Let’s face it — we all have hectic lives. Booking an impromptu holiday is difficult, and most of the bigger holidays take months ahead in preparation. So where does that leave you for the in-between periods when you’re in desperate need of an escape and you’re too tied up to even head to nature retreats outside of the city? A quick staycation within the city, naturally. This time, forgo the ultra-luxurious hotels and instead, try some quaint and chic boutique hotels in KL.

Why boutique hotels? They’re small, quirkily designed, and are located in interesting places within the city. While one might expect that hotels are located in prime tourist spots, these boutique hotels are tucked in the roads less taken, where true locals would appreciate. Think Petaling Street, on the quiet Jalan Berangan just a street away from Changkat Bukit Bintang, and more.

From stylish contemporary boutique hotels to raw, industrial-designed and repurposed homes, these boutique hotels in KL will definitely offer a different sort of staycation experience. That includes the escape you so desperately need.

1
The Kuala Lumpur Journal

Come for the whimsical Malaysian heritage, stay for the modernist rooms and rooftop infinity pool. The KL Journal hotel famously pays homage to its Malaysian roots, from photographs of old Malaya hung in all the rooms to the 555 notebooks used throughout the hotel. It’s also within walking distance to the party area of Changkat Bukit Bintang and the famous Jalan Alor, so you’re never out of things to do.

The Kuala Lumpur Journal, 30, Jalan Beremi, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2110 2211.

2
Lantern Hotel

Petaling Street is not just for buying designer rip-offs and sneaking into hidden bars — they have pretty decent boutique hotels too if you look hard enough. Lantern Hotel is one of them, a beautiful boutique hotel championing the use of wooden elements. A standout feature of the hotel is the in-house cafe’s open-air terrace, giving you a view of Petaling Street from above the chaos.

Lantern Hotel, 38, Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2020 1648.

3
MOV Hotel

MOV Hotel recently opened this year, but we’re already loving the fun vibes that they’re exhibiting. Each room has an underlying naughty theme to it if you look hard enough. Want to grab a quick bite at their in-house dining outlet? Don’t take the lift — slide down the chute. If you want to chill out, head on to the rooftop and soak in the pool overlooking the KL city centre.

MOV Hotel, 43, Jalan Berangan, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2781 9888.

4
Sekeping Tenggiri

Sekeping Tenggiri is one of the many Sekeping properties scattered around the Klang Valley and beyond. This particular one is located within the Bangsar suburban area — close enough to the party, but hushed enough to enjoy the peace and quiet. All Sekeping properties merge the beauty of industrial design with its surrounding nature. Each room within the property boasts a different view and design from the Glass Room to the Courtyard Room.

Sekeping Tenggiri, 48, Off Jalan Bangsar, Jalan Tenggiri, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +6017-207 5977.

5
The Yard Boutique Hotel

Penang and Melaka are not the only places where you can experience staying in a repurposed colonial house. You can do it right in the heart of KL too, at The Yard Boutique Hotel. With its 11 rooms, staying in this boutique hotel feels more like staying in a family home than a stuffy hotel. We especially love the outdoor area with white iron benches and hanging lanterns.

The Yard Boutique Hotel, 51 D, Tengkat Tong Shin, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2110 2449.

6
Wolo Bukit Bintang

Located right on Bukit Bintang, this boutique hotel is within walking distance of most of the hot spots in the city: the Golden Triangle, Changkat Bukit Bintang, and more. Within the building, there are two already outstanding dining options: Brasserie Fritz and Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar. The boutique hotel itself won Best Interior Hotel Design in 2015 by the Southeast Asia Property Awards, so it is as stylish as it is conveniently located.

Wolo Bukit Bintang, Corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang & Jalan Sultan Ismail, 55110 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2719 1333.

PohNee Chin
Associate Editor
Poh Nee is the associate editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.