Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60 3 2380 8888
Concierge.com's insider take:
Kuala Lumpur isn't a big city, by Asian standards, but even New Yorkers and Londoners will feel a palpable big-city buzz at this lavish 643-room high-rise directly opposite the Petronas Towers. The choice of princes and presidents, it is an impressively efficient city hotel in the grand tradition, with perhaps the most attractive recreational options of any of the city's central business hotels. The pool is lovely and long, overlooking the 50-acre landscaped gardens of KLCC (Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre) Park, which has the best jogging track in the city, well away from traffic. At 430 square feet, the standard rooms are spacious, with dark woods, plush fabrics, and fine contemporary art. The exuberantly designed signature restaurant, Pacifica Grill & Bar, is crowded with movers and shakers at lunch; Wasabi Bistro is a hip spot offering nouvelle California-Japanese cuisine.