Book A Stay At These Instagrammable Boutique Hotels In KL, Penang & Melaka

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By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
February 11, 2022

Anything that screams ‘Instagram-Worth’ really catches our eyes faster than anything else—be it a restaurant, cafes, hidden spots, malls and even hotels! Though, Malaysians mostly opt to spend their weekend at eye-catching cafes and hidden spots—little did they know, they really missed out (huge) on tracking down the best boutique hotels around the area. And it still baffles me how Malaysians would really spend thousands of ringgit to travel outside the region when there are plenty of unique, breath-taking and photoshoot-worthy kinds of hotels available around Malaysia. 

Boutique hotels—which are smaller in comparison to regular prestigious hotels, usually house fewer rooms, but with unique settings. Regular hotels as you know are chains in rooms and floors. Boutique hotels on the other hand, because they are unable to accommodate more people due to their smaller sizes, you can almost guarantee a personalised stay. In short, you’ll be treated like a VVIP. 

States like Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Melaka have a lot of boutique hotels—they also have hundreds of gems that are worth the visits, so make sure you get photo-ready. Glitz by Beauty Insider listed out some of the best boutique hotels around Malaysia that will honestly spice up your Instagram game! 

Kuala Lumpur 

1. KLoe Hotel 

Without a doubt, the Kloe hotel has become a popular weekend destination. The décor reflects a New York-style flare for a genuine boutique vibe and is located in the heart of KL. A visit here is a delight in its own right, with 80 lovely rooms and five artist lofts. Don’t miss out on the Artist Lofts, which include themes such as music, gardening, reading, cuisine, and art. If you’re hungry, go to Monroe for a full breakfast.

Where? 227 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Rates? Starts from RM300 on Agoda
Contact details: 03-2772 1313

2. KL Journal Hotel

The KL Journal Hotel is another noteworthy boutique hotel located in the city’s centre. Its proximity to the city’s main tourist sites and retail districts makes it a great choice for you if you want to experience everything the city has to offer. Despite its location in the heart of the city, KL Journal provides a peaceful and private escape. In addition to being light and open, the hotel has an appealing vintage decor. The hotel offers a pleasant stay, complete with unique lighting and decor!

Where? 30 Jalan Beremi, Off Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Rates? Starts from RM294 on Agoda
Contact details: +603 2110 2211

3. Indie Hotel

The Indie Hotel, located in the corner of Changkat Bukit Bintang neighbourhood and surrounded by pre-war, historical buildings, will strike your attention with its sleek white facade. The hotel owners take pleasure in offering comfortable lodging in a visually appealing and fun-loving setting – all without charging a high fee. Indie’s modest yet modern rooms emanate soothing feelings and provide all the conveniences you need for a wonderful city getaway.

Where? 9, Jalan Ceylon, Bukit Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.
Rates? Starts from RM169 on Agoda
Contact details: 03-2070 9000

4. MoMo’s Kuala Lumpur

Definitely a place with a lot of personality and character, it has 99 minimalist rooms with very soft beds, warm ambient lighting, handmade amenities, 43″ smart TVs, and complimentary high-speed wifi. Choose between rooms with bunk beds and rooms with queen beds on a Tatami-style elevated platform – both as comfortable and equipped with all the essentials you’ll need without the clutter. Be sure to check their MaMasita Taco Bar, which serves Mexican food, tacos, nachos, and beverages.

Where? 16, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit, 50100 Kuala Lumpur
Rates? Starts from RM150 on Agoda
Contact details: 03-2776 6666

5. Bunk & Bilik

We understand that a vacation to Japan is still out of the question (at the moment), but you may plan a staycation that will give you huge Japan vibes! Bunk & Bilik is a cosy boutique hotel that will make you feel at home, with elegant, simple rooms that radiate a Japanese-inspired zen appeal. The rooms here come with subdued tones, exquisite design, and the least amount of frills to ensure a good night’s sleep and ultimate relaxation.

Where? 646, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Segambut, 51200 Kuala Lumpur // No.9, Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur.
Rates? Starts from RM on Agoda
Contact details: 03-6241 3648


1. Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion

Crazy Rich Asians was a tornado of a film that struck our shores last year, and who can forget the mahjong sequence at the end? It was shot in Penang’s famed Blue Mansion! Also known as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, this UNESCO-awarded 18-room boutique hotel, built in the late 1800s, is exquisite with its excellent décor and antique furnishings. This location has a Chinese feel to it–think peaceful courtyards, louvred windows, gold-carved screens, lofty pillars and ceilings. 

