Jun 27 2012
Going through a long layover in Kuala Lumpur? If you’re on a budget and looking for somewhere to crash during your transfer or before a flight, Tune Hotel may be a good bet.
With more than 220 regular double rooms and a couple of wheelchair-friendly ones, this six-storey building is easily sighted from the LCCT building. If the red and white building colours look familiar, it’s because it’s owned by the same investment group that founded budget carrier Air Asia. Claiming to provide the same “five-star experience at a one-star price” as its airline, Tune also goes by the same pay-as-you-go concept. Add-ons can be purchased as required including 12 or 24-hour air-con, internet access, toiletries, towels and breakfast. All rooms are provided with ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms with showers, a queen-sized bed and daily housekeeping. Parking is also available at — surprise, surprise — an additional charge.
Rooms are an average of 11 square metres and mattresses are comfortable. There isn’t much variety between rooms but the budget airport hotel has managed to offer clean, comfortable accommodation in an excellent location if you’re in-between transfers, flights or generally visiting the Sepang area, where the Formula One track is located (10 minutes’ away). Despite its close proximity to the LCCT, rooms are quiet though of course you’re not staying at a residential neighbourhood, so expect the general disturbances and views you’ll find at other airport locations.
Tune is the closest hotel to the budget terminal at a mere 7 minutes by foot, and two or three minutes by shuttle or taxi. Regular buses connect the hotel, LCCT, KLIA (15 minutes away) as well as the KL city centre, so you can see a few of the sights if you’ve time. Currently costing 1 ringgit to hop on, you’ll be able to get on every 15 minutes between 04:45 and 16:15 while after 16:15, the shuttle runs every 30 minutes.
Staying here will also allow you to indulge in a quick reflexology massage at the Tropical Spa, pick up some snacks at 7-Eleven, dine at Decanter and do your laundry at the self-service laundry room — all located in the hotel.
Rates vary, though it’s advertised that rooms can be reserved for as low as US$3 a night (excluding add-ons). Generally, lower rates are achieved the earlier you book in advance, though prices tend to run around a rate of 100 to 120 ringgit, and can go up to 150 ringgit per night. If you haven’t reserved, they also accept walk-ins.
While it certainly lacks the charm of a more personal guesthouse you might find among the accommodation offerings in KL proper, there are few other options in the area other than the five-star Pan Pacific. Tune is an affordable and efficient choice for a short stay in the area. The cheap shuttle and walking distance to the LCCT airport allows some flexibility in your planning, not to mention the possibility to venture into the city for a couple of hours.
Another benefit that Tune has over the Pan Pacific is that the latter only provides shuttles to the LCCT Terminal six times a day as opposed to the regular service operated out of Tune to both the budget and international terminals, making it easy for any traveller heading in or out of Kuala Lumpur to hop on whenever suits them best.
Tune Hotel, KLIA-LCCT
Lot PT 29, Jalan KLIA S4, KLIA
Selangor, Darul Ehsan
T: (03) 7962 5888
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