Carcosa Seri Negara

Hotel Guide Kuala Lumpur

Welcome to Carcosa Seri Negara

Welcome to Carcosa Seri Negara , a Malaysian heritage building located Kuala Lumpur Lake gardens, Malaysia. Carcosa was the residence for British High Commissioner during the colonial period. It was built over 100 years ago. The building is subsequently turned into a hotel at early 80s. With nice landscape gardens Carcosa is just a few kilometer away from the heart of Kuala Lumpur.  Carcosa has also hosted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. At the time of writing, Carcosa is currently empty. There are government plans to turn Carcosa into a tourist attractions.


Until today, the Carcosa Seri Negara is still well-liked by many due to its interesting history. As briefly mentioned earlier, this building was initially built for Sir Frank Swettenham, the first British High Commissioner in Malaya. He was the Resident-General of the Federated Malay States at that time. We know that it is originally built for whom but do we know who designed such a beautiful building? Well, it was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, who was a British architect and a soldier. Not only he had designed the Carcosa Seri Negara but also few other important buildings in British Malaya such as the Kuala Lumpur railway station and the Jamek Mosque.

As times goes by and after serving as a hotel, the Carcosa Seri Negara had created some history. For example, the hotel was appointed as the temporary residence for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during the time when the 1989 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was held in the city of Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is closed down for business right after the lease expiry in December 2015. In addition, it is now under the care of the property and land management division of the country’s Prime Minister Department. The Carcosa Seri Negara is also designated as one of the heritage building of the country, being protected by the National Heritage Act. This building is also considered as one of the attractions for many tourists or travelers who wish to seek for a genuine Malaysian experience.     

Carcosa is officially a national heritage site, where Malaysia’s Federal constitution is drafted.