As of now, there are currently only three CitizenM hotels in Asia, and Malaysia is home to one of them. CitizenM Kuala Lumpur recently opened in Jalan Pudu, within walking distance to the Golden Triangle that is Bukit Bintang. You can’t miss it — the facade is arresting, as you’ll soon see.
Its location is pretty strategic — it’s close enough to Bukit Bintang without being too close to all the buzz. You can still walk to famous attractions such as Jalan Alor to get your fill of local hawker food and go back to sleep without the noises of chatty tourists.
The boutique hotel takes on CitizenM’s iconic disruptive attitude. Everything is designed to be smooth, convenient, artsy, and comfortable. For example, the check-in counter is not a check-in counter at all. If you love the self-check-in kiosks at airports, you’re going to love this. There are no queues and no idle chitchat — just a quick procedure to get you into your room.
But wait. Before you head into your room, you might want to check out the lobby lounge. It stands out immediately with all its colours and art. In fact, it was designed to look like a designer living room. Artsy and stylish, but not unfriendly. Lounge around the comfortable Vitra-designed chairs and couch, or get some work done at the stylish hot-desking spots.
If you need work done with a team of people, the hotel has you covered as well. There are three creative meeting spaces within the hotel, all designed to be on par with Google and Facebook’s friendly offices. There is no fluorescent lights and sterile meeting tables here — just boundless creativity.
Take some time to appreciate the curated art around the common area as well. The team behind CitizenM Kuala Lumpur has thoughtfully selected pieces that were made by local artists such as Azizi Latiff and Afiq Faris, juxtaposed with iconic pieces from around the world.
Ready to head into your room now? There are 210 rooms available in the hotel, all equipped with a huge XL king-sized bed for you to roll around, and then some more. 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. If you’re feeling a certain mood, you can also change the colours of the lights via the iPad. There are even four pre-programmed moods to choose from: romance, party, relaxation, and movie-watching. No more hunting around the room for the TV remote anymore.