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AT A GLANCE, THE ALILA’S lo­ca­tion in sub­ur­ban Bangsar may seem like a mi­nus. But with di­rect ac­cess to a light-rail sta­tion, prox­im­ity to the nightlife of Jalan Telawi, and enough dis­tance from down­town Kuala Lumpur to be con­sid­ered a re­treat, it is in fact the ho­tel’s gain. An­other plus are the ex­cel­lent food and bev­er­age out­lets. At vin­tage Hol­ly­wood– style bar Pa­cific Stan­dard, mix mas­ter Ruben Anandha will con­coct a cock­tail to match your mood (if in doubt, try his choco­late ne­groni). Next door at En­tier, Fukuoka-born chef Masashi Ho­ri­uchi ap­plies French tech­nique to a nose-to-tail phi­los­o­phy in dishes like ox­tail con­sommé and chicken baked in a salt crust. Fill­ing the top floors of a 41-story apart­ment tower, the Alila’s 143 rooms are sim­ple, spa­cious, and stylish. Com­mu­nal lounges with com­pli­men­tary cof­fee and snacks on each floor com­plete the pic­ture. It’s great value. —60-3/2268-3888; alila­ho­tels .com; dou­bles from US$87

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