Where Else to Stay in Kuala Lumpur this September?

Else is launching its 49-room inaugural property on 10 September 2022 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Else Kuala Lumpur is located in the former Lee Rubber Building in the heart of Chinatown, providing respite from the bustle of city life.

Else Founders Justin Chen and Javier Perez commissioned leading local designers, artists and partners to create their vision of conscious hospitality. Malaysian design firm Studio Bikin conceptualised the design and oversaw the restoration which was executed by Faizah Architect, another celebrated Malaysian partner.

The repurposed seven-storey property is 56,000 square feet. The boutique hotel features four categories of rooms. The standard entry-level room is the 25 sqm Mantra Room with a King-sized bed and luxurious en-suite bathroom. The Urban Room (deluxe) is a 33sqm elegantly appointed room with seating area.

The Sanctuary is located on the upper floors and furnished with a Super King-sized bed and a private balcony. Sutera is a 69sqm suite complete with a private living area that can accommodate an extended family. The largest of the rooms is the 84sqm Else Suite with sweeping views of Kuala Lumpur city skyline and a private balcony stretching from the bedroom to the living area. It is perfect for couples as well as private, corporate and intimate celebrations.

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All rooms and suites feature sustainable personal care products by Omno, LULLA bathroom robes, and Dyson hairdryers, art by locally-sourced artists as well as books by Malaysian authors

Complex, thought-provoking and inspiring art pieces have been acquired from award-winning Malaysian artists, including Fauzul Yusri, Fendy Zakri, Fawwaz Sukri and Nathan Fikri. Emerging local artist W. Rajaie. B’s beautiful art and reflective work by Firdaus Ismail also adorn the Else walls.  Art by Canada’s Joe Fleming, who has exhibited internationally for over two decades, including at the Holocaust Museum in LA and FIAC Paris and raw, free-spirited pieces by celebrated Argie Bandoy from the Philippines are also showcased. 

Swimming Pool (Else Kuala Lumpur photo)

Relax in the two floatation pods in the gym, work out with the free-weight training and callisthenics or swim in the salt-water infinity pool at the podium level.

Dine at Raw Kitchen Hall, the all-day dining restaurant that is an extension of Raw Kitchen Bar, its sister brand in Singapore. Malaysian Chefs Leong Chee Mun and Wah Yin Xing are returning home after stints at Singapore’s Spago and Burnt Ends to head Raw Kitchen Hall. The culinary team will execute Asian and Mediterranean-inspired recipes unique to Else and led by seasonal, local produce. The Yellow Fin House will open year-end. The open-fire restaurant that forges international and Malaysian seafood flavours will be helmed by Malaysian Chef Jun Wong offering a fine selection of natural wines. Proof & Company has designed Else’s boutique bar programme and will lead the spirit curation for a classic and elegant cocktail menu.

Else Hotel Kuala Lumpur is located at 145 Jalan Tun HS Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

To celebrate its opening, enjoy room rates from MYR398 until 31 October 2022.

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