Regally perched on top of the hill overlooking the lush surroundings of Lake Gardens, Carcosa Seri Negara is a legacy from Malaysia’s colonial past. Comprising two identical white buildings, Carcosa and Seri Negara, this luxury 5-star deluxe boutique hotel’s perfectly-preserved colonial-style architecture is a perfect combination of aesthetics and function
The Story Behind The Twin Mansions
Built some 100 years ago, Carcosa was the official residence of the then Resident General of the new Federated Malay States, Sir Frank Swettenham. Soon after, a sister mansion – then known as the ‘King’s House’ - was built on the opposite side of his vast land, which had served as a guest house for high-profiled guests and top British civil servants back in the nineteenth century. Accorded the ‘Heritage Monument’ status in 1986 by the Department of Museum and Antiquity, the hotel’s very first guests were Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
Luxurious Suites Abound
Named after the thirteen states of Malaysia, Carcosa Seri Negara’s thirteen suites are an epitome of timeless elegance. Each suite is unique in terms of size, décor and features. Consisting of four types of suites – Junior, Superior, Deluxe and Grand – each comes with gold-plated bathroom fixtures, plush carpeting, marble flooring, luxurious king-sized bed, specially-commissioned antique furnishings and charming little touches such as a silver tray of coffee and tea-making set greeting guests at the entrance.
Even suites which are at the lower end of the price range, namely the Junior Suites, do not compromise in style and comfort. The Superior Suites come with a separate living room, whilst the Deluxe Suites feature spacious living and dining areas, a walk-in closet and a private balcony overlooking the manicured hotel grounds. Two of these suites, Seri Ehsan and Seri Ridzuan, can be combined with the Inderapura Suite to form the Grand Suite, for the ultimate in space, luxury and privacy.
Despite its classic look and charms, the hotel is fully-equipped with modern conveniences such as a DVD player with surround-sound stereo system, satellite channels, IDD telephone and free wireless internet access in all its suites and public areas. Best of all, each guest is appointed a personal butler who provides personalised, around-the-clock service, who will even go as far as picking guests up at the airport in a limousine.
Sumptuous Dining Options
Carcosa Seri Negara is well-known for is its English Afternoon Tea, which is prepared just the way it was more than a century ago, served either in the serene Drawing Room or out on the verandah. If you’re looking for more than just tea, Carcosa Seri Negara’s The Dining Room offers the ultimate fine dining experience set in a dramatic backdrop of rich hues and subdued lighting. For those with a more local palate, the hotel’s award-winning Gulai House has a selection of Malay fare served in a warm, intimate setting. Both restaurants offer alfresco options. There is also The Bar with its classic décor reminiscent of pre-war British pubs, where patrons can chill out over a glass or two of their favourite tipple.
Practical and Stylish Function Spaces
From small boardroom meetings to lavish wedding receptions, Carcosa Seri Negara has a host of options for all sorts of functions and events, either in one of its designated function spaces or out in the sprawling lawns. Its Grand Marquee has a unique, tent-like interior which can fit up to 450 persons, whilst its two function suites, Jerai & Audience, come with a spacious balcony, where guests can take some much-needed fresh air while enjoying some refreshments after a long day of discussion.
Carcosa Seri Negara is more than just a piece of history. Regardless of whether you are here to catch some down time or to wrap up an important business deal - or just to have a good time over good food and good company – the hotel’s top-notch services and facilities ensure that every purpose is duly met. With a private and secluded location that’s tucked away deep within the city’s green belt, Carcosa Seri Negara provides a welcome respite from the frenetic pace of city life.