KL 2012 - Courtyard Boutique Hotel
Kuala Lumpur has its share of hotels, but boutique hotels are a lot harder to come by. When I heard that there was a new boutique hotel in the Bukit Bintang area and the pricing was very reasonable, I told myself that I had to check it out. Booking on Agoda was again quite hassle free and the pricing at RM 164++ per night was very reasonable. The pictures certainly look pretty good.
The hotel is located along Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, just one street down from the famous Jalan Alor. The hotel is so new that none of the taxi drivers I talked to knew about it. We couldn't find it on the street so I decided to just get off the taxi and find it myself. It turned out that the hotel is located in one of the side lanes and not so visible from the main street.
The location is certainly very convenient, but still a bit on the rough and tumble side. There is no doubt that it will be gentrified real soon with all the developments going around, but for the moment I would say that it's not so suitable for ladies traveling alone.
When I arrived the hotel looked exactly like the photos. It is a small and charming single storey Colonial-style building with a courtyard in the middle - hence the name. Check-in was pretty smooth though there was only one person on duty. There are only 11 rooms in the entire hotel so don't expect to see too many people around.
The room is surprisingly roomy, with a queen size bed placed next to the wall on one side. There is an open wardrobe with a sink, and the bathroom is a semi-open concept at the back of the room. Overall pretty nice. The only caveat would be the floor finishing in the room which is just cement screed. I felt a little uncomfortable working around bare foot as the screed has a rather rough finish. Good thing they provided in-room sandals.
I quite like staying in this hotel. It is small and cosy, and the location can't be beat. At the price they charge it is a steal. Of course you shouldn't expect much in terms of service, but with so many dining options and convenience shops nearby it's not really a problem. Book it soon before they decide to up the pricing.