An urban oasis in the heart of the city, KLoe Hotel is an ideal staycation escape for KL denizens.
It has been interesting to see how a staycation has become an absolute necessity after the Movement Control Order (MCO). Any excuse to escape the confines of our home was welcomed, even if it just meant a short drive to another form of confinement. That was precisely how I felt, which was why an escape to KLoe Hotel was more than appreciated.
In case you missed it, KLoe Hotel is a boutique hotel that opened in late February this year, just weeks before Malaysia went into a nationwide partial-lockdown. With travel bans in effect, the hotel had no choice but to cease operations for the time being. What was intended as a two-week closure turned out to be nearly two months. During the Conditional MCO (CMCO) in May, the hotel reopened to city folk and now, people from all over Malaysia can come to visit.
KLoe Hotel is right in the heart of the Golden Triangle, tucked away within the buildings that make it feel almost elusive. In fact, to get into the hotel, you’ll need to enter through a tiny pathway beside the Shell petrol station on the main street. Perhaps it is this elusiveness that makes it seem like the hotel is a little quiet sanctuary, but it definitely makes for a peaceful experience.
The creme de la creme of rooms at KLoe Hotel are the themed lofts, but as there are only seven of those, it’s worth finding out what the other rooms have to offer. I stayed a night in the Courtyard Room (with the other room type being the City Room). Like the rest of the hotel, the interior of the rooms share the same industrial-green chic look — think bare-finished walls juxtaposed against warm wooden flooring and furniture, as well as metallic finishes.
Pops of the brand’s signature colours can be seen, including the teal wall feature and the bathroom doors. Nothing in the rooms look out of place — everything has been designed to perfectly fit together like a harmonious family, from the wooden study table to the comfortable lounge bench that extends from it.
But that didn’t matter, because I never left the bed the moment I set myself on it — it was that comfortable. It’s firm without being too hard, while the many pillows offered so much cushioning, I could feel what it was like to be in a heavenly cocoon of comfort. From the bed, I was in perfect view of the outdoors (it was a gloomy, rainy day) and in the prime position of the smart TV. All I needed to do was cast Netflix from my smartphone and I was good to go.
The star feature of the room, however, had to be the bathroom amenities. Here, I luxuriated in the delightfully fragrant embrace of Aesop hair and body products — KLoe Hotel certainly spared no expense in that. I also appreciated the usage of drinking water in glass bottles — plastic mineral water bottles are unfortunately still a thing in hotels, and I’m glad to see that it isn’t the case here.
During my time here, the swimming pool and B.est Mind & Body, the wellness centre were still closed due to standard operating procedures (SOPs) surrounding social distancing in hotels. But both have since reopened — the swimming pool is still just limited to guests, but outside guests can also book a class at B.est Mind & Body. The latter has a variety of yoga, meditation, and sound bath classes.
There are two dining outlets in KLoe Hotel: Lucky Coffee Bar and Monroe. Both are proper dining institutions in their own rights, drawing crowds that are not necessarily guests at the hotel. Located in the lobby area, Lucky Coffee Bar serves up speciality coffee and pastries — I highly recommend you try the lemon poppy seed cake. But if you’d like something more substantial, head upstairs to Monroe, a bistro-style restaurant that has a small but punchy menu of hearty Western dishes and twists on local delicacies. If you want something with local flavours, I’d suggest you try the Beef Char Siew Bowl, which is a halal version of the iconic glazed pork belly dish you can get in hawker stalls. If you’re hankering for a Western taste, I enjoyed the Prawn Aglio Olio with juicy tiger prawns.
You’ll be having your breakfast at Monroe’s too, and there’s a nice selection of breakfast and brunchy items you can sink your teeth into, from the Big Breakfast to the Croque Madame, and even the Lavender Earl Grey Salmon Croissant. If the last one sounds like a mouthful, it’s actually a lightly fragrant tea-cured salmon with Emmental cheese, and pickled onions in butter croissant served alongside scrambled eggs.
It’s difficult to not enjoy your stay at KLoe Hotel, especially when there’s such a great team of people making your stay that much enjoyable. The hotel itself is delightful, but it makes all the difference when the hotel staff – from the front desk to the service team at the dining outlets – are knowledgeable about their brand and happy to help in any way. 10/10 would recommend.
(All images: Funkydali for KLoe Hotel)