’t stop there as the pool was one of the highlights. With the heat in Malaysia, which takes a little getting used to, a dip in the pool is definitely needed after a hot day sightseeing, and I loved my couple of hours in the early evening reading my book by the pool.
The outdoor pool is a great size, and I loved that it had a separate kiddies pool, which meant I could stay clear of the noise. It also has its own dedicated restaurant, Poolside, which meant I could eat chips while cooling my feet in the pool, heavenly is an understatement.
The hotel also has a spa, I had a quick look round and it looked beautiful, sadly I didn’t get a chance to try any of the facilities, which is a shame as they do a great range of treatments from massages to facials.
The hotel isn’t cheap, for a room like mine you can expect to pay around 2,000MYR a night, which is about £300 a night, but if you are going to travel 13-hours around the world a treat might be in order.