Birthday Retreat at The Majestic Hotel
I don’t know about your, but I’m feelin’ 22 – T. Swift
Sorry, but I had to! If you couldn’t tell- I just turned 22. The day after my birthday Kyle and I took a trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We scored cheap tickets back in December for only $75 per person. A few months ago we found out that we had to take ‘border runs’ which I spoke about on our trip to Chiang Rai. Since my birthday was around the time that we needed to make our ‘run’ we decided to also make it a birthday trip.
We spent our first night in the most timeless, classic, and elegant hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The Majestic Hotel is nothing short of magical, from the history to the art-deco, to the quality service I really can’t say much more then it was the perfect addition to my birthday celebration.
My travel style is learning as much about the history, culture, and the people. The Majestic Hotel included just that into my travel experience, which is what I can truly appreciate.
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The History of The Majestic
The Majestic Hotel actually includes 2 wings to the entire hotel. The original Hotel Majestic is documented as a national heritage site. Meaning it’s a historical site, and they can only make minor renovations as needed. Originally built in 1932, Hotel Majestic was constructed in a hybrid of neo-classical and art deco styles. The second wing, the newest, is the Tower wing which is more modern furnishings with the same elegance.
Furniture, silverware, and furnishings are all custom designed imported from England. The building also featured a roof garden, with a dance floor. The hotel is best known for it’s rich and influential heritage, and the unrivaled prestige and luxury. From the spacious elegant rooms to the orchid conservatory, to their own colonial cafe- the elegance and sophistication are quite amazing.
Fast forward to the 1970’s and the hotel had lost its popularity to bigger and more luxurious hotels. The government saved the hotel from being demolished and is now a heritage building under the Antiquities act. The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is now established as part of Autograph Collection of iconic historic hotels where the allure of a city’s distinctive past meet all of today’s modern luxuries and stylish innovations.
Our Room, The Colonial Suite
Our accommodation was located in the Majestic wing, the original hotel side. Where guests who stay here enjoy the Majestic Club membership. This includes check-in/out from the room itself, access to the lounge, and butler service. Upon entering our room it was like walking into Malaysia back in the 1930’s, with the decor and classic set up with separate living quarters.
Our butler left us a kind letter, and we reveled in the ambiance of this gorgeous room. We definitely didn’t want to leave it! The bathroom was my favorite area with the black and white tile, and the clawfoot tub. I enjoyed a warm bath with provided bath salts and a cup of tea. It was pure relaxation.
The Colonial Suite was like stepping into a little piece of history. It was classic, timeless, and comfortable. There is a fully loaded snack bar, with various teas to choose from and soft-drinks. There was also satellite tv, so of course, we binged on Food Network and HGTV, like the old souls we are.
One of my favorite experiences during our stay was having afternoon tea. A quintessential English tradition, inspired back in the 1930’s when Malaysia was under British rule. We have never partaken in afternoon tea, and this was definitely an excellent first-time experience. It felt like we were back in the 30’s with the imported English tea set, to the butler service, to the delicious treats and of course the tea.
Our dinner for the evening took place at the Colonial cafe, in the Majestic wing. The food was hands down 5/5, and being a major foodie this place was amazing. We both enjoyed a mushroom appetizer, steak dinners, and some drinks. The ambiance is that of the olden days, as I’ve said before. With the live jazz band, the service, and the art-deco decor.
The following day we had breakfast and lunch at Contango, located in the Tower Wing. Which was still as classic, and elegant but more modern being on the newer wing of the hotel. Both breakfast and lunch feature an array of cuisine from Indian, to Malay, to classic American and English dishes.
By far this has been the best dining experience in a hotel I have ever had. There were dishes for everyone, coffee, desserts galore, seafood. You name it, Contango had something for everyone’s taste. Most hotel buffets serve okayish food, but this is by far the best buffet I’ve had. The food is prepared fresh in front of you, and you can enjoy endless cups of coffee and tea.
Have I mentioned we enjoyed a lot of tea here?
Besides the many amenities, we were able to experience, there is so much more that Hotel Majestic offers that we just didn’t have enough time to experience. There is an orchid observatory where they host afternoon tea and events, housing over 1000 orchids. The Smokehouse (something my husband would like to use next time) was beautiful, featuring a bar, private smoking rooms, a barber shop, cigar jackets and a private screening room.
There is also a spa, with an outdoor infinity pool, a rooftop pool, a fully equipped gym, as well as the Majestic Club lounge. The club lounge allows Majestic wing guests access to enjoy free coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks at any time.
The quality of service matches the reputation of this hotel and its history. Everyone was kind, gracious, and extremely helpful. No matter who it was, every employee greeted us with a warm and welcoming smile. Our servers during dinner were so great to us, and the manager even came out to greet us.
I was a little worried when we checked in since our flight was delayed and we arrived about 2 hours late. There was a little confusion since we did check in later than expected. However, they were able to figure it out and we were enjoying all the wonderful amenities within 3o minutes of arriving.
My Honest Thoughts
I’ve never stayed in a 5-star hotel before, and generally, like to save my money otherwise. However, for special occasions, this is the place to go. We loved everything about our stay here especially the service, and the food. To be 100% transparent with you, there wasn’t anything we didn’t like.
Overall we had an amazing experience, one we will surely remember. We will most likely stay again if we are ever in Kuala Lumpur due the quality of service, location, and the various amenities included which make the cost incredibly worth it.
Would we stay again? Yes, we would. The location and the entire experience are worth it.
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Thank you to The Majestic Hotel for sponsoring our stay. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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