The Luxe List 2019: 88 Armenian, Malaysia

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This meticulously restored three-story shophouse on George Town’s Armenian Street has put a modern spin on the raft of heritage hotels to open here in recent years. The design pays homage to the street’s 19th-century trade in copper, with gorgeous Tom Dixon copper pendant lamps and just six guest rooms named for historic artists and craftsmen who worked with the reddish metal (American patriot Paul Revere among them—who knew?). Arranged around a skylighted air well, guest quarters have been sumptuously fitted with deep freestanding bathtubs, power showers, super king-size beds, complimentary minibars, and a gamut of Aesop toiletries; it’s just a pity the smallish, shuttered windows don’t allow in more natural light. 88 Armenian’scompact ground-floor restaurant and bar—named, not unexpectedlyCopper—dishes up sharing plates influenced by ingredients and cooking styles of Straits Chinese cuisine: think grouper with keluak nut in green curry, claypot crab, or roselle-glazed beef short ribs. The service is swift and sharp and the plating picture-perfect, though the seasoning can be hit or miss. Still, the dark moody tones and copper-topped bar counter make for an alluring setting; if nothing else, stop by for a cocktail before heading out on the town.
60-4/261-1188;; doubles from US$180

See the full 2019 Luxe List in the October/November 2019 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2019: 88 Armenian”).

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