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Federal Hotel
Ranked #99 of 324 Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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161 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Moscow, Russia
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25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

What a harsh reality after dreamy Malaysian province! Receptionist described as "complimentary higher than you booked" the room that paled before the ones in both Port Dickson and Melaka - though we actually advance paid a quadruple (!) rate. All basic and working amenities, decent beds, the safe locker, regular bathroom and set of individual towels - but (unless one travels in Russia) these are no achievement. KL is too hectic but that hardly an excuse when are're left stranded on the departure day 'cos the nightshift staffer failed to pass your taxi booking order on. On probe one eatery (basement Club) turned "special occasion booked" - and Reception can't even understand. "Multiple Award winner" Indian restaurant turned to be a section sharing one kitchen with "regular" restaurant, and then the latter one has weird schedule for "specially guest priced" buffet dinner. If you, like us, happen to be fish / veg aficionados Malaysia is not first place to go and this hotel's ground floor restaurant menu falls flat altogether. "We don't satisfy a VIP like you" the waiter let out wrily, but I was finally rewarded with special Fish Curry (not on menu), tipping the waiter well. Okay the trying of their revolving elitist top-floor eatery helped none - although I had to fill in a positive (!) response review form. Too over priced and just poor on dessert, too little choice and obviously not patronized (except for us). The hotel, started out in 50s', needs refurbishment and better commitment than the attitude of the pool towel attendant who would close service before due hour bacause of the rain. It's utterly disgraceful on the restaurant staff to let you know you're unwelcome by cleaning tables and stuff while the breakfast time is still on. On counter, they try to sell you overpriced tours like it were indeed Russian tour agency catering for rural dupes. You either go and act the dupe or turn on your inner guard. Food quality around KL eateries seems inferior to province, again. In fact, we got close to poisoning once. The hotel cuisine is bland. The only honest help came from bellboy who hopped a taxi for us so we at least caught our plane.

Room Tip: Presumably, top floors are better to cut distance from Oriental street buzz
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

The area is very busy, many Restaurants on walking distance... From cheap outdoor places in Jalan Alor to expensive (and cheap ones) in Pavilion Shopping Mall, and anything in between.You should like 'noise' in every aspect and enjoy all kind of people walking the street for 24 hours per day, incl. local and foreign tourists, 'massage girls', Arabs with their wifes in Boerkhas. If you like it so far, then the Federal will fit in great for you... Really good comfort at a reasonable price... Live and let live!

Room Tip: Tell them what 'noise level' you want.... Some rooms are very quiet, in some you hear outsid...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank peterpan9_10
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Malaysia
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119 reviews
86 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Location of this hotel is superb, easy access to shopping (from high end to the regulars!)
Food options are aplenty, ranging from all kinds of cuisine. Also nearby is the Low Yat Plaza - or fondly known as the digital mall of KL.

Got a studio deluxe, the room was Huge with a balcony, bathroom was with a spacious separate shower and a low bathtub.Toiletries provided is commendable - right down to comb and razor.

Apparently this hotel was purposelt built for Malaysia's independance celebration, this hotel does exude the "historical" look as well!! Clean and sufficient, amenities surrounding the hotel is aplenty.

Coffee house still serve nostalgic food of the 80's coupled with the garnishing styles of then. Chinese Restaurant still serves hearty big portion chinese food, traditional dim sum is still available at best there.Even the decor is of grand dame of Chinese Restaurants of days gone by. Old it may be, but good thing is that Nostalgic is still in the heart of its character. Hopefully they preserve it and not join in the race of modernizing it to detaching links of its past!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Adcye
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Singapore
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We were quite lucky to find this hotel that offered a simple family room during the peak period of Chinese New Year.

The room has 2 queen beds and the overall interior looks a bit 90's. There is heater jug to make warm water as well as complimentary tea/coffee and sugars packets. Toilet comes with handy water hose next to it. Bathroom has bathtub. There is iron and ironboard stored in the closet.

Didn't opt for breakfast as we can easily find restaurants below our hotel's street. You will find eateries such as fast-food (KFC, A&W, Mcdonald), local food (Hainanse Chicken Rice) or middle-east cuisine. There is 1 particular Indian shop who serves Briyani buffet styles, quite affordable.

It takes about 10-15min to walk over to shopping malls like The Pavilion, Fahrenheit, Sephora, Lot 10 and to Bukit Bintang train station. Just walk straight down Bukit Bintang road.

The street itself is alive during night time. You will see many pubs around and massage parlours that close quite late.

Disadvantage: For drivers, you have to park your car at Low Yat Plaza as the hotel does not have its own parking deck. So everytime when we want to drive out, got to get a stamp from the hotel reception then go to the parking ticketing counter to get the complimentary exit.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Khasdila
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Perth, Australia
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41 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I stayed in this hotel for 4 days and really enjoyed it.The rooms are big and they have flat screen TV and free Wifi .There is a good bar downstairs,Delaney's,huge projector screen,great for watching sports on.
The hotel is in a great location on Bukit Bintang,five minutes walk to a few huge shopping malls and bars,restaurants and the monorail.
Breakfast was very good and the staff were very helpful.There is even a revolving restaurant on top,worth a look to have a drink at least,great view from there.The pool is huge too.
The only problem i had with this hotel,my room anyway,was the music coming from the bars next door,it was very loud on the weekend.
I recommend this hotel ,and would stay there again.

Room Tip: Try to get one on the side closest to The Royale Bintang,the other side has bars that play loud musi...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank mattbut
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Patiala, India
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108 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

I stayed in Federal Hotel which is a four star hotel having a great central location of Bukit Bintang. It is situated right in the walking district of Kuala Lumpur with all the attractions near by. Most of the popular Malls are near this location. Jalan Alor Street Food area is also near by. The hotel itself is very old but nicely renovated and well kept. There are many restaurants in the hotel including Taj serving North Indian food. Buffet breakfast has ample spread including Continental and Asian. Service staff is nice but Reception staff is rude and dishonest. On the whole I had a nice experience.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Federal Hotel
Address: Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur 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 #99 of 324 Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Federal Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 450
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right smack on Bukit Bintang, surrounded by shopping malls and restaurants (Chinese, Western, Japanese, Korean, Indian and Middle Eastern). The famous Alor Street (Jalan Alor Hawker Street - local foods) is opposite the hotel; and two monorail station are mere 5 minutes walk. The largest IT lifestyle in malaysia, LOW YAT PLAZA is besie hotel's rear entrance. For those who enjoy nightlife; there are pubs, clubs beside the hotel. ... more   less 
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