Vibrant Chow Kit area of Kuala Lumpur

An adventure holiday awaits at The Chow Kit. Once infamous for being one of Kuala Lumpur’s largest red-light districts, the suburb of Chow Kit has undergone a renaissance of gentrification, breathing new life into a beautiful old town. In addition to the freshly minted contemporary malls that offer mainstream fashion and chain dining, its unassuming eateries serve local fare like hand-made noodles and roasted meats while refurbished shophouses line the streets – home to a developing hub of cafe culture, creative brands and delicious trendy food galore. Apart from its rich and diverse heritage and history, Chow Kit features Malaysia’s largest produce market, as well as Southeast Asia’s largest Sikh temple.

The Chow Kit – Exterior – photo by Ormond Group

Recently named Malaysia’s Best Boutique Hotel, The Chow Kit – An Ormond Hotel 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 cosmopolitan finishes with cosy comfort, making it feel more like a home than a hotel. The hotel is a travellers’ sanctuary for exploration and inspiration, bringing new energy to old Kuala Lumpur. 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.

Fuad Fahmy is an experienced tour guide

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) places the spotlight on the most eclectic neighbourhood of Kampung Baru in which the Hotel is located. Untouched by skyscrapers and suits, Kuala Lumpur’s oldest district holds hidden gems within its alleys, waiting to be unearthed, allowing guests to reconnect with history whilst discovering landmarks. For the discerning food lover, The Chow Kit Foodie Tour (RM115) allows guests to live their culinary dreams as they walk and uncover the delicacies of the city such as charcoal toasted bread with kaya & butter alongside a heart-warming cup of local kopi, murtabak (savoury meat stuffed pancake) and childhood favourites such as hawthorn flakes and ice gem biscuits.

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The Chow Kit – An Ormond Hotel is the debut boutique property from Ormond Hotels. Located in Kuala Lumpur’s storied Chow Kit neighbourhood, the hotel is inspired by local stories and honest materials that are expressed through refined, modern design. The Chow Kit embodies the spirit of ‘Luxury Simplified’ through the brand’s values of comfort, purpose and balance by prioritizing great service, high quality guest essentials, beautiful and thoughtful design, and authentic local experiences. 

Since its launch, The Chow Kit – an Ormond Hotel has been named one of the Best New Hotels in The World (2020) by Travel+Leisure, and swept the AHEAD Asia Hospitality Awards, winning Best Hotel Renovation & Restoration, Best Visual Identity and the coveted People’s Choice Award. 

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Thomas has a university background in the UK and in Latin America, with studies in Languages and Humanities, Culture, Literature and Economics. He started his Asian experience as a publisher in Krabi in 2005. Thomas has been editing local newspapers and magazines in England, Spain and Thailand for more then fifteen years. He is currently working on several projects in Thailand and abroad. Apart from Thailand, Thomas has lived in Italy, England, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain and Bali. He spends most of his time in Asia. During the years Thomas has developed a great understanding of several Asian cultures and people. He is also working freelance, writing short travel stories and articles for travel magazines. Follow Thomas on

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