By June Ramli
I recently had the privilege of staying at Hotel Stripes KL three weeks ago, and now I’m eager to share my honest thoughts about this hidden gem.
To be completely transparent, I wasn’t even aware of the hotel’s existence until a gracious invitation extended by Tracy Khee, the Area Director of Marketing and Communications.
Upon checking in, the process was seamless.
I entered my room around 3 pm and shortly afterward was guided to my space.
Positioned on the 17th floor at the end of the hallway, my room turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Notably, it came equipped with a bathtub—an exclusive feature not available in all rooms.
Compared to the Majestic Hotel, which I’m familiar with, my room at Hotel Stripes had a unique layout. The most distinct difference was the sink’s location—placed outside the bathroom.
It’s a convenience touch for quick morning rituals, especially with a breakfast plan or a visit to the 21st floor’s swimming pool.
The room exuded comfort and an Old Malaya charm, accentuated by a captivating coffee machine.
A thoughtful fruit platter welcomed me warmly.
Interestingly, the room also included a Bible, a rarity for me, and intriguingly, I couldn’t find a qibla marker, unlike the Majestic Hotel.
The highlight of my stay was the splendid swimming pool adjacent to the Man Tao Bar.
Operating from 7 am to 7 pm, the poolside experience was a true delight.
Although the sun loungers were often claimed quickly, I spent an entire day there on Aug 5th.
This became one of my stay’s highlights—an afternoon of relaxation, mingling, and stunning selfies.
The pool’s depth was moderate, making it perfect for a refreshing dip.
Ordering delectable snacks and drinks from the Man Tao bar further enhanced the experience.
What’s noteworthy is their selection of mocktails, and the Man Tao Delight stood out as a personal favorite.
The stay included an opportunity to review the breakfast spread at the Snug, Hotel Stripes’ restaurant. The buffet featured both Western and local options.
However, the local spread remained consistent during my stay—nasi lemak.
I had the unique opportunity to visit the presidential suite, typically reserved for the hotel’s esteemed guests and not accessible for online bookings.
This suite felt like a one-bedroom apartment, a luxurious urban haven.
Dinner at Brassier 25, the “You Chill, We Grill” experience, was a delight shared with Tracy.
The generous portions warranted company to fully appreciate the culinary journey.
Around Hotel Stripes, an array of enticing restaurants and shopping avenues awaited exploration.
My leisurely walks led to reuniting with an old colleague and discovering the rejuvenated Asian Heritage Row, now a chic coffee spot.
Additionally, I stumbled upon a sophisticated Sunday market, offering unique finds.
While KLCC was a stone’s throw away, I refrained from revisiting, having already explored it before.
In essence, Hotel Stripes offers a splendid, service-rich experience with its proximity to the city center and myriad attractions.
It mirrors the luxury of the Majestic Hotel on a more intimate scale, ensuring a five-star experience.
The Man Tao Bar is open to the public, but the pool remains reserved only for hotel guests.
My stay at Hotel Stripes KL, from August 4th to 6th, left me thoroughly impressed, and I wholeheartedly recommend this haven for an exceptional getaway.
Indulge in the Photo Gallery of the Memorable Three-Day Two-Night Stay Below:
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli