One of our favourites
With a terrific location, solid rooms, an excellent selection of top floor dorms, a roof top lounge area and extremely friendly and helpful staff, 1,000 Miles Hotel pretty much ticks all the boxes and is one of our favourite places to stay in Kuala Lumpur.
Most of the hotel is given over to private rooms with a mix of standard and superior rooms, some with-, some without windows, but all with private bathroom facilities. There is no denying they are compact, but they are clean and well kept—as is the entire hostel. The no-window affairs are somewhat dim, but, light sleepers will appreciate the better soundproofing.
Room interiors are low-key coloured with simple art. Despite the compact size they still managed to fit in a desk and chair, flatscreen TV and in some cases a single bedside table and lamp (the beds are often pushed against a wall, leaving no space for a second bedside table). There are enough plugs for all your charging needs and the rooms with windows have enough glass to let light flood in.
Beds are not the largest double beds we’ve seen, and tend towards the firm with real linen and four pillows. They’re available in both double and twin configuration—we’d say the superior rooms are worth the extra money—especially if you have a lot of luggage with you. All rooms are air-con throughout and the bathrooms, while tightly configured, are very clean and all have hot water showers.
The dorms are on the top floor and are excellent value. Built in an open-pod style, the beds are very solid wooden framed bunks with black metal ladders and finishing. Mattresses are great and come with a base sheet and a warm throw-over plus a fluffy pillow. Privacy curtains are good and completely cover the bunk. Each bunk has its own light, clothes hanging hooks, power jack, and a small shelf for arranging your stuff. The dorm is air-con.
A great aspect of the dorms at 1,000 Miles, is each has its own bathroom within the dorm—so in our case we were sharing our own toilet and shower combined bathrooms with just eight other bunks and as there were only two others in the dorm, there were zero queues! Bathrooms were immaculate.
A further highlight here is the top floor terrace with views straight to KL Tower. The deck has table settings and three recliners for those who’d like to work on the tan or enjoy the night skies. Unlike many hostels in Kuala Lumpur, 1,000 Miles has no problems with you ducking out and buying your own food and drink (there is a cheap off-license just around the corner on Jalan Gereja) and making an evening of it on the roof. Great stuff!
The downstairs common room is where a simple complimentary breakfast is served (though we’d just head to Santa Chapatti House a few doors up from here, or across to LOKL cafe which is pretty much directly opposite) and staff can arrange onwards travels, tours and so on.
A last word here is regarding the staff. We found them to be outstanding. Very accommodating and helpful. When another guest, fresh off a flight from Cambodia arrived then promptly sprained their ankle, staff not only arranged a cab for them to the hospital, but then leant them money (as they hadn’t changed money yet), and leant them more (for food) when they lost their wallet on the way back from the hospital! Well done!
If you’d prefer a more hostel-vibey place (as most of the beds here are in private rooms), then BackHome is almost right across the road and is likewise excellent. If you’d prefer a hotel room without the dorms, consider Ahyu Hotel on Leboh Ampang, a block to the west of here. The closest station is Masjid Jemak, five minutes away on foot. Recommended.
Address: 17 & 19 Jalan Tun H S Lee, Little India
T: (03) 2022 3333;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º41'52.07" E, 3º8'55.98" N
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Room rates: 60 to 120 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||69 ringgit||69 ringgit|
|Standard double room|
No windows, add 10 ringgit for a window
|109 ringgit||109 ringgit|
|Superior double room|
|129 ringgit||129 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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