Kuala Lumpur is no stranger to unique hotels that are perfect for staycations and global travellers. Joining the hospitality industry this September is Else, located in the former Lee Rubber Building in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur. The 49-room Else will officially open its doors to guests on 10th September 2022. Perfect if you’re planning for a staycation as we have two long weekends in September!
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The hotel is a dream come true for those who are looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. The rooms draw from soft palettes and natural tropical textures to create a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. They are furnished to evoke the warmth and familiarity of a home away from home.
Else comprises four room categories, including Mantra (Standard), Urban Room (Deluxe; with seating area), Sanctuary (on the upper floors with a private balcony), and Sutera (suite with a private living area). There’s also something even more luxurious if you want to treat yourself. The Else Suite is the largest of the rooms where guests will be treated to views of the city skyline and a private balcony that stretches from the living room to the bedroom. Every room comes equipped with sustainable personal care products by Omno, Lulla bathroom robes, and Dyson hairdryers.
Of course, the dining options aren’t after-thoughts either. Else consists of two culinary concepts. First, there’s an all-day dining establishment, Raw Kitchen Hall. Headed by experienced Malaysian Chefs Leong Chee Mun and Wah Yin Xing, the restaurant offers Asian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisines.
On the fourth floor of Else, you’ll find celebrated Malaysian Chef Jun Wong’s (formerly of Kikubari) newest home. The Yellow Fin Horse, launching by the end of 2022, is an open-fire restaurant combining Malaysian and international seafood flavours. We have no word yet if the restaurants are Muslim-friendly, so keep an eye out for updates!
For wellness, guests can enjoy the two sensory deprivation pods in the hotel gym and an infinity pool that utilises salt water. Guests will also be able to enjoy free-weight training and callisthenics so you’ll never skip gym day!
For minimal environmental impact, the team at Else sought independent, local, sustainable, and artisanal brands to contribute to the property. For example, KL-based Omar Khan designed and crafted the custom-made bedhead textiles, rugs, and arresting carpets whereas curator Gilded Lion was responsible for antiquities and cultural artwork that can be spotted throughout the hotel. In fact, a multitude of art pieces from local artists can also be discovered adorning the spaces of Else — from Nathan Fikri and Fawwaz Sukri to W. Rajaie. B and Fendy Zakri.
So, what else are you waiting for? Book a room and rejuvenate yourself at Else!
Rate: Starts from RM398/night
Address: 145, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre,
50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,
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