Anggun

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Book from

A good-value, cosy boutique hotel with a terrace restaurant and top-floor spa, right in the heart of sultry KL
If trees could talk, the 80-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 notch on the bedpost of local heritage, it certainly contributes to its vibrant nature today. 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 hotel is a charming fusion of its past, brought up to date with a high level of comfort.

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.

Highs

  • 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 Suites and in-house babysitting

Lows

  • 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
  • During our visit there was a bit of construction work going on in the area, but it didn’t bother us
  • We haven’t tried out the new restaurant just yet, but it looks like a lovely spot for post-sightseeing relaxation

Best time to go

Kuala Lumpur has a year-round climate of between 30-35 degrees, which makes it agreeable in any month. 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 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
  • 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 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.

Honeymooners should opt for the private Courtyard Suite, which has a natural stone Ofuro bathtub, a traditional Japanese design, and a separate rain shower.

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.

Features include:

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

Eating

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, 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.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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:

  • 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 Suites 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

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement

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

Distances:

  • Airport: 45-60mins
  • Shops: 5 minutes
Kid Friendly: Family Room

Our guests' ratings...

7/
Rooms
5/
Food
5/
Service
6/
Value
6/
Overall

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