Else to launch inaugural hotel In Kuala Lumpur in July

Else to launch inaugural hotel In Kuala Lumpur in July

The property will feature an outpost of popular Singaporean dining spot, The Raw Kitchen Bar

Hospitality brand Else has announced the launch of its inaugural hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, set to open in July 2022.

The retreat will be housed in what was once the holiday residence of Yap Kwan Seng, the fifth and last Kapitan China of Kuala Lumpur from 1889 to 1902. The Lee Rubber Building was constructed in the 1930s and was one of the tallest buildings of its time. 

Ranging from the standard Mantra rooms to the sweeping Else Suite, the 49 rooms and suites are designed with soft palettes and natural tropical textures.

Wellness facilities extend throughout the hotel with a pool house, state-of-the-art gym, a gratitude space and floating meditation pods

Guests also have the option to check in with work in the Business Den offering a private meeting room, a communal co-working space, a sunken living room, drawing room and library.

The Raw Kitchen Bar, an extension of its sister brand in Singapore, is a casual-chic gathering place with flavours ranging from Asian to Mediterranean. On the hotel’s fourth floor, The Yellow Fin Horse wood-fire restaurant offers International and Malaysian flavours with a contemporary twist.


Speaking about the opening, Else co-founder Javier Perez said: “Else is rooted in a strong sense of purpose, authenticity and intention. Keeping true to these values, we created calming rooms, and living and communal co-working spaces so guests can unplug or plug in. From floating meditation pods and a gratitude space to a business den and healthy, creative restaurants, everyone will have the opportunity to live well at their own pace.” 

Else co-founder Justin Chen spoke about the restoration process, saying: “Aspects of the building’s historical architecture have been carefully preserved to retain many of its original features. In addition, the hotel’s design core were drawn together with the city’s leading creatives, Studio Bikin, who have reimagined the space into an urban hideaway that embraces a modern, refreshing offering for today’s traveller while celebrating elements of the past.” 

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