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The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Ranked #7 of 342 Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur
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“Dinner Buffet at Contango”
Reviewed 25 June 2013

Had dinner buffet at Contango recently. Great atmosphere and great service. Food was not too bad too. However, one thing that was lacking was the food labels. Normally, for buffets, there will be a card to label the type of food that is on the table. But somehow in Contango, there are no food labels and diners have to ask the staffs.

Even the ice-creams were not labeled and the guy tending the ice-cream area had to repeat the flavours that they have over and over again.

These are the little room for improvements, otherwise, its an excellent pkace to be! Especially the staff there, they are 5 star rated!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Wayne L, Manager at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, responded to this review, 2 July 2013
Warmest greetings from all of us at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Thank you for dining with us at our open kitchen interactive dining concept restaurant, Contango. We are delighted to read that you found Contango an excellent place to be in, and that our staffs have met your expectations. We thank you for sharing your valuable feedback and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Melaka, Malaysia
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

A charming hotel I would say. Beautiful room, very sexy.Taxi drivers doesn't know this place. Luckily I knew the where about otherwise we will be frustrated. The shuttle service gives you a great option to the important places in Kuala Lumpur which I feel an added value to our stay. Staffs are very helpful and courteous. Deco are very nice and gives you the feel of warmth. Very clean rooms and the turn down is excellent with ice in the rooms. The rooms are big and spacious. Overall our stay was a memorable one. keep it up.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wayne L, Manager at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, responded to this review, 30 June 2013
Warmest greetings from all of us at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Thank you for your recent stay and for taking the time to review your experience. We are delighted to read that you had an excellent and memorable stay with us. My team and I appreciate your kind compliments and we will certainly continue to craft Majestic moments and memories for all our guests. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Cary, North Carolina
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

This hotel is a veritable gem among the many 5 star properties in this busy, hectic city. Having been renovated to suit 21st century traveler needs yet maintaining a solid feel of its past glory days, the Majestic KL exceeded our expectations. We received a very warm and gracious welcome to the hotel. Kessavan, the chief concierge, was excellent in giving us directions. Wayne, the GM and Lynn, the Heritage Wing manager were at the front entrance to greet us. Very pleasant, helpful, and welcoming, Wayne requested that we treat the hotel like home and the staff as family. Lynn was always present during our stay, making sure that all our needs were fulfilled. It felt like we were indeed at home and among family!

Our room, the Governor's Suite in the Heritage Wing, was magnificent. Excellent furnishings, decor, and amenities...impeccable all around. The butler service was excellent...so attentive, personalized, and professional.

The hotel's location is unbeatable. Walking distance to many of KL's must-see and do sights and yet the hotel felt peaceful and away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Afternoon tea was a very enjoyable time. Quality food and service. I also enjoyed the great music played live by the resident pianist, Ooi Eu Jin. This wonderful gentleman is so talented and is a living legend...I congratulate the hotel for retaining his services. It was also a lovely experience to wander around the Heritage Wing and feel the history that is being preserved.

We will definitely keep the Majestic KL on our itinerary when we next travel through Malaysia. We will also highly recommend this hotel to those discerning travelers who can appreciate historic buildings and wish to be spoiled by terrific service. Another golden YTL property!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Wayne L, Manager at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, responded to this review, 30 June 2013
Warmest greetings from all of us at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Thank you for taking the time to write this excellent review. Your gracious and kind comments have been shared with the team and we are delighted that we have exceeded your expectations. My team and I appreciate the opportunity to be of service to you and your family, and we truly look forward to welcoming all of you back “home” soon for more Majestic moments with us.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We decided to experience The Majestic as there was a promotion for the rooms.
The highlights:
-the spa . YTL spas and masseur always do a good job.
-proximity to city centre and free shuttle bus to main destinations
- the friendliness of most of the
staff
-breakfast buffet variety is awesome

Areas of improvement :
- we went fr tea at the cafe there and were not well informed by staff about the high tea buffet available
-price is exorbitant .

Overall good hotel but it lacks the wow factor for the price you pay.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Wayne L, Manager at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, responded to this review, 30 June 2013
Warmest greetings from all of us at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your time at the Majestic Spa and we appreciate the constructive feedback on areas for us to improve. My team and I thank you for the opportunity to be of service and we truly look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

During a two-week challenging work trip to Malaysia, the Majestic Hotel was an oasis of calm and comfort to come home to each day. The rooms are gorgeously appointed, meticulously clean and very well-designed for the business traveler. The staff are uniformly hard-working and make you feel at home immediately. They are very hard-working and deserve many accolades. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. One of the nicest rooms I have ever stayed in in a large city. Located across from the old railway station, a lovely building and within walking distance of the Central Market for handicrafts. The next time I am in Malaysia, there is no question that I would stay at the Majestic again. By the way, the exercise facilities are great and they have a lovely pool. Afternoon tea is a real treat--they have a gorgeous room filled with orchids if you can manage to get in--it is very popular. Something for everyone here. Try the spa too, and ask for Jacylynn for massage. She was very good and very sweet. Oh--and the food--there is an impressive buffet set every day...not just your usual buffet, but a trip around the world with western, Indian, Chinese and Japanese food and scrumptious desserts.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Wayne L, Manager at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, responded to this review, 27 June 2013
Warmest greetings from all of us at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Thank you very much for this excellent review. We are delighted to read that you found our place an oasis of calm and comfort to come home to each day. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and we appreciate your kind words of acknowledgement. My team and I share the same sentiments that you will be missed, and we truly look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

The 7 phone calls it took to confirm the reservation for four friends and I to have the much-promoted Afternoon Tea at the Majestic Hotel Tea Lounge should have been an indicator of things to come. Silly me to imagine that the challenge of making the reservation would be the only negative!

