Types of Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur offers a wide variety of accommodation. Here is a guide.
Hostel is the most favourite accommodation for travellers with the tight budget who didn’t want to spend more money on the place to sleep. In Kuala Lumpur, there are several types of rooms to choose from depending on one’s budget.
There are private rooms without shared toilets, dorm rooms that can fit five people and more with the shared toilets, double rooms that fits two people with the shared toilet and many more.
Cleanliness and hygiene might vary since most of the facilities are shared. It depends on the discipline and the attitude of the people renting the premises. The staff usually clean up the place twice a day and there is no room service provided. Keep in mind that some hostel doesn’t have air conditioner.
However, staying in the hostels has its advantages. The visitors get to meet with new friends and share travel stories with each other. It really provides the opportunity to socialize. However, one must always be mindful in protecting their possession, sharing places with stranger can also comes with the price. Always keep valuable items in the safe place. Use the lockers if the hostel provides them.
Budget hotel is an economic type of hotel. Usually located in six storey or less building. Some budget hotels are very old. Hence, not all of them has elevator. Services like laundry, breakfast and room service are not available in budget hotel. However, the room will be cleaned upon request.
Those with the tight budget but are not comfortable sharing with anyone can choose a budget hotel as an accommodation. However, a thorough research needs to be done before picking on which budget hotel to stay.
Some budget hotels are involved in prostitution activities. It is illegal to hire prostitutes in Malaysia. Hence, it is advisable to avoid budget hotels that are located around the red-light district area. Although some travellers are not involved in those activities but there is a higher chance the place would be raided the authority. Some investigation skills need to be applied here.
The perks of a budget hotel are that most of the time, it is oftentimes located near the place that sell cheap and delicious food and the place that provide self-service laundry premise which is very essential to any travellers.
Boutique hotel is designed with a chic and upscale design. The service provided here is generally the same as the mid-range and high-end hotel. The price is slightly more expensive than budget hotel but still lower compared to mid-range or high-end hotel.
The room is clean and designed beautifully, the staffs are often helpful. Some boutique hotel also houses a small café that provide light refreshment for the patron. Boutique hotel are often designed according to a theme. Some boutique hotel can be very creative by using theme like steampunk, robot, bamboo forest and such to attract the visitor.
There is no need to explain what a mid-range hotel is. To put it simply, it is a hotel that is slightly expensive but still affordable to stay in. Mid-Range hotel probably lack some facilities High End hotel has but it still a place worth staying. Mid-range hotel offers services like wake-up calls, room cleaning, laundry, restaurant and transport services for its patron.
For those who doesn’t want the hassle yet doesn’t want to spend a fortune can opt to stay in one of the Mid-Range hotels. It is safe and most of the time comfortable.
High end Hotel is a hotel with four stars and five stars pinned to its name. It provides services like what are offered in mid-range hotel but goes extra miles with its various facilities like swimming pool, gym, spas, bar and many more for the comfort of its patrons.
For those who wants to totally enjoy their stay and no problem to spend more for it. High End hotel is the most fitting place to stay. The staff will cater to every need upon being called and the concierge is always reliable if one wants something done for them.
Most of the concierge are usually armed with lots of connection that could really makes the life of the visitors easier especially if they are tipped handsomely. The visitors can just name which restaurant that is impossible to get in without reservation or which sold out ticket concert they want to buy, the concierge will find a way to make it possible.
If the traveller is going to spend over a month in Kuala Lumpur. It is advisable for them to find a serviced apartment. Serviced apartment provides short term rent services in Kuala Lumpur.
The apartments most of the time are clean and well taken care. They are also highly secured with security guard and access pass that prohibit outsiders to enter the place. It is also a lot cheaper than staying in the hotel.
Service apartments are also equipped with facilities such as swimming pool, gym, playground and restaurants. It is fully furnished, so for travellers who want to cook their own food, the kitchen is fully equipped for that purpose. It also has washing machine. So, the traveller doesn’t have to fork out extra money to send the dirty clothes for laundry.
There are two type of homestay in Malaysia. One is run by several agencies in Malaysia where the visitors will be adopted and placed to live with the host family and the other is the private home owner renting out their place for visitors to use for accommodation.
The former type is quite rare in the city area. Most of those type of homestays is located outside Kuala Lumpur. It is a fun way to experience the culture first hand. Most of the travellers who joined the program often offer stellar review for it.
For the latter, the attitude of the homeowner often affects the whole experience renting a homestay. Some owner are very delightful and willing to accommodate. The most famous app for this service is AirBnB. With airBnB, the visitors could check the review of the owner and the place they want to rent beforehand. It helps filter out some bad crops from the good ones.