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: ytlhotels.com; lhw.com.
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