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Travelogue Guest House

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118B Jalan Bukit Bintang T: (03) 2110 0628

Travelogue Guest House

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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.

Inside a four-bed dorm.

Inside a four-bed dorm. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

The roof-top area is comfy as long as it isn’t too busy.

The roof-top area is comfy as long as it isn’t too busy. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

The downstairs cafe area.

The downstairs cafe area. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

An impromptu musical performance out front.

An impromptu musical performance out front. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

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Walk-in rates at Travelogue Guest House

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
33 ringgit
33 ringgit
36 ringgit for a four bed dorm
Dbl air-con share bathroom
80 ringgit
80 ringgit
Two bed dorm
Standard double room
100 ringgit
100 ringgit
Shared bathroom
Superior double room
120 ringgit
120 ringgit
With bathroom
Family room
160 ringgit
160 ringgit
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 33 ringgit, high season 33 ringgit. Notes: 36 ringgit for a four bed dorm
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 80 ringgit, high season 80 ringgit. Notes: Two bed dorm
Room: Standard double room, low season: 100 ringgit, high season 100 ringgit. Notes: Shared bathroom
Room: Superior double room, low season: 120 ringgit, high season 120 ringgit. Notes: With bathroom
Room: Family room, low season: 160 ringgit, high season 160 ringgit. Notes:

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Where is Travelogue Guest House

Travelogue Guest House
118B Jalan Bukit Bintang
T: (03) 2110 0628
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º42'39.36" E, 3º8'48.21" N
Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

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