Staying in a boutique hotel is a unique way to get to know a city. Boutique hotels have character, a personal touch and beautiful detailing. Sometimes, it can even make you feel at home! Boutique hotels have taken the world by storm in the past few years and it doesn’t look like the trend will go away anytime soon. While there is no shortage of boutique hotels in Kuala Lumpur, the new kid on the block — The Chow Kit – An Ormond Hotel — sets a new benchmark.
Located in the bustling heart of old Kuala Lumpur, The Chow Kit – An Ormond Hotel is actually the first boutique property of Ormond Group. With an old meets new concept, this new boutique hotel will take you back in time with its architecture and locally-sourced materials showcased throughout the hotel. Wanna know what’s special about the hotel? Read on below!
You know what they say about love at first sight? That’s certainly how we felt when we stepped into the lobby. It’s beautifully decorated with earthy-toned furniture of rattan lounge chairs, comfy sofas and layered rugs. Geometric-shaped lighting fixtures complete the old meets modern look. It’s certainly one for the ‘gram!
On the same floor, you’ll find The Chow Kit Kitchen and Bar. The restaurant is the heart and soul of any hotel, and it’s the same here too. While there are plenty of dining options around the area, the restaurant, which is a new dining concept by Christian Bauer and Eddie Chew of Troika Sky Dining, is a gem that has yet to be discovered. Offering a twist to classic Malaysian dishes with creations such as jackfruit cold salad (kerabu), wagyu char siew bun, and our personal favorite — ribeye with sambal hijau (green chili salsa), the restaurant is calling out to all discerning foodies!
Open all-day, guests will be able to enjoy an à la carte breakfast, an express lunch menu suitable for quick business catch ups or family-style sharing plates. The classic bar offers signature cocktails from 11am to midnight and the venue is set to host regular restaurant pop-ups, featuring guest chefs and mixologists from around the world, throughout the year.
If you’re traveling with a group and want a little bit of privacy while dining, The Library is a beautiful space designed for complete privacy. The floral wallpapered space is complemented with a large wood and marble table perfect for private dinner parties, or small meetings of up to 10 people.
With 113 classic themed guest rooms, a reflection of the layered history and culture of Kuala Lumpur can be seen in its thoughtful design. Each room exudes class and elegance while remaining cozy and peaceful, making you feel right at home. During our stay, we were lucky to stay in the Towkay Suite which features a plush king-sized bed and a lounge area overlooking the bustling city. Decorated in rich colors of velvet green and deep mahogany, the room is finished with brass accents. We love it when hotels take a bold design choice! Apart from that, the room comes with a flat-screen TV, an open wardrobe and desk space, a minibar and bespoke toiletries.
So, if you’re looking for a staycation spot that has a simplified luxury concept with great service, design and price, The Chow Kit – An Ormond Hotel is your best bet!
See and Do
Strike a pose at Kwai Chai Hong
The rejuvenated space in Kwai Chai Hong is a must-visit even if you’re a local. Inside the laneway are six murals depicting the daily activities of early Chinese settlers in the area during the 1960s. Painted by five local artists: Khek Shin Nam, Chan Kok Sing, Chok Fook Yong, Chew Weng Yeow and Wong Leck Min, each of the artists’ different painting styles and brushstrokes reflect the diversity of the Chinese community. Be sure to look out for the historically-significant Yan Keng Benevolent Dramatic Association building and Chin Woo Stadium nearby!
Kwai Chai Hong
Lorong Panggung, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm
Admission is free
Shop at Central Market
Central Market is no stranger to the must-do list in Kuala Lumpur. With everything under one roof, it’s the perfect place if you’re looking to buy souvenirs to bring home. Inside the Art Deco-style building, you can find a warren of boutiques, handicraft and souvenir stalls with traders selling local merchandise such as Malaysian batik prints, moon kites, home decoration and many more!
Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Learn about numismatics at Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery
Think learning about the economy and money is boring? Not at the Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery! Established by the country’s central bank, you can learn everything about money, financial planning, economy and Islamic finance at the museum. You can also try your hand at opening a bank vault by guessing the passcode! This is also the chance for you to view Bank Negara’s impressive art collection of renowned Malaysian contemporary artists in the Art Gallery. It’s a perfect activity to do with the kiddos too!
Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery
Sasana Kijang, 2 Jalan Dato’ Onn, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm (open daily, except on Hari Raya Aidilfitri)
Admission is free
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!