Our Review of the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
As soon as we strolled up to the front door of this grand looking hotel we knew we were going to have an amazing experience for the next two days. It’s grand looking entrance where staff rushed to help us with our heavy bags immediately made us feel special. We have stayed in some lovely hotels over the years but none like the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
Read on for our review of the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur including our Governor Suite, all restaurants, afternoon tea, spa experience and the buffet!
Brief History of Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Before we get on to the review, let us share a little bit of the hotel’s background.
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur has two distinctly different wings – the Majestic Wing and the Tower Wing. We felt lucky to be staying in our prefered Majestic Wing consisting of the original Hotel Majestic which is documented as a national heritage site. The colonial structure of the Majestic Wing was built in 1932 and is known to be one of the great hotels of Kuala Lumpur in its time.
The Majestic Hotel is an icon of Malaya’s boom years before World War II, during this time the hotel was the popular choice for glamorous social events, government gatherings and the residence for notable international visitors. The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is now a YTL Classic Hotel where it’s able to share the beauty, heritage, charm and success of its predecessor.
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is also included in the Autograph Collection portfolio of iconic historic hotels where the appeal of a hotel’s fascinating past meets today’s modern enjoyments for any luxury traveller.
Our Governor Suite
The Majestic Wing of the hotel offers four types of rooms and suites, we enjoyed a two-night stay at one of their Governor Suites. We’ve previously stayed in some lovely hotel rooms but this would be our first experience enjoying a suite. With its separate large living room area, it was more like an apartment, minus the kitchen!
The Governor Suite provided so much space for us to spread out, with comfy sofas, armchairs and a desk in the living room. The spacious bedroom had one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in and the adjoining bathroom included a monsoon shower and a free-standing roll-top bath.
Both the bedroom and living room has wide flat screen TVs with plenty of satellite channels and all rooms overlooked the impressive KL skyline including the Petronas Towers and Sky Tower. Of course, the room included a mini bar with unlimited soft drinks and snacks.
The decor and furnishings were extremely elegant and inspired by the hotel’s colonial history.
There are a number of restaurants and bars to chose from at Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur and we had the chance to dine at three of these.
Afternoon Tea at the Tea Lounge
We’re English so there’s nothing we love more than enjoying an afternoon tea of cakes, scones and sandwiches. We’ve enjoyed a number of afternoon teas in our time so we like to think we can separate the good from the bad. Well, the afternoon tea at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur definitely gets a double thumbs up from us.
A selection of tasty sandwiches filled with salmon, crab, duck and egg kicked off the event, followed by a beautiful gold hotbox filled with more savoury treats such as warm mini quiches, scotch eggs and sesame seed balls filled with red bean puree. The sweet treats included strawberry mousse cake, chocolate and cherry pie, strawberry flan and of course the main event of scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
It was all presented on a unique round gold display, served with Darjeeling tea in fine china while being entertained by an expert pianist on a shiny grand piano.
Dinner at Colonial Cafe
Dining at the Colonial Cafe felt like we had been transported back to the 1920s with smartly dressed waiters in gleaming white suits, an equally smartly dressed live jazz band and a stunning art deco style bar area. The atmosphere was perfect for enjoying its authentic classical cuisine from the colonial era.
Of course, we opted for three courses, it might be some time before we get to eat food as delicious as this again! For starter, we enjoyed a classic prawn cocktail and crab shell filled with crab meat, salmon, creamy mushroom sauce and cheese. Our mains were Hainanese beef stew in an amazing broth served with noodles, and spiced grilled fish on a bed of curried cauliflower.
By the time we had eaten our mains we were pretty full, especially after the afternoon tea eaten only a few hours before, so we shared a banoffee pie for dessert with caramelised banana and toffee cream. We left the Colonial Cafe feeling very stuffed and extremely satisfied by the quality of the food.
Buffet Breakfast and Dinner at Contango
The Contango Restuarant is situated in the Tower Wing and has an altogether different atmosphere to the Colonial Cafe and Majestic Wing. There is no colonial architecture and matching furnishings here, instead, it’s extremely modern and stylish like any other high-end city hotel.
The food at Contango is served as a buffet for all three meals of the day. We’ve been to plenty of buffets but none compare to the buffet at Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
The hotel has many international guests from all around the world and the menu makes massive efforts to cater for everyone at Contango restaurant. Here you’ll find dishes from Malaysia, China, Japan, Indonesia, India and many countries from the western world. Grilled fish, fresh pasta, mouthwatering curries, sushi, salads, pizza, stews, noodle and rice dishes to name only a few.
Everything is freshly cooked and tasted great so we really struggled to decide what to eat at both breakfast and dinner. Fresh coffee is always available at all meal times (the lattes were awesome) and the deserts were simply too tempting for just one serving. The selection of desserts competes with some of the best bakeries and patisseries in Europe!
Spa Experience at The Majestic Spa
The highlight of our 2-night stay at Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur has to be our couples spa experience (Malaya Golden Chersonese). During the 2.5 hours, we enjoyed an alcoholic welcome drink, foot scrub, neck/shoulder massage, full body scrub, steam and bath and a full body oil massage.
Having spent a lot of time in Asia we’ve enjoyed plenty of massages but our couples spa experience at the Majestic Spa was incredibly relaxing and we were made to feel like very special guests. So much time and effort were put into making sure we were as comfortable and relaxed as we can be. We had our own private couples room with tranquil music and birdsong quietly played throughout the duration of the experience.
Other Majestic Hotel Facilities
The facilities do not stop at what we experienced at Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. As well as the previously mentioned Majestic Spa, Tea Lounge, Colonial Cafe and Contango Restuarant, there are also two outdoor infinity swimming pools, the beautiful glass-roofed Orchid House which houses over 1000 orchids, the Smoke House with a stunning bar equipped with cigars and smoking jackets, and the Majestic Club Lounge which all Majestic Wing guests have access to at any time to enjoy free coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks.
Between 5pm and 7pm, the Majestic Club Lounge also offers free wine, beer and sandwiches to all those staying in the Majestic Wing, including us!
The Service by the Staff
The service by the staff at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is nothing but perfect. There are a number of friendly and helpful butlers at the front desk which you can call upon at any time. You have the option of eating meals from the Contango Restaurant in the comfort of your own room – the butlers will bring you a selection of dishes from the buffet.
Our room was cleaned and made every day, the mini bar always re-stocked and in the evenings while out for dinner, our rooms were prepared for bedtime by turning down the bed, closing the curtains and positioning towels and slippers by the bed, bath and shower. That was a first for us!
It was incredibly hard to leave the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur and we’re so glad we chose to stay here to end our brief trip to Malaysia. Would we stay again? We certainly would.
Another element of the hotel that we appreciated is although it’s a luxury hotel with a history of prominent guests, including Prince Charles the week before our stay, everyone is made to feel welcome. The guests at the hotel were from all walks of life and different parts of the world so was in no way pretentious. As backpackers, we can sometimes feel uncomfortable in certain establishments but this was not the case at the Majestic Hotel.
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Our stay at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur was sponsored but all thoughts in this review are our own.