On my last trip to Southeast Asia, I had the opportunity to stay at many great and exciting hotels. The first of them was in the Malaysian capital. There, I had an amazing stay at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
Traders Hotels are a four-star brand by Shangri-La Hotels and a few years ago I stayed at the one in Abu Dhabi and then in Dubai (which has now been rebranded). Although they are classified as 4-star, I can assure you that service is definitely 5-star. Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur is not different.
Located in the heart of the Malaysian capital, a Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC), the hotel is within walking distance of most of the city’s attractions. It’s right by the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and is just opposite Petronas Towers, offering the very best view of KL’s main postcard.
The hotel is near KLCC station and other places, such has China Town and Merdeka Square are just a short drive away.
MY STAY AT TRADERS HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
Since I first heard of the hotel, I knew I had to stay there when in the city. And, as you can see, I did. I arrived in Kuala Lumpur in the morning, tired after a very long flight and all I wanted was a nice comfortable bed. But I got more than I bargained for.
CHECKING-IN AT TRADERS HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
I finally arrived at the hotel just before 1pm and the doormen told me to go to the 5th floor, where the hotel front desk is located. It was a bit early for check in. Luckily, my room was ready and they allowed me to check-in earlier.
The receptionist was very pleasant and efficient – and called me by my name, which is always a plus. Something I found very cool was the fact I had to sign on an iPad screen.
My room, a “Traders Club Room with Twin Towers View” wasn’t short of superb. The room itself was very spacious and functional, with floor-to-ceiling windows bringing a lot of natural light. The decor was modern contemporary, with no unnecessary excesses. I had a large king-size bed, a sofa and armchair and an enormous working desk, where my TV was.
Below that, I could find a fully stocked mini-bar with soft drinks, beer, white wine, and a separate cabinet with red wine and snacks.
The room was very modern and with a lot – I mean, really a lot – of storage space. I travel light and pack in such a way that an iron and ironing board are always needed. Great that I didn’t have to call them to bring me one!
I also loved my bathroom, all covered in marble and with separate bath and shower, which I love – yay! Their own brand toiletries were of very good quality and it was very convenient to have a full set that included dental and shaving kits. I am of the opinion that, if it’s not good enough, don’t offer it for the sake of ticking boxes. But the shaving kit, especially, was very good and I managed to shave without cutting myself – another yay!
But the main feature of my room, as the name says,is the view. No other hotel in Kuala Lumpur can offer the fantastic views of the Petronas Towers and KLCC Park. On my first evening, I was greeted with one of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen.
To me, one of the most important items a hotel can offer is good wifi. Traders Kuala Lumpur offers wifi at very good speed throughout, with no need for annoying passwords. But if you need to print any material, they also have a business centre available on the 9th floor with several computers for complimentary use.
If you’re staying on the Club Floors, you can even get a complimentary meeting room for one hour every day, subject to availability. I didn’t need one, but it you think you will need it, it’s better to book in advance.
The hotel also has a gym, spa rooms and top floor swimming pool with sweeping views over the city and Petronas Towers. The pool is open until 6pm.
That is because from that time onwards, the area gets filled by trendy locals and tourists enjoying everything the SkyBar has to offer. And by “everything” I mean great cocktails, good DJ, fantastic atmosphere and that killer of a view. The funny thing is that everyone who knew I was visiting KL told me to go to the SkyBar. So staying at Traders was a great coincidence! I spent good few hours at the bar with friends sipping cocktails
If you’re up for dining in, the hotel also has two restaurants, but unfortunately I didn’t try them out.
Another great touch is that they also offer complimentary buggy transfers to KLCC Suria Shopping Mall and Petronas Towers. Considering the heat and humidity, I did use this service a number of times, saving me energy and the sweat.
In my opinion, one of the main things the hotel got completely right, is breakfast. Considering the hotel has 571 rooms, the restaurant is vast – and so is the variety of food available.
Apart from the abundance of bread, pastries, fresh fruits and juice, they have several food stations with various types of food. Want to try some Chinese dishes? Malay? Or perhaps Indian? Well, there’s even a sushi station with a lot on offer.
With so much good food available, I felt really bad, as I normally have so little for breakfast.
TRADERS CLUB FLOORS
Since I was staying at one of the Traders Club Floors, I had a few extras that made my stay even more special. Anyone staying on these floors will have full access to Traders Lounge, an exclusive area where you can relax and enjoy complimentary beverages throughout the day, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, and even check-in and out up there.
On top of that, you have free suit pressing and shoeshine every day. Not for everyone, I know, but a definite bonus and I enjoyed. Breakfast here, although more limited, was also of very high quality and quieter.
WOULD I GO BACK?
The answer is a loud and resounding yes! Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur may not have the ultra-luxury that its bigger sister, Shangri-La, has to offer. But it has the same seamless service quality, great location and fantastic rooms.
I have to admit that I was more than happy to spend time in my room, even though the hotel has quite a lot to keep you busy and/or entertained.
To top it up, they offer great value for money, with rooms prices starting at 90USD per night.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur. But as usual, all opinions – and long sentences – are purely my own.