About four years ago, I first visited Kuala Lumpur with a friend from Canada and had a great time despite being there for just a short while; so when my Dad said we were going to Malaysia for Christmas 2017, I was glad I’d be able to go back. During my first trip to the Malaysian capital, we stayed in Traders Hotel and absolutely loved it, so I suggested the hotel to my Dad and he agreed! Given that my visits were four years apart, I thought I ought to do another review of this fantastic hotel; this time, a tad bit more structured. You can read the first hotel review I made in the link below:
Check-in : Lobby
First off, the initial impression you’ll get from a hotel is when you check-in. The efficiency of the system and the professionalism of the staff once again made a great impression as we arrived at around noon. It’s important to note that technically there are two lobbies in the hotel. Unlike big five-star hotels with luxurious lobbies, Traders Hotel is more of a business-type hotel with two separate lobbies: the first being at the ground level, where the concierge takes your bags to be brought up to the room you’re assigned to and the second, located on the fifth level where the check-in counters are. Note: Despite being a business hotel rather than a five-star, it still is a great option for families, couples, and so on. As aforementioned, the check-in system is absolutely efficient and is one of the most convenient and quickest check-in processes I’ve experienced by far; and the front office personnel are absolutely professional! They were kind enough to welcome me back, as they saw on their system that I had stayed in the hotel previously.
There’s a guest lounge on the second floor, where you can stay in if your room isn’t available yet. There’s a computer with internet access you could use, free coffee, bottled water, and cookies!
Room & Bath
Now onto the hotel room. As mentioned in Hotel Review: Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the hotel offers everything you would need for your stay. The spacious room has an in-room safe, a closet with more than enough space, bathrobes, slippers, an iron & ironing board, laundry bags & services at a fee, a stocked mini-fridge & cabinet with snacks (contents consumed at a fee as well), complimentary coffee and tea with a small kettle and glasses, a small working desk, a flat screen television, a hair dryer hidden under the drawer below the tv set, complimentary bottled water & lollipops, and super comfortable couches and beds! Like I said, they have everything both business guests and tourists would need.
The marbled bathroom is spacious too, offering both a shower and a bathtub with complete toiletries including a hair band for the convenience of guests. And of course, given how much my friend and I enjoyed the view of Petronas Twin Towers from our room thanks to a free upgrade during the first trip, my Dad ensured that we got the same view and paid a little extra to do so. I highly suggest that if you can, do book a room with the view of Petronas, as it is glorious waking up to it and ending the day with that incredible view.
The great thing about this hotel aside from its best attribute – its central location, but more on that later, are the dining options Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur has to offer.
Right by the ground level lobby, you’ll find an On-the-Go kiosk selling coffee, tea, juices, and snacks & meals like sandwiches, paninis, and so on. It’s a great place to get a quick bite as you’re headed to a business meeting or out to explore the city as a tourist.
In-Room Dining (Room Service)
Too tired to walk out of the hotel for dinner? No problem, the in-room dining of the hotel is great. Paying a premium price as compared to dining in the food court in the mall nearby is worth it if you order room service in Traders KL. We ordered a local dish, Nasi Goreng Kampung (RM 41++), which I highly recommend. If that dish is any indication of how good the rest of the menu is, then it should be great!
Gobo Chit Chat
Traders KL’s in-house buffet restaurant is another one you must try while in the city. Gobo Chit Chat specializes in buffets, but they also have an a la carte menu, which is also used as the room service menu); you can find it can find here. Their Seafood Buffet, however, is a must, must, must-try. You can read my full review in Restaurant Review: Gobo Chit Chat’s Seafood Buffet Dinner.
Gobo Upstairs Lounge Bar & Grill
The upscale version of Gobo Chit Chat is Gobo Upstairs Lounge Bar & Grill. If you’re looking to have a fancy, intimate dinner with drinks, this would be your best option. Located right above the fifth level lobby, they serve great food as well, just as any other dining options in the hotel. You can check out their menu offering here.
Last but not the least, another dining option in the hotel is the SkyBar. More of a destination for after-dinner drinks, they also offer small snack plates that are worth a try. Also, this bar is one of the best in the country; as most say, “You haven’t been to Kuala Lumpur if you haven’t been to the SkyBar.” Truly, the SkyBar offers the best panoramic view of the city with the Petronas Twin Towers as the star of the skyline. Ladies, if you’re lucky enough to be there on a Wednesday, you get free drinks from 18:00 to 23:00!
Aside from having a great view of the city, the Skybar actually houses the hotel’s pool. Pool by day, bar by night is the best way to describe this area of the hotel. If you’re looking for a quick swim to refresh yourself from a day of exploring KL, then go and visit the hotel pool located at the Skybar.
Traders has a health club, which serves as the gym for the hotel located on the 18th floor – coincidentally the same floor our room was located in! It’s a great place to unwind if you’re not up for a swim.
Sauna & Spa
The sauna & spa are located on a much high floor – at the hotel’s highest floor in fact, right above the SkyBar / Pool level. I have yet to try the spa as you would have to pay for a massage appointment like in any other hotel, but you can give the sauna a visit at for free!
If you have no idea where to go during your trip to Malaysia and would rather have a guide lead you through one attraction to another, then don’t fret! You don’t have to book anything in advance if you don’t want to make a reservation payment online, you can just head on over to the tour desk on the ground level of Traders Hotel, which has several day & multi-day tour offerings.
One of the most important things a hotel must have these days is Wi-Fi, and let me tell you that the Wi-Fi in this hotel has great connection and is pretty speedy for Asian standards; so you can easily snap and post your view from the room or video-call friends and family from the Malaysian capital.
As mentioned in Hotel Review: Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, what made me choose Traders versus its sister hotel: Shangri-La, is the location. Right in front of the hotel is the KLCC Park, and within 700 meters is Suria KLCC – one of the best malls in the country; and just a few meters from the mall is the commuter railway, which can directly take you to different places in the city, like Batu Caves! If you’re too lazy to do the 700-meter walk, Traders has a complimentary buggy service that quickly takes you to Suria KLCC. Though my Dad and I spent most of our time walking, it was a great option should it be drizzling or if we were too tired from a day of exploring. Further out from KLCC, there are several other malls you can visit that are within walking distance like Starhill Gallery and Pavilion.
If this did not convince you enough that Traders Kuala Lumpur has the best location in the city, then go book your room and see for yourself! With great rates, you’ll get more out of it than you’d ever expect. Truly, taking all aspects into account, Traders Kuala Lumpur is the best hotel in the area.
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Phone (60 3) 2332 9888
Operating Hours 6.30am – 11pm
Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia