Hotel hideout in KL

Hidden away in the quiet, back streets of KLCC is a place full of indulgence and relaxation. Among the usual delicacies, you expect from YTL Hotels, Hotel Stripes puts its own spin on opulent accommodation for modern millennials.

Although the western suburbs are the perfect place for us to have permanent accommodation as expats in KL, I thought what better way for us to explore our new city than a short stay in the heart of KLCC … and why not! The Petronas Twin Towers mark a point in the city as shopping malls, restaurants and hotels reverberate from this distinct epicentre. Originally, I was looking to be within walking distance of the towers but upon coming across Hotel Stripes and with the knowledge of how cheap Uber and Grab is, I wasn’t fazed by a 10-minute drive. Positioned in the quaint, urban district of Jalan Kamunting, in downtown KL, Hotel Stripes is a home-away-from-home; the way you would want your home to look if you had unlimited funds and some form of design know-how.

I truly believe that whether it’s in your home or a hotel, the entrance is your make or break. Hotel Stripes’ unique, brick-patterned façade and colonial-style windows provide an immediate insight into the story of this boutique hotel and what lies inside. Where history is in (and on) the walls, the hotels’ youth is displayed through glamourous furnishings and impeccable style. From the extravagant, multi-bulb chandelier at reception, to the designer-detailed guest rooms, and the uninterrupted views of KL Tower from the luxurious rooftop pool and lounge, Hotel Stripes offers an indulgent stay, and the perfect place to rest your feet after a full day of sightseeing, eating and of course, shopping!

DWD Highlights:

  • I love the closeness of Hotel Stripes to KLCC but it is still far enough away that you’re not constantly dodging tourist traps and millions of people.
  • Hotel Stripes only has 184 guest rooms, so no space will ever feel crowded and you can just enjoy the serenity.
  • The hotel’s décor is very chic and the design of the rooms makes it feel very spacious – the separate freestanding bath in the Executive Studio Suite is an awesome bonus.
  • I particularly love the respect that the hotel pays to the neighbourhood’s history by mounting a huge, black and white image of the old town in each room.
  • Of course, food is a big thing for me and Hotel Stripes does not disappoint. The Snug on Level 2 offers a great place to charge the batteries for breakfast or get a quick caffeine fix in an edgy, industrial-style space. While downstairs, Brasserie 25 offers a delicious French menu which can be enjoyed while admiring the red brick archways and dark wood, parquetry floors that provide a warm yet glamorous ambience – stay tune, blog coming soon!
  • A short walk from Hotel Stripes is what the locals call, The Row. Here you’ll find some awesome coffee shops, restaurants and a beautiful interiors store for some unique souvenirs.

DWD Tip: Stay in a Studio or Executive Studio Suite at Hotel Stripes with their ‘A Little Suiter’ offer which includes breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, complimentary premium Wi-Fi and mini bar, as well as access to the daily shuttle service.

One staff member that I wanted to give a shout-out to was the head of hospitality (it’s so bad but I cannot remember his name!). He bought the sparkling wine to our room and served us our drinks upstairs on the pool deck with more than just a smile. He answered all of our questions and was more than happy to share with us his story of growing up in KL, places to go other than what you’d find in the tour guides, as well as other local foodie hideouts. The concierge, Sumon was also very helpful in organising cars to get us to and from KLCC.

Thank you to Hotel Stripes and all the super-friendly staff who made our stay a relaxing and indulgent experience.

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