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30 Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Chinatown T: (03) 2022 0788


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As spacious as it is popular, BackHome ticks a lot of boxes, but the beds could do with a revamp to make it truly of of Kuala Lumpur’s best hostels.

We had our final night in KL here and there is a lot to love about BackHome. It is a large space with plenty of wide open areas and room to hang out in—buttressed by a large common area atrium shared with the neighbouring LOKL coffee shop (which is also excellent).

Dorms are spacious.

Dorms are spacious. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Rooms are split across two floors each with their own set of bathrooms and showers. This is great for the upstairs rooms who can reach the bathrooms by a raised platform above the cafe area, but downstairs guests need to walk through the atrium to reach the shower and as the atrium also hosts clientele from the cafe, it isn’t ideal. Shared bathrooms and showers are kept to a very high standard of cleanliness—no concerns whatsoever in that regard.

Dorms are well oversized and other hostels we’ve seen in KL would have crammed in double the number of beds that BackHome have—this is a strongpoint of the dorms. The beds themselves are solid—you’d have to have some seriously affectionate behaviour going on above you to have the bunkbed shaking, this happens more often than you may think! Each comes with a base sheet and a folded top sheet, and you’re given a motel-style blanket upon check-in. Towels are not supplied and will cost you an extra 5 ringgit for the duration of your stay—we hate this practise, but thankfully we’re seeing less and less of it.

Plenty to keep you occupied in KL.

Plenty to keep you occupied in KL. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The bunks are semi pod-style, well the lower bunks are anyway, but none have privacy curtains and in our dorm two other guests (one male, one female) had tried to jerry-rig up a curtain for themselves. Each bunk does have a small vanity section with some shelving and a sliding door, a nifty pull out table, power plug and light. This was all great, but at the price BackHome is charging for dorms, they really should have privacy curtains.

Our dorm also had a basin (for brushing teeth and washing socks we assume) something you don’t see often. Another great thing, really showing an attention to detail by BackHome are the lockers. They are plenty big enough to store all but the largest backpack, but they also have separate shelves and alcoves within, which really make the unpacking that little bit more orderly and pleasant.

The atrium area and LOKL beyond.

The atrium area and LOKL beyond. Photo: Stuart McDonald

BackHome has done a really solid job of supplying plenty of distractions and activities for their guests. This is such a smart thing for hostels (and hotels) to do, as the more worthwhile activities you suggest, the more likely a guest will extend their stay. There are walking tours—their food walks here come very highly recommended and the primary food guide Fadly, who took us out for a impromptu lunch (long story) really knows his stuff. So if you’re planning on staying at BackHome, do put aside time for the food tour.

There is a shared kitchen area with complimentary coffee and so on. The hostel also sells cold drinks like water and beer, though they have quite a substantial mark-up on the cans of beer—we’re not sure if you’re allowed to BYO.

The kitchen area and a noticeboard of yet more things to do.

The kitchen area and a noticeboard of yet more things to do. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Location is excellent. You’re five minutes from Masjid Jamek station, and have some excellent eateries nearby including Santa Chapatti House across the road (breakfast) Hong Ngek just down the road (lunch) and one block to the west, on Leboh Ampang, three fantastic Indian eateries.

This is a very popular hostel, and reservations are highly recommended. If they are full, we liked the dorms at 1000 Miles Hotel right across the road (it is a hotel but has dorms on the top floor) more than here, but this is a more social hostel. Highly recommended.

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Walk-in rates at BackHome

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
53 ringgit
53 ringgit
6-bed mixed dorm, 68 ringgit for a 4-bed female dorm
Dbl air-con share bathroom
138 ringgit
138 ringgit
Ground floor, 144 ringgit for upstairs
Quad air-con share bathroom
400 ringgit
400 ringgit
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 53 ringgit, high season 53 ringgit. Notes: 6-bed mixed dorm, 68 ringgit for a 4-bed female dorm
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 138 ringgit, high season 138 ringgit. Notes: Ground floor, 144 ringgit for upstairs
Room: Quad air-con share bathroom, low season: 400 ringgit, high season 400 ringgit. Notes:

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Where is BackHome

30 Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Chinatown
T: (03) 2022 0788
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º41'52.38" E, 3º8'55.49" N
Room rates: Under 60 ringgit

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