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February 18, 2011
September 5, 2008
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
November 24, 2005
So we went and were really surprised that for RM60 we not only were able to eat all that we wanted but that there were all you could eat oysters and there was a competition to win a free night's stay, which I won! (And felt really bad about saying a couple of minutes before that they rig these things and you never win...)
The Mediterranean restaurant is wonderful. They even made proper paella, which nobody else but me appreciated. The Chinese thinking was,"We have rice every day, so why bother with this when there's great seafood." I think the chef was a bit disheartened about this, because he seemed so very happy when I had some.
The rooms are very good and the view is great. In any other city, this would probably be the best hotel in town. However, the new Hilton and Mandarin Oriental do beat it for quality of rooms. One exception to this is the baby cots; whoever bought them clearly knew what they were doing, and our son had his one and only good night's sleep in a cot.
Location is where Istana really scores: it's a 5-minute walk from Bukit Bintang, which means that you are very close to the best shopping and nightlife in KL. (Around the corner from the hotel, there's a great Indian hawker stall that serves curries for about RM5.) We just wandered around the shopping centre and picked up some software and DVDs in the afternoon.
In the evening there is a bar with live music and some really good singers singing gentle love songs, and it's really a place you can sit down and relax for a while.
After a good night's sleep, we settled into a very full breakfast. They have absolutely everything here, including an Asian breakfast (hot and spicy), Western-style cooked breakfast, fruit, bread of every description, and cereal. (The meals are hallah, so it's turkey bacon.)
The pool and garden looked fabulous, but we were pretty lazy and didn't go for a dip. They also have a first-class gym; the only catch is that to use it, you have to want to do exercise.
If you were staying at the hotel for any length of time, they can arrange trips and have a business centre and Internet. You can also book conference and meeting rooms.
In fact, the hotel was so good, we booked a room for my sister-in-law's wedding night and had a wedding lunch. Sadly for me, they decided to have dim sum in the Chinese restaurant/ They thought it was great, but I was busy scheming a way to sneak upstairs for a plate of pasta.
The website is http://www.hotelistana.com.my/.
From journal Around Kuala Lumpur