Carcosa Seri Negara
Posted by anak wilayah on December 9, 2009
Carcosa Seri Negara is a luxury hotel on two adjacent hills inside the Lake Gardens park in Kuala Lumpur. It is owned by the Malaysian Government. The hotel includes two colonial mansions, one named Carcosa, the other Seri Negara.
Quick Facts about Carcosa Seri Negara
* Owner of Carcosa: Malaysian Government
* Managed by: Landmarks Hotels and Realty Sdn Bhd
* Number of Room Suites: 14 with price range from RM1,000 to RM3,500
* Land Area: 16 hectares
* Rating : Boutique Mansion
Contacts and Address
* Tel: (+603) 2282 1888
* Address: Taman Tasik Perdana, Persiaran Mahameru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
History of Carcosa Seri Negara
It comprises of two buildings. Carcosa, which was named by Frank Swettenham, was purposely built by the British for him as Governor of Malaya at that time. And Seri Negara, originally named King’s House, was built for British governors.
Both are majestic mansions or ‘bunglows’ as the locals prefer to call such buildings. I know this is a misnomer, but hey, we’re Malaysian. They were built round about the turn of the 19th century and are located on two adjacent hills.
Seri Negara means beautiful country. However, Carcosa doesn’t have a definite meaning. It was named by Frank Swettenham. His letter, quoted below, to the Editor of British Malaya in 1936 tells a very interesting story.
- Built: 1897
- Architect: AC Norman, assisted by A B Hubback and C E Spooner
- Architectural Classification: Neo-Gothic Tudor style
- Cost: $25,000
- Occupied by: British High Commissioners and Governors
- First Inhabitant: Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham
Drive time from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the Carcosa Seri Negara Hotel is approximately 50 minutes or 30 minutes by Express Rail link to KL Sentral Station. KL Sentral is only 10 minutes drive away from the hotel.