While chain hotels are similar to generic restaurant chains – you pretty much get the same thing no matter which part of the world you are – boutique hotels are known for their individual style.
Though typically smaller in terms of how many rooms it has, each boutique hotel you come across will make up for it by possessing a big personality and offering a personal touch. Try any of these boutique hotels on for size:
1. 1825 Gallery Hotel | Melaka City, Melaka
You’ll want to book the riverside view at this hotel, as it offers a scenic panorama of the iconic Melaka River. Formerly a Chinese-owned storehouse for flour, the building has since been transformed into a contemporary hotel incorporating British and Chinese influences into its design. Touches of polished wood, stone statues, and a lush garden add a natural feel to your surroundings.
Rates start from: RM140++
2. Merton Hotel | Ipoh, Perak
With its sleek concrete walls and vintage decor, you’ll appreciate this homey, yet elegant hotel. Located near Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, popular tourist attractions such as Sam Poh Tong Temple and Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village are close by, while Ipoh town itself is only a 15-minute drive away.
Rates start from: RM110++
3. Batik Boutique Hotel | Kuching, Sarawak
Its chic interior and welcoming staff make Batik Boutique Hotel one of Kuching’s top boutique hotels. Set in the city center, you’re within walking distance to Top Spot Food Court, where you can sample yummy local dishes, and the Cat Monument, a must-visit for all visitors.
Rates start from: RM250++
4. Spices Boutique Residence | Georgetown, Penang
Comprising four pre-war shophouses that have been lovingly restored by architects, the hotel’s centerpiece is the decades-old Bodhi tree, which has merged with the wall of one of the buildings. Its eye-catching decor is inspired not only by local culture, but by Moroccan, Spanish and Indian as well.
Rates start from: RM170++
5. Monaco Boutique Hotel | Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
This comfy and cozy hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the Kota Kinabalu Waterfront, the city’s one-stop dining and entertainment hub. If you’re in town on a Sunday, be sure to visit the Sunday Market at Gaya Street, which is also within walking distance – it’s filled with fascinating handicrafts and mouthwatering street food.
Rates start from: RM100++
6. Manhattan Business Hotel TTDI | Petaling Jaya, Selangor
This chic hotel is located in Kuala Lumpur’s leafy and affluent township of TTDI. True to its name, its luxe decor and furnishings bring to mind the effortless style of New York’s buzzing borough of Manhattan. The neighborhood has plenty of hip restaurants and bars to keep you busy, but there’s also an MRT station five minutes away on foot if you need to venture further out.
Rates start from: RM120++
7. Coffee Atelier | Georgetown, Penang
If you wish to delve into Penang’s vibrant arts scene, then book a stay here. The hotel was once a coffee merchant’s workshop, hence its name, but it’s now an eclectic combination of a restaurant serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, an art gallery specializing in Malaysian art, and a coffee museum.
Rates start from: RM350++
8. Gold3 Boutique Hotel | Kuala Lumpur
Shopaholics beware: you won’t be able to resist the multitude of shopping malls surrounding the hotel, ranging from bargain to luxury. This camera-themed hotel is set in the heart of Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s shopping district, offering a glitzy, yet affordable stay with easy access to most of the city’s tourist attractions.
Rates start from: RM110++
9. The Rucksack Caratel – Jonker Wing | Melaka City, Melaka
Want to be within walking distance to most of Melaka’s top tourist attractions such as the Red Square and Jonker Street? Then this hotel is right up your alley. The whimsical and colorful design of the hotel will add a pep to your step, and there’s even an American-style diner for you to enjoy some burgers and milkshakes!
Rates start from: RM240++
10. Rosa Malacca | Melaka City, Melaka
This hotel prides itself on being “Instagram-worthy”, with pretty much every corner begging for a spot on your Instagram feed. Its twee decor provides a refreshing contrast to the minimalistic industrial design. We’re diggin’ the courtyard in particular – its red brick walls and high glass ceiling give it a conservatory feel that’s perfect for high tea.
Rates start from: RM190++
With such a wide range of accommodation options across the country, it can be a challenge to pick the one that’s best for you. To be in the know when it comes to Malaysia’s stand-out stays, keep your eyes peeled for Traveloka’s ‘Super Stays’ posts, a bi-weekly hotel special featuring our top picks!