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KLoé Hotel was founded by the hospitality group, Kindness of Strangers, who are also behind a famous brunch place in KL called LOKL Coffee and a backpackers hostel, BackHome.
Every inch of KLoé Hotel is thoughtfully put together – you can feel the heart and soul of the hotelier’s intention to provide a home away from home for their guests, all the while being sustainable and kind to the environment.
KLoé Hotel is a boutique hotel discretely tucked away in a little alleyway in Bukit Bintang – but to just say it is a boutique hotel would be doing it an injustice. It’s not the usual towering skyscraper you would see along the city skyline of Bukit Bintang. In fact, drive a little too quickly and you might just miss this minimalistic concrete building. You’ll barely realize you are in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. But just less than 10 minutes walk away, you’ll arrive at Pavilion Shopping Centre – Kuala Lumpur’s prime shopping destination.
How to spot it: Look out for the Shell gas station off Jalan Bukit Bintang as the landmark for the entrance. You’ll want to turn into the alley right before the gas station. Follow the narrow plant-lined alley, and you’ll find the lobby.
I’d heard many good things about KLoé Hotel for a while now, so on my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, I opted for their standard City Room. It’s their most affordable room, with rates starting from as low as $62 per night.
But if you can, I highly recommend going for one of KLoé’s themed rooms. KLoé hosts 80 stylishly designed rooms, comprising standard rooms and what they call artist lofts.
Of all the standard rooms, you have the choice of a city view or a courtyard view, while each artist loft is unique and comes fitted out with everything you need to indulge in Art, Music, Books, Food, and Gardens. Staying at KLoé is an experience in itself.
“Room to Draw” is a room built as a cosy work studio equipped with brushes, watercolour and acrylic paint, canvas and sketchbooks. So you can pick up a brush and get creative with your personal masterpiece.
“Room to Taste” features a communal dining table, a collection of cookbooks, and a personal pantry of artisanal produce. You can’t cook in this room, but you’re provided with a bespoke kitchen counter and all the ingredients you need to prepare your own snacks and drinks.
“Room to Read” features floor-to-ceiling shelves of books dedicated to art, culture, philosophy, poetry and literature. Check-in to find a curated selection of titles based on your literary tastes.
“Room to Listen” features a built-in sound system centred by a vinyl turntable, and lounge furniture for you to sink into. Upon booking, you’ll be asked for your musical preference and you’ll be greeted with a selection of records curated specially to suit your tastes when you arrive.
“Room to Grow” is a room filled with lush greenery and terrariums with concrete floors so you can plant, pot and water without fuss.
If I return to Kuala Lumpur again, I will definitely want to try their Room to Listen or Room to Read!
The City Room
The standard City Room was small yet stylishly decorated, so you almost instantly forget about the size. The cement walls and Tiffany blue-coloured steel bars complemented perfectly, which is KLoé’s signature style now.
Once you enter, you are greeted with a personal note from the hotel manager and a quirky selection of local snacks set out for you on a mini-pantry. If you grew up in Malaysia in the 90s, these will surely give you a hint of nostalgia.
The bathroom features a rain shower, and features luxury bath products by Aesop – a wonderful surprise for me as I am a huge Aesop fan!
The king-sized bed was incredibly plush and made getting out of bed a hard task. The smart TV has Chromecast abilities so you can cast your Netflix movies from your phone.
The lobby of the KLoé Hotel is a pretty mix of pink shades and bare concrete. I simply could not stop photographing the place. It’s cosy enough to spend some time lounging around and even reading a book by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
There’s a café in the lobby called Lucky Coffee Bar that serves a mean cup of coffee. You can grab pastries and smoothies here as well.
There’s a small swimming pool where you can swim a few laps, and also a small gym where yoga classes are often held.
Food-wise, the hotel only has two places where you can dine – the small cafe in the lobby and the restaurant, Monroe next to the pool.
I simply fell in love with this hotel, and I would be more than happy to return and perhaps even stay for an entire week in their themed rooms. You can just feel the thought put into every corner of the hotel, so a big kudos to Kindness of Strangers is deserved here.
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- Booking Flights: When it comes to finding great flight deals, I always start my search on Google Flights or Skyscanner. To save some cash, consider flying mid-week or on the weekends, opt for carry-on only with budget airlines, and be open to red-eye or early morning flights. Check out my in-depth guide on how I find the cheapest flights.
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