The Westin Kuala Lumpur is one of KL's finest and friendliest hotels – relax in style, and take advantage of the nearby Pavilion KL and Bukit Bintang. Alternatively, the Grand Hyatt (featured in KL's 101 things to do) is equally well placed. Eat at THIRTY8 and JP teres, or the poolside alfresco dining area, and be sure to indulge in a massage from the luxurious Essa Spa.
For a modern, airy experience, stay at the DoubleTree, right next to the Petronas Twin Towers. The grand ballroom oozes class, and the comfortable suites offer spectacular views across the city. Or if antiquity is more your style, step back in time to appreciate what was one of KL's greatest landmarks in the 1930s – the Majestic Hotel. Located opposite KL's old railway station, guests can visit the Colonial Café, The Bar and The Tea Lounge and a new Contango restaurant.
No hotel in KL is more centrally situated than the Mandarin Oriental. A winner of numerous awards, the 'MO' – as it's affectionately referred to by locals – is a superb example of the highest standards in hospitality.
Another comfortable residence is the Hotel Istana which offers an authentically Malaysian air, with traditional touches and a calming pool area. The Australian themed restaurant doesnt exactly fit in, but is still worth checking out.
Dubbed a 'flashpacker' accommodation, Grid 9 is a striking minimalist hotel-hostel hybrid. The network of halls are designed for a sociable stay, and accomodation ranges from ensuite rooms to double-decker "pods". Rooms come with flashy TV sets, free cable channels and complimentary WiFi access. There is also a lounge where you can play a game of pool or sink into a Doof bag to enjoy a movie, while the Grid 9 Gastropub is ideal for partying and letting loose a little.
The good folk at budget airline Air Asia bring you the Tune Hotel. This outlet, near the city centre, has room rates that are cheap as chips. But be prepared to pay for literally everything else, and it is worth noting that the only in-room decoration is a 'subliminal' McDonald's delivery advert – drunken backpackers beware.
Hotels outside Kuala Lumpur City Centre
The former official residence of the British representative, Carcosa is over a hundred years old. Pristine lawns, whitewashed walls, beautiful colonial architecture and furniture and fittings to match in each of the 13 suites. Split into two parts, the Carcosa and Seri Negara, this is unquestionably one of the finest boutique hotels in the entire world.
For a breath of fresh air, Holiday Inn Glenmarie is just 25 minutes from the city centre and situated on 450 acres of green space. Guests can easily make their way to the heart of the city but return to Glenmarie for serenity and calm. The hotel comprises a range of sports and leisure facilities including a Golf and Country Club for putting enthusiasts.
If you can't stand the idea of being cooped up in the city when there are beaches just within reach, head for the Thistle Port Dickson Resort. Located on the beach, this family-friendly hotel is just an hour's drive from KL. Facilities include a number of food and beverage outlets, nine-hole golf course, fitness centre and spa and a swimming pool.
Thistle Port Dickson ResortKM16 Jalan Pantai, Teluk Kemang, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. 06 648 2828. www.thistle.com Holiday Inn Glenmarie1 Jalan Usahawan, U1/8 Seksyen U1, 40250 Shah Alam. 03 7803 1000. www.holidayinn.com/kuala-lumpur