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Discover the Former Infamous District with Kuala Lumpur's Best Boutique Hotel, The Chow Kit



The suburb of Chow Kit, once an infamous red-light district, has undergone a revival of gentrification, bringing new life to an old town. In addition to the contemporary malls with mainstream fashions and chain restaurants, the city's unassuming eateries serve homestyle local fares such as hand-made noodles and roasted meats. A thriving cafe culture, creative brands, and trendy food galore are all housed in refurbished shophouses lining the streets. As well as having a rich history, Chow Kit also boasts the biggest produce market and largest Sikh temple in Southeast Asia.



Opening in 2019, Ormond Group's The Chow Kit was recently named Malaysia's Best Boutique Hotel. It is Kuala Lumpur's first design-led, experience-driven hotel inspired by an area of the city that is famously rich in character and history. The hotel pays homage to its neighbourhood, offering guests a magnetic and alluring hub that reflects its location by marrying tradition with modernity, blending sophisticated finishes with cosy comfort, and making it feel more like a home than a hotel.



Located just five minutes from Chow Kit's famous market, The Chow Kit is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's most authentic neighbourhood, untouched by skyscrapers and corporate suits, making it a perfect travellers' sanctuary.



The Chow Kit has partnered with an esteemed tour guide, Fuad Fahmy, with insider knowledge to curate two itineraries that check off the must-see destinations of this vibrant city. The Chow Kit Walking Tour (RM99) focuses on the most eclectic neighbourhood of Kampung Baru, where the hotel is located.



For the discerning food lover, The Chow Kit Foodie Tour (RM115) allows guests to live their culinary dreams as they walk and uncover the city's delicacies. Charcoal toasted bread with kaya & butter paired with a heart-warming cup of local Kopi, Murtabak, savoury meat stuffed pancake dish, and local kid's favourite Hawthorn Flakes and Ice Gem Biscuits are the must-tries.


Let the new Chow Kit mesmerise you as a cultural destination.

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