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The Icon Hostel

Cheap dorms with some walking involved

27 Jalan Pudu Lama, Pudu T: (03) 2022 2125

The Icon Hostel

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Apparently open just a month when we stayed here in late 2017, The Icon shows considerable promise for those looking for a cheap bunk and a friendly atmosphere.

Set on Jalan Pudu Lama (a back land that runs roughly parallel to Jalan Pudu), the Icon Hostel has a bit of a out of the ways location, which would have been handy when Pudu Sentral was still operating (note the dozen other mini-hotels in the area), but now that the majority of long distance buses operate from elsewhere, this location is a bit of a walk to everything. Chinatown is ten minutes away to the west and Jalan Alor ten minutes to the east. The closest station is Plaza Rakyat LRT, also about a five minute walk away. We’ve slotted it into the Bukit Bintang section, but the hostel is pretty much half way between Bukit Bintang and Chinatown.

No frills dorm beds.

No frills dorm beds. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Despite the somewhat out of the way location, we liked the place—we found the staff to be especially friendly, if not always all that well informed, and they were very obliging—like when we got caught out by the early check-out time of 11 (we had assumed midday) “don’t worry about it” the friendly guy at the desk declared.

The dorms are spread across two floors of the spacious and airy building. The lobby is given over to a lounge area, TV and a spot for coffee and tea, while upstairs has a large but under-furnished common area. There is a lot of space and they’re yet to really figure out what they want to do with it we think.

Our eight bed dorm was clean. Metal framed bunks with a decent mattress, base sheet and a pillow. Front desk will give you a towel and a blanket—we didn't need the latter as while the room was air-con, it certainly wasn’t freezing. Each bunk also comes with a medium sized locker, key supplied. Our bunk had a power plug, but no personal light, shelf nor privacy curtain.

The upstairs common area.

The upstairs common area. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Bathrooms are shared and spread across the two floors. They’re simple affairs and reasonably clean. The shower was incredibly hot with plenty of water pressure—two thumbs up there!

Probably the only complaint is the floors are noisy and the rooms are not well noise proofed. Footsteps really echoed through the whole hostel and we could hear travellers chatting away well into the late evening—light sleepers should pack earplugs.

The crowd is mixed, but we found Icon to be a reasonably sociable place. Overall the dorms are great value. The location isn’t so hot, but all the walking will help you work off all the bowls of noodles and curries you have been scoffing. In the unlikely event that The Icon is full (they have a lot of dorm beds) Step Inn Guesthouse and Step Inn Too Guesthouse are just along the same laneway and are both old-style, long-running guesthouses.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
22 ringgit
22 ringgit
8-bed dorm 28 ringgit in a 6-bed dorm
Dbl air-con private bathroom
70 ringgit
70 ringgit
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 22 ringgit, high season 22 ringgit. Notes: 8-bed dorm 28 ringgit in a 6-bed dorm
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Where is The Icon Hostel

The Icon Hostel
27 Jalan Pudu Lama, Pudu
T: (03) 2022 2125
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º42'3.81" E, 3º8'47.81" N
Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

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