I just got back from three days in Kuala Lumpur and, this time, I chose a hotel recommended by a friend. At only 99.9 Malaysian ringgit per night (around $29), Hotel China Town Inn on the famous street Jalan Petaling, was a great deal. It was also in a pretty good location only two blocks away from the train system, which goes all over Kuala Lumpur.
I booked the room online at their website at Hotel China Town Inn. The booking went through immediately and I received a confirmation e-mail of my booking in less than 5 minutes. Very efficient.
I arrived at the train stop at lunchtime, and walked the two blocks to the hotel. The walk to the hotel is interesting as it passes traditional Chinese shop houses, little restaurants and cafes and street stalls. Once I turned onto Jalan Petaling, I was right slap bang in the middle of the daily market. The market runs the length of the street all day and every day (and night) and is right outside the hotel. The hotel can be a little tricky to find as there’s only a small entrance off the street, but if you enter Jalan Petaling and walk down the right hand alleyway that runs between the market on the street and the actual shops, you’ll find the hotel about halfway down on your right hand side.
On checking in, it was obvious I was expected as, when I said I had a booking the receptionist immediately asked “Are you Michelle?” – a very nice personal welcome I thought. Then when I requested a room at the back of the building, which I felt would be a little quieter as it would be away from the market (which runs into the night) the receptionist gave me keys to five rooms and told me to choose which one I wanted.
I chose a little room at the back and dumped off my bags before heading out. The room was very nice, especially for the price. A double bed, a very clean bathroom and a small TV with about 10 cable channels including CNN, HBO and Star movies. The bathrooms are small and are all ‘Asian bathrooms’, which means the shower head on the wall sprays all over the bathroom when you shower as there is no way to separate the shower area but, for a couple of nights, it didn’t bother me in the least.
After checking out the area and heading to a local mall for dinner, I arrived back at 7:30 pm and wandered around the night market right outside the hotel. They sell everything you could imagine – bags, DVDs, watches, shoes, t shirts, CDs, Malaysian crafts, fabric etc. There are also some pretty nice outdoor restaurants and beer cafes running up and down the street so it’s also an interesting place to sit and watch the local culture.
I finally grabbed a drink at the local 7-11 and went back to my room to relax and watch TV. The bed was very comfortable, the room was quiet and I relaxed very nicely. The room is cleaned very well every day and the sheets are changed daily too. For a budget hotel, I have never stayed in a cleaner place. Very nice.
The hotel also has a hot and cold water drinking fountain so you can take the plastic water jug downstairs and get hot water to make coffee in the room. The lovely receptionist also lent me a hairdryer and was very helpful with any questions I had. She even told me she had a daughter with the same name as me! They also have free safe deposit boxes available at reception, cheap high-speed internet area and a little reading corner in the lobby.
As I said, I booked the 99.9 ringgit room, which included air conditioning and a window. They do however also have cheaper rooms available. You can get a non-air conditioned fan room for only 59.90 a night (currently around $18 a night) or an air-conditioned room without a window for 79.90 a night ($24).
Overall, I would highly recommend China Town Inn. It’s a very nice budget hotel but not budget quality. It’s spotlessly clean, comfortable, in a good location, run by extremely efficient and nice staff and the receptionists were delightful. I couldn’t have been happier with my stay and will definitely stay there the next time I’m in Kuala Lumpur.