Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

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Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur-logo.jpg
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The Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur with the Petronas Towers behind
General information
Status Complete
Address 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250, Malaysia
Coordinates 3°9′15″N 101°42′23″E / 3.15417°N 101.70639°E / 3.15417; 101.70639
Opening 20 April 1985[1]
Management Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited
Technical details
Floor count 28[2]
Design and construction
Architect Jurubena Bertiga International
Other information
Number of rooms 561 [1]
Number of suites 101 [1]
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur (Chinese: 吉隆坡香格里拉大酒店) is an award-winning 5-star luxury hotel located in Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. The hotel is 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The hotel has 662 rooms and suites, an outdoor pool, a gym, health club, spa, function and banquet halls that can accommodate up to 1,800 people, and a number of in-house restaurants and bars.

Construction was completed on 19 September 1984 with the opening held on 20 April 1985.[1] The hotel was the third to open in the chain, following Shangri-La Hotel Singapore in April 1971 and Shangri-La Hotel Hangzhou in November 1984.[3] It comprises 662 guestrooms and suites, all with panoramic views of the city or gardens.

It was voted the best hotel in Kuala Lumpur by public vote at the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards 2014.[4]

Design & Construction[edit]

The Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur was designed by architects Jurubena Bertiga International of Malaysia, and Kanko Kikaku Sekkeisha of Japan[5] as part of the UBN Complex in the center of the city.[6] It was the first of three buildings in the complex to open, on 20 April 1985, ahead of the 140m 35-floor UBN Tower which open the following year, and the UBN apartments.[6] The original interior design was created by Graham Solano, and the landscape gardening was completed by Belt Collins.[1]

The hotel underwent a major refurbishment in 2002, which was completed in September of that year at a cost of RM100 million (USD 31 million), which introduced a new "tropical oasis" theme including water gardens and new landscaping elements.[7] On 28 March 2002 the hotel opened French restaurant Lafite designed by New York interior designer Adam Tihany.[7] In April of the same year, Japanese restaurant Nadaman was reopened as Zipangu, designed by Japanese firm Super Potato.[7] The Lemon Garden Cafe was then opened on August 8, 2002 also by Adam Tihany as a unique dining concept of three outlets in one, including a coffee bar, Italian corner, and live buffet arena.[7]

The hotel was last renovated from 2009 through 2010, which included a revamped facade, Lobby Lounge and swimming pool. Additional greenery were added, as well as a sunbathing deck overlooking the city, and a new room category of 860 square-foot Premier Selection Rooms.[8][9]


Rooms and suites[edit]

The hotel has 662 rooms[10] of which 101 are suites.[1] After renovations in 2010,[2] they are colored red and beige, with the Premier Selection Suites located on the top five of the 28 floors.[10]


Main lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The hotel contains seven restaurants and bars. Fine dining facilities includes the Cantonese restaurant Shang Palace by Chef Tan Kim Weng, and French cuisine restaurant Lafite by Chef Jean-Phillipe Guiard, formerly of the two-Michelin-starred Bagatelle restaurant in Oslo, and one-Michelin-starred La Ribaudiere in Bourg-Charente, France. Lafite originally opened with the hotel in 1985 and was defined as a “fine dining institution” in Kuala Lumpur by CNN in 2012.[11]

  • Lafite - French
  • Lemon Garden Cafe - Malaysian & Indian
  • Shang Palace - Chinese
  • Zipangu - Contemporary Japanese
  • Arthur’s Bar & Grill - Manhattan-style bar and grill
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Poolside Terrace

Ballroom and Function Rooms[edit]

The hotel’s Grand Ballroom has become a focal point for major social and arts events, and weddings of note in the city, featuring regularly in local media. The Grand Ballroom seats more than 1,000 [12] and can accommodate 2,000, and the hotel has 15 additional functions rooms.[13]

Recent events at the location include the Malaysia Tatler Ball,[14] Asia Pacific Dance 'Xplosion 2014,[15] and the wedding of Alia Geneid and Dias Atamkulov.[16]


Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur is on Jalan Sultan Ismail, also known as Treacher Road, in central Kuala Lumpur. The area is named after Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, the fourth Yang Di Pertuan Agong, and is part of the Kuala Lumpur Inner Ring Road, and lies approximately ten minutes away by walk from the landmark Petronas Towers twin skyscrapers. The nearest station is Bukit Nanas Monorail station, a Malaysian elevated monorail train station that is part of the Kuala Lumpur Monorail (KL Monorail). The hotel is 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Charitable Works[edit]

The hotel began a project titled “Gift of Life” in 1985 and has received media attention and the recognition of the Malaysian government for its support of Nor Fatihah Sewah, a girl born without her lower limbs.[17] Through the project, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur adopted Nor Fatihah Sewah in 1997[18] and has sponsored the replacement of her limbs with prosthetics every five years, with the most recent fitting in November 2012.[17]

Malaysia’s Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen brought attention to the hotel’s charitable works in 2012 by presenting a check for RM180,000 raised by the hotel to seven children in need of assistance, including Nor Fatihah Sewah.[19] Minister Ng Yen Yen stated that such financial assistance for children in need of aid in Malaysia required the help of non-Governmental organisations such as the Shangri-La Hotel’s initiative.[19]

Hotel awards[edit]

View from the Poolside Terrace of Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
  • ASEAN Green Hotel Award 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014.[20][21][22]
  • Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards 2014[4]
  • One of the Gold List Properties in Asia, Australia and Pacific Nations, Conde Nast Traveler (USA)
  • One of the Top 20 Overseas Leisure Hotels in Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, 2006; Conde Nast Traveller (UK) [23]
  • Best Luxury Hotel in Malaysia, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012 / 3rd in 2014[24]
  • Best Business Hotel in Kuala Lumpur 2013, Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific)[25]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  3. ^ Steve Shellum (2002-04-01). "Shangri-La CEO Giovanni Angelini Spending US$130 million to Move the Chain to the Top of the Ladder". Hotel Asia Pacific. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Kuala Lumpur Mayor's Tourism Awards 2014". Kuala Lumpur City Hall. Retrieved 2014-08-31.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Mayor" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ "Overseas: Complex Facilities". KKS Group. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  6. ^ a b "UBN Park Complex". Emporis. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Major Facelift For Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur Completed". 4 Hoteliers. 2002-09-25. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  8. ^ "Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  9. ^ Meagan Drillinger (2009-12-16). "Shangri-La At Work in Asia". Luxury Trip Advisor. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  10. ^ a b "Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur". Travel + Leisure. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  11. ^ Joyceline Tully (2012-08-13). "Kuala Lumpur's top 20 restaurants". CNN. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  12. ^ "Shangri-La KL 1000+ Seater Grand Ballroom". WedResearch. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  13. ^ "Celebrate life's events". Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  14. ^ "Malaysia Tatler Ball 2012". Tatler. 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  15. ^ "Asia Pacific Dance 'Xplosion Back With A Bigger Bang". All Events. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  16. ^ "Alia Geneid and Dias Atamkulov's wedding reception in Kuala Lumpur". Tatler. 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  17. ^ a b Priya Menon (2012-11-27). "Hotel continues 27-year tradition of charity work". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  18. ^ "Gift of Life and Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur". Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  19. ^ a b "Hotel's RM180,000 gift to 7 kids". New Straits Times. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  20. ^ Ann Tan (2010-01-26). "10 hotels in Malaysia now hold Green Award status". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  21. ^ Dzaenis (2014-01-20). "ASEAN Green Hotel Awards 2014". Malaysia Travel News. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  22. ^ "Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Receives The Asean Green Hotel Award For The Fourth Time Running". eGlobal. 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  23. ^ Conde Nast Traveller Reader's Travel Awards 2006
  24. ^ "Top 25 Hotels in Malaysia". Tripadvisor. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  25. ^ "2013 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards". Business Traveller. 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 

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