A stroll through the hotel and its beautifully appointed rooms took us to the gracious lounge where Afternoon Tea was to be served.

There was a beautiful Orchid Room en route, but sadly the doors were locked, leaving us only able to stare through the glass at what was a stunning display of orchids with tea tables set amongst them. Obviously only for the chosen few!

An intimate lounge across from the Orchid Room was also tightly locked -- a very unfriendly hotel, it would seem.

The waiter serving must have doubted my ability to pay the price of the tea -- he reiterated the price of the tea to each of my guests as they arrived, much to my discomfort. Was that really necessary?

Tea was served, and waiters attentive. But in the typical style of a mass market hotel, the food was abundant but what it delivered in quantity was sadly lacking in quality.

There was simply far too much food -- about 12 different cakes and pastries, in addition to four full sized scones for each serving, meant to be shared by two people. It may have been better if it had been served in stages, but having all that food crowded on a small coffee table was a major turn off. There was nothing dainty about this tea!

The tea was perfectly brewed, each guest had their own teapot service, and the scones (raisin and plain) were lovely, though there was barely enough cream and jam to go with the 4 large scones.

The cheese ball was tasty but far too large (bigger than a golf ball and much too heavy in texture), the scotch eggs were average, the curry puffs clearly bought frozen off the rack -- there was far too much pastry and not enough filling.

The various cakes (every other one seemed to be a cheesecake) were forgettable, and the eclair was tasteless.

The sandwiches fared better, but were a bit too dry.

Service was a mish mash of attentive and non-attentive. The waiters were quick to attend to you when called, but seemed not to notice empty tea cups, used plates etc even when our guests had obviously finished with their tea.

We decided to pop in at the Smokehouse to take a look as we left, but had to walk through a corridor filled with smokers who had stepped out from a nearby event. Obviously not much thought had been given to where smokers could congregate.

Paying for parking was another challenge -- signs at the carpark said parking tokens were to be purchased at the restaurants and reception, but the Tea Room had run out and the staff asked us to please go across to the reception in the New Wing to get some.

Why on earth a hotel needs to have a parking system like this defies logic -- they are obviously over-staffed in that they can afford to put staff on duty at each level of the car park to sell these tokens when the easier route would surely have been having one attendant at exit collecting payment or carpark machines where guests do a self-pay.

Our exit through reception was painful to say the least.

After picking up the aforementioned car park token (no receipts issued), we had to wait in the lobby for the lift, while being bombarded by some pretty loud and very bad music coming from the ballroom foyer upstairs, which overlooks the lobby. Certainly suggests that the layout of the hotel wasn't thought through -- why would you have the foyer of your biggest event & party venue open out onto the lobby of what is meant to be a stately, gracious hotel?

All in, disappointing to say the least. I'd give it a 4 out 10.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Wayne L, Manager at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, responded to this review, 16 June 2013
Greetings from all of us at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback. We truly apologize for the frustration and disappointment you experienced on your recent visit. Rest assured that we will take the necessary corrective actions to deliver a better experience for you in the future. We appreciate the opportunity and trust in us to serve you, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
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Annemasse, France
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

This hotel has the most ridiculous bathroom set-up with no toilet privacy whatsoever ! The only separation between toilet and bed-room is clear glass from floor to ceiling, the consequence of which is that from your bed you cannot avoid being the unwilling witness to your companion,s toilet activities.... I cannot see anything "Majestic" in the observation of your companion on the throne. This is an hotel we shall certainly avoid in the future, which is a shame because the other amenities are commendable and the personnel more than agreable: they deserve better than such an undignified environment to work in.
How any interior architect conceive such a set-up is beyond our understanding.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wayne L, Manager at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, responded to this review, 16 June 2013
Greetings from all of us at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and for the constructive feedback. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the clear glass bathroom door on your recent stay. We are pleased to inform you that we have begun installing curtains on all of our bathroom glass doors for your convenience and privacy. My team and I appreciate the opportunity to serve you and we humbly invite you back to give us another try.
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Property: The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Address: No 5, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur 50000, Malaysia
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Region: Malaysia > Wilayah Persekutuan > Kuala Lumpur
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 342 Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
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Hotel Class:5 star — The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur 5*
Number of rooms: 300
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The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur was built in the 1930s and was ranked as one of Southeast Asia's grandest hotels. Re-opening in December 2012, the hotel is poised to reclaim this former glory; its piece-de-resistance will be The Majestic Wing, whose Neo-Classical details have been meticulously restored. An annexe, housing the majority of the plush rooms, was designed to complement the historic building. A spa has been designed in art-deco fashion. ... more   less 
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