As Kuala Lumpur continues to evolve with skyscrapers cropping up everywhere, and highway constructions that are causing more bottleneck traffic, one can’t help but wonder if there’s any part of this Malaysian capital that’s still safely tucked away from all the urban madness.
Enter Ormond Hotels’ first-ever boutique property called The Chow Kit. Boasting 113 rooms and suites in the eponymous neighbourhood, the hotel nestled on the corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman highlights the old-world charm of Kuala Lumpur.
If travelling overseas is time consuming, a staycation here lets you experience the luxury of the past. While the Chow Kit comes with modern amenities, the building honours and reinterprets the past, with local materials showcased throughout the hotel. This is also apparent through the hotel’s Art Programme featuring works by local artistes like Saiful Razman, Bibi Chew and James Seet.
Stripping back the excess and focusing on what matters most, guests will experience a fusion of Malaysian culture and modern design without compromising on service, amenities or location.
Each room offers a reflection of the layered history and culture of Kuala Lumpur with thoughtful design touches that make guests feel at home.
Exuding mystery and elegance whilst remaining light and peaceful, all rooms feature plush beds, an open wardrobe and desk space, a smart TV, bespoke toiletries by Jeanie Botanicals and a self-pick-up room service concept.
The romantic lobby invites guests to linger from day to night with rich fabrics and textiles that would have been traded in old Chow Kit.
Packed with deep, tufted banquette, lounge chairs and layered rugs, the lobby is reminiscent of a casual social parlor just like how Tunku Abdul Rahman and perhaps even P. Ramlee used to exchange stories with their peers.
At the heart of the lobby lies The Chow Kit Kitchen – the latest dining concept from Christian Bauer and Eddie Chew of Troika Sky Dining.
Inspired by local kopitiams, guests will be able to enjoy an à la carte breakfast, a quick business catch-up over an express lunch menu or family-style sharing plates, based on reimagined Malaysian favourites for dinner. The bar serves signature cocktails from 11am till midnight and the venue will host guest chefs and mixologists from around the world, throughout the year.
The ground floor is also home to The Library, a beautifully hand-painted wallpapered space designed for complete privacy. It’s the perfect venue for private dining parties or small meetings. It features furniture that is as beautiful as it is functional with a large wood and marble table adding character and warmth.
The hotel’s rooftop has a dedicated yoga pavilion which hosts a series of weekly yoga and meditation sessions. Guests can also sign up for walking tours of Chow Kit and access a curated directory of places of interest in the neighbourhood.
Gareth Lim, Ormond Group chief executive officer, said: “The Chow Kit is the perfect introduction to our new brand, Ormond Hotels.
“The property embodies a contemporary vision of simplified luxury for the 21st-century traveller.
“With great design and service to an overlooked part of old Kuala Lumpur, The Chow Kit is an interesting addition to Kuala Lumpur’s hospitality scene.”
What are you waiting for? Relive Kuala Lumpur’s glitzy past with a quick staycation at the Chow Kit. For details and booking, visit thechowkit.com