11 March 2020


Then 85-room boutique hotel is designed in celebration of artistic pursuits for creatively inclined independent travellers

Standing against the bustling setting of KL's Bukit Bintang, the bold architecture and interior design of KLoé Hotel serves as a background for Malaysian contemporary art and design. KLoé has collaborated with local artists and designers where possible. The independent hotel group has worked with a local curator to furnish every guest room with original pieces of art and commissioned artisans to create the hotel’s objets d’art, from hand-thrown ceramic lampshades to handcrafted desks that fit snugly in each room.

Five personalities

At the forefront are five one-of-a-kind Lofts, each outfitted to celebrate a particular creative pursuit: art, music, food, plants, and books. To achieve this, KLoé teamed up with five different personalities, all of whom are well-respected thought leaders in their respective fields, to design the lofts’ guest experience. In Room to Listen, guests will find a vinyl collection curated to suit an array of musical tastes to be enjoyed on an audiophile-approved sound system. In the Room to Draw, guests may grab a brush and unleash their inner artist when inspiration strikes. If the love of nature fuels the soul, the Room To Grow is a verdant conservatory-like loft.

Room to Grow

KLoé’s spaces are designed not just how they look, but how they feel to guests. Rooms are awash in cool, calm tones of duck-egg blue and sage to put its inhabitant’s mind at ease. Copper-trimmed open storage and vanity counters, coupled with bespoke mid-century furnishings give KLoé’s rooms a modern, understated feel. Of the belief that luxury is in the touch, real oak floors and hand-poured terrazzo tables are featured in all rooms. Offering all the necessities for the savvy globetrotter, rooms come with apps to mirror your devices, in-house designed city guides, artisanal snacks and, a Malaysian hotel first, amenities by the cult Australian skin and bodycare brand Aesop.

Room to Draw

The hotel’s lobby, given the warmer moniker The Living Room, is light-filled space housed under a greenhouse roof. The lobby beckons guests to curl up with a good book from the floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, browse through the rotating showcase of artisanal crafts or share a 10-foot communal table with a fellow traveller or a coworking city native.

Casual comfort dining

In a country where food is central to the cultural experience, KLoé hopes to distinguish itself as a destination for dining and conviviality. Lucky Coffee, owned and operated by KLoé and sister to the neighbourhood cafe LOKL Coffee Company situated in the heart of KL, will offer sandwiches, ready meals, nitro drinks, and other specialty coffee beverages in The Living Room. The hotel will also launch Monroe, a breezy California-styled bistro set to serve comfort food based around family and community. To further elevate its dining experience, KLoé is partnering with Empire Eats Group, that operates a diverse collection of restaurants and bars in Singapore. Empire Eats will bring its award-winning tasting room and cocktail bar The Secret Mermaid to KLoé, where it will offer the largest selection of American spirits in Kuala Lumpur.

Not just a hotel

KLoé also houses B.est Mind & Body that will offer a holistic approach to fitness and mindfulness through a range of yoga, meditation, and fitness sessions. With Lucky, Monroe, and B.est, KLoé hopes that the hotel will also be a lifestyle hub and gathering space for residents, workers, and the community in the city centre.

It is a playful portmanteau coined after the capital city’s colloquial initials and the Greek word for ‘tender, young shoot’. Like its namesake, KLoé is new to the scene and keen on doing things differently. A truly independent hotel, its team of hosts are empowered to better their guests’ stay in personal ways and are always willing to provide an insider’s guide to the city.

Ng Ping Ho, Managing Director of Kindness of Strangers, the group that owns KLoé Hotel said:

“At KLoé we hope to provide what we believe true luxury really is: a haven where you are shown kindness; where time moves slowly, so you can linger, reflect, connect, and be inspired to explore your creativity through art, design, music and food.”