“A good-value, cosy boutique hotel with traditional Asian furnishings and a rooftop restaurant, right in the heart of sultry KL”
Rooms are spread over 3 floors, and all come with luxurious beds (most have teak four-poster frames), flat-screen TV/computers with internet and cable channels, natural wood flooring and tea and coffee-making facilities. Elegant wardrobes contain cotton dressing gowns and slippers; bathrooms are tiled with shower cubicles and beautiful hand-painted Chinese porcelain sinks.
The 9 courtyard-facing Classic Rooms are great value and offer a stylish stay. Queensized beds take up most of the room, but if you're an active traveller who simply needs a comfortable place to rest at the end of the day, they're ideal. We were in one of these, and found it tasteful and very comfortable, but if you’re spending a lot of time here during the day you might find the lack of light in the afternoon slightly gloomy, although the bedside lamps cast a warm glow.
Next up are 3 Deluxe Rooms, one of which accommodates disabled guests on the ground floor. These suites all face the courtyard, and feel spacious. The 2 Family Rooms each have a queensized bed and a single bed, plus a covered balcony. Floor-to-ceiling kampong windows give lots of natural light and a view over the Angsana trees, although you may get some street noise. Honeymooners should opt for the private Courtyard Suite, which has a natural stone Ofuro bathtub, a traditional Japanese design, and a separate rain shower.
We’d recommend you splash out on one of the 3 Anggun Suites, which have covered balconies with a wicker table and chairs, as well as another small outdoor balcony that looks to the giant trees. Floor-to-ceiling windows mean they are lovely and light - if you don't mind a bit of street noise, these would be our top choice.
Breakfast is served in the rooftop Bubu dining room. This is a lovely light open space, decorated with fishcage lanterns and large potted plants, which lend a tropical feel. There are several set menus to choose from including 2 local-style breakfasts of fried rice and noodles or a healthy vegetable and chicken porridge. Western options include eggs, pancakes or omelettes with extras such as bacon or baked beans. All come with fresh fruit, toast, chilled juice and freshly brewed coffee or tea from the Borneo rainforest.
The hawker streets are a great way to experience the smells and tastes of Malaysia's multi-cultural cuisine, and this is how local people eat. Five minutes' walk from the hotel is the famous Alor Street, which has over 200 different stalls to choose from, and rock-bottom prices. For lunches we'd recommend Charn Kee, which has wonderfully spicy curry soups including fragrant Laksas. Alternatively, there's a selection of restaurants mere steps from the hotel. We liked the award-winning Vietnamese Sao Nam, which had some healthy and authentic choices such as rice paper rolls and spicy beef salad.
At night, Bubu is beautifully lit with red Chinese lanterns giving the surroundings a pinky hue, and the lights of the city providing a twinkling backdrop for evening drinks.
Children are welcome, and well catered for in this thoughtful hotel.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
There are 2 Classic rooms with interconnecting doors, and 2 Family Suites, which each have an extra bed. A rollaway bed can be added in the Deluxe and Anggun Suites for a small charge; 2 can be added to the Family Suite. Baby cots are available in all rooms.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
The hotel can hire baby strollers for guests' use.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A children's breakfast menu is available.