Magazine article Management Today

MT Business Travel: Frequent Flyer Paul Stokes' Guide to Kuala Lumpur

Magazine article Management Today

MT Business Travel: Frequent Flyer Paul Stokes' Guide to Kuala Lumpur

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HOW TO GET THERE: It's a 12-hour direct flight from Heathrow. I usually use Malaysian Airlines - its revamped business class is well worth trying - but Virgin Atlantic flies direct too.

AIRPORT TO TOWN: Official cars ('limos') to city-centre destinations cost about RM90 and take 45 minutes. These are just glorified taxis, but they run at a fixed price and are far better for your pocket than the taxi touts outside. The KLIA Express train goes from the airport to the central station, on the city outskirts, in about 15 minutes. Take a taxi from there, but check that the meter is running before you set off.

BEST HOTEL: Hotels in Kuala Lumpur make a mockery of European notions of five-star service. My favourite is the Mandarin Oriental 1 (Kuala Lumpur City Centre, +60 3 2380 8888, www.mandarinoriental.com). It has won awards and is right next to the city's most famous landmark, the Petronas Towers, so if your room faces the right way you get incredible views. The Shangri-La 2 (11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 2032 2388, www.shangri-la.com) is close to Bukit Bingtang, a bustling bar area, and offers great business facilities.

The Hilton Kuala Lumpur 3 (3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, 2264 2264, www.kuala-lumpur.hilton.com) sits on the central station and so is good for the airport. Its deluxe rooms are a dream for gadget-lovers, with flatscreen TVs in the bathroom mirror.

BEST BUSINESS RESTAURANT: The Tamarind Springs 4 (Jalan 1 Taman TAR, 4256 9300, www.tamarindrestaurants.com) is an intimate restaurant in a stunning jungle location. It serves exceptional south-east Asian cuisine on tables strewn with jasmine leaves to expats and affluent locals. Tamarind's Hill 5 (1 Jalan Kerja Air Lama, 4256 9100) provides the same quality in a rich colonial setting. Most major hotels offer great dining experiences; for international cuisine, try the Westin 6 (199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 2731 8333, www. …

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