Planning for a New Years’ Eve staycation and looking for the perfect spot to watch the fireworks over Kuala Lumpur skyscrapers? Good news, Melia Kuala Lumpur has everything you need! The hotel’s strategic location in Jalan Imbi means you’re able to experience a little bit of everything: food, shopping, nightlife and most importantly, a much-needed R&R!
The hotel is a walking distance from the established nightlife of Changkat Bukit Bintang and hear this foodies: the Jalan Alor Night Food Court is just a stone’s throw away! Everything you need is within reach, and the hotel promises guests an idyllic escape right in the heart of the city. Read on to know how the hotel fulfilled our city getaway dream.
Stepping into the lobby, you wouldn’t know that the hotel has been around for about 20 years. The hotel has gone through various stages of renovation and renewal of its facilities that everything looks brand new! The lobby has been given a breath of fresh air – we totally sensed some Art Deco vibes from the black and white tiles complemented with golden arches and brass lighting. We particularly loved the hanging light bulbs along the reception counter that twinkle against the marbled wall!
Now, onto the rooms. We can’t help but notice how much effort has been put in to make us feel pampered. Our room, called The Level, was cooled prior to our check-in and this set the tone of our stay just right, especially with the bustling city view outside. Before we knew it, we were all settled on the plush, king-sized bed! We loved the soothing colors of grey, black and white — it’s chic, modern and elegant.
Every room comes equipped with a coffee maker, minibar and an LCD TV with cable channels. The wardrobe is also spacious enough, perfect for the over packers! Meanwhile, the bay window seat is perfect to lounge while reading a book, or simply to enjoy the city view.
While there’s no shortage of restaurants around the hotel, the Garbo Gastro Bar is a place to relax if you don’t feel like venturing outside after a busy day of sightseeing. You can enjoy delicious tapas, paella, and cocktails while listening to funky Spanish music.
Just outside of the bar is the swimming pool, perfect to cool down in KL’s tropical heat. The hotel is also equipped with a 24-hour gym, so it’s easy to reach your fitness goal by the time the new year rolls in.
Breakfast is served at The [email protected] on the ground floor where it features local favorites such as dim sum, porridge and nasi lemak. There’s also Western fare such as baked beans, salad, an egg station as well as a cheese spread. Enjoy your breakfast with a steaming cup of coffee. We think the breakfast spread is certainly worth waking up early for!
Overall, we think the hotel is perfect if you’re looking to stay in the heart of the city, especially when the rooftop offers a great view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyscrapers. What else are you waiting for? Check out Melia Kuala Lumpur for your next staycation!
See and Do
Insta-worthy Jalan Alor Street Art
Jalan Alor is a magnet for foodies looking for good Malaysian street food. These days, it’s also a dedicated street art scene. The back alleys have been transformed into colorful and lively Insta-worthy spots. You’ll find plenty of murals painted on the back of shophouses (cool profile shots, anyone?). Be sure to check out the Jalan Alor Stream that flows down the steps with green jungle walls and neon clouds hanging above.
Join a food walking tour
The best way to learn about a country is through its food. It doesn’t matter if you’re local too, as you might try a new dish! Join a food walking tour around Brickfields where you’ll try a variety of cuisines ranging from street food, hawker delights and local favorites such as nasi lemak, banana leaf rice, deep-fried snacks and local desserts. This is also your chance to explore Kuala Lumpur’s old streets, narrow passageways and neighborhoods. Just bring yourself and your empty tummy to enjoy this delicious adventure!
Do a bit of shopping at the Zhongshan building
What once housed the Selangor Zhongshan Association has now come back to life in the form of a three-floor independent arts and research hub housing the likes of art gallery OUR ArtProjects, music store Tandang Records, minimalistic cafe Piu Piu Piu, stationery shop Ana Tomy and more. You can easily spend a few hours here going through each space, so we’d recommend going with a full battery (and wallet!).
The Zhongshan Building
Jalan Kampung Attap, 80 – 84, Jalan Rotan, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 11.00am – 7.00pm (closed on Monday)
With such a wide range of accommodation options across the country, it can be a challenge to pick the one that’s best for you. To be in the know when it comes to Malaysia’s stand-out stays, keep your eyes peeled for Traveloka’s ‘Super Stays’ posts, a bi-weekly hotel special featuring our top picks!