Anggun

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Book from Book from £63 per night

A good-value, cosy boutique guesthouse with a cafe and top-floor spa, right in the heart of sultry KL
If trees could talk, the 90-year-old giants outside Anggun could tell a few tales. Sat within the Golden Triangle, the '60s saw this road morph into a red light district, known locally as 'second wife street'. And although this bohemian period was only a brief notch on the bedpost of local heritage, it certainly contributes to its vibrant nature today - you're spoilt for choice for bars, clubs and eateries. Anggun’s own history dates back to the 1920s, when it was the home of a very successful Chinese immigrant. And with both of these eras in mind, the guesthouse is a charming fusion of its past, brought up to date.

Scattered around the welcoming lobby are chairs and tables, with woven baskets adorning the walls. Help yourself to ginger tea, coffee and chilled water all day, large lanterns provide a warm glow at night. The comfortable rooms are spread over 3 floors surrounding the central atrium and tastefully furnished, perhaps silk cushions or four-poster beds. On the top-floor a traditional spa will soothe your sightseeing pains, while the cafe's ground-floor terrace is prime people-watching territory all day and evening. You're also within easy distance of the tourist sights, making calm Anggun a wise choice in a city of bland chain hotels.

Highs

  • The rooms and spa are great value, our Malay hot oil massages were excellent
  • The location: within walking distance of the famous ‘Alor’ food market and Times Square, and minutes from the monorail station
  • Friendly staff who will happily help with all of your arrangements and trips; there's a useful luggage room if you've a late flight too
  • We liked the heritage touches including vintage tiles and railway sleeper steps, particularly the rickshaw at the front
  • Great for families, with Family Rooms

Lows

  • A few rooms face the courtyard so lack natural light, those on the ground floor have net curtains for privacy
  • Lower street-facing rooms may experience noise; light sleepers should bring earplugs. Front-facing rooms are double-glazed
  • Decor is traditional rather than designer, some rooms could do with a refresh, and we felt there were a few too many signs here and there
  • Bathrooms are small
  • We found the food service sometimes slow and the breakfast menu isn't extensive. There are plenty of alternatives nearby

Best time to go

Kuala Lumpur has a year-round climate of between 30-35 degrees, so do expect humid conditions; air-conditioning is prevalent. Peak times are December and January and require advance booking. If you plan to combine your trip with a visit to the east coast islands such as Tioman, avoid November to February where the monsoon makes the sea too rough to cross.

Our top tips

The nearby Batu Caves are well worth a visit at any time of year. This is the site of the world-famous Thaipusam festival, held in Jan/Feb every year. Here devotees have the skin on their faces and bodies pierced while performing their spiritual duties.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Eco
Family
Foodie
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 18
  • Restaurant (walk to restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Deluxe Room

Rooms

Spread over three floors, all rooms come with comfy double beds (many with teak four-poster frames) and tiled bathrooms with shower cubicles. We particularly liked the beautiful hand-painted vintageChinese porcelain basins.

We’d recommend splashing out on an Anggun Suite. Each has a covered balcony with a wicker table and chairs, as well as another small outdoor balcony overlooking giant trees; floor-to-ceiling windows ensure they are lovely and light.

The Deluxe Rooms all face the atrium. We found these very comfortable and spacious, although we did miss having access to natural light. Classic Rooms also face the atrium and are great-value. Their queensize beds take up most of the space, but if you're simply after a comfortable place to rest, they're ideal.

On our most recent visit we stayed in a Family Room, these come with a queensize bed and a single bed, and have a covered balcony. Floor-to-ceiling kampong windows give natural light and views through the Angsana trees, although you may get some street noise.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet LCD TV
  • Irons/ironing boards (on request)
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Universal power sockets
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is served on the Birdnest Café’s sociable ground-floor open terrace. This is decorated with fishcage lanterns and wooden wind chimes, which lend a tropical feel. The set menu has local-style breakfasts of fried rice and noodles, Western options include eggs and pancakes. All come with fresh fruit, toast, chilled juice and freshly brewed coffee or tea from the Borneo rainforest.

