CHECK IT OUT HOTEL STRIPES KUALA LUMPUR, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
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: stripeskl.com.
ALSO TRY: The Robey, Chicago; Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills; The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Britain (also YTL).