Sunday 01 Oct 2023
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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 18): The former Lee Rubber Building located in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur has been transformed into a new getaway, thoughtfully brought to life by co-founders Justin Chen and Javier Perez. Named Else Kuala Lumpur to evoke curiosity in guests, the hotel takes cues from its vibrant neighbourhood while offering a space that suits every need of the modern, well-connected traveller.

“Chinatown, for us, feels very much like a microcosm of what makes Malaysia very exciting because of how that creative energy is represented here. And I think the willingness to try and experiment is a core strength,” Chen explained.

In this exclusive cover story, Options also spoke to Farah Azizan and Adela Askander — founders of Studio Bikin, who are also architects and interior designers of Else KL. The pair walked us through the ups and downs of adapting this old building into a luxurious yet home-like hotel. Boasting 49 carefully designed rooms, a 25m plunge pool, floating meditation pods, gym and more, Else also offers two exciting dining establishments.

Other stories to look out for this issue include a chat with Bentley Motors director of communications Wayne Bruce, and a recap of the newly returned Art Jakarta 2022. Get familiar with the great work by founders of Amazing Seniors; explore Self Supply’s thoughtful homeware products; and find out about the latest bars popping up in KL. Sports enthusiasts should not miss out on a behind-the-scenes look of the MST Golf Arena. 

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