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On my first overnight layover in Kuala Lumpur, I stayed at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur. While it was nice enough, I like checking out new hotels, so on my second overnight layover, I stayed at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur since it was about the same price.
Since my flight arrived at a reasonable time, I was able to take the KLIA Ekspres train to-and-from central Kuala Lumpur. It’s reasonably priced, and at less than 30 minutes each way, it’s the fastest way to travel between the two. Like the Aloft, the Le Meridien is essentially connected to the KL Sentral train station, so aside from crossing a taxi lane, you don’t even have to go outside to get from the station to the hotel. The entire path is well marked, and it’s the same complex as the Hilton.
Thanks to having SPG Gold, I was upgraded to a deluxe room, plus I received a welcome gift of 250 Starpoints. I’ll always take free points.
Heading down the hallway, I felt like I was walking through the Death Star.
My room was on the 27th floor, with stunning views out across Kuala Lumpur. Thanks to being on a corner of the building, the bathroom had a massive window.
While it was dark when I arrived, this was my view in the morning. I’ve never had such a great view while sitting on the toilet before.
Speaking of the toilet, it was fancy.
In the morning, I took advantage of the huge bathtub as the sun rose. A relaxing bath was a nice way to unwind in the middle of a long travel period.
The room wasn’t massive, but it was comfortable and well-appointed with modern decor.
There was a huge TV, and a nice shelf to put luggage on. There was also a desk area to work at.
There was a control panel where I could turn the lights on and off from bed. The WiFi was also excellent.
For those who need one, there was also a prayer rug available.
The Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur shares a pool & gym with the Hilton, which is next door. The pool area has nice green areas plus waterfalls. There are restaurants & bars on this shaded patio as well. I wished that I’d had more time to relax and take advantage of it all. Also keeping me from doing so was the fact that I had checked my suitcase all the way through to Hong Kong, so I didn’t have my bathing suit with me.
I wished that I’d had more than one night at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur. The bed was one of the most comfortable I’ve slept on in my life, and it’s location right at KL Sentral was perfect for exploring the city on a 22 hour layover. Between its convenience & its comfort, the Le Meridien would be a great place for a base if you were exploring the city for even longer.
I’m not someone who typically stays in luxury hotels, so I’m easily impressed, but I found the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur to be fantastic. If you’re looking for the sort of vibe that an Aloft has, by all means stay there, but if you just want a quality hotel in Kuala Lumpur, you’d be hard-pressed to beat the great luxury value of the Le Meridien.
Read below for all of my posts about my trip around the Pacific Rim!
A trip around the Pacific Rim – Introduction
OneWorld Business Lounge Los Angeles LAX review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Boeing 777-300ER Los Angeles LAX to Hong Kong HKG review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330 Hong Kong HKG to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Street markets & Petronas Towers
Cathay Pacific Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Plaza Premium Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Auckland AKL review
Air New Zealand Economy Class Airbus A320 Auckland AKL to Queenstown ZQN review
Queenstown Motel Apartments – Queenstown, New Zealand review
Queenstown, New Zealand – A Lord of the Rings tour
Day trip from Queenstown, New Zealand – Milford Sound
Queenstown, New Zealand – Skyline Queenstown
Craft beer in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown to Franz Josef, New Zealand by bus
Hiking to Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Franz Josef to Nelson, New Zealand by bus
Fellworth House – Nelson, New Zealand review
A beer & wine tour through Nelson, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Nelson, New Zealand
Nelson to Wellington, New Zealand by bus and ferry via Picton
A nerdy day at Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand
Exploring the museums & parks of Wellington, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington to Auckland, New Zealand by bus
New Year’s Eve in Auckland, New Zealand
A rainy New Year’s Day at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
A rainy day at the Auckland Art Gallery & New Zealand Maritime Museum
The best craft beer in Auckland, New Zealand
Emperor Lounge Auckland AKL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Auckland AKL to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia & Jalan Alor
Malaysia Airlines Golden Regional Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Boeing 737-800 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Hong Kong HKG review
A visit to Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong for dim sum
A rainy day in Hong Kong – Science Museum & Kau Kee noodles
Hong Kong – Victoria Peak & more great food
More dim sum in Hong Kong – Din Tai Fung & Dim Sum Square
A day trip to Macau from Hong Kong
Grand City Hotel Hong Kong review
The best craft beer in Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330-300 Hong Kong HKG to Osaka KIX via Taipei review
A layover in Osaka – Ramen, sushi, & exploring the city
JAL Sakura Lounge Osaka KIX review
JAL Business Class Boeing 787 Osaka KIX to Los Angeles LAX review