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Federal Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   35 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 55100, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #86 of 271 Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Better than we thought.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We read mostly negitive reviews of this hotel on Trip Advisor. However, we were to meet some people there and needed to stay for at least two nights. We upgraded one level above the least expensive double.
it is an older hotel, but in a very good area for shopping and observing ciity life. Our room was spacious with a wonderful king size bed with clean white bedding. it was well cleaned each day. We always found helpful people at the desk. Watch out for the people at the lower level desk, though. They work for a different company and are more expensive and manipulative.
We thought the breakfast was fine, in fact good, after we figured out where we could find everything we wanted. We also had a fun time watching a thunderstorm at the revolving restaurant on the top floor while having happy hour wine and appetizers.
We had three more nights to spend in KL after out Borneo trip, and chose to stay at the Federal, mostly because of the location and comfort.
We are in our 70s and try to stay in more or less local hotels.

Room Tip: Worth it to upgrade.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

The rooms is small and breakfast without much choices.
Amenities near Hotel is aplenty.
Located near Biggest IT mall and Heart of Bukit Bintang,
but traffic is very bad due to construction of MRT rail system.
Walking Distance to Berjaya Times Square.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed here a couple of nights when we were passing through KL and even after so many years, the hotel's keeping up...the rooms have been renovated and are very comfortable, the pool area is deserted during the day although it is quite nice, even though the pool could do with an upgrade, too...
Efficient people at the reception, which was a nice surprise.

The location is unbeatable, right in the Bukit Bintang area, which is great for shopaholics (especially the electronic maniac types as Low Yat Plaza is right next door).

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

The room is small . Clean and presentable. Not much view as it is centre of city. Near all the foot massage parlors and shopping area. Walking distance to Chinatown and Times Square. Near many restaurants . It is a good hotel located centrally in Bukit Bintang

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Positive: This is an older, well established, large hotel with a large number of amenities including a nice pool although surprisingly no fitness centre. It is in a great location on a busy street in the middle of the major shopping and dining area of Bukit Bintang. We were upgraded (on their initiative, perhaps because we were staying for six days) to a medium large room overlooking the pool, which was a nice size room with separate chairs and small coffee table, and a work desk. The bed was huge and comfortable, the room has a medium sized safe (not quite big enough for a 15 inch MacBook) and the bathroom was a good size and well appointed. We had room service dinner one night and it was a basic menu but good quality, generous, tasty and piping hot food. All staff in all positions we encountered were friendly, attentive and helpful, which is not as common as you might expect, and certainly appreciated.
Negative: Our upgraded large room was unfortunately equipped with an adjoining room door which had no soundproofing and on a night there was a family next door we could hear everything all night. Soundproofing to corridor also not great. It took us a couple of days to get used to the lingering smoke smell in the room - it appears hotels in Malaysia still allow smoking in the rooms. We struggled to warm the room up, despite having maintenance reset the ventilation temperature. The room had aircon if we needed it but the default ventilation was too cool and there were no heating options. The ambient temperature in the corridors and public spaces was chilly too - great for businessmen in suits and ties, not so good for scantily clad tourists! The free WiFi only applied to one device at a time, and in addition was dire, varying between occasionally snappy to largely pitiful and virtually unusable. We were unable to connect an iPhone to the network throughout our stay as the signal was too weak, and our iPad and laptop struggled to stay online, not only in our room but in the lobby, and nothing at all possible around the pool. This was pretty disappointing in a four star hotel in a country that has such high speed, unlimited internet. Overall however, we were happy with our stay here and will probably stay again.

Room Tip: Pool side are quieter and larger, but watch out for adjoining room doors.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Unfortunately our stay here was not as great as expected, bad carpets, poor condition of rooms, they smell, the rooms that we were in had no views, the wifi was not working after several attempts I just decided to use the 3G on my phone and created our hotspot. Overall, not impressed with what they had to offer for the price we paid.

Room Tip: Only choose this if you want to stay close to the main Bukit Bintang area and you're happy to pu...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Damansara
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77 reviews 77 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Great location even though its one of the oldest hotels in town. I think they have given the hotel a facelift and renovated the rooms, too. From here you can almost go anywhere in the Bukit Bintang shopping area. All within walking distance. For gadget n tech shoppers, just next to it is the famous Low Yat Plaza...

Room Tip: Rooms on higher levels and not facing the main road, could be quite noisy from the traffic.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 35 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 55100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Wilayah Persekutuan > Kuala Lumpur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #86 of 271 Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Federal Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 450
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