Hilton Kuala LumpurI had a decent length layover in Kuala Lumpur, and while I could have spent the night in the First Class lounge since they are open 24/7, I decided I wanted a real room. I looked at the easiest to deal with and the Hilton right next to the Sentral Train Station was pretty much made for the job.
ArrivalI took the KLIA Express (or well, it's not an express these days but still it's the train from the airport to the station), and arrived about 9:45. I wrangled my bags to the hotel, up the elevator (it's well marked in the station how to get there) and checked in. I was upgraded to a king deluxe plus room, which had some good space in it, but man, I am just not getting great upgrades as a Diamond with Hilton, let me tell you. Anyway, I get to my room and it's 10pm local time. Just as basically every food venue closed.
The RoomThis is one level above the base room (they have tons and tons of the base room) but I did get the 31st floor, and I really like being in a high floor. It's got room in it, more than you particularly need but again, I've been staying at Hiltons now for 2 years and only gotten suites at two properties. This is bothering me versus their competitors.
The LoungeAh yes, the Executive lounge. Very clean and elegant lines. Full service breakfast in the morning and well, it was a very low occupancy day so I had it to myself for 20 minutes.
FacilitiesThe pool goes on forever here with a slide and a winding river at least 500 yards long. It's a delight in the hot tropical sun. And a bar? Man... yeah. Gimme this.
DiningThis is where getting in at 10pm was kind of a bummer. They have 7 places to eat. I didn't really get to try any of them this trip (don't worry, I'll come back and refine this post).
SummaryWhat an unexpectedly astounding hotel. A full resort level in the center of Kuala Lumpur, access easily to the major sights, and direct train to the airport (which is important for me as I jet about the area).
Seriously I have barely seen a resort with this many food and drink options. While the garnering of a more luxurious room might dip into the pocketbook, this is one of the places I think it is worth it. As always with the properties in Asia, get the lounge access!
Best Hilton (not like doubletree or Conrad but Hilton) property in Southeast Asia. Did you know? Because I had actually no clue until I stayed here.