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The Hilton DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur is one of my favourite Hilton hotels in the world. I would consider it to be a solid 5 star hotel even if the rates were much higher, but the value you can get there is what makes it truly extraordinary. In the current Hilton Flash Sale, headline rates are as low as £41 (and you get 25% off whatever you spend on food/beverages too!), as long as you book before Monday, 19th November 2018.
Why Kuala Lumpur?
Kuala Lumpur is a great city – with fantastic rooftop bars (and a very cool skyline to look at!), delicious food, friendly people, beautiful green spaces and plenty of culture. Getting around is cheap and easy regardless of whether you use public transport, normal taxis or the Grab app. I used Grab (Singapore based Uber basically) most of the time during a recent stay and none of the rides across the city cost more than ~£3.
KL is extremely affordable in general – not just the hotels and taxis. If you’re used to UK prices for eating and drinking, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised by the bill, even at swanky rooftop bars.
I wouldn’t necessarily suggest just visiting Kuala Lumpur, but I would heartily recommend a few days stopover en route to other parts of Malaysia, Singapore, or further afield in Asia. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the main hub for Asia Asia, so you can fly to scores of destinations in the region cheaply and easily.
Why the Hilton DoubleTree?
The hotel market in Kuala Lumpur is extremely competitive, meaning there are plenty of good options at reasonable prices. Despite that, the DoubleTree is consistently one of the cheapest 5*s (certainly for a major chain hotel) and you get a lot for your money.
The rooms feel spacious, beds are very comfortable, views are good, and everything seems well thought through (sockets in the right places, etc). I also found the service to be excellent at all times.
The style is fairly generic ‘nice hotel’ and there are certainly more luxurious/stylish properties in town, but unless you only ever stay at brands like Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental, etc, I imagine you’ll be perfectly happy with the DoubleTree.
If you happen to have Gold or Diamond status with Hilton, I think the value becomes almost unarguable. As a Diamond, I was upgraded to an Executive Suite when I stayed a few weeks ago and, of course, received free breakfast and lounge access too.
You could easily make a dinner out of the spread at the lounge in the evening (though I’d highly recommend going out, given all the fantastic options in KL!) and beer/wine/spirits are available for 2 hours (the lounge staff are very attentive and know how to mix a good strong g&t). Remember to pop outside onto the lounge terrace to get a view of the Petronas Towers while enjoying your drink.
Conveniently, the hotel is located inside the ‘Intermark Mall’, which has a range of different cafes/eateries and a very good little supermarket on the lower floors.
In the current SE Asia Flash Sale, rooms start from just £41 per night, though you do need to add on ~16% in tax and fees, so it’s really more like £47.
Rooms with Executive Lounge access and Suites are also available at incredible prices. If you don’t have Diamond status, this is one of the rare occasions with a city hotel where I would recommend paying for lounge access – it’s only £20 (so £10 per person) extra!
What about using Points?
Given that the Hilton DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur can (amazingly) be booked for just 10,000 Hilton Honors Points per night, you could (arguably) be even better off using Points rather than cash, despite the excellent sale rates.
I value Hilton Points at roughly 0.4p each (that’s a relatively high valuation these days, to be fair), so 10,000 Points is equivalent to ~£40, which is a little under the sale prices once you factor in tax.
Remember that Hilton Honors is currently selling Points for roughly that price too right now, so even if you don’t have any Points, you could stock up.
Using cash would earn Honors Points from the stay of course and you’d get the 25% off food/beverage though, so I’d probably stick with that.
If you have elite status with Hilton (even Silver) and are intending to make a longer stay , you would get your 5th night free when using Points, so that’s also something to bear in mind.
Regardless of whether you use Points or cash – you’ll be getting a great deal!
More superb hotel offers
The Flash Sale running until Monday covers hotels in the following locations:
- Hua Hin
- Koh Samui
- Kuala Lumpur
- Kota Kinabalu
- Petaling Jaya
- Nay Pyi Taw
By stacking four offers currently available, you can bag a South East Asian escape at a bargain price:
- earn 2500 points signing up to Hilton Honors
- earn double or triple points on your stay
- save 35% on the room
- save 25% on food and drink
Obviously I’m not arguing that the DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur is the best hotel in the world, but in terms of overall value I really am struggling to think of anything much better. Let me know in the comments if you think of any other contenders!
Just in case you were wondering, I paid full price for my stay (and for my parents too actually!) – this wasn’t a freebie press trip or anything like that.