YTL Hotels has opened a new luxury hotel in the trendy Jalan Kamunting district; here’s what we found out about the hotel, and what you can discover while visiting (whether on a vacation, staycation or as a pit stop on a tour around the city!)
On 18th February, the funky urban neighbourhood of Jalan Kamunting officially welcomed another new addition: Hotel Stripes. Though the area is known for its nightlife, local kopitiams, contemporary cafés and art scene, the hotel provides a gateway to both KL’s cultural side lanes and the bustling city centre, bridging the gap between old and new. It’s a member of the exclusive Autograph Collection Hotels group, which comprises an ensemble of the world’s best luxury hotels all over the world chosen for its distinct locations, designs and top-class service. Once you step into the lobby, which is decorated in warm mixed-wood tones and adorned with historical photos of the area, you’ll immediately feel like the classy lead character in your favourite TV series (Sex and the City or Gossip Girl, anyone? One can dream!).
Here are five things you can do while visiting or staying at the hotel:
Dine in at the hotel’s two eateries, The Snug and Brasserie 25
In search of a caffeine reload or a trendy dinner-date spot? Hotel Stripes has two newly established restaurants, The Snug and Brasserie 25. The Snug is where you can grab breakfast, lunch or a quick coffee fix in a relaxed atmosphere. Brasserie 25 offers a fancier, French-inspired concept; prepare to sample ‘French brasserie classics’ like duck confit, escargots, chicken fricassee, foie gras and more amongst a sophisticated setting. High tea is also available at Brasserie 25 at RM60 per person.
Snuggle up in one of the hotel’s modern-luxe bedrooms
The hotel boasts 184 guest rooms and suites, all designed with urban-modern, local influences in mind. The coolest part of the rooms, in our opinion? The 1940’s and 50’s black-and-white photographs that adorn all the walls! Oh, and we wouldn’t mind sinking into those plush pillows and blankets, too. Each room is fitted with state-of-the-art technology, including fast complimentary Wi-Fi, an espresso machine, a HD television and a complimentary minibar! If you’re planning to stay longer, we recommend booking the Executive Studio suite. To celebrate the opening of the hotel, special standard room rates go for as low as RM322 a night.
Lounge around with a drink in hand at the hotel’s rooftop pool
We’re always on the hunt for the best views of the city (to add to our Instagram feed, of course!), and we might have found another spot to add to our list. Hotel Stripes’ rooftop pool and bar provide uncontested views of our favourite skyline, and what better way to view it than whilst sipping a yummy cocktail, lounging on a deck chair or taking a dip? Bonus points if you get a sunset snap!
Best of all, if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch some fireworks!
Hit up the bars and restaurants around the area
In the 19th century, the areas surrounding the hotel had apparently been destroyed by a fire, but by the 40s, the landscape had been rebuilt to feature several eclectic shophouses, cafés and boutiques. Since then, the area has been either maintained or built around to include modern bars and restaurants.
One of the must-not-miss restaurants? Yut Kee, a coffeeshop that has been serving Hainanese-Western fusion and local dishes since 1928. To date, it is still owned by the same family.
You should also stop by The Row, a street of 40s shophouses located on the nearby Jalan Doraisamy, which were recently converted into cafés, bars, independent businesses, retailers and event spaces.
Craving some old-school nostalgic snacks? Sin Hua Bee Bakery has been around for 60 years; there you can find traditional Chinese biscuits.
Soak up KL’s rich art and cultural scene
We already know that Kuala Lumpur is full of cultural artifacts, collected from past to present. Central Market, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and independent art galleries (such as the Balai Seni Visual Negara and Wei-Ling Gallery) are all short drives away. Also a walk away: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, which you should visit to find textiles of all styles, colours and patterns at competitive prices, similar to Singapore’s Arab Street! On Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm the street is also converted into a pasar malam (night market) which serves delicious street food.
No. 130 & 132 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur. Both shops feature Art Deco facade and Art Deco parapet wall including the typical Art Deco flag pole. They were said to have been completed in 1930 the time when Art Deco craze spread all over the world. #artdecoarchitecture #artdeco #architecture #jalantuankuabdulrahman #jalantarkl #kl #kualalumpur #heritage #shophouses
Cut your coat according to your cloth as the saying goes. A lady is seen shopping for cloth on Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman off Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur. It is a mecca for cloth, textile or fabrics for ladies. #jalantarkl #jalantuankuabdulrahman #streetmalaysia #streetphotography #streettogs #shopping #colours #kualalumpur #kl
Want to check out more (or already convinced and want to book your stay)? Visit stripeskl.com for more info or to make your booking now!
Hotel Stripes is located at 25, Jalan Kamunting, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.