When looking for somewhere to stay in Kuala Lumpur, we wanted a place where we could enjoy the city without being overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of Asia's fastest growing metropolis. Introducing Hotel Stripes: the latest of the Autograph Collection hotel chain, located in the Chow Kit district of KL. Elegant but not ostentatious, Hotel Stripes provided the perfect balance between style and comfort. From family holidays to business meetings it caters for all customers in the chicest of settings.
Hotel Stripes - Five star luxury without the hefty price tag.
We arrived at Hotel Stripes worn out after our long journey from the Philippines and were looking forward to having a relaxing night in. After a warm welcome from the staff, we were shown to our room. We loved the minimalist decor, and the spaciousness of the room. It was all very tastefully done, without comprising on comfort.
Audrey was especially a fan of the large vanity mirror, perfect for getting ready for an evening at the Hotel Stripes Mantao Bar.
Our first morning at Hotel Stripes
Up bright and early, our first move was (of course) coffee!
Having arrived previously late at night, we were pleasantly surprised with the view from our room.
We were starting to get peckish so headed down for our buffet breakfast at the Hotel Stripes' Brasserie 25. A French style brasserie which was undoubtedly one of the highlights of our stay!
A Brasserie 25 buffet breakfast
We loved the fusion of classic continental breakfast choices with local Malay inspired cuisine. Whatever your tastes, there was sure to be something that would take your fancy!
Bellies full, it was time to check out the star of the show! The Hotel Stripes infinity pool located by their rooftop bar.
City views from the Hotel Stripes infinity pool
Infinity pools are basically the new must have of the travel world, and this one certainly didn't disappoint! Boasting views of the business district and the KL Tower, it was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the city skyline. The weather gods were also on our side, as for the first time we had sunshine in Kuala Lumpur!!
How about that for a view!
We could easily have spent all day sunning ourselves in this gorgeous setting!
The most idyllic morning.
Le Gouter at Brasserie 25, Hotel Stripes.
Next up on our itinerary was a french style afternoon tea at Brasserie 25. Le gouter is a very classic french concept, a more decadent take on the british afternoon tea. Forget dry scones and earl grey, this gouter is all about handcrafted patisseries with sublime coffee and of course, Malaysian tea straight from the Cameron Highlands!
We started with some savoury amuse bouches, accompanied by a refreshing grapefruit and rosemary beverage concocted by our bartender. It complimented perfectly the mini salmon quiches and creamy arancini balls.
As a French national, I was so excited for the patisserie course of the gouter. Having been in Asia for nearly four months, I was craving a taste of home and these were truly exquisite.
The presentation was delightful, a never-ending treasure chest of cakes and pastries.
We had to try one of each, so piled as many as we could onto our plates!
We were so impressed by the quality of the food, we can't recommend this gouter experience enough! If you're in Kuala Lumpur and wanting to treat yourself, then this is the thing to do!
All were heavenly, however our favourite had to be a giant raspberry macaron stuffed with juicy fresh blackberries and a velvety white chocolate creme patissiere. This went so well with my wonderfully aromatic coffee - aka. I was in HEAVEN!
Suffice to say, this was the ideal prelude to the evening activities!
Pre-dinner cocktails overlooking the city lights of KL at Mantao Bar, Hotel Stripes.
Not even the rain could dampen our spirits, as we sampled the Signature Cocktail range whilst overlooking the skyline.
Our wonderful bartender creating cocktail magic.
The setting was very intimate, thus creating a romantic ambience as we gazed out at the view. It felt like we had it all to ourselves, which was wonderful!
Dinner at Brasserie 25: an oasis of quality French cuisine in the Malaysian capital.
Hotel Stripes has pulled out all the stops with guest chef Kevin Altier from their sister hotel in St Tropez.
The menu was wonderfully put together, featuring a variety of different French inspired dishes.
Our favourite starter was a buttery foie gras served with a sweet onion marmalade, a perfect match!
This was followed by our equally delicious main courses: a medium rare herb crusted rack of lamb served with an array of seasonal veg and creamy potato puree and an impossibly tender beef cheek ragu with al dente papardelle.
We almost didn't leave room for dessert, but the chocolate fondant and creme brulee swayed us...
Possibly the best creme brulee ever?!
As if that wasn't enough, we were presented with the traditional French 'cafe gourmand' which was a lovely touch!
All in all, we were delighted with our stay at Hotel Stripes. We can't fault the service they provide, and the food,room and location are all exceptional.
Location: right next to the business district, your closest metro stop is Dang Wangi.
Rates: rooms start at around £30.00 per person, and for our studio room - £50.00 per person. They offer many packages including breakfast and dinner.