“A good-value, cosy boutique hotel with a terrace restaurant and top-floor spa, right in the heart of sultry KL”
Scattered around the lobby are heavy-set chairs, antique typewriters and ornate wood-carvings. Light falls through a central atrium, and large Chinese lanterns provide a warm red glow at night. The ultra-comfortable rooms are spread over 3 floors and tastefully furnished, perhaps silk cushions or teak four-poster beds. On the top-floor a traditional spa will soothe you sightseeing pains, while the restaurant's first-floor terrace is prime people-watching territory. You're also within easy distance of the tourist sights, making calm Anggun is a wise choice in a city of bland chain hotels.
- The rooms and spa are great value, plus there's a cool terrace cafe for candlelit drinks and suppers overlooking the vibrant street below
- We loved the traditional Asian antiques and wooden crafts, particularly the rickshaw and Chinese dragon head adorning reception
- 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
- Great for families, with Family Rooms
- Rooms facing the courtyard lack natural light and privacy, but net curtains help
- That said, street-facing rooms may experience noise; light sleepers should bring earplugs
- We haven’t tried out the new restaurant just yet, but it looks like a lovely spot for post-sightseeing relaxation
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant (walk to restaurants)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
Spread over three floors, all rooms come with luxurious double beds (many with teak four-poster frames) and tiled bathrooms with shower cubicles. We were particularly taken with the beautiful hand-painted Chinese porcelain basins.
Personally, 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.
We stayed in one of the 4 Deluxe Rooms, which all face the courtyard. We found it very comfortable and spacious, although we did miss having access to natural light.
The 8 courtyard-facing Classic Rooms are great-value. Their queensize beds take up most of the space, but if you're an active traveller who simply needs a comfortable place to rest, they're ideal.
The Family Rooms each have a queensize bed and a single bed, plus a covered balcony. Floor-to-ceiling kampong windows give lots of natural light and views over the Angsana trees, although you may get some street noise.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Internet LCD TV
- Irons/ironing boards (on request)
- Safe box
- Universal power sockets
Breakfast is served on the Anggun Café’s first-floor terrace. This is a lovely open space, decorated with fishcage lanterns and wooden wind chimes, which lend a tropical feel. There are several set menus to choose from including local-style breakfasts of fried rice and noodles or a roti canai and dhal. Western options include eggs, pancakes or omelettes. All come with fresh fruit, toast, chilled juice and freshly brewed coffee or tea from the Borneo rainforest.
At night, the terrace is beautifully lit with tea lights, ideal for a relaxed drink following a full day of sightseeing. We didn’t get a chance to try their dinner menu (available 6 nights a week excluding Sundays), but we’ll be sure to swing by next time we’re in town.
The hawker streets are a great way to experience Malaysia's multi-cultural cuisine. Five 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 selection of restaurants mere steps from the hotel. We liked the award-winning Vietnamese Sao Nam, which had healthy, authentic dishes such as rice paper rolls and spicy beef salad.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Vegetarian menu
- Visit the distinctive Petronas Towers (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 the Banyan trees planted in the colonial era, visit the deer park and enjoy the orchid garden
- Shop in the huge Art Deco Central Market where you can buy Malaysian crafts such as pewter cups and pandan leaf table mats
- Unwind with a massage at the hotel spa (open until 3am); we enjoyed a midnight foot massage - perfect after a long day walking around KL
- Admire the historical buildings around Merdeka Square, the heart of KL and where independence was gained in 1957. Look out for one of the tallest flagpoles in the world
- Take a half-day trip by Kommuter train 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:
- Historical sites
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
Children are welcome, and well catered for in this thoughtful hotel.
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 2 rollaway beds. Two Classic Rooms can interconnect. Each Deluxe and Anggun Suite has space for a rollaway bed. All rooms can hold a baby cot
Kids Activities nearby:
- Climb the Petronas Towers
- Explore the Botanical Gardens
- Visit a theme park (or three including a water park)
- Zoo and aquarium
- Tree top canopy walk
- Airport: 45-60mins
- Shops: 5 minutes
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.
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).
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.
You're a short walk from Imbi Monorail Station and the Bukit Bintang LRT station that will whisk you to KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers, KL Convention Centre, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). It's a 10-minute walk to 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
- Kuala Lumpur International Airport 60.0 km KUL
- Beach 90.0 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km