The Chow Kit and MoMo’s: New hotels in Kuala Lumpur for the design enthusiast
Our friendly neighbour, Kuala Lumpur, holds massive appeal for many reasons — fantastic food, cheap massages, and a slew of triumphant new hotel openings the eager traveller will have their eye on. You might be familiar with the likes of The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur and Alila Bangsar, but the city's latest boltholes lie in the old-world beauty of Chow Kit. Located a stone's throw away from KLCC and Petronas Towers, the neighbourhood is known for its atmospheric markets and the city's unofficial red light district. Malaysian-based Ormond Hotels has opened The Chow Kit and MoMo's Kuala Lumpur here, both effortlessly hip and given a generous dose of good design. Below, we detail how to pick between the two during your next KL jaunt.
The Chow Kit
Holding the title of KL's first design-led, experience-driven hotel is a big undertaking, but The Chow Kit holds its own in its 113 stunning rooms and suites. Brooklyn-based design group Studio Tack added its touch of brilliance inspired by the late-night revelry that lurked in the shadows of Chow Kit in the 1970s and 1980s. Think beautiful art deco finishing, dark red and moss green fabrics, and studded bedframes. Local materials feature throughout the boutique hotel, and the hotel's Art Programme puts private collection artwork and commissioned work by artists in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Luxury stalwarts will be pleased with the hotel's plush beds and bespoke toiletries, while the millennial traveller may find the self-pickup room service more efficient — order from your room and pop downstairs to collect it when it's ready.
The Chow Kit Kitchen offers an a la carte breakfast, express lunch, and Malaysian-style family sharing plates for dinner. Food is bright and hearty, and occasionally the hotel brings in guest chefs and mixologists for a different take on things. If you need to work off the good food KL has to offer, head up to the rooftop yoga pavilion, where weekly yoga and meditation sessions take place. Time to explore the neighbourhood? Be sure to grab The Chow Kit's curated list of must-sees. Themed walking tours around the district can also be organised upon request.
MoMo's Kuala Lumpur
If your plan in KL is to be out about town for most of the day, only needing a place to rest your head at night, MoMo's is right up your alley. This smart initiative brings together a design-led lifestyle with a value-for-money price point in its minimalist micro rooms. In this Scandi-appointed hotel, cheap doesn't equate distasteful, and you'll find timeless raw concrete and laminated timber interspersed with notes of dusty pinks, washed greens, and aged brass patterned on its furnishings and fabrics. Bait for social media, if you ask us.
Each micro room is packed with essentials such as bespoke amenities, plush beds, smart TVs and a safe. When you aren't holed up in your quiet space, MoMo's is committed to energising guests with a dynamic social space for creative communities and urban nomads — expect a slew of creative programmes and flourishing food and beverage offering to aid in your quest to scope out new friends. The traditional lobby is replaced with a social space where there's a constant buzz of activity, from performance art to workshops and live gigs. There's no front-of-house staff either, just friendly hosts that will warmly welcome you and make you a mean coffee or cocktail upon arrival. Their self-serve dive bar with an excellent array of Mexican dishes and snacks is also a delightful pit stop, and one that's worth parking yourself at for a good time.