Boutique hotels in KL: 6 Interesting ones you should check out (or better yet, check in to)

Boutique hotels in KL: 6 Interesting ones you should check out (or better yet, check in to)

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Text: Ronn Tan

Editor: Rachel Au

Image: KL Journal
Image: Tian Jing Hotel
Image: Lantern Hotel
Image: Villa Samadhi
Image: Hotel Stripes KL

You’re never too far away from many Insta-perfect moments with these charming hotels in the capital


Kuala Lumpur has many things to offer as a holiday destination—from tourist attractions to shopping to food to art galleries. The wide range of places you can stay at in KL too are far and wide, be it major luxury hotels (psst...these hotels opened only last year if you're looking for new digs in KL), Airbnb options or boutique stays. For the locals, these quaint lodgings are also perfect for staycations!

But what exactly is the difference between a regular hotel and a boutique hotel? Essentially, they're usually smaller (accommodating not more than 100 rooms on average) and hence, takes pride in its unique settings and individualistic aesthethics (more often than not, this means an infusion of local flavours). Don't be fooled by its size though, most boutique hotels still offer upscale accommodations. The cribs mentioned below are just some of the most unique and Instagrammable ones you can find in the city.


1. The KL Journal

KL Journal Hotel malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Journal is located at the centre of Bukit Bintang with three room types—Deluxe King, Deluxe Triple, and Superior Deluxe. Established in 2015, the boutique hotel is where the popular Wes Anderson-inspired The Swimming Club is. Go for drinks, music, and the Instagram-perfect sunset.

Address: 30, Jalan Beremi, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang

Contact: 03 2110 2211

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2. The Chow Kit

The Chow Kit hotel room

With 113 rooms, the hotel (opening in December 2019) by Ormond Group is on the corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. The architecture and interiors have been developed by award-winning Brooklyn-based design practice Studio Tack—their first project in Asia. All guestrooms come with bespoke toiletries by Jeanie Botanicals. There is also The Chow Kit Kitchen, a new dining concept from Christian Bauer and Eddie Chew of Troika Sky Dining.

Address: 1012, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Chow Kit

Contact: 03 2082 5642

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3. Tian Jing

Tian Jing Hotel

This boutique hotel is situated right in the middle of Chinatown with furnitures hand-picked from places all across Malaysia; reflecting on Chinese heritage. In addition to the minimally-designed guestrooms, there is Lim Kee Cafe—a contemporary Chinese kopitiam with hearty meals, coffee, and a selection of craft beers.

Address: 66-68, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03 2022 1131

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4. Lantern Hotel

Lantern Hotel KL

This boutique hotel is also located in Chinatown and situated just a short walk from all major sites, attractions, and transport hubs. The four-storey building is designed with an industrial-meets-tropical touch. All rooms come with air conditioning, door card access key, and private bathroom. While Petaling Street is filled with a huge variety of food, you can head over to the in-house cafe if staying in is more your thing.

Address: 38, Jalan Petaling

Contact: 03 2020 1648

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5. Villa Samadhi

Villa Samadhi

This is a boutique retreat inspired by traditional Malay architecture, and located just 10 minutes walk from the heart of the city. There are 21 villas with living space ranging from 600 square feet to over 2,000 square feet. There is a free-form pool and an all-day dining room where you can relax and satisfy your hunger.

Address: 8 Persiaran Madge (opposite U Thant Residence)

Contact: 03 2143 2300

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6. Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Stripes KL

Located on Jalan Kamunting, the hotel has 184 bespoke guest rooms and suites. Rooms come with custom furnishings, HD television, and espresso coffee machine. Head over to Brasserie 25 and Man Tao Bar for food and drinks or relax in the pool and get fit at the gym.

Address: 25, Jalan Kamunting

Contact: 03 2038 0000

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