Where? 14 Lebuh Leith, 10200 George Town, Penang
Rates? Starts from RM444 on Agoda
Contact details: +604 262 0006

2. The Edison George Town

The Edison is a terrific place to stay in Penang, combining contemporary style with historical charm. This beautifully preserved Colonial home is teeming with historical figures. When you reserve your stay, be sure to check out the lounge and patio for their sophisticated environment. The Cabanas is a terrific spot to relax if you enjoy swimming.

Where? 15, Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Rates? Starts from RM481 on Agoda
Contact details: 04-262 2990

3. Ren i Tang Heritage Inn

The Ren i Tang Heritage Inn is a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel spread across three shophouses located in a renovated 1800s architecture. A glance at the façade of the building may not reveal the true name of the hotel, but you’re in for a treat once you step inside! The building’s elements have been retained despite the fact that it was converted into a Chinese medicine hall. The air wells, which used to be the place where herbs were delivered from the storerooms above to the shop on the ground level through antique pulley systems, are one of the hotel’s most recognisable characteristics.

Where? Lebuh Penang, 10200 George Town, Penang
Rates? Starts from RM198 on Agoda
Contact details: +602 250 8383

4. 23 Love Lane

Penang is well-known for its heritage, in addition to being a delightful food heaven. 23 Love Lane, located in the heart of George Town’s Love Lane, is a charming boutique hotel that is notable for its thorough history restoration. The hotel is made up of many antique buildings from the 1800s, and each room is distinctive and quirky in its own way. The hotel is tastefully adorned with the owner’s own collection of antiques and artwork, making it very appealing! 

Where? 23 Lorong Love, 10200 George Town, Penang
Rates? Starts from RM519 on Agoda
Contact details: +604 262 1323


1. The Rucksack Caratel

Need a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Malacca city? Make a reservation at The Rucksack Caratel. The hotel provides a lovely experience with enjoyable activities in the Caravan Park and SoundStage. Take a plunge in the pool if you need to cool down—make sure to check the SOPs, though. Choose a room that suits your preferences, from the Garden Suite with Jacuzzi to the Deluxe Twin (pool and garden view) and the Buddy Caravan, with bunk beds.

Where? 23 Lorong Love, 10200 George Town, Penang
Rates? Starts from RM519 on Agoda
Contact details: +604 262 1323

2. Rosa Malacca

Rosa Malacca is the place to go if you’re seeking industrial chic. This hotel, located next to the famed Jonker Street Market, is a must-see for its appealing architecture of raw materials with colourful interiors. With its sumptuous furnishings and facilities, the suite generates a cosy feeling. Furthermore, the courtyard is a perfect area to enjoy the weather while eating a delicious breakfast.

Where? 212 Jalan Parameswara, Kampung Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca
Rates? Starts from RM213 on Agoda
Contact details: +606 281 9888

3. The Nest House

The hotel is themed on birds and nature, as the name indicates! It is obvious from the pillows with bird prints, metal sculptures of birds, drawings of birds. The Nest House was born from an abandoned residence in Bandar Hilir Malacca. It is a 10-room boutique hotel situated away in a quiet neighbourhood away from traffic and loud noises. The big artwork of a bird on the front of the building is the first thing you’ll see as you go into the hotel. 

Where? No. 7, Lorong 1, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca
Rates? Starts from RM158 on Agoda
Contact details: +606 283 1118

4. Timez Hotel

Timez Hotel, a former pre-war heritage property, is now a contemporary boutique hotel within walking distance of Malacca’s famed Jonker Walk. The hotel’s white façade provides it a clean appearance that distinguishes it from the other shophouses in the neighbourhood. In the otherwise simple style of the hotel, Timez Hotel has an unique honeycomb wall structure with a collection of 62 Swatch clocks. It has 15 distinctively constructed rooms based on Malacca’s history, so come prepared to be amazed by the subtleties of this humble small hotel.

Where? 31 Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75200 Malacca
Rates? Starts from RM190 on Agoda
Contact details: +606 281 2109

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