Apr162015

Kuala Lumpur cheap luxury hotels and their points price

Kuala Lumpur is a city I have never visited, yet I have periodically studied hotel rates in Kuala Lumpur for more than a decade. Historically, two of the lowest priced places to travel for cheap luxury hotels are Egypt and Malaysia.

I purchased the $389 Delta economy V class fare ticket this morning for San Jose, California to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2015. The trip will require six hotel nights once I get to Malaysia. The trip will require an overnight in TPE Taipei, Taiwan on both outbound and return flights. Taipei is another city I have never visited.

Loyalty Traveler – Fare Alert Delta $389 San Jose SJC KUL Kuala Lumpur (April 16)

Here is a survey of some Kuala Lumpur hotels and room rates in November 2015.

Kuala Lumpur Hotel Rates

InterContinental Kuala Lumpur $115 (IHG Rewards Club 30,000 points)

Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie $73 (IHG Rewards Club 15,000 points)

Renaissance Kuala Lumpur $104 (Marriott Rewards category 3 hotel 15,000 points)

JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur $134 (Marriott Rewards category 5 at 25,000 points)

Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur $179 (Marriott Rewards Tier 1 30,000 points)

Hilton Kuala Lumpur   $154 Hilton HHonors 40,000 points

DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur $87 Hilton HHonors 10,000 points

Hilton Petaling Jaya $81 (Hilton HHonors 30,000 points)

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur $146 (Hyatt Gold Passport 12,000 points category 4)

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral $96 (SPG category 2 3000/4000 points)

Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur $88 (SPG category 2 3000/4000 points)

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur  $81 (SPG category 3 at 7000 points)

Westin Kuala Lumpur $122 (SPG category 4 at 10,000 points)

Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur $112

Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar $80 (Accor Hotels luxury brand)

A good lie-flat hotel bed will be a welcome relief after two days of economy seat flying to Asia.

Starwood Hotels Andaman Langkawi

And if Kuala Lumpur is not the kind of vacation place to spend a week, an $80 round trip flight to Langkawi offers other beach resort options like The Andaman, Starwood Luxury Collection at category 5 for 12,000 points per night or about $190 paid rate.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Always stayed at the Mandarin Oriental next to the Petronas Tower. Amazing rate for a hotel at that category.

  2. Mandarin Oriental is $183 USD with full breakfast or about $20 less without breakfast.

    Low price for a Mandarin Oriental. I stayed at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas on the Expedia.ca Vegas package deal back in 2010 for $9 per night or something like that.

  3. Go for the Grand Hyatt KL. The newest hotel in town, and possibly the most stunning views at the moment.

  4. I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Really nice hotel, and the views from the reception desk (on the 38th floor or something) are gorgeous!

    If you stay there, you have to take a drink at their bar during the sunset!

  5. A few thoughts too many: if you still have diamond status, the Hyatt is truly awesome, especially if using a DSU. I spent 5 days back there again earlier this month; best lounge staff ever. The aloft is an amazing weekend deal on points as well and could be a great idea if you want a hotel in close proximity to the KLIA Espress train if arriving late or leaving early. It totally defies expectation of the aloft brand in that it has a rooftop bar with events that attract local society people at times and is pretty upscale hotel overall. The Renaissance is a good use of category 1-4 certificates if one is at least a gold member.

    If looking to get out of KL, I’d recommend Kota Kinabalu. The city itself doesn’t have tons of attractions, but the people are awesome and it is one of the chillest cities in this part of the world with fun access to island beaches with short boat trips. Also, KK has an awesome category 1 Hyatt that treats diamonds very well. Or pay 8,000 points for an enormous suite and guaranteed lounge access.

  6. @Brendan – Kota Kinabalu is a place I planned a trip to in 2000 and then everyone backed out of the idea. My family did not want to travel to Asia in economy class even though I offered to cover all the hotel suites.

    I had thousands of dollars in Marriott Bucks I earned from shopping portals. Probably still have a stack of expired unused certificates sitting around in a drawer somewhere.

    Might be time to make up for my lost trip to Borneo.

    I am Hyatt Diamond with four suite upgrades to burn.

  7. You can not beat DoubleTree by Hilton. It requires only 10K HHonors. As Gold you get free breakfast and access to lounge on 33rd floor. PETRONAS and KLCC mall is within walking distance. Bukit Bintang is short drive by taxi

  8. I was able make a successful BRG claim on the bed and breakfast rate at the Grand Hyatt KL last year (using Expedia as the bogey), which brought the price of the room+breakfast down to about $150 per night all in. The non-breakfast rate was also lower on Expedia, so I imagine that too would have worked. I was not Hyatt Diamond, so breakfast wasn’t free for me.

    BTW, the breakfast buffet is amazing there: it is actually two buffets, one western and one Asian, both with substantial offerings, including made-to-order options in an open kitchen, and the seating area is on the 38th floor with great views of the Petronas towers. It appears the lounge has a similar feel, but I can’t speak from experience.

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