MALAYSIA

 

MALAYSIA

The country’s modern, steel and glass capital, Kuala Lumpur, became our central hub for flights around the continent and over to Australia. Elsewhere it’s the classic South East Asian mix of jungle, white-sand beaches, cultural hotspots and great food.

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WHERE WE’VE STAYED

GEORGETOWN

Pavilion Coffee Homestay
Pavilion Coffee Homestay

Pavilion Coffee Homestay

Nights
9

Cost
110 ringgit p/n

What that included
Bed & breakfast, air-con, wifi

Rating ***
Friendliness  5 Cleanliness 3 Location 3 Comfort 2 Facilities 3 Food 4 Value for money 3

What we thought
Run by the super-friendly and helpful Jason, this would have scored higher marks with us had it not been for the noise coming from the air-con, indoor fish pond and general conversation between staff members and/or guests late at night. With its wooden floors, open design and high ceilings any noise was amplified, resulting in nights of broken sleep. However, as a renovated traditional Chinese shophouse it had lots of character and Jason was only too willing to help with suggestions for sightseeing, restaurants, hawker stalls etc.

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TANAH RATA

Do Chic In
Do Chic In, Tanah Rata

Do Chic In

Nights
3

Cost 
135 ringgit per night
 

What that included
Bed & breakfast,  wifi

Rating ***1/2
Friendliness 4 Cleanliness 5 Location 4 Comfort 3 Facilities 3 Food 3 Value for money 3

What we thought
See what they did with the name? The two live-in owners literally share their home with you, which is spotlessly clean and maintained. Rules of the house need to be vigorously observed, but you have the freedom to call the place your own for the duration of your stay. Lots of help and advice on the local area from Jay-Cee. Breakfasts were a carbohydrate feast (eg: eight pancakes with maple syrup and fruit). Quiet location up a hill from the main drag in Tanah Rata. Recommended.

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KUALA LUMPUR

Orange Pekoe Guesthouse

Nights
2

Cost
109 ringgit per night

What that included
Bed & breakfast, air-con, wifi

Rating
Friendliness 5 Cleanliness 4 Location 4 Comfort 3 Facilities 3 Food 3 Value for money 3

What we thought
Nothing much to look at from the outside, and the room is fairly basic, but we loved the combination of its central location in Bukit Bintang, really helpful staff and general cleanliness. There was a kitchen area where you could make your own hot drinks and breakfast. Although we found the location great in terms of its access to KL’s main sights, it’s also surrounded by slightly more seedy streets too.

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MELAKA

Cafe 1511

Cafe 1511, Melaka

Cafe 1511

Nights
3

Cost
100 ringgit per night

What that included
Bed & breakfast, air-con, wifi

Rating ***
Friendliness 2 Cleanliness 3 Location 5 Comfort 2 Facilities 3 Food 4 Value for money 3

What we thought
Situated on probably Melaka’s nicest street and serving the best food we ate during our stay there (albeit for breakfast), the place was let down by the downright rudeness of a couple of its staff (one of whom was possibly the manageress – a veritable jobsworth if ever there was one). And why, when breakfast doesn’t even get served until after 9am, do they have to put on piped music at 6:30 am? Bizarre.

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KUALA LUMPUR

Hotel Sentral

 

Nights
1

Cost
163 ringgit per night

What that included
Bed & breakfast, air-con, wifi

Rating
Friendliness 3 Cleanliness 3 Location 4 Comfort 4 Facilities 3 Food 3 Value for money 3

What we thought
Perfectly located in the centre of KL and close to Sentral train station. No-frills but comfortable.

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