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Carcosa Seri Negara
- Kuala Lumpur then was a simple village inhabited mainly by Chinese tin miners. But Sir Frank had loved the site ever since 1888, when he visited a jungle area on the western outskirts. Feeling that the town needed a public area, he supervised the damming of a stream on that jungle site. The stream became a lake and the jungles became what is today the Lake Gardens.
In 1896, Sir Frank started constructing his official residence above the Lake Gardens. This was Carcosa, probably a stylization of the Italian cara cosa or
In 1904, Sir Frank moved to Carcosa, at the same time finishing a building called
King's House on an adjacent hillside. King's House, today Seri Negara (which means
beautiful country), was to house the Governor of the Straits Settlements as well as other illustrious guests of the Malay Federation.
From 1904 until the 1941 Japanese invasion of Malaysia, Carcosa was the official residence of the highest British representative to the Malay States.
Carcosa Seri Negara is one of the leading hotels with its manicured lawns and the lake gardens, a part of Malaysia which seemingly can never change.
The Bar : Adjacent to The Dining Room, is the cool oasis of The Bar, finished in rich warm timber with its cane chairs, ceiling fans, cigar humidors, and warm colonial mood.
Function & Event Rooms :
Carcosa Seri Negara has five main function rooms for conferences, meetings, seminars, banquets, or private dining. Audio-visual equipment includes LCD projector, capel microphones, speaker system and background music (PAL/ SECAM/ NTSC), slide-sound equipment, overhead projectors and whiteboards.
Recreational Activities : Freshwater swimming pool and whirlpool. Jogging track on the grounds nearby Lake Gardens. Several golf courses are located just a short drive away. Golf packages, equipment and transfers are available.
Lawn and Gardens : Facilities are available for corporate events, weddings, garden parties, fashion shows, and special events on the lawns and gardens surrounding Carcosa and Seri Negara mansions. Marquee setting is available for 380 people.
The Dining Room offers French cuisine prepared from the finest ingredients flown in from around the world. The elegant majestic dining room over looks the sweeping verandah of the verdant gardens beyond.
The Gulai House at Carcosa Seri Negara serves Malay cuisine in a less formal environment. Guests coming to the century-old colonial building-turned hotel. The classic creations of Malaysian cuisine created by our master chef.
One of Carcosa Seri Negara's trademarks is the English afternoon tea, served in the elegant drawing room or on the verandah overlooking the beautiful gardens. Savor the delightful variety of teas, assorted sandwiches, hot savories, pastries, cakes, fresh strawberries, and the quintessential English tea fare of scones served with Clotted Cream and homemade strawberry jam.
Carcosa Seri Negara is located in its own 16-hectare garden, above the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur on the western edge of the city. It is a 45-minute drive (70-km) from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and merely 10-minute drive away from Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KL CAT). The business and shopping districts of the city are 3 kilometres from the hotel.