Due to flight cancellation issues I ended up with just 18 hours to review these lovely services apartments in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Bukit Bintang hotels are always my go to place when looking for the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur and the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon is a short walk from my favourite areas in this city.
Lanson Place consists of 150 1, 2 and 3 bedroom serviced apartments. We were lucky enough to have a 2 bedroom apartment and it was enormous. We arrived very late at close to 1:30 in the morning. Having a fair idea of where we were located, the minute we walked into the room, I went straight to the window to check out the view. I wasn’t disappointed, see below for the view I was presented with.
Our apartment was on the 46th floor facing the Petronas Towers, I was so excited to have this view to share with my mum as she hadn’t seen the towers before. Even though I’ve been to Kuala Lumpur many times now, I still get really excited at the sight of them.
The size of the apartment is overwhelming when you first walk in! It really is huge, the lounge/dining area caters for at least 6 people. There’s a full size kitchen with a microwave and a conventional oven, refrigerator, cooktop, cooking utensils, pod coffee machine with pods and various teas. There’s also crockery, cutlery and glassware for 4 people. You could easily move in and not need anything else. There was also a large flat screen TV for the lounge and fully refrigerated split system air conditioning that kept the room at a very comfortable temperature.
Our apartment even had 2 full size bathrooms, the main that serviced the whole apartment then another en suite off the master bedroom. Now I have to say it, the showers in the bathrooms were the best I have ever experienced, I could have stayed in there all day!! It had a rain shower head which I love but there is a normal shower rose if you aren’t a fan of the rain type. The ensuite bathroom even had a separate toilet and full sized bath tub, awesome! Both bathrooms had full toiletries including toothbrushes for all of us and each had a hairdryer.
The master bedroom had a king size bed with the view out to the Patronas Towers. In fact every window in our apartment had a view of the towers, did I mention we were on the 46th floor, second from the top! The second bedroom had 2 king single beds. There were TVs in both rooms as well as air conditioning.
Now if you are thinking that’s a pretty spacious apartment, wait there’s more! Believe it or not the apartment has a separate study and fully equipped laundry. How wonderful is that. If I had more time I would have put on a load of washing and gone home with a suitcase full of clean clothes, wouldn’t that be wonderful. These types of things make holidays so much better, having the comforts of home while away. Overall the room was very clean and modern and of course very spacious.
As I said we arrived late and decided to have a bit of a sleep in. We woke at about 8 and had a coffee/tea in the apartment. It was a Saturday morning so I knew that breakfast was on until 11 so we didn’t have to hurry. We all took our time relishing the amazing shower and then headed up to the breakfast buffet at about 10.30. The breakfast buffet is surprisingly on the top floor, the 48th. I love views so I have to rave about this one, from my breakfast table I could see both the Kuala Lumpur Tower and the Patronas Towers, match made in heaven for me!! The breakfast buffet was nice, scrambled eggs, sausages, grilled tomatoes, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, toast and lovely pastries and danishes.
This floor also doubles as a lounge and bar during the day. It’s a great area for sitting with family and friends or reading a book in the window while taking in the brilliant views over the city. It has a mezzanine level and upstairs is a pool table and more seating. There is an alfresco area with a BBQ and some tables for your use. The gardens are manicured and it’s a nice use of space.
On the 5th floor there are a number of other family friendly areas for guests to enjoy. Number one hit is of course a swimming pool. There are 3 pools there, including a lap pool for serious swimmers (and my kids who are pretty confident in water), another crescent shaped novelty pool prefect for kids that are not that confident in water, a toddlers pool for the little ones and there is even a jacuzzi over behind all that. Certainly plenty of places to get wet which you will appreciate considering the hot humid weather usually experienced in Malaysia. I by the way, love that weather.
There’s an indoor playground on the way out to the pool with lots of toys for toddlers and babies. It was a great room and I felt confident that it was very safe, soft style flooring so that kids wouldn’t get hurt. A good place to tire out a little one in a safe environment.
There is a library for quite reading time with a plush sofa to relax on. This was locked during our visit but there are enough security guards around to source a key for you if you need to. There is another BBQ area behind the pool and the toddlers play area. There is also a fully equipped gym which I didn’t have the time to check out (not really my thing on holidays but I know it appeals to some).
Other services available to guests include 24 hour reception, concierge service, housekeeping service, laundry and dry cleaning service, 24 hour security and a scheduled shuttle service to downtown Kuala Lumpur which is a brilliant initiative. I am just disappointed we didn’t get more time to try out all these things for you.
The cost varies depending on the time of year, my advice is to book early and check the price directly with Lanson Place and then check the price on Agoda, I have provided the links for you below:
Direct with Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon, click here.
Direct with Agoda, click here.
Prices can be substantially lower on Agoda, it’s my go-to site for hotel bookings for Asia. Its always worth checking you snag a great deal.
We loved Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon, only problem was our stay wasn’t long enough. I was very impressed with the location, walking distance to Bukit Bintang, KKLC and Berjaya Times Square, even less in a taxi if you are struggling with the directions which can be a bit tricky. We got a taxi to Berjaya Times Square and it cost us $3AUD. Just down the road from Lanson Place is a great street food and bar area, if we had an extra night I would have loved to explore this area, it’s only a 2 min walk down the hill. Location is everything for hotels and this one was in a great spot.
As I have stated above, the apartment was massive. It really was a very comfortable space. I don’t think I have ever stayed in an apartment so large in Asia. It was decorated with a minimalist modern style with beautiful bathrooms. I think this is a great hotel for families, there’s plenty of room for the kids to spread out and enough for them to do in house to keep them entertained for a few days. The swimming area is fantastic and I even had a beer from the cafe located next to the pool. Note though you need to take money as it is separate to the hotel therefore you’re unable to bill it to your room.
I will definitely return to Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon. Craig wasn’t with me on this trip and from the photos he has said he would really like to stay there next April when we are next in Kuala Lumpur. For me it was the drop dead gorgeous view that totally won me over, I could happily stare at those towers all night long. This is a very attractive option for larger families like ours.
We will return to Kuala Lumpur, we have been there so many times yet I have surprisingly few posts to share with you. We visited a Kuala Gandeh elephant sanctuary back in 2014 which the kids loved and we have independently visited Batu Caves which is also a lot of fun. We tend to stop over there for a few days, like on our recent trip to Langkawi. Langkawi is a fabulous place and so many family friendly things to do in Langkawi with kids. I think next time we head to Kuala Lumpur we might stay a while and do a bit more than shopping!
Have you stayed in an apartment in Asia this big before? Tell me about it in the comments below.
Sal & Co.
Disclaimer: We had a mutually beneficial arrangement with Lanson Place, as always my opinion is my own.