Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED AND TESTED -

In a city that’s bur­geon­ing with five-star ho­tels, the Is­tana is a stal­wart. De­spite the un­de­ni­able moder­nity of the place, when I walked into the lobby I got a dis­tinct im­pres­sion of what one would ex­pect of a lux­ury ho­tel in a by­gone era. Lots of in­laid mar­ble and lush pot­ted fo­liage, and a mas­sive re­cep­tion desk manned by über-friendly ho­tel staff. Noth­ing bou­tique-y about this place; it’s an un­apolo­get­i­cally big ho­tel that gets brought down to guest-friendly di­men­sions by leg­endary Malaysian hos­pi­tal­ity.

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