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Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur
Ranked #26 of 350 Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 September 2012

This is a very nice property. Efficient check-in, large and clean rooms, excellent bathroom with multiple dining options on-site. There is even a late night lounge serving drinks and live jazz. You can easily see this is a large hotel that was once a 5-star property at some point. Still very nice but you can see the areas where age is beginning to show. Breafast was included in our stay and the options are fabulous. They even have a shuttle that will take you to the mall and Twin Towers area (you must make a reservation).

My small issues with this property were 1) the wi-fi was was almost non-existent in the room but worked very well in the lobby and 2) while it is close to a very large mall, it is off the path a bit (not walkable) from the food court and where most action is happening in that area. Certainly nothing that a cab ride cannot take care of but a reasonable walk is always preferable.

I would definitely stay at this property again without hesitation and certainly felt I got more than my moneys worth for my stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2012 via mobile

I stayed in the royale chulan 3 days between 19 and 22 August, exactly on Muslim religious day. Hotel rooms are very nice and comfortable. Even the bathrooms are same standards as in other 5 star hotels. Pool is very well maintained.
Breakfast is wealth with enough choices.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Very nice hotel with excellent rooms which were well appointed ours had a view of the Petronas Towers which was a bonus. The location was good with a short walk to KLCC Park, and one of the main shopping streets. There were warnings of an increase in bag snatching in KL that the hotel did warn us about be did not have any problems. Make sure you bargin for taxi journeys which are cheap but they do like to ask for more, also the airport is 70km away.
The breakfast was fine although the room was very busy and in general more directed to Asian rather than Europeans as the hotel has many more Asian guests than westerns. The staff were very friendly and helpful, my one major gripe is the concierge desk whose information was limited, inaccurate and very very bias towards selling the hotel ( expensive) trips. I have complained to the hotel about this as I find it particularly annoying. The concierge told me one morning at 8am that there was no chance of tickets for the Petronas Towers that day as there would be a queue and they would be all gone for that day and that the ticket office opened at 9am but i could book the hotel trip at about 8 times the ticket price. I knew that it opened at 8.30 and I went anyway, arrived at 8.15 and half an hour had my tickets for that day at 11.30. There was a queue but not that bad.
Do your own research about KL sites and take the information with you, if you want tours source a reputable one before you go.
In general Hugh a very nice and well staffed hotel.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
Thank Whadders
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

We spent four nights here at a Club level room. The hotel itself is very large and has an opulent foyer. We had no complaints about the room itself, good bed and good bathroom. However, their service left something to be desired. Down in the Club area the only maps of KL were inadequate and the concierge said he would get a map from downstairs for us but never came back. On the first day we rang down three times to have our laundry picked up for cleaning. It was only taken when the night time service came to see if we wanted a turn down service but they obviously weren't expecting to pick up our laundry.

Our room rate entitled us to breakfast either downstairs or on the Club level. On the two occasions we went downstairs both times we were told that we were not entitled to a free breakfast. When I said doesn't our room number which clearly indicated we were staying on the Club level, show that we would be entitled to breakfast ( everyone booking into the Club level is entitled to breakfast) they said yes, but they would have to check with reception. The following morning we went through the same procedure. As to breakfast itself, there was a lot of variety but we were not overly impressed with the quality. I would prefer fewer choices and more time spent on the quality of what was offered. The two breakfasts we had in the Club Lounge were better.

I do have to say that the free afternoon tea and drinks and canapes at night were very nice.

By no means did we have an unsatisfactory stay and the price was quite good but we would choose elsewhere next time.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Royale Chulan is impressive in design, combining Malay traditions, and this is evident not just in the grand lobby and public areas, but in the room as well. The hotel is very clean, the room we had was large, well appointed and well maintained, with a comfortable bed and pillows. The bathroom was large, with a separate shower and tub, with thick soft towels. Breakfast was simply superb -- when we were searching for a hotel to stay in, we saw very good feedback about the breakfast even with some commenting that this was the best buffet breakfast in KL -- so we had high expectations. That, plus being a foodie, I set the bar high. So happy to find out that their breakfast lived up to the hype! The choice is enormous with the international fare available -- with hot dishes and cold ones being served. You name it, they got it -- Malay, Indian, Japanese, Western -- and the important thing is that it was impressive not just for the quantity but for the quality. The only thing which could be improved is to include more in the choice of Western food, more and better types of bread (integral, rye, etc), cheeses and cold meats.

What was a bit puzzling for us was the way to the pool -- it was not to be found easily, there are no good signs and when we did find it, it was just a small door which seemed to even be an emergency exit. Didn't seem at all to be a 5-star thing. The location is great too, it is beside the official souvenir shop where quality souvenirs can be bought, and close to some interesting places, including the Petronas towers. The Hop on-Hop off bus stops in the souvenir shop beside, so it is convenient for hotel guests.

The only downside to this stay was that there was no good wifi connection. We had to go to the lobby every time we needed to connect to the wifi.

Otherwise, we would certainly return to this hotel again -- the breakfast alone is attraction enough! Great place for business, for couples, and for family -- we certainly saw an even mix of all these types of guests, which says a lot for value, quality, and functionality of the hotel!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur

Address: 5 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Wilayah Persekutuan > Kuala Lumpur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
#17 Family Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
#17 Romantic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
#20 Business Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
#26 Luxury Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
Price Range: RM311 - RM457 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur 5*
Number of rooms: 402
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur incorporates contemporary services and facilities and features Malaysia's unique architecture. Guests have the opportunity to relax in one of the 402 rooms and suites or in any of the well-appointed serviced apartments and studio apartments. ... more   less 
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