The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Asia - 10

BUILT in 1932 and sit­u­ated op­po­site the old Moor­ish rail­way sta­tion on the city’s so-called his­tor­i­cal mile, the Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel was once the hub of KL so­cial life. It sur­vived World War II (when it was taken over by the Ja­panese high com­mand), in­de­pen­dence and near de­mo­li­tion in the 1970s and, fol­low­ing a top-to-toe makeover by lo­cal cor­po­ra­tion YTL Ho­tels, it has got back its colo­nial groove.

Pith hel­mets have been dusted off and popped on porters’ heads, it’s pukka tucker in the Colo­nial Cafe (mul­li­gatawny soup; fag­gots with wild mush­room mash; and spot­ted dick) while the city’s leg­endary So­liano fam­ily has re­turned to croon jazz stan­dards. Barman John Yap’s Straits Slings are in­fin­itely su­pe­rior to the Sin­ga­pore ver­sion and at the ho­tel’s day spa (with in­te­ri­ors that nod to Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh), there’s Pimms in­stead of herbal tea (or mock­tails, if you in­sist).

Two hun­dred and fifty- three gue­strooms are housed in a new 15-storey tower while the five-storey old wing has been re­con­fig­ured to in­clude 47 large and lux­u­ri­ous suites with oo­dles of cosy colo­nial nos­tal­gia. More: ytl­ho­;


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