The Majestic Hotel is one of the most well-known hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also documented as a national heritage site, a rich and influential heritage. The hotel is located on 3.2 acres on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, near to the Kuala Lumpur railway station.
Here is some history on the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. This hotel was originally built in 1932, which was commissioned by the Trustees of the Estate of Loke Wan Tho. Dato Loke was the ninth child of Loke Yew, who came to Malaya in 1858. The building was designed by architectural firm called the Keys and Dowdeswell.
The location for the Majestic Hotel was very strategic, with ease and smooth access to railway transportation. This is the biggest reason why the hotel was often patronized by the British colonial back in the old days. In addition, the hotel was once served as a transit camp for the Japanese occupation government during World War II, the time of Japanese occupation of Malaya. Another highlight of history for the hotel happened in the year 1951. During that time, an inaugural meeting was held at the hotel by Onn Jaafar and Tan Cheng Lock, who was the President of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA). The purpose of the meeting was to form the Independence of Malaya Party (IMP), a non-racial party.
There was a huge amount of pressure for the Majestic Hotel back in the 1970s due to competition from other hotels like the Hilton Hotel, Federal Hotel and Equatorial Hotel. In 1983, the Majestic Hotel was eventually closed down as it was gazette by the country’s government as a historical landmark. It was also acquired by the government to house the National Art Gallery beginning in the year 1984 onwards. Thereafter in the year of 1995, there was an agreement between the government and YTL Corporations to privatize the development of the Majestic Hotel, under the condition that YTL Corporation to construct a new building for the National Art Gallery. Therefore, the National Art Gallery moved out in 1998 and the building was left unused but well maintained for about a decade until YTL began to make a move to develop the property. It was in 2008 that YTL started to commence the development and expansion to the original building. The expanded hotel was rebranded to the name The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur under the management of YTL subsidiary, the YTL Hotels. It was reopened in December 2012.
Being one of the top hotels in Kuala Lumpur, the accommodation for the Majestic Hotel is housed in the Majestic Wing and the Tower Wing. Both are separate buildings that are linked together by a glass enclosed walkway, equipped with air conditioners. Do take note that the Majestic Wing is the initial, original historical building that is now built with 47 luxurious suites. Hence, it has the perfect mixture of past and present or old and new. Here, you can choose a Colonial Suite, Governor Suite or the two Majestic Suites. There will be a 24 hours butler service. On the other hand, the Tower Wing has a number of 253 guestrooms and suites. It has a more contemporary and sophisticated design and furnishings. There are four room categories namely the Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Grand Suites and Premier Suites.
As mentioned earlier, the Majestic Hotel has a strategic location. It is conveniently located close to the Sentral Station, having the express rail link to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport within 30 minutes. Besides, the hotel is in very close proximity to tourist attractions like National Museum, Lake Garden, Bird Park and shopping malls like Starhill Gallery and Mid Valley Megamall, in which coach services are available.