Let me run you through a break-down of the personalities you can find in any family clan. There’s the middle-aged aunt who always adorns herself like a Christmas tree, the low-maintenance uncle who has two shirts in three colours, and of course, the supremely good-looking cousin who was valedictorian, wears edgy, designer clothes and is the envy of everyone else.

It’s the same with hotels. You have older, big-name hotels that could really use a proper make-over, no-frill backpacker inns with little to impress, and swanky boutique hotels that are simply outstanding in every possible way. I don’t know about you, but if I can’t be that ethereal cousin in the family, I’ll definitely put on my fancy-pants in some other way.

If you’re the same and happen to be searching for vacation/staycation accommodation in Malaysia, why not consider these cream-of-the-crop boutique hotels?

Kuala Lumpur

1. Bello & Bella Boutique Hotel

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Deluxe B + Sky View Room  

Minimalist yet elegant and luxurious, Bello & Bella Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to rejuvenate alone and write your next book. Also homely and very comfy, it is just as fitting for lovebirds who wish to spend most of their time at the hotel.

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Hotel lobby

To Book

Near: Cheras Sentral Mall, SkyBar, Zen Elemental Holistic Health Spa
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, complimentary 24/7 coffee and tea
Email address: reservation@bellobellahotel.com.my
Phone: +603 9130 3388

2. WOLO Bukit Bintang

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Hotel facade

Placing you at the heart of KL’s shopping and business districts, WOLO Bukit Bintang is a splendid safety net for your tired feet and aching arms. Although its shared areas such as the lobby and restaurant are dressed to the nines, its rooms are austere and spacious, providing you the ideal place for rest.

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My Room 

To Book

Near: Changkat Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor, Pavilion KL, Suria KLCC, Lot 10
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, 24-hour gym
Email address: info@thewolo.com
Phone: +603 2719 1333

3. The Kuala Lumpur Journal

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Deluxe Twin Room

The Kuala Lumpur Journal is a trendy option nestled in amongst KL’s Jalan Bukit Bintang shopping strip, Changkat party belt and Jalan Alor local food mecca. Indisputably chic and stylish, the hotel promises to delight and spoil you with its cushy rooms and amenities.

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Kedai Kopi Journal

To Book

Near: Changkat Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor, Pavilion KL, Starhill Gallery, Lot 10, Sungai Wang, Bukit Bintang Plaza, KLCC Petronas Twin Towers, Petaling Street
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, complimentary in-house parking, rooftop infinity pool, Nespresso machine
Email address: inquiries@kljournal.com
Phone: +603 2110 2211

4. Hotel Maison Boutique

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Theme Room, Space Odyssey

Made to transform common fantasies into reality with their sci-fi-inspired spaces and fairytale suites, Hotel Maison Boutique is a hotel that rents out themed rooms. Be prepared to be ushered into a different world as you unlock the doors to new memories and adventures.

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Theme Room, Fab Four

To Book

Near: Berjaya Times Square, Pavilion KL, Imbi Plaza, Starhill Gallery, KLCC Petronas Twin Tower, Aquaria KLCC, Petaling Street, Batu Caves
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, electronic door lock, bidet
Email address: inquiries@kljournal.com
Phone: +603 2110 2211

5. Container Hotel

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Container Suite

For a creative living experience, try Container Hotel. Innovatively built from remodeled freight containers and renewable materials, its assortment of lodging concepts that include Container rooms, Concrete pods and Camp Sites will surely excite your senses.

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Camp Site

To Book

Near: Bukit Bintang and Imbi monorail stations, Starhill Gallery, Lot 10, Berjaya Times Square
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, female-only pods, bike rental
Email address: enquiry@containerhotel.com.my
Phone: +603 2110 4388

Penang

6. Macalister Mansion

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Room 7

Set amidst a restored colonial mansion, Macalister Mansion is a posh lifestyle destination for those who wish to experience royal treatment. Indulge in its luxurious, ultra-chic suites, which are decorated with the finest pieces and primed for intimacy.

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Dining Room

To Book

Near: Ghee Hiang Bakery, Endo Boutique Spa
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, king-sized bed, Nespresso coffee machine, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound System
Email address: contactus@macalistermansion.com
Phone: +604 2283 888

Melaka/Malacca

7. The Majestic Malacca

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The Bar at The Mansion

Step into a different era with The Majestic Malacca, which prides itself on being a tribute to the grandeur of old Malacca’s glory days. Be wonderfully treated to a visual feast as you explore a hotel dressed to the nines with bespoke furnishings and delicate details.

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Deluxe Room

To Book

Near: Spa Village, Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, The Shore Toy Museum, Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum, Melaka River Cruise
Amenities: Complimentary 50-min massage and set dinner
Email address: travelcentre@ytlhotels.com.my
Phone: +6066 289 800

Ipoh

8. M Boutique Hotel

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Family Suite, The Adventure Floor

Homely yet stylish and whimsical, M Boutique Hotel is the precise definition of urban-chic lodging. Spread out and relax in its spacious themed-rooms, which have been embellished with quirky décor and interesting statement pieces.

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Premier Double or Twin Room on The Adventure, Majestic and Excelsior Floors

To Book

Near: Oldtown White Coffee Grand, Ipoh Mural Art Trail
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, free self-service laundry, 24-hour gym, Oldtown White Coffee
Email address: ask@mboutiquehotels.com
Phone: +605 255 5566

Subang Jaya

9. Mixx Hotel

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Deluxe Twin Sharing Bedroom

Rated as one of Malaysia’s best-value hotels, Mixx Hotel is a hip living space that combines comfort with minimalist designs. If you’re spending most of your time at the city’s amusement park and major malls, staying at this hotel will be the smartest decision you can make.

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Deluxe Queen Bedroom

To Book

Near: Sunway Lagoon Amusement Park, Sunway Pyramid International Shopping Mall, Sunway Convention Centre
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, self-service laundry
Email address: info@mixxhotel.com.my
Phone: +603 5612 8086 

Tioman Island

Bonus: JapaMala Resort

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The Penghulu’s House

Designed to free you from all worldly anxieties, the incredible JapaMala Resort is ideal for complete rejuvenation. Lose yourself in the wonders of sand, sea and earth as you take time to explore your surroundings and re-connect with yourself (and your loved ones).

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View from Seacliff Chalet balcony (far right: Mandi-Mandi Restaurant)

To Book

Near: Tioman Dive Centre, Coral Island, Monkey Bay, Renggis Island, sunset view point
Amenities: Wi-Fi, private poos, wooden sun deck, Espresso machine
Email address: reservations@japamalaresorts.com
Phone: +609 419 7777

 


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