After catching breakfast at the Double Tree Phuket, Mrs. Selfish and I were ready for Kuala Lumpur! We weren’t really sure what to expect, but having grown somewhat familiar with Malaysian cuisine, we were excited to see what Kuala Lumpur had to offer.
After a little research, I settled on booking the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, which was a little bit out of the center of town, but was highly ranked on Trip Advisor. Since we were running low on Starwood points, I decided to pay in cash. A little searching found an offer online – 3 nights for the price of 2 at Starwood Properties in South East Asia – score! The price was normally 444 MYR a night, which is roughly $143, so at 66% we were getting close to $96 a night before taxes.
Getting there, was a little bit of a challenge, but fortunately Kuala Lumpur removes most of usually airport taxi headaches.
Unlike most Asian cities you don’t use a meter or haggle with the taxi driver for a flat fee. The Kuala Lumpur airport is a good 40 minute+ drive from the center of the city, so the airport has a prepaid booth. Here you’ll purchase a ticket for a budget taxi, a premium taxi, or a van.
Unless you have a lot of luggage, or more than 3 people you can make do with a budget taxi. Mrs. Selfish and I travel with 2 big suitcases and 2 book bags, so we were talked into getting a premium taxi, but in hindsight there was more than enough room in the front seat to store another bag.
After an hour in Malaysian traffic, we finally reached the Sheraton Imperial!
Before hitting the Asian part of the trip, I asked Starwood to match my Hilton Gold Status. Starwood will perform one complimentary gold status match, and after doing so you’ll have gold status for a year. If you have status in a competing chain, you can email them to request a status match: platinum.liaison at starwoodhotels.com.
Starwood member gold benefits are pretty stingy compared to Hilton, and vary per hotel. Whereas Hilton gives you breakfast and internet, you can select internet as a benefit at Starwood properties. Since internet usually runs upwards of $20 per night, Mrs. Selfish and I choose this benefit every time.
The biggest advantage, however, is the possible upgrade. In our case we were upgraded to an Executive Level room.
The room was pretty classy and had both a shower and a bathtub, as well as a walk-in closet. The biggest amenity, however, was the view of the Petronas Towers!
After unpacking we wandered out into Kampung Baru, the Malay district of Kuala Lumpur. Packed close to the center of the city, it’s a truly odd area, a small town in the center of skyscrapers. But we had one thing in mind – street food!