The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Situated directly on Jalan Bukit Bintang, The Westin KL is one of the few hotels that are right within the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur. Try out the city’s first Italian afternoon tea in Prego, or indulge in Chinese cuisine over at Five Sen5es. If not, treat yourself to a nice spa treatment at the in-house spa.
The KL Journal Hotel
Come for the whimsical Malaysian heritage, stay for the modernist rooms and rooftop infinity pool. The KL Journal hotel famously pays homage to its Malaysian roots, from photographs of old Malaya hung in all the rooms to the 555 notebooks used throughout the hotel. It’s also within walking distance to the party area of Changkat Bukit Bintang and the famous Jalan Alor, so you’re never out of things to do.
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MoMo’s Kuala Lumpur
Breathing new life into the quaint Chow Kit area is MoMo’s Kuala Lumpur, one of the two boutique hotels by Ormond Group to open side by side in the area. With The Chow Kit fronting the main road of Jalan Sultan Ismail, MoMo’s is the more hip and raw sibling of the two. The boutique hotel houses 99 micro-rooms fitted with bespoke amenities, plush beds, a smart TV, and more. The view outside may not always be great, which is why MoMo’s KL cleverly designed inward-facing rooms that look out onto a large gallery lightwell. As for the in-house dining, there is MoMosita’s, a fun and gritty self-serve dive bar that whips up tacos in addition to beer and bottled cocktails.
CitizenM Kuala Lumpur
One of the newer boutique hotels in KL to open (in July 2019), CitizenM Kuala Lumpur is one of the three of the brand name to open in Asia. The boutique hotel takes on CitizenM’s iconic disruptive attitude. Everything is designed to be smooth, convenient, artsy, and comfortable with select Vitra furniture pieces dotting the entire property. For example, the check-in counter is similar to self-check-in kiosks at the airports. There are no queues and no idle chitchat — just a quick procedure to get you into your room. A total of 210 rooms are available in the hotel, all equipped with a huge XL king-sized bed. The rooms are by no means expansive, but the hotel makes it up for a smartly-designed one. Everything in the room is controlled by an iPad, from the TV to the lights, and also room temperature.
Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Opening its doors back in 2017, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is the first of the French-based hotel chain’s property in the capital. It is located in the Bukit Damansara area, right in the heart of the area’s business district. It also happens to be located right next to Damansara City Mall, a bourgeoning neighbourhood shopping centre with a good number of restaurants. But don’t worry, because Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara will suffice, thanks to its many selections of dining outlets.
The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
Opened in 2016, this five-star hotel is located in KL Sentral – a convenient option for tourists looking to get around town easily. There are 208 rooms within the hotel as well as a spa centre. Enjoy views of the city from the rooftop pool while getting drinks from Crystal. You can also try out Basque cuisine from The Brasserie thanks to the hotel’s Executive Chef Pedro Samper.
The RuMa Hotel & Residences
Many places attempt to weave local and cultural influences into a modern building’s design, but few manage to get it right without being tacky. Thankfully, The RuMa Hotel & Residences isn’t one of those.
Part of Urban Resort Concepts’ portfolio, the hotel made its debut in the city late last year and was designed in collaboration with Shanghai-based design firm MQ-studio. Taking inspiration from Malaysian influences, the hotel’s designs proudly showcase how traditional designs can be given a modern update when tastefully done. In fact, even the name of the hotel derives from the Malay word “rumah”, which means house – or home.
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur celebrates its first year anniversary in July 2019, and it has been a great year. The five-star hotel has bagged multiple awards, global recognition and its loyal patrons frequent the hotel for its gastronomic experiences, creative cocktails and exceptional facilities.
W Kuala Lumpur
Since its inception on August 23rd 2018, W Kuala Lumpur has been putting up exciting events and happenings that centre on having a good time. The hotel stays true to its identity of being hip and music-centric with a dedicated music manager and a monthly music programme. Its dining outlets are not to be missed too – head to Flock for sustainable all-day dining, Yen for contemporary Chinese food, WooBar for delicious craft cocktails, and Wet Deck for a smashing pool party.
Element Kuala Lumpur
In the age of sustainability, reducing your carbon footprint has become a matter of great importance. You can hoard your grocery bags and amass a collection of reusable straws, but it’s easy to throw away all that effort away if you don’t attempt to travel sustainably. One way to do that is to stay in eco-friendly hotels, such as Element Kuala Lumpur.
Element Kuala Lumpur keeps things simple in the dining area with just one restaurant to settle your every meal. Trace Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the 40th floor of the hotel. Sit by the bar when you want a pick-me-up in the evenings. In the mornings, there’s a buffet spread with Western favourites such as pancakes and waffles, as well as local offerings of nasi lemak and rendang. For something more sumptuous at night, try the selection of steaks that Trace Restaurant & Bar offers – you won’t regret it.