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Open­ing on Fe­bru­ary 12 on Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Ka­munt­ing, Ho­tel Stripes of­fers 184 smart gue­strooms and a French-style restau­rant, pro­vid­ing a mod­ern coun­ter­point to its sis­ter prop­erty, the colo­nial-era Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel.

Both ho­tels are owned by lo­cal firm YTL and are mem­bers of Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s pres­ti­gious Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion, num­ber­ing more than 100 lux­ury prop­er­ties world­wide.

From the sin­u­ous light in­stal­la­tion in the pared-back lobby to the large-for­mat black-and­white pho­tos of a retro Jalan Ka­munt­ing in the gue­strooms to the stylish brasserie with its sput­nik light fix­tures and red-brick ar­cades, Stripes puts a con­tem­po­rary spin on the his­tory and char­ac­ter of this lively neigh­bour­hood. The open­plan gue­strooms fea­ture a muted pal­ette with soft gold trim, free Wi-Fi, HD TV, a cof­fee ma­chine and com­pli­men­tary mini­bar.

The ho­tel’s lo­ca­tion is a big draw­card; down­town Jalan Ka­munt­ing near the city’s busi­ness dis­trict in­cludes a re­vamped ver­sion of The Row, formerly known as the Asian Her­itage Row, 22 shop­houses dat­ing from the 1940s now host­ing gal­leries and cafes. The ho­tel will also fea­ture a rooftop pool and bar with great views of the Kuala Lumpur sky­line.

DON’T MISS: Pop­ping by Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel for af­ter­noon tea in the gor­geous con­ser­va­tory hous­ing more than 1000 moth or­chids and serv­ing lo­cally flavoured treats: chicken tikka vol-au-vents and pan­dan cup­cakes (book­ings ad­vis­able). Af­ter­wards en­joy a treat­ment in the el­e­gant Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh-in­spired day spa.

DIN­ING IN: Ex­ec­u­tive chef Ir­win Chan heads two in-house restau­rants, The Snug and the sig­na­ture Brasserie 25. He rec­om­mends try­ing joue de boeuf braise (braised beef cheek in red wine); le con­fit de ca­nard (duck leg con­fit with truf­fle mash); or fric­as­see de poulet a l’an­ci­enne (creamy chicken fric­as­see).

DIN­ING OUT: Check out Yut Kee, a tra­di­tional cof­fee shop and a Kuala Lumpur favourite since 1928, best known for its Hainanese/Western dishes and run by the founder’s grand­son. Or Lima­pulo: Baba Can Cook for great retro in­te­ri­ors and af­ford­able Ny­onya cui­sine. Up­stairs in the Cen­tral Mar­ket, Pre­cious Old China is a good choice for a plate of pie tee (or top hats), pas­try stuffed with turnip and shrimp.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: For food, fash­ion and tex­tiles check out Jalan Tuanku Ab­dul Rah­man (Jalan TAR), trans­formed into a night mar­ket on Satur­days. The Is­lamic Arts Mu­seum show­cases ce­ram­ics, tex­tiles and manuscripts, and is lo­cated next door to the city’s botanic gar­dens.

CHECK­ING IN: Open­ing room rates, valid to June 30, from MYR285 ($85) in­clud­ing break­fast, Wi-Fi and mini­bar. More:

ALSO TRY: The Robey, Chicago; An­daz Tokyo To­ra­nomon Hills; The Gains­bor­ough Bath Spa, Bri­tain (also YTL).


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