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Special Report

Location, Location, Location Puts Hilton Ahead
By Susan Hetherington

The Hilton Hotels main advantage is its convenient location, directly opposite KL Sentral Station, with fast, frequent, clean trains spanning the city and only a 28 minute direct ride to KL International Airport. This is the travel hub for the National rail system, the LRT (Light Rail Transit) system into the city central and beyond, with direct access to the new 78-kilometre stateof- the-art express rail service to and from the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The Hotels 478 rooms and 32 suites are out of this world.

Starting from the size of a modest Moscow Apartment (44 sq m) they go up to 84 sq m suites with separate living room, work and dining areas. Decorated in modern Zen Style, with an open-plan bathroom with rain shower and LCD TV set into the bathroom mirror.

From the coffee-maker to iron and ironing board the amenities would do credit to hotels charging twice the rate.

Want to work? The modern glass desks with ergonomically designed office chairs, telephones with data ports and the broadband internet give you an office from office convenience and comfort.

The suites and deluxe rooms have 42 inch plasma screen TVs and in the suites, a DVD player and home theatre system.

The range of restaurants and bars within the hotel is testament to the local use of its facilities by KL residents as well as hotel guests:

These include Sudu, richly decorated with batik prints and Chinese hanging lamps, this award-winning restaurant is ideal for informal dining and business. The open kitchen specializes in international cuisine and local dishes such as Malaysian chicken tandoori; Senses fashionable and sophisticated with atmospheric lighting and monochrome decor. serving an Asian fusion menu including Australian crayfish and the chef's signature Four Dances of the Sea dish; Chynna where you can mingle with locals enjoying Hong Kong cuisine such as butter prawns, and tea served with kung fu moves by the Tea Master. Dcor of Chinese silk lanterns, Oriental chairs and gold decor conjure up 1920s Shanghai; The Noodle Room a temple to the many varieties of Asian noodle - from Japanese ramen to Thai tom yam, a menu notepad allows you to customize your meal. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the Lake Gardens; Zeta Bar a celebrity studded nightspot with black marble interior, attracts a trendy crowd dancing to live music and relaxing in cozy booths; Iketeru lets you eat Japanese cuisine how you want - in the tranquil Japanese garden, in the sunken dining room or at the teppanyaki counter; Vintage Bank is a wine and cigar bar serving the very best wines and champagnes, from a list of over 1,000; Caff Cino, a retro-designed coffee-shop off the main lobby serving pastries, cakes and freshly grilled gourmet sandwiches; Cosmo Lobby Lounge, serving coffee and sandwiches while you watch the changing colors in the fibre-optics of the monumental modern chandelier; Boardwalk Poolside Restaurant is designed as a tropical oasis in the heart of the city where you enjoy alfresco dining surrounded by palm trees. Sample dishes from the sizzling barbecue or try a cocktail as you take in views over the city.

Nearby attractions include Petronas Tower, the National Bird Park, Aquaria, China Town and Central Market. All areas are a short train or taxi ride away.

Malaysia on the Web

Tourism

Official Portal of Ministry of Tourism
www.virtualmalaysia.com  

Malaysia Tourism,
official site of Tourism Promotion Board www.tourism.gov.my  

Malaysian Association of Hotels and Resorts,
including online booking for over 400 member properties www.hotels.org.my  

Railways

Malaysian Railways, or Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad
Timetables, fares, online booking and e-ticketing www.ktmb.com.my/  

Airlines

Air Asia
The no frills budget airline for flights around Malaysia and 40 destinations in ASEAN countries. www.airasia.com  

Malaysian Airlines,
for domestic and regional flights, or flights from Western Europe, South Africa, North America and the Middle East www.malaysiaairlines.com  

Thai Airlines,
three times weekly (Mon, Wed and Fri), from Moscow to Kula Lumpur and Penang via Bangkok www.thaiair.com  

Singapore Airlines
Three times weekly via Dubai www.singaporeair.com  

Emirates Airlines
Three times a week connecting to Kuala Lumpur Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun to Dubai; Mon,Wed, Sat to Kuala Lumpur

Qatar Air

Government

Government Portal,
including information for non-citizens www.gov.my  

Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation
www.matrade.gov.my  

Malaysian Industrial Development Authority,
including investors guide www.mida.gov.my  







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