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KL Journal

Smart hotel with a rooftop pool

30 Jalan Beremi, off Jalan Sultan Ismail T: (03) 2110 2211 F: (03) 2110 1100

KL Journal

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Established in 2015, KL Journal was still pretty and shiny when we stayed here in late 2017, and the room, with a super-central location and terrific views, made it an excellent value choice in Kuala Lumpur.

Set just off the very busy thoroughfare Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL Journal boasts spacious modern rooms with floor to ceiling glass windows offering excellent views over the surrounds. While our ninth floor view was dominated by a large apartment building opposite, we could also see the Petronas Towers to one side and plenty of city gazing to the other (and into the apartment opposite gazing if we were to be honest—fascinating!)

We loved the printed photograph behind the bedhead.

We loved the printed photograph behind the bedhead. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Our bed was firm with white linen and fluffy pillows, bed side tables and lamps (on both sides) and, in a very pleasing touch, a dated city photo, printed poster-size above the bed head. Rooms also come with a very well-thought out and designed “Insider guide to the city” with suggestions on spots to eat drink and explore both locally and further afield throughout the city—we followed up on some of the tips and were well pleased. Other hotels could learn much by doing something like this.

Rooms also have a lazy chair, ideal for gazing aimlessly out the floor to ceiling windows, plenty of cupboard space, drawers and even an ironing board (which we used!). There is a another chair and a large desk suitable for getting some work done plus a minibar and some coffee, tea and a kettle to keep that work flowing. Done with work? There’s also a large flat screen TV.

Evening views from the room were not shabby.

Evening views from the room were not shabby. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Bathroom was large, with blinds if you wanted to let light in (though as the glass is clouded there is no real scope for performance showering), and the shower was hot and good.

Up on the top floor there is a moderately-sized horizon pool where you can float in the water and look directly down onto the Bukit Bintang monorail station. There is also a rooftop bar should you need some cold drinks poolside. There are some deckchairs but not loads—so get in early to be sure of a spot.

Plenty enough space in the room.

Plenty enough space in the room. Photo: Stuart McDonald

We totally missed this during our stay, and we really wish staff had mentioned this to us when we checked in as it would have been very useful, but according to their website, the hotel also has a co-working hub which they describe as “A relaxed public space with communal tables and lounge chairs with good plugged-in connectivity and hi speed WIFI”. We missed out on this, though the WiFi was fine in the room anyway.

Regardless of if you need a break from a grungy dorm or hostel, or if you’re just in KL for a short break and would like something comfortable and central, KL Journal is a solid option. You could argue it has been designed for the business traveller but it is perfectly suited even for those without a laptop in tow but who are looking for a modern and well kept room. If you want a larger pool, consider the also very new Hotel Stripes, though it lacks the central location KL Journal has.

Afternoon off.

Afternoon off. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Rates are very variable with Friday and Saturday commanding a hefty premium. Stay as we did mid week for a far more competitive rate (we paid just over half the weekend rate by staying on a weeknight)—and do shop around online and also check the hotel’s own website to be sure of garnering the best deal. Recommended.

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Walk-in rates at KL Journal

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Superior double room
310 ringgit
310 ringgit
Deluxe double room
410 ringgit
410 ringgit
Deluxe Suite
630 ringgit
630 ringgit
Room: Superior double room, low season: 310 ringgit, high season 310 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 410 ringgit, high season 410 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 630 ringgit, high season 630 ringgit. Notes:

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Where is KL Journal

KL Journal
30 Jalan Beremi, off Jalan Sultan Ismail
T: (03) 2110 2211 F: (03) 2110 1100
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º42'37.36" E, 3º8'53.42" N
Room rates: 250 to 500 ringgit

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