Anggun

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Book from

A good-value, cosy boutique hotel with traditional Asian furnishings and a rooftop restaurant, right in the heart of sultry KL
If trees could talk, the 80-year-old giants outside Anggun could tell a few tales. The '60s saw this road within the Golden Triangle 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.

The interior harks back to simplistic '60s décor, with some unique '20s pieces. 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 18 ultra-comfortable rooms are spread over 3 floors, all tastefully furnished with silk cushions and teak four-poster beds. Near to lively restaurants and traditional spas - and within easy distance of the tourist sights - calm Anggun is a wise choice in a city of bland chain hotels.

Highs

  • The good-value Classic Rooms - small but stylish
  • The traditional feel of the hotel, filled with Asian antiques and wooden crafts
  • The location: within walking distance of the famous ‘Alor’ food market and Times Square, and minutes from the monorail station, which will whisk you to all the main sights
  • Friendly staff who will happily help with all of your arrangements and trips
  • Great for families, with interconnecting rooms, strollers for hire, in-house babysitting and a kids' breakfast menu

Lows

  • Recent renovation work means some of our review content may not reflect the hotel's latest incarnation
  • Rooms facing the courtyard lack natural light and privacy, but net curtains help. We'd splash out on a Family or Anggun Suite, which have street-facing floor-to-ceiling windows
  • That said, street-facing rooms may experience noise; light sleepers should bring earplugs
  • No dinner is served, but there are plenty of options nearby

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

  • Be adventurous in exploring local eateries for delicious Malay food
  • Be sure to drink plenty of bottled water, and use the monorail or taxis as walking can be very tiring in the humidity
  • Great for...

    Cheap & Chic
    Eco
    Family
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 18
    • Breakfast only (walk to restaurants)
    • All ages welcome
    • Open all year
    • Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Concierge Service
    Room:

    Rooms

    Rooms are spread over 3 floors, and all come with luxurious beds (most have teak four-poster frames), flat-screen TV/computers with internet and cable channels, natural wood flooring and tea and coffee-making facilities. Elegant wardrobes contain cotton dressing gowns and slippers; bathrooms are tiled with shower cubicles and beautiful hand-painted Chinese porcelain sinks.

    The 9 courtyard-facing Classic Rooms are great value and offer a stylish stay. Queensized beds take up most of the room, but if you're an active traveller who simply needs a comfortable place to rest at the end of the day, they're ideal. We were in one of these, and found it tasteful and very comfortable, but if you’re spending a lot of time here during the day you might find the lack of light in the afternoon slightly gloomy, although the bedside lamps cast a warm glow.

    Next up are 3 Deluxe Rooms, one of which accommodates disabled guests on the ground floor. These suites all face the courtyard, and feel spacious. The 2 Family Rooms each have a queensized bed and a single bed, plus a covered balcony. Floor-to-ceiling kampong windows give lots of natural light and a view over the Angsana trees, although you may get some street noise. 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’d recommend you splash out on one of the 3 Anggun Suites, which have covered balconies with a wicker table and chairs, as well as another small outdoor balcony that looks to the giant trees. Floor-to-ceiling windows mean they are lovely and light - if you don't mind a bit of street noise, these would be our top choice.

    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
    • Wifi internet

    Eating

    Breakfast is served in the rooftop Bubu dining room. This is a lovely light open space, decorated with fishcage lanterns and large potted plants, which lend a tropical feel. There are several set menus to choose from including 2 local-style breakfasts of fried rice and noodles or a healthy vegetable and chicken porridge. Western options include eggs, pancakes or omelettes with extras such as bacon or baked beans. All come with fresh fruit, toast, chilled juice and freshly brewed coffee or tea from the Borneo rainforest.

    The hawker streets are a great way to experience the smells and tastes of Malaysia's multi-cultural cuisine, and this is how local people eat. Five minutes' walk from the hotel is the famous Alor Street, which has over 200 different stalls to choose from, and rock-bottom prices. For lunches we'd recommend Charn Kee, which has wonderfully spicy curry soups including fragrant Laksas. Alternatively, there's a selection of restaurants mere steps from the hotel. We liked the award-winning Vietnamese Sao Nam, which had some healthy and authentic choices such as rice paper rolls and spicy beef salad.

    At night, Bubu is beautifully lit with red Chinese lanterns giving the surroundings a pinky hue, and the lights of the city providing a twinkling backdrop for evening drinks.

    Features include:

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

    Activities

    • Visit the distinctive Petronas Towers, once the tallest building in the world. The view from the skybridge on the 42nd level, which links the twin towers, is amazing. Arrive early for tickets to this
    • Explore KL's multi-culturalism: drink green tea in a Chinatown teahouse or buy silk goods from Little India
    • Wander around the walking trails of the Lake Garden, west of the city. Marvel at the Banyan trees planted in the colonial era or visit the deers in the Deer Park
    • Shop in the huge Art Deco Central Market where you can buy Malaysian crafts such as pewter cups and pandan leaf table mats
    • Mix and match at the Jalan Petaling indoor food stalls for roasted chestnuts, noodle soups and sugarcane juice - but avoid the pushy sellers and 'designer' goods on the street
    • 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 house a Hindu shrine and outside is a huge 42m statue of deity Rama. This is also the site of the world-famous Thaipusam festival held in Jan/Feb every year, where devotees have the skin on their faces and bodies pierced while performing their spiritual duties
    • Remember to dress appropriately when visiting the oldest mosque in KL, the beautiful Masjid Jamek
    • Try a fish pedicure on Petaling Street, where fish nibble the dead skin from your feet. Not for the ticklish!

    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:

    There are 2 Classic rooms with interconnecting doors, and 2 Family Suites, which each have an extra bed. A rollaway bed can be added in the Deluxe and Anggun Suites for a small charge; 2 can be added to the Family Suite. Baby cots are available in all rooms.

    Babysitting:

    Babysitting is available by arrangement.

    Baby equipment:

    The hotel can hire baby strollers for guests' use.

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Children's meals:

    A children's breakfast menu is available.

    Kid Friendly:

    Our guests' ratings...

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

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