The all day menu includes hand-made pizzas (with some local flavours such as chicken curry if preferred), Caesar salad, club sandwiches, smoothies and shakes, as well as Malaysian classics. At night, the terrace is beautifully lit by lanterns, ideal for a relaxed cocktail following a full day of sightseeing.

The hawker streets are a great way to experience Malaysia's multi-cultural cuisine. Two minutes' walk from the hotel is the famous Jalan Alor Street, which has over 200 different stalls to choose from, and rock-bottom prices. Alternatively, there's a good selection of restaurants mere steps from the hotel.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Visit the distinctive Petronas Towers (book in advance, closed on Mondays); the view from the famous 42nd-floor skybridge, which links the twin towers, is amazing
  • Explore KL's multi-culturalism: drink green tea in a Chinatown teahouse or buy silk goods from Little India
  • Wander around the Perdana Botanical Garden, west of the city. Marvel at Banyan trees planted in the colonial era, visit the deer park and enjoy the orchid and hibiscus gardens
  • Shop in the huge Art Deco Central Market for Malaysian crafts, clothing and goods
  • Unwind with a massage at the hotel spa (open until 3am); we enjoyed a midnight foot massage - perfect after sightseeing
  • Admire the historical buildings around Merdeka Square, the heart of KL and where independence was gained in 1957. It has one of the tallest flagpoles in the world
  • Take a half-day trip by train or taxi to the vast limestone Batu Caves. Over 100m high and 80m long, the caves encompass a Hindu shrine and a 42m-statue of deity Rama

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Children are welcome, and well catered for in this thoughtful hotel.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Family Rooms have a double bed, a single bed and space for 1 rollaway bed. Two Classic Rooms (303 and 304) can interconnect. Each Deluxe and Anggun Suite has space for a rollaway bed. All rooms can hold a baby cot

Children's meals:

Although there's no specific kids menu, child-friendly options are available

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Climb the Petronas Towers, there's a good Aquarium in the basement
  • Explore the Botanical Gardens and the Bird Park
  • Visit a theme park (or three including a water park)
  • Zoo
  • Tree top canopy walk beside the KL Tower

Families Should Know:

Jalan Alor (hawker street) is great for introducing kids to the varied cuisines of Malaysia but can be very busy

Distances:

  • Airport: 45-60mins by car
  • Hospital: 5 minutes walk
  • Shops: 5 minutes walk
Kid Friendly: Family Room

Location

Anggun is set in the district of Bukit Bintang in central Kuala Lumpur, an easy walk from restaurants, shops and transport links for all the tourist attractions.

By Air:
Fly into Kuala Lumpur International Airport (60km). The hotel offers airport transfers or you can just catch a taxi (which we found easier). Alternatively you can travel by public transport (see below).

By Train:
Take the KLIA Express (28 mins non-stop) to KL Sentral (the main transportation hub in KL). From here, either take the monorail (if you have light lugguage) to Bukit Bintang Station and walk 10 minutes to Anggun, or take a taxi.

Getting Around
You're a short walk from Imbi Monorail Station and the Bukit Bintang MRT station (10 minutes) that will whisk you to KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers, KL Convention Centre, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). It's a 10-minute walk to UTC Puduraya bus terminal for inter-city travelling.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Malaysia and getting around

Airports:

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport 60.0 km KUL

Other:

  • Beach 90.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

7/10
Room
5/10
Food
7/10
Service
7/10
Value
7/10
Overall

Not bad for the price and location with friendly helpful staff and a good value spa. The rooms are quite noisy however and the food we tried at breakfast was not very good. Better options to eat locally

6/10,

Our family of 2 x adults and 2 x teenage girls loved this place. Right in the heart of the city, we felt really welcome and enjoyed the buzz and vibrancy of the street. Anggun arranged a driver to take us for a trip to the Batu Caves. We used the spa and had delicious breakfast on the terrace. If you want to experience real KL then this place is ideal.

9/10,

Room was very nice although dark because windows look into hotel. It was consequently also quite noisy because of the many people coming and going at night. The food at breakfast is not super delicious and be aware that they put chocolate syrup on everything!

5/10,

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