Whoa. My jaw smashed to the (softly carpetted) floor when we opened the drapes in our room. The gleaming Petronas Towers were literally shining across the midnight cityscape of Kuala Lumpur. We knew we’d have this view when we booked a couple of nights at the Traders Hotel, but I didn’t know it would be this breathtaking when we actually get to see them in real life. I was totally blown away.
|THE FAUX GROUND FLOOR LOBBY|
|TRADERS HOTEL’S REAL LOBBY|
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur via multiple rides from buses and trains from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Melaka. It was close to midnight when we checked in at the ground floor hotel lobby, where we were then promptly escorted to their fifth floor real lobby.
|A ROOM WITH A VIEW|
Soon enough, we were oohing and aahing ourselves to the sights of the twin tower, all within the vicinity of our own room, snapping endless pictures from our phones and cameras. We’d never had a view as grand as this during our multiple trips to Kuala Lumpur the previous year.
|SWEET TOOTH ME!|
We were so awestruck by the view that we almost didn’t notice how luxurious our room was. We were booked on a Traders Club Twin Towers View Room (check rates) and it was so spacious! Besides the monstrous king-bed, it has a mini-sofa, a really comfy recliner, a good-sized workstation and more important than free and fast Wi-Fi, a plethora of complimentary chocolates just for us!
|NOW THAT’S A BATHROOM COUNTER YOU DON’T SEE EVERYDAY|
I was working my way through half the box of sweets when I checked the en suite toilet and bath. More than being roomy, I was particularly impressed with the bathroom counter which looks to be made from layers of capiz (mother of pearl). It was lighted from underneath, making it magically glow in translucence.
Being in Kuala Lumpur, I was rarin’ to go out to find a plate of mee goreng. I was craving for this particular noodle dish ever since having one at the food stalls in Jalan Alor last year. By midnight, after much convincing, my partner in crime finally obliged for a walk (and we did find an open hawker selling noodles).
Breakfast was only a few hours later, but I was really determined to have my mee goreng fix.
|BUFFET BREAKFAST AT TRADERS HOTEK KL|
Some hours later indeed, the spread of the buffet fare greeted us at Traders Hotel’s Gobo Chit Chat restaurant. My drowsiness quickly evaporated as I wended my way through plates after plates of delectable dishes.
|I CAN LIVE WITHOUT BACONS FOR TWO DAYS|
I piled everything on my plate, which wasn’t large enough for my appetite and whisked it off to a comfy dining booth where we can eat with comfort. It was perfect. The only thing missing really are strips of crisply fried pork bacon. Malaysia, being an Islamic country, my crispy wishes would have to wait until the next leg of the trip.
|TRADERS HOTEL’S MODERN FACADE|
Our Kuala Lumpur plan consists of only one destination, the monkey-filled, stair-laden, tourist-flocked Batu Caves. We’ve been to KL a dozen times but we haven’t been to this tourist spot even once. This time, I swore we’d finally go there. But plans have a way of being totally unfollowed and disregarded.
Long story short, Batu Caves was scrapped. Again.
|A POOL ON YOUR LEFT, A VIEW ON YOUR RIGHT, A BEER ON YOUR HAND|
|NOW THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL A PLATTER OF NACHOS!|
What we did was simply walk around KL and eat mee goreng. And as if we weren’t full enough, we came back to Traders Hotel just before the sun was about to set. We sat ourselves on the plush red sofas, set 33 floors above Kuala Lumpur, right beside the hotel’s rooftop SkyBar swimming pool, and drank ourselves to oblivion with our compadres, Stella and Asahi.
And of course, we can’t resist having a bit of pica-picas on the side too.
|SEAFOOD GALORE AT TRADERS HOTEL|
Gluttons beware. By eight in the evening, we said goodbye to our bottles and headed for the Gobo Chit Chat restaurant once again. It was dinner time. While we were already gut-bustingly full, we cannot resist but join the seafood buffet fray going on at the dining hall.
|I CAN’T EVEN|
Can you spell scallops? Oysters? Lobsters? And all the beautiful creatures that swims beneath the ocean? We were a bit tipsy but we definitely can. Plus we definitely can eat them too! It was a grand feast of everything seafood if there was one, it almost made me forget about them crispy, crispy bacons.
|WE DON’T WANT NO DONUTS|
Donut menu? Uhmm, but we really don’t dig donuts. That was me on the phone arranging for an earlier than usual breakfast right before we hit the bed. We have to exit quite early the next day and we sure weren’t gonna make it to their breakfast buffet.
Oh doorknob menu! It turns out we can ask for an early breakfast delivered right to our room, food choices were gonna be hung from our doorknobs for our convenience.
On an ungodly hour, not quite the next day, our wake up call brought us back to the world, dazed and red eyed. And right after, a prompt knock on our door. Breakfast was ready.
|NOW THERE’S A VIEW|
Our stay at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur fits my exact definition of a staycation. Well, it isn’t really a proper staycation since were quite a ways away from home, but we definitely made it our home during our short stop in Kuala Lumpur. Good (and overflowing) food, luxurious stay, fantastic view, superb location. You almost really don’t want to go out anymore.
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Address: KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact Number: (603) 2332-9888
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GPS Coordinates Map: 3.153750, 101.714898