The Kuala Lumpur Journal (The KL Journal) is a new concept boutique hotel that offers the strategic location of being in the heart of KL but without the hectic city buzz. In essence, it’s perfect for both the modern day traveller who’s looking to explore KL and the locals who’s looking for a weekend staycation.
Of course, where they’re situated isn’t the only winning factor. Designed as an affordable luxury stay with a flair you won’t find in the standard chain hotels, it’s clear that The KL Journal has been stamped with several personal touches that every Malaysian would be able to affiliate with.
For example, the hotel’s lobby is decorated with wrought iron grilles (they were taken from the streets and given a refreshed look) that are a familiar sight in Southeast Asia; and instead of a typical hotel notepad, guests are given a 555 notebook. The interior also sees a few art installations that pay tribute to the local culture such as the Pop Pop firecrackers and Malaysian road signages. In addition, each room’s wall is decked with one blown-up photograph by renowned local street photographer Che’ Ahmad Azhar.
While the interior and design of The KL Journal makes the place very much Instagram-worthy, the place in itself offers the vibe of a relaxing and pleasant escape; with the exception that shopping and everything else is within five to fifteen minutes walk if need be. The rooftop saltwater infinity pool with its great vista of the city is the perfect reminder for that.
And if you’re not looking for an accommodation, The KL Journal is also a great place to dine with the newly opened Bounty restaurant (mini review here) or to set up meetings at the Workers’ Union on Level 1, a creative communal area for work and play which is available as a space for rent as well.
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