After relaxing on the paradise islands in the Andaman Sea, we flew from Langkawi to the modern capital of Malaysia with an estimated population of 1.7 million people - Kuala Lumpur. The airport of Langkawi was tiny, but super organised, clean and comfortable and it was just 8 km from our hotel Casa del Mar. After an hour flight, we landed in KL and took a taxi to our hotel. We stayed at the newly opened Stripes Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, that opened its doors in February this year and it is also a member of Autograph Collection Hotels, which is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. The Stripes belongs to YTL Luxury Hotels, which owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-winning resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages, such as The Majestic, The Ritz-Carlton & JW Marriott in Kuala Lumpur to name a few. So we knew we could only expect five star luxury when staying at their newest hotel.
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, The Stripes Hotel is right in the middle of an urban neighbourhood, right by the city’s business hub, with some of the city’s greatest local food, art galleries, shops and legendary landmarks. All of the 184 bespoke guest rooms and suites at The Stripes are a unique blend of contemporary design and urban chic, reflecting the history and character of the neighbourhood. I loved the chic interior, the use of the red brick and the unique facade of the building - I almost felt a bit like being in New York (not that I have been yet, except in movies).
We enjoyed dinner as well as their famous Le Goûter (Afternoon Tea with a French twist) at the rustic yet modern restaurant called Brasserie 25. With its red brick arcades, mid-century copper sputnik chandeliers and dark wood floors, you have to pay a visit to this French-style restaurant when you’re in Kuala Lumpur next time. The cuisine is laid back but bursting with flavour, taking inspiration from Stripes’ sister hotel, Muse in St. Tropez. I recommend the Foie Gras, the amazing Duck Confit with Truffle Mash and the classic French dessert Creme Brulee - it was a great culinary experience without leaving the hotel premises! The breakfast was served at the Snug - cosy restaurant with stripped-back walls giving it an industrial edge. For the fitness freaks there is a fully equipped gym located on the top floor. But if you’re looking to top up your tan or enjoy the sunset with some cocktails, make your way to their stunning rooftop pool, overlooking Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. If you’re heading to Kuala Lumpur, don’t miss a chance to stay at this new modern luxury hotel: www.stripeskl.com