SkyBar Kuala Lumpur
I had an extended stay in Kuala Lumpur due to an accident and I decided to stay at the Traders hotel as I heard it had uninterrupted views of the Pertonas towers. The Traders hotel is also in the top 5 of hotels to stay in when in Kuala Lumpur based upon trip advisor. Part of the hotel is the SkyBar which is the place to be for the party scene and the expatriate scene in KL. The SkyBar is based on the 33rd floor and is a bar restaurant with indoor pool area with a rooftop that can be opened. After 18.00 it is an area that turns into a night club, allowing its customers to enjoy the beautiful skyline of Kuala Lumpur whilst enjoying a drink with some music from its DJs.
I would recommend coming here with a group of people, the atmosphere is great and the rest of the crowd is in good spirits. The SkyBar is a great place to expand your social and business network. Most of the people that come here are not guests of the hotel but are locals that live and work in KL. If you are in Kuala Lumpur for business this is a good place to impress your clients, you can reserve tables which offer a great view of the Petronas towers.
What to Wear
This bar has no strict dress code but I would suggest to wear something smart casual. I have to say that it does get hot in the Skybar as there is no air conditioning due to the size of the area and the open roof, so men dress accordingly, linen trousers and a short sleeved shirt are my recommendation here.
Wednesday night is ladies’ night with free cocktails so the perfect night for me to taste some of the SkyBar’s cocktails from its extensive list. I had the Lychee Rose, one of its signature drinks, which consisted of Lychee liqueur, Belvedere Vodka, rose syrup and lychee syrup. This tropical drink was perfect for the hot temperatures of KL.
Next I tried the Raised in Manhattan cocktail, which I thought would be great with all the sky scrapers surrounding me. This cocktail consisted of Canadian Club infused raisins, Martini Rosso, maraschino cherry juice and Angostura bitters. The third cocktail I drank was the Kwitini which is a mix of Kiwi, Belvedere Vodka, sugar syrup and Moet et Chandon. Another cocktail suited to the tropical weather of Malaysia.
I tried some of the food from the bar menu at the SkyBar. On my two nights at the SkyBar, yes I went again after the ladies’ night to meet up with a friend, I ordered the burger and chips, nachos, sate chicken and chips with cheese melt and salsa. This is typical food that goes down well with a drink and the pricing was OK for the type of venue. The food was prepared well and portions were of a good size.
The Traders Hotel
I did not have to go far after a night out as I stayed at the Traders hotel itself, which was great after a few cocktails.. I made sure that the room that I booked had views of the Petronas towers. I kept the curtains open all the time to enjoy the great views. I would recommend anyone to stay at this 5 star hotel who needs to be in the centre of KL. This hotel is strategically located close to major shopping centres, Suria and the Pavilion, which are within 10 minutes walking distance. Being owned by Shangri-La means it has all the amenities, services and class appeal you can expect from a top hotel. For business people, the hotel is next to the Kuala Lumpur convention centre, handy if you have to be there for work.
This hotel is perfect for business and pleasure with the SkyBar a perfect venue to network and soak up the views of Kuala Lumpur. I’ll be back again next time when in KL.