Kuala Lumpur has no shortage of lodging for visitors. In fact, Kuala Lumpur is packed with multi-story chain hotels (from the West and the East), small hotels, hostels, apartments, AirBnB, you name it! As such, Dan and I were somewhat at a loss when picking our hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
We ended up staying at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur because we had points with SPG, and the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur did not see any better or worse than any other hotel in Kuala Lumpur. For our stay, we used 3,500 SPG points/night and accessed the the Club Lounge via this blog’s very own SPG card!
I was a little skeptical about staying at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur because well, it is a Sheraton and we were on our honeymoon… But, I was very pleasnty surprised from our arrival to departure. The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur was 5 starts and quite luxurious. I will definitely stay here again next time I am in Kuala Lumpar (hopefully on points again!).
The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur is not exactly what one thinks of when you think of a Sheraton. The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur is 38 floor of Asian luxury, starting with a bellhop greeting our Uber and promptly taking our bags to our suite! Upon entry into the hotel, we were greeted by a number of welcoming staff members, an indoor pond under a grant staircase – which, bonus, was decorated for Chinese New Year, and the most welcoming green circle couch (it reminded me of the one at Lisbon’s Hotel Avenida Palace)!
The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur is located in central Kuala Lumpur, across the street from one of Kuala Lumpur’s many malls and next to a monorail stop. Its also about a 30 minute walk from the Petronas Twin Towers and a quick uber or metro ride anywhere in Kuala Lumpur.
We booked a Deluxe King Non-Smoking Room through the Sheraton website with SPG points. Shortly before checkin, I updated our reservation through Sherton’s website, confirming our arrival and departure times and advising that we would be on honeymoon!
I’m not certain wether or not we were upgraded, but we stayed in the loveliest and largest suite with views of Kuala Lumpur! Upon walking into the room, the suite offered a king size bed with a desk and day bed to one side, a flat screen TV, and an entrance area separate from the bed.
In addition to there room, there was a walk-in closet and a HUGE bathroom, complete with a separate tub and shower.
The room also offered robes, slippers, complimentary water, and a minibar (pay per snack/drink). The hotel also surprised us with honeymoon cake – apparently a thing in Malaysia!
The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur offers a pool area, a spa, and a fitness center. We skipped the spa and the fitness center, but we visited the pool. The pool area is located on the 5th floor and offers views of surrounding buildings, including partial views of the Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower. The pool is done in a Tuscan theme (which is kind of bizarre) and offers, food, drinks, and, unexpectedly, hookah.
The Club Lounge
As I mentioned, via this blog’s very own SPG business card, we were able to access the Club Lounge on the 37th floor of the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur! I had not previously used one of these lounges, but this particular Club Lounge was awesome! In addition to a quite place to get soda and coffee all day, the Club Lounge offered breakfast, tea, and an evening happy hour from 17h30 – 19h30!
Happy Hour was a fun event that most certainly warants space on your itinerary! Every night, the Club Lounge offers an open bar with various liquors, red and white wine, and a Tiger beer! The staff pours pretty generously and I did not see them cut anyone off, although a few people had a lot to drink. When I was there, the Pinot Noir was MUCH better than the Cabarnet Sauvagion and ask for extra booze in your cocktail. In addition to the drinks, the Club Lounge puts out a really good and generous spread of food, including an entire buffet of hot food that changes nightly, a salad bar, and a selection of cold appetizers and desserts, in addition to the standards of bread and fruit.
The spread in video:
Like happy hour, breakfast is served every morning. The Shearton Imperial Kuala Lumpur offers espresso coffee drinks, a selection of cold breakfasts, including breads, cereals, and fruit, and a hot buffet of hot breakfast. I particularly enjoyed the friend potaots and the Malaysian rice!
If you cannot tell, the Club Lounge was lovely, and we really used the lounge. If you are traveling on a budget, you could make a meal out of the evening happy hour!
STEAL OUR TRIP
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur: Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250, Malaysia. T: (60)(3) 2717 9900. Reservations can be made on their website.
ON A BUDGET
At $85 USD/night, the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur will certainly not break the bank, especially if you have access to the Club Lounge. That being said, there are many other hotels that are cheaper in Kuala Lumpur.
We stayed at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur for free using SPG points, which we earned from using the SPG Amex and Business Amex. When we stayed, the cost was 3,500 points/night or $85 USD/night. The Club Lounge access was free with my Wareontheglobe SPG Business Amex! (only the business version of this card offers this amenity).
Or apply for The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express with this link if you don’t! http://refer.amex.us/FLEMIWaiRt?xl=cp15
SPG Amex offers 25,000 SPG points if you meet the minimum spend of $3,000 in 3 months.
There is no restriction preventing you from getting both cards, just make sure you can meet the minimum spend!
Note that for Amex cards you cannot get a point signup bonus if you have ever gotten one in the past.