A historic hospitality marker to the rise of Kuala Lumpur as a world city, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is part of the KLCC parcel that catapulted the city into global prominence with the one-time tallest building in the world. Coursing with an enviable clientele for a good part of the past two decades - royalties, celebrities and the moneyed itinerants who are used to a certain type of brand hype and finesse, KL's MO stood more or less unchallenged until more prominent luxury brands entered the neighbour right before 2020 which signalled that a facelift was imminent. Today you can still discern that the property was conceived in a different era but the proper maintenance is still in place. The uplifted aspects are by no mean wow-inducing but it remains the very sort of grandee even those who aspire to new age, new media aesthetics would find suitable in the Malaysian capital.
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Check into one of the spacious suites on the high floors for a powerful view of the city. The aesthetics are still classically rendered but it does diffuse the very sort of arrival some travellers aspire to.
Sit for tea at Lounge on the Park, which is still insanely popular with the ladies who lunch in KL and routinely pushes creative new promotions that conform with the stiff 3-tiers.
Lai Po Heen is a stalwart address for dim sum and Cantonese cuisine in the city and part of its charms lie with the bight and airy aspect of its interior. Not everything on the menu will enthrall diners, but a large part is still comforting and palatable.
The MO Club Lounge serves delectable spreads for breakfast and evening cocktail and with the posh gentlemen and ladies behind the desk looking after your stay, you can rest assured of smooth deliveries over the stay.
The MO spa is a nice calming retreat to repose and escape from the city with its pampering treatments and massages. Yogo and pilate classes are also available for booking over one's stay.