Kuala Lumpur Journals

Asia, May-June 2007

A May 2007 trip to Kuala Lumpur by ahazan

Westin Kuala Lumpur Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia More Photos
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A newly built hotel. The rooms are excellent, the bathrooms are modern and roomy, the bed and pillows are wonderful. TV is a bit small.Main cafe is OK, very little selection for a vegetarian, but chef is willing to accommodate. Location is convenient for the KLCC mall, eight-minute walk, but not within walking distance of Bukit Bintang. No taxis are waiting outside the hotel, so the only option you have is the hotel's minivans at double the price.In-room internet is pricey, as is the case in all Asian hotels. Free wireless internet in the lobby is useless, as it disconnects every 15 minutes. No matter how many times you ask them, you will not get the correct newspaper, you will have to go to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Traders Hotel
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Kuala Lumpur 50088
+60 (3) 2332 9888

Westin Kuala Lumpur Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A four-year-old hotel. I had a very nice room, great bathrrom, with separate shower. The restaurants are good but the pool has no sun exposure. The location is good, on Bukit Bintang, next door to JW Mariott which has the Starhill mall. Free Wireless internet in lobby.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 55100

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

Hotel | "The Shangri La Hotel Bangkok"

One of the greatest hotels I have ever stayed in. A beautiful lobby and great rooms with view of the Chao Praya. Ask for an executive room with renovated bathroom, and stand-alone shower. Great bed/pillows. Restaurants are excellent, with the exception of the main cafe (Next2) which has nothing vegetarian. Thai restaurant, Salathip is on the river, very enjoyable. Edogin Japanese is excellent. Angellini Italian restaurant is also very good though they no longer have the live singer Lilibeth that used to be there. Buffet breakfast is absurdly priced at $22. At least eight different tailor shops are on the same road. There are taxis and tuk-tuks outside the hotel at all hours.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu New Road Bangrak
Bangkok, Thailand 10500

I stayed at the Makati Shangri-la the past eight trips to Manila, but they raised the price considerably this time so I decided to try another Makati hotel, the Mandarin. Check-in was very quick. The room leaves much to be desired. It looks like it hasn't been renovated since the early 80s. There is a musty smell in the hall and the windows are very thin. I had to change rooms after the first night due to being woken up from honking on the street. The bathroom has a bathtub/shower which I hate. The restaurant was a bit pricey, $32 for buffet dinner, the food was OK. Strangely, for the Philippines, two of the three days I was there, there was no mango at breakfast. All that being said, I must say that ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Mandarin Oriental Manila
Makati Avenue
Manila, Philippines 1226
+63 (2) 7508888

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

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Raffles Hotel Le Royal Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A 100-year-old hotel, tastefully restored with a large wooden staircase. The rooms have very high ceilings and the bathroom has a stand-alone shower and old-style bathtub. For internet, you have to sit in the lobby, and it's expensive. The cafe has very little selection for vegetarians. I don't know if the location is good, because there's not much nightlife/activities in Phnom Penh. The service was exemplary. Cambodian people happen to be the nicest people I have ever encountered.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Le Meridien Angkor Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Le Meridien is a nice hotel, close to the Angkor Wat but not in the town of Siem Reap, like Hotel De La Paix, or others. You can't just walk out of the hotel and walk at a restaurant or pharmacy. That said, there is always a bunch of tuk-tuks waiting outside the hotel to take you somewhere.

The room's bathroom has a nice stand-alone shower, bathtub, the bed is ok, the pillows feel like they're filled with sand. Beware the Italian restaurant. I ordered Sea Bass, and got scallops (which I'm mildly allergic to, so I spent the next two days in the room). Service is excellent, staff are very friendly and eager to help, as is the case in most hotels in Cambodia.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2007

Le Meridien Angkor
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Singapore Botanic Gardens Photo, Singapore, Asia
Beautiful grounds. The whole complex is free with the exception of the Orchid Garden which is the main reason to go and well worth the S$5 fee.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2007

Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road
Singapore 259569
(65) 6471 7138