Hotel of the Week: The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

With impressive interiors inspired by the grand game of polo, this 208-room property in Kuala Lumpur Sentral pulls out all the stops to provide lavish accommodations to its distinguished guests.

The lobby. All photos are courtesy of the property.

Why you’ll want to go: Grandiosity is the guiding principle of all St. Regis hotels, and this one is no exception. A massive leather etching of a polo match in action greets guests as they enter the lobby, while a Fernando Botero horse sculpture sits in the adjacent drawing room. Commuting around the clogged streets of the capital is a breeze, thanks to its central location. But perhaps what makes St. Regis Kuala Lumpur notable is its signature butler service—on call round the clock, the staff will always be on hand to help, going so far as to assist guests to pack and unpack their luggage.

Deluxe room

The rooms: In palettes of greys and blues, the 63-square-meter Deluxe rooms are KL’s biggest, and perhaps the grandest. A vast walk-in wardrobe provides more than ample space for guests’ belongings, while the leather trunk minibar comes stocked with numerous treats. Our favorite however is the marbled bathroom. Its standalone bathtub has a television hoisted on the wall right across it. With a layout such as that, we’re happy to soak in the water until our toes shrivel into prunes.

The bathroom

Things you can do: Visit the hotel’s version of the Astor Bar, where the signature Bloody Mary is served. In KL, the Bar comes decked with black and gold marble, a space inspired by the 19th century’s Gilded Age. Grab a drink then head over to the Cigar Lounge. Equipped with an air filtration system and private lockers for guests to keep their cigars, it harkens back to an era where smoking was not considered taboo. If nicotine is not up your alley, drop by Taka by Sushi Saito, the KL outpost of the multi-awarded Tokyo eatery. The first in Malaysia to be opened by a Michelin-starred chef, it serves sushi made from ingredients sourced directly from the famed Tsukiji Market. Find your place at the 300-year-old Hinoki counter then choose from their extensive selection of sake to complete your St. Regis experience.

Astor Bar and Decanter Lounge

Japanese restaurant Taka by Sushi Saito

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