Industrial-styled and comfortable
Just over the expressway from central JB, a five-minute walk from the malls, Insta Hotel sits amid the condos and construction of this developing area. Although they assured us that the name is not a reference to Instagram, the stylishly hip hotel wouldn’t be out of place on your feed.
Opened in mid-2015, the triple-storey block offers a mix of rooms from smallish and windowless to spacious and light filled. Wooden floors and polished concrete walls lend an industrial warehouse style to the air-con interiors. Built-in storage and desks of metal piping continues the theme. The minimalist, spotless rooms provide comfy beds with cosy white linens, flatscreen TVs and tea-making facilities as standard, and triple and family rooms add a mini-fridge, safe and an iron. Notably on our visit, we didn’t notice any bedside lighting however power-points will keep your charging phone nearby.
Simple ensuite hot-water bathrooms range, like the rooms, from compact to roomy with rain-showers and some with tubs. Rooms at the front of the hotel facing the highway can be a little noisy, and rooms overlooking the leafy carpark at the back of the hotel less so. We particularly liked room 219 with two picture windows facing a tree. Friendly staff mentioned that nesting birds can sometimes be seen here too, a pleasant alternative from the concrete jungle aspect of most rooms.
Included breakfast is served in the ground-floor cafe with a mix of local and Western options. For other sustenance, most restaurants require a short walk as there is not a lot in the immediate vicinity, however a well stocked mini market (with a wide range of beer) and Friends and Figs juice bar are both next door. The hotel is an easy walk from downtown JB but as it’s a developing area, it’s a little desolate late at night when you may want to grab a taxi back. As well as being a decent smart and stylish general option, Insta Hotel is a good choice for less mobile travellers, as the carpark is easily accessible from the cafe / reception area and the building provides a lift.
If the industrial hipster thing is not your thing, classically styled Grand Jade Hotel is just up the road or the more central Bello Hotel are both worth a look. Check booking sites for better deals.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 17th April, 2017.
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