Terrific horizon pool
Arguably there is no more striking hotel in Kuala Lumpur than the red-brick-faced 184 room Hotel Stripes which opened in February 2017, and while it isn’t the most centrally located hotel, cracking online deals make it well worth investigating.
It is always great visiting a hotel this new (it was less than a year old when we visited)—the carpets are still bouncy, there isn’t a mark on the walls and there isn’t a chipped tile in sight—we hope management do a great job keeping it this way.
Back in the colonial period, Jalan Kamunting (the street the hotel sits on) was a settlement for tin mining, but after a tremendous fire destroyed most of the wood and thatch buildings, the British banned all such construction and deemed everything need to be of brick. The hotel’s facade is an acknowledgement of this slice of history and while it makes for a very unusual edifice for the outside, you do pay a price with the views—and we wonder how they’ll go keeping the windows clean.
Rooms are plush and very comfortable—of a good size, but the addition of a long lounge and a working desk in the room we were shown made for a more crowded feel than we expected—a lazy chair would have left that little bit more of a spacious feel. That said, because of the patterned brick finish, the views in all rooms are at least partially obscured (ours had a patterned brick wall covering the entirety of the windows) making the idea of relaxing by the glass gazing out to town somewhat less practical.
Bedding is comfortable with four pillows and two round bolsters and a decorative throw. There are bedside tables and lamps as well as twisty reading spotlights for those who prefer a bit more fine-tuning for their reading. A second desk holds coffee and tea and complimentary water. Other facilities include in-room safe, WiFi internet and all rooms are air-conditioned. The bathroom in the room we were shown was so clean we asked if it had ever actually been used (it had).
The issue with the rooms is the view. We’re ones who like to enjoy a view and covering the windows with patterned red brick really does strike us to be a hefty price to pay. The staffer showing us around explained that some rooms don’t have the patterned effect the room we were shown had (some have bigger clear gaps which you can gather from the street), but he did say that all rooms have at least some interference.
One place you don’t have to worry about the view though is from the rooftop horizon pool with spectacular views over to Bukit Nanas and Kl Tower. You can also see the Petronas Towers peaking out from behind another tower, but KL Tower is the star of the show here and it must be pretty awesome come sunset. The pool here is larger than at KL Journal as is the attached bar area. On the topic of grazing, aside from the poolside offerings, two more restaurants are on site.
Hotel Stripes location is great if you want to eat at Yut Kee (a famous Chinese diner down the road) but for anything else you’re a solid ten minute walk from Dang Wangi on the Kelana Jaya LRT and fifteen minutes from Medan Tuanku on the monorail, so this isn’t the best-placed property for the keen sightseer.
The hotel offers competitive rates on their website but this is another property well worth searching around online for a competitive rate—especially for a mid-week stay as the rates can really be all over the place.
Address: 25 Jalan Kamunting
T: (03) 2038 0000;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º42'1.6" E, 3º9'25.83" N
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Room rates: 250 to 500 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room||299 ringgit||299 ringgit|
|Deluxe Suite||338 ringgit||338 ringgit|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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