Petaling Street, Chinatown is both a well-known shopper’s haven and foodie’s paradise. So, when my fiancé and I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we just had to visit the place and stay somewhere nearby and that place was none other than Lantern Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
Why? Because I am attracted by its beautiful lanterns, eye-catching architecture and unique interior design. The fact that it has an open-air terrace overlooking Petaling Street, Chinatown is also a bonus. It means that we could enjoy the sights and soak up the lively vibes happening around us. 🙂
Lantern Hotel Kuala Lumpur @ Petaling Street, Chinatown
Lantern Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a budget boutique hotel smacked in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Petaling Street, Chinatown. All the city’s major sites, attractions and transportation hubs are located within walking distance from the hotel. It is one of the reasons why my fiancé and I chose to stay at Lantern Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
The second reason is for its eye-catching industrial meets tropical architecture and interior décor. This stylishly renovated four-storey hotel offers both private rooms and dormitories, and the room rates range from RM95-RM125 a night. All rooms come with air conditioning, door card access key, intercom, fresh linen, and free towels. Free Wi-Fi is available too.
Except for the dormitories, all rooms have their own private bathroom. The cosy pod-like dormitory beds are equipped with individual reading light, power point and luggage locker with free padlock. Breakfast is inclusive for all guests.
Queen Room with Balcony @ RM115/night
I reserved our queen room with balcony through Lantern Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s official website, but it can also be booked through Booking.com. The hotel’s reception is located on the second floor of the building. The check-in process was smooth and easy. The receptionist on duty was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed talking to him and he made our stay pleasant and enjoyable. 😀
We were given room number 213 (if I remember correctly) located on the same floor as the reception. The room looked exactly as pictured on the website. It was neither spacious nor small, but the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was clean and functional. We love the hot/cold rainwater shower feature to bits.
What we love even more was its balcony with traditional wooden window shutter blinds and a scenic view overlooking Petaling Street, Chinatown. The space had a ceiling fan and a pair of vintage wicker chair that adds a touch of nostalgia to the setting. <3
The Noise, Smoke & Scent of Petaling Street, Chinatown
Smacked in the heart of Petaling Street, Chinatown, we heard, smelt and even tasted every single activity happening below and all around us. 😛 From our room, we could hear the sound of people talking, walking, cooking, eating, selling their goods and singing karaoke too from as early as 4am in the morning until late at night.
The aroma of food and occasional stench of rubbish lingered in the air as the day progressed. Shutting the windows and closing the door did help to tone it all down by a notch. The fact that the bed is located right next to the door gave us very little privacy. Still, it was a good stay and we had a comfortable night’s sleep and rest in the queen room with balcony at Lantern Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
The best part was we could just go out onto the street and explore the area anytime we want; eat mouth-watering street food, drink iced longan drink, shop for souvenirs, go sightseeing, etc, and then, walk back to the convenience and comforts of our room at the end of the day. It was an enjoyable experience for us and Tony loved the experience, especially the part where we explored the night market.
Address: 38, Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-2020 1648
Up next: Breakfast at the picturesque open-air terrace, bar and café of Lantern Hotel Kuala Lumpur