A Royal Stay and Garden Wedding at Carcosa Seri Negara
If you wonder where is the most luxurious stay in Kuala Lumpur? The answer is simple. Carcosa Seri Negara. Carcosa Seri Negara is a luxury five star hotel on two adjacent hills within the beautiful Lake Gardens. The hotel includes two colonial mansions, the Carcosa and the Seri Negara.
The road leading to Carcosa Seri Negara, surrounded by the lush greens of Lake Gardens.
The Carcosa mansion was built in 1896-97 as the official residence of Sir Frank Althelstane Swettenham. He was the first British High Commissioner in the Malaya. The mansion was designed by Arthur Charles Norman with a cost about $25,000 and it has more than eight bedrooms and eleven bathrooms.
The grand Carcosa Seri Negara
Seri Negara on the other hand was originally known as the Governor’s Residence when it was opened in 1913 as the official guest house of Governor of the Straits Settlement. It was later known as the King’s House and it was used as Guest’s Palace hosting many visiting dignitary such as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1987.
We recently attended our best friend’s garden wedding there and we stayed there for a night. The English high tea in Carcosa Seri Negara is one of the best in the city and having a garden wedding there is a dream to many.
The garden wedding of our best friends, Steph and Khai
The garden wedding was a memorable one. Everyone was dressed up for the occasion. We were so happy for them and it was a beautiful garden wedding. There is no other place like Carcosa Seri Negara for a grand perfect garden wedding in Kuala Lumpur.
The vow, the ring and the kiss…
The newly wed and us, can you spot us?
The English high tea set.
The English high tea was amazing. We had Smoked Norwegian Salmon-Croissant Sandwich, Cream & Cheese with Cucumber Sandwich and Egg Sandwich. All the sandwiches are homemade whole meal loaf, walnut bread and milk bread. The pastries were Apple Crumble, Chocolate Brownies, Fresh Fruit Tartlet, Traditional English Fruit Cake, Carrot Cake and Cream Brule.
The warm plain and Raisin Scones were served with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Rose petals jam.
Thus, the party continues with a dance party set on the foyer of the mansion.
Let’s not go detail on what happened after the dance party and let me show you how the room in Carcosa Seri Negara looks like. We bet you don’t want listen about our salsa dancing story.
The interior of the hotel, colonial English.
Let’s talk about the room we stayed. The room was enormous, easily can fit a dozen people inside. As the whole mansion is built by the British, the interior still remains similar up to today.
The King Size bed in our room.
There was a King size bed on one side of the room with classic table lamp on each side. The two wooden side tables are starting to tell their ages, I guess it is time for the management to do some touch ups and maintenances.
Classic English side table with the table lamp
In case we were hungry, there were always snacks for us in the room.
The sofa in case we have guests or another great place for reading.
The other side of the room was this comfortable classic 2+1+1 seater sofa. The area was lit up with two elegant table lamps.
The working desk and did I mention they provide FREE WIFI?
There was also a nice wooden working desk. Gosh did we mention how heavy the wooden chair was? Furniture made in the past was pure quality.
The antique TV cabinet with the antique TV, they should have upgraded it to a LCD or LED TV.
The turn off in the room would be the TV. Since the TV cabinet was built to fit the old style TV set, we believed it is time for them to change it to a new LED or LCD TV. We prefer watching TV channels on HD (high definition).
We thought we seen it all until we walked into the walk-in wardrobe.
Every women’s dream, a huge walk-in wardrobe
Gosh, it was huge! Rachel wished we have this kind of walk-in wardrobe in our house. Well, I also wished we could afford a place to have such a huge walk-in wardrobe too. We wish.
This really looks grand, combination of gold and white colour.
The water tap and most of the toilet accessories were gold colour plated and look at how beautiful were the two basins.
Can you see the “golden water tap”?
The bathroom was brightened up by the natural light through the frosted windows.
There were the bathtub, the toilet and the standing shower. As we mentioned, all the toilet accessories were gold colour plated but some show signs of aging.
The standing shower and the walk-in wardrobe
We had a late night sleep after our friends joined us for a great conversation cum drinking session with our newly- wed couple.
After spending a night at Carcosa Seri Negara, we woke up late as we expected. It was a good sleep and we rested well. This was what we needed after months of long working hours.
There was a little drama when the control panel went haywire after one of the light bulbs exploded. However, the hotel staffs managed to rectify the problem within minutes. The service of the hotel staffs had been excellent.
This is where we had our breakfast at the cafe.
The cuppa of coffee to kick start the day.
We went down to the café for our breakfast as the rest of our friends had already finished theirs. We were awfully late.
The English breakfast was a set of two sunny sides up eggs with fried hash brown, chicken sausage, mushroom and tomato.
Or we could have the scrambled egg with ham, sausages, fried hash brown and tomato.
Breakfast was served with a variety of fresh fruit juices, coffee or tea. We had no complains on the breakfast.
After our amazing posh stay at Carcosa Seri Negara, you might be wondering how much a night cost? The published rate for the cheapest room at Carcosa Seri Negara was at least US$ 400 per night. Room stay might inclusive of breakfast or high tea, depending on room packages.
We stayed like the royals and lived like one for one night and it was memorable. The stay was made more unforgettable with our best friends’ garden wedding. We were heavy hearted to leave the hotel as it was one of our best stays for some time. We hope the management would do a bit of refurbishment and maintenance to keep the hotel in tip top condition.
Was it worth the dollars for the stay? It was not up to us to judge but it was definitely worth a try.
Congratulations to Steph and Khai and thanks for everything, we wish may there be a generation of children, on the children of your children.
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