KUALA LUMPUR: Hotel Istana Review

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When traveling, the proximity of the place you're going to stay at is always to be considered. Lucky us, Air Asia Zest and Tourism Malaysia checked us into this elegant hotel right at the heart of KL. 

Photo from www.hotelistana.com.my

A few months back, Air Asia Zest had its inaugural flight from Cebu to Kuala Lumpur, and I was one of the lucky few that has been invited to go on board and enjoy KL for a few days. You can check out my previous post about it here

Photo from www.hotelistana.com.my
Photo from www.hotelistana.com.my

We couldn't be any happier to stay in a 5-star hotel located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre. With just a block away from Pavilion shopping Mall, 10-minute walk to the Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) through the Skybridge and, 5-minute walk to Fahrenheight, BB Plaza and other shopping malls, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Especially during those nights when my cousin and I wanted to sneak out of the hotel and explore KL on our own. That would be my favorite part, leaving the hotel late at night and take a walk to Jalan Alor and experience the street foods, Kuala Lumpur style. And not to mention passing by Changkat Bukit  Bintang, where the nightlife of the financial district is located. 

Our Room

The view from our room. Spot the top of one of the Twin Towers secretly peeking out. It would be more visible if we were on a higher floor.

We stayed in a Deluxe room furnished with 2 single beds, mini bar, writing desk, coffee table, mini fridge, flat screen TV, broadband internet access and a huge closet with an in-room electronic personal safe, and iron and ironing board. I love our huge room! We had more than what we needed.

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The bathroom was neat, pleasing and massive, and wasn't scary at all. Sorry, but I'm such a scaredy-cat when it comes to hotel rooms and bathrooms. 

The Breakfast

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I have always enjoyed my breakfasts at the cozy Taman Sari, fueling up for each day's tour. Who wouldn't enjoy a hotel breakfast buffet?

Wasn't able to snap the other foods. I'm hooked with the carbs. Kidding! Missing out on Malaysia's authentic cuisine is a no-no on this trip. Couldn't get enough of the pancakes though. :D

To sum it all...

I had a great stay at Hotel Istana. Everything was so great except for their wifi connection. I wasn't that happy with it for you can only enjoy it at their restaurant and at the lobby lounge. It would be more convenient if they have internet access at the rooms aside from the LAN cables. Especially for a 5-star hotel. But I heard that they are doing some upgrades, so that's good news, eh? The staffs are all friendly and approachable, and I liked it when they call us every morning to wake us up and to update us with the bus so we won't be late for each day's activities. Thank you Hostel Istana, Air Asia Zest and Tourism Malaysia for the unforgettable experience!

Hotel Istana
73 Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 2141 9988
Fax: +603 2144 0111
Room Reservation Fax: +603 2149 5500
Email: general@hotelistana.com.my


This trip was made possible by AirAsia Zest – The Right Way to fly and Tourism Malaysia – Visit Malaysia 2014. AirAsia Zest now flies to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia from Cebu Mactan International Airport. Visit www.airasia.com for flight schedules, promos and online flight reservation. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


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