Kuala Lumpur’s little sister, Petaling Jaya has long lived in the shadow, but in recent years has started to emerge, forming a personality of its own. It’s here in “PJ” that visitors can see a more suburban, workaday side of Malaysia’s capital, with the added benefits of accommodation that spans all budgets, and a growing public transportation web that makes it easy to get downtown.
The New World towers over Petaling Jaya, tempting landmark status. The hotel boasts 300 rooms and suites, all of which are unified by a refined, almost Japanese minimalism stemming from touches such as sustainable bamboo wood floors and sleek furniture in white, grey and cream. Indeed, Malaysian-influenced wall art offers a reminder of where you are. A rooftop pool provides yet another perspective on this expanding city.
This multi-storey suburban home has opened its doors to travellers. Accommodation ranges from cosy, functional pods and capsules with shared bathroom to larger ensuite rooms. All are pleasantly simple, decked out in whites and greys, with puffy beds and modern furniture. A shared kitchenette is a nod to homely vibes, and a location within walking distance of shopping will get you out of the house.
Petaling Jaya’s seemingly gold-coated Sheraton juts into the sky in dramatic fashion, housing 253 rooms and no fewer than six dining options. Rooms can claim likewise views, in addition to lots of space, high-quality beds and decadent perks such as premium toiletries. The 33rd floor infinity pool provides yet another platform from which to take in Petaling Jaya, not to mention Kuala Lumpur, just next door.
Dating back to 1984, Petaling Jaya’s Hilton feels new and timeless, western and tropical, all at the same time. Tipping the scales toward the holiday end of the hotel spectrum, the focus here is on style and relaxation, although it can comfortably double as a business hotel, if needed. With a location between Kuala Lumpur’s city centre and airport, it’s also a convenient place to stay.
The Royale Chulan Damansara, located just north of Petaling Jaya, blends a rather imposing, business-class exterior with holiday-minded amenities. Rooms edge toward upscale in feel, with heavy drapes and padded furniture, while the palm-fringed infinity pool begs for a splash. A location within walking distance of Kuala Lumpur’s MRT means it’s a snap to get to and from the city.
This massive hotel – nearly 500 rooms total – functions as a convenient, contemporary base. Accommodation is spacious and functional, with access to perks such as an expansive pool and fitness centre. But the real draw is its location at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, one of Southeast Asia’s largest malls and across the street from Kuala Lumpur’s MRT line, making shopping and city access almost a bit too easy.
Boasting a vast, almost rural feeling footprint, Petaling Jaya’s Saujana is one hotel worthy of the urban-resort moniker. The more than 350 rooms and suites have access to two golf courses, multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness and more. And best of all, despite all that space and nature, it’s situated a short walk from both shopping and public transportation.
Although at first glance, the exterior of Petaling Jaya’s Hotel Armada might feel slightly dated, the rooms feel nothing but new, with sleek, urban feeling furniture and amenities – a feel that extends to the hotel’s food outlets. Located within walking distance of Kuala Lumpur’s MRT system, as well as numerous shopping and dining options, it’s a convenient place to stay.
Housed in a quasi-suburban housing block is the Artisan Eco Hotel. As the name indicates, there’s a distinct emphasis on sustainability here. Rooms range from tight, no-window singles to expansive family-friendly suites, all making creative use of recycled materials – as well as many other earth-minded initiatives – and bright domestic fabrics, all looked after by service-forward staff.
Grey, white and black – with the occasional splash of teal – are the operative colours at this style-conscious hotel in Petaling Jaya. The lobby sets the tone with design-centric, sometimes retro-themed furniture and wall art, a theme that continues to the rooms, which range from no-window singles to larger rooms. The block that houses the hotel is home to plenty of local food options, and is conveniently located a short walk from public transportation.