Super central location
Having your entrance wedged between a decidedly dodgy massage joint and a Starbucks isn't the most heartening of approaches, but, for the budget traveller Travelogue Guest House is solid value.
Before anything else, we need to cover the location. The guesthouse is spitting distance to both Bukit Bintang monorail and LRT stations, three minutes to Pavilion Mall and three minutes to Jalan Alor—what more do you need?! It sits right over a central traffic mainstay and a monorail track, and the day we checked in there was a rock band playing on the pavement in front of the guesthouse. So this is a busy happening area, with a lot going on.
Yet, after walking up the two floors of stairs we walked into the surprisingly clean, almost clinical foyer, and, it was silent. We’re not sure exactly what they have done with the construction of this place to so well soundproof it, but our four-bed dorm was absolutely silent (save the snoring dude in the lower bunk of course).
Silence aside, the guesthouse is spotless. Rooms and dorms are spread across two floors, most with shared facilities, which were reasonably clean. The dorms have metal framed bunk beds with decent, though not super-plush mattresses, but just a base sheet—no top sheet. Instead on check-in you’re given a towel and a blanket. That was fine for us. The metal bunks are solid but are a bit springy and squeaky—light sleepers, pack earplugs.
Rooms include dorms in 2-, 4- and 8-bed flavours (we went with the four bed option). They also have double rooms with shared and private bathrooms and family rooms which they claim to be able to sleep five adults, but we were unable to see these at the time of our visit.
The second floor has a common area, with TV and a fridge to keep your beers cold, and plenty enough table settings. The real surprise though is the roof top seating area. It is compact—we wouldn’t want to be sharing it with everyone in the hostel at the same time—but it is comfy, with table settings and a TV. Stand on the bench seat and you can even see Petronas Towers. We’re not sure how well it handles the rain and watch yourself going back down the steep stairs from here back into the cafe.
This isn't a fancy hostel. The individual bunks don’t have shelving nor personal lights. Ours did have a power plug though. Our dorm also had a desk—don’t see those much in dorms. There is WiFi throughout. Staff were friendly and helpful with some directions when we asked.
The one proviso here is the area outside here can get a little sketchy late in the evening. In daytime hours is no problem (though men should expect to be repeatedly propositioned by the masseuses from the place next door) but in the late evening, a little common sense goes a long way, and, as always, watch your pockets.
Overall though, for the budget traveller who doesn’t want to upgrade to a fancier better fitted out hostel like Paper Plane, this is solid value and the location is close to unbeatable. Do shop around online for a competitive rate.
One issue here was that the hostel insisted on charging us a 5 ringgit bed tax. We had been told dorms were exempt for Malaysia’s stupid 10 ringgit room tax, but this place was insistent what they were doing was legal. No other hostel we spoke to in KL charged a bed tax on dorm beds so this place needs to really pull their socks up on this.
Address: 118B Jalan Bukit Bintang
T: (03) 2110 0628;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º42'39.36" E, 3º8'48.21" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
36 ringgit for a four bed dorm
|33 ringgit||33 ringgit|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom|
Two bed dorm
|80 ringgit||80 ringgit|
|Standard double room|
|100 ringgit||100 ringgit|
|Superior double room|
|120 ringgit||120 ringgit|
|Family room||160 ringgit||160 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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