A choice with character
We’re generally a bit dubious of hotels deciding they are boutique properties, but in the case of Anggun Boutique Hotel, they’ve probably got it right.
Anggun is set towards the southern end of Tengkat Tong Shin and offers a selection of standard and superior rooms set back off the street and family rooms and suites with street frontage. The (extensively renovated and expanded) original building combines two 1920s colonial houses which were previously owned by Chinese immigrants, but today, with a tree out the front and a large added-on wooden deck it is difficult to appreciate the shophouse angle of the property. Inside though, the rooms deliver well.
We were shown a classic and deluxe room, with the latter being the larger affair. Each had a queen size teak double bed, bedside table, bed lights and plenty of plugs. The deluxe room added in a desk. The bed in the classic room was four poster, while that in the deluxe wasn’t. One was close to reception and by the main walkway, so probably would not be the quietest room in the property. Beds were firm, with decorative pillows and an attractive throw laid across the bed.
Rooms are air-con throughout with ceiling fans as well. Facilities include safe, flat screen TV, kettle and minibar. The compact hot-water bathroom was clean and well kept. We were told WiFi is free and throughout the property, but on their website they have three paragraphs dedicated to explaining away potential WiFi issues. Perhaps the web copy is dated, but if having reliable internet access is important to you, we do suggest you checking with the hotel to see if these “issues” have been resolved.
We’d imagine the street front facing rooms are the best bet, though we were not able to see inside one as they were occupied when we swung through. This is a busy area come the evening so if you are in one of the front rooms, earplugs will be a good idea for light sleepers.
Also facing the curb side is a large wooden terrace area and there is a second fan-cooled deck on the floor above—these form a great area to while away the afternoon and escape the heat (or enjoy one of Kuala Lumpur’s many thunderstorms from safely under cover), but they do also serve to mask the street front appeal of the property.
Staff were curt but not unfriendly and they did agree to show us two rooms, through we felt the cats laying around the foyer were probably a bit more welcoming—too bad we are allergic!
Anggun Boutique Hotel will appeal to those looking for some character over a modern looking property. If it does tickle your fancy, shop around for a competitive online rate—we saw quite a bit of variance between the hotel website and online agents. If you’d prefer a more modern hotel, with a swimming pool, consider KL Journal a ten minute walk from here.
Address: 7 & 9 Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang
T: (03) 2145 8003; F: (03) 2141 2800
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º42'25.15" E, 3º8'43.81" N
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Room rates: 250 to 500 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room|
|212 ringgit||212 ringgit|
|Deluxe double room||265 ringgit||265 ringgit|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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