Staycay Series: The Lantern Hotel

By Elie - 7:30 AM

Days since my last post: 6

Hello people, have you missed me...and my Staycay Series? I suppose with the array of Bali-ventures and other things I really wanted to share on the blog in the past half a year, I've completely put my Staycay Series to a halt, resulting in a backlog on the hotels we've visited. I think that warrants a revisit to the places that I'm going to be writing on, but here's somewhere we went to all the way back in October 2016...

 The Lantern Hotel.

Decor on point.

Located in the heart of Chinatown (Or Pasar Seni, or Central Market as some call it) in KL, The Lantern Hotel was somewhere I didn't quite expect my other half to want to visit. He then surprised me several hours before we checked in when he looked through an article of perfect staycation places that I've sent to him before, and off we went. 

A space just right.

Graced with natural lighting.

And looking out to the other rooms.
 Really tiny shower space though.

He picked out the Queen Room with Verandah for the night, and as the name suggests, it came with a queen sized bed. Room size wise, it was just right for 2 and given that it was a budget boutique hotel, I suppose the people who were there would really just want the space for some shut eye. The toilet was really tiny however, leaving almost no space for you to turn around if you're taking a shower, and most times I'd bump my knee onto the toilet bowl, which was really uncomfortable. My other half left it flooding whenever he took a shower, but the water pressure and the blessing of hot water was commendable.

Coffee made fresh.

A space to leave your mark.

Or to mingle and share.

While we didn't spend the evening chilling in the hotel, we did take the opportunity of grabbing their free breakfast which was toast and coffee or tea of your choice. Toast was also served with slabs of butter and homemade kaya, which was really delicious. The kaya is for sale in bottles too, if that's your take on bringing a piece of your experience home.

Our stay at The Lantern Hotel was quite a pleasant one, and safety is truly top notched because they lock up the main door by 9 PM, and you'd need the key card to enter. We encountered issues with entering our room corridor however, because the key card somehow had errors but the staff who are available 24 hours by the lobby are always willing to help anyway. Cleanliness was also an initial worry of ours, but it did seem well taken care of because we didn't smell anything funky even when we returned at night after a trip to a speakeasy bar nearby.

The only qualm here would be the parking, because there is none. I'd suggest you get here via public transport and then experience Chinatown like a true tourist, before continuing on your journey to the middle of any tourist would. We'd love to be back at The Lantern Hotel someday, but maybe for now we'll try some place new.

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