Carcosa Seri Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60 603 2282 1888
Concierge.com's insider take:
These two neighboring hilltop mansions—Carcosa, the century-old official residence of the highest British representative to the country, and Seri Negara, the guest “bungalow”—have played a significant role in Malaysian history, yet they didn't open as a public hotel until the 1990s. The King of Malaysia retains the right to use the mansions for state receptions. The feeling is very much that of being a houseguest at a great estate: There is no reception or lobby; one simply arrives at the porte cochere to be greeted by the staff before being swept off to one of the 13 sumptuous rooms, all different in layout, and done up in classy colonial style. The Dining Room is a tour de force of sublime yet relaxed classical formalism in rich Wedgwood colors, with tinted period lithographs on the walls. The Drawing Room, which overlooks the wooded grounds with the city's skyscrapers shimmering in the middle distance, is a perfect spot for afternoon tea.