The first thing you need to figure out before looking for a great luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur is where you want to stay. There are several areas around Kuala Lumpur which have different atmospheres, but one thing these places all have in common is the easy access with public transport systems.
If you are looking into staying around the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) area, there are numerous first-class hotels there, such as Mandarin Oriental KL, or Shangri-La Hotel KL. Some of the luxury hotels stand out in terms of interior and overall design. For example, if you are looking for a really sophisticated, contemporary place to stay, there is Hotel Maya KL; Egypt, for instance, for a Japanese high-class culture feel, there is Hotel Nikko KL.
The great thing about staying in this area is its location. Located nearby are many of the international embassies, business centers, and also entertainment centers. Just a short distance away from these hotels is one of Kuala Lumpur's most prominent landmarks, the Petronas Towers, which is the twin skyscrapers co-joined to Suria KLCC. There is a convention center here as well, and the Petronas Philharmonic Hall, an aquarium, a huge park, and a massive shopping center filled with international brands complete with entertainment centers like a cinema.
There are also many premier hotels around the Bukit Bintang area, like the Grand Millennium KL, JW Marriott Hotel and many others. If you are looking for something different, this area also has its own exclusively themed hotels, like Hotel Istana, which is beautifully furnished – comfortable and contemporary, but with hints of a Sultanate palace.
Bukit Bintang area is a little different from KLCC area, as its streets are filled with shopping complexes, shops and stores, restaurants, lights and people. Bukit Bintang is a hot spot at night, and here you can see people from all walks of life. Thealls are impressive, and you can find many discounted items and bargains. There are a number of upscale stores and restaurants here too, and some great places to party or chill the night away would be Changkat Bukit Bintang.
Other areas of KL you could stay in is around Petaling Street area. However, there are not many luxury hotels around here, with the exception of the four-star Ancasa Hotel & Spa KL. But there are some excellent markets here, like the very busy Petaling Street night market, and also Central Market. On the outskirts of the central town area there is Mid Valley City, or Petaling Jaya. Although these are not necessarily quieter, and are more suited for business stands around those areas.