The rich history of KL, and I daresay, even the whole of Malaysia beats strongly from very rooms of The Federal, Kuala Lumpur. The first of its kind in KL, when the city was but a babe, this commanding skyscraper stood with pride towering over the then flat lands of KL, as the country’s first international-class hotel. And this year, as the nation turns 60, The Federal Kuala Lumpur ages almost exactly along with it.
Built with the original intent to host international dignitaries scheduled to visit Malaysia after its Independence was formally announce, The Federal Hotel was completed and opened its doors, August 28, 1957, three days before the momentous chants of “Merdeka!”.
A historical landmark with its trump card being it’s sought after great location, The Federal is walking distance to KL’s best shopping malls, night life hot spots and delectable street food, rendering public transport unnecessary to explore the heart of the city. But if this means of transportation becomes necessary, guests would appreciate the convenience of access with the newly opened Bukit Bintang MRT Station, a mere three minutes’ walk from The Federal Kuala Lumpur.
Even with the allure of its rich history, The Federal Hotel has constantly upgraded itself to maintain relevance and appeal, the newly renovated Merdeka Wing testament to their constant innovation.
These lush new suites beckons the tired traveller, giving way to a good night’s rest, with a luxurious ambiance for that comfort-filled slumber. The room design, a seamless blend of classic luxury with contemporary comfort yields all the ingredients for a distinctive urban retreat.
Whilst staying at The Federal, you will be spoilt with choice for delicious Malaysian cuisine.
Kontiki, with its beautiful contemporary-designed dining area complete with giant TIkki statues and rattan ‘love seats’, is a constant buffet winner with a fine selection of dishes befitting for all appetites.
And The Verandah, a newly renovated lavish lounge, the perfect place to unwind, with drink in hand, immersed in the soft relaxing music from their live band.
The Mandarin Palace though, won a soft spot in our hearts with its ornate interior preserved almost exactly as if it were still the 1960s. Gorgeous gold-covered wooden carvings adorn the splendid walls of this sublime space of culture and history, weaving a fascinating tale when you choose to pay it the attention it deserves. Watch the dragon chase the phoenix while you enjoy a taste of oriental cuisine, with the Deep Fried Seabass with soya sauce casting an enjoyable sweet, scrumptious moment on the tongue while the honeyed and savoury delectable Lotus Paste Pancake ends your meal with delightfully appetising ambrosial tones.
The steal of the show however, was The Federal’s Bintang Restaurant, Malaysia’s first revolving restaurant, offering guests a semi-fine dining experience alongside a panoramic view of KL city. With décor from the 1960’s still intact and meticulously maintained, this splendid dining experience is further enhanced by the toothsome food served.
The Grilled Salmon here, flawless in taste and texture, alongside the Forest of Mushroom Soup brought our taste buds to life, its rich blend of flavour worthy for a pause of appreciation.
A stylish place of stay, elegant with a flair of history, the wooden walls of this notable establishment exude memories alongside Malaysian culture. Holding our city’s history close to heart in both preservation of design and presentation of mementos, we could almost hear the thunderous chants once again echoing across the fields of Dataran Merdeka, the spirit of Malaysia’s Independence burning ever bright.
Address: 35, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
+60 3-2148 9166