While Kuala Lumpur continues to expand with the construction of gleaming towers and expanding rail networks, the city becomes decentralised, as offices and individuals move to the outskirts. This leaves historical parts of Kuala Lumpur, once home to the city’s pioneering generations, with an alluring charm to the uninitiated.
One such heritage district of downtown Kuala Lumpur is Dang Wangi, an area renowned for its time-tested street food, going neck to neck with up-and-coming modern eateries. Originally known as a commercial district, gentrification, as well as the unique, cultural appeal of the locale proved attractive enough for YTL Hotels to introduce Hotel Stripes, a boutique skyscraper that welcomes eager guests looking to immerse in the synergetic Malaysian way of life, right outside their doorstep.
Hotel Stripes’ Neighbourhood: A Colourful Past
Located along Jalan Kamunting, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Stripes was named after the layers of rich history that the street possesses. The former tin mining settlement was one of the first to replace its fire-prone wooden edifices to bricks and tiles, as required by then British administration. This resulted in the area’s eclectic 1940s shophouse architecture and five foot ways that are still retained or replicated, as is the case with The Row.
As for the hotel, it’s designed to pay homage to this transition to bricks, while effortlessly complementing the other heritage buildings in the vicinity. On the inside, the Autograph Collection hotel keeps it urban chic in its 184 bespoke guest rooms and suites, with exposed brick walls and sleek, brown finishings in different shades. The earth tones ground the hotel to its surroundings, while still exuding elegance worthy of a place in the chain.
Dining Options and Other Features
The hotel’s anchor restaurant Brasserie 25, a laidback French restaurant that takes advantage of the building’s understated sophistication by reflecting it in its fuss-free, wholesome menu. Crowd-favourite here, though, is the savoury afternoon tea, served in luxurious copper boxes, when the place transforms into Le Goûter.
Up the elevator, on the rooftop is the swimming pool, boasting a gorgeous view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. The space is also shared by the rooftop pool bar Man Tao, a trendy spot perfect for sunset drinks, and bar bites are fresh fluffy buns with a various choices of savoury fillings.
Since the opening of Hotel Stripes, many hip places have opened their doors in the vicinity to cater to the worldly guests who check- in. Woo Pin Noodle House, Joloko, and Barnana Leaf are fashionable restaurants and bars that strategically flank the hotel. A stone’s throw away is The Row, an iconic collection of eateries and watering holes that are open till late at night.
Hotel Stripes is 5 minutes from LRT Dang Wangi and Medan Tuanku Monorail station by foot and about 50-minute drive from KLIA.
25 Jalan Kamunting
Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
+603 2038 0000
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