Kuala Lumpur is undergoing a construction boom that is giving the city one of the best skylines in Southeast Asia. With so many apartment towers going up there are plenty of short term apartment rentals on the market. I had a 4 night stay in the city, so I had a look on Airbnb for that visit. I found this studio in the city centre, and knowing where the location was I booked it. The room was advertised for $24.48 USD per night, so after adding cleaning and service fees it was $29.18 per night. This is an apartment review and what to expect when booking an Airbnb in Kuala Lumpur.
The studio apartment is located near Bukit Bintang, which is one of the best areas to stay in KL. It’s a five minute walk from the monorail line, which connects to KL Sentral and the airport train. The building itself is new and in good condition.
One of the things I don’t like about Airbnb is the checking in process, especially if it involves waiting for someone to let me in. I usually check what the process is before booking. In this case it was an easy process, with someone there to let me in and show the room. Also important to have someone check you in to make sure the internet is working. As this was going to be my office I didn’t want to waste any time with broken passwords.
The studio looked as it was advertised, being a clean and modern space.
While the room was nice I couldn’t help but head straight to the window to see the view. From here you can see Bukit Bintang shopping area, and the towers of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. The apartment towers directly in front obscured the view of the Petronas Twin Towers. By the look of the prices on Airbnb I suspect there is a premium for apartments with view of the towers, so I probably saved a few ringgit.
Anyway back to the room. I had a comfortable queen-size bed and power outlets and tables on either side. The room had air conditioning as well as a ceiling fan. I found I didn’t need the A/C on overnight, which I prefer.
A nice bathroom with a walk-in shower and plenty of room around the sink.
A little kitchenette useful for breakfast and reheating food. I don’t cook, and with the delights of Malaysian food outside I wouldn’t anyway. This would be more problematic if it was a full time rental. There is also a mini fridge and a kettle.
There is a pool on the 6th floor which has a good view of the other side of the city.
There is a also a gym next to the pool.
While I wish the windows were a bit wider, I still got an excellent view of the city from my bed at night. KL is on the way to having a skyline like somewhere in an East Asian metropolis. The glow of the LED lights at night and knowing what is being built nearby had me thinking that KL might look like this in the future:
I sleep with the curtains open here as sunrise in KL is around 7am, which feels late compared to my 6am sunrise starts in Saigon.
While Airbnb don’t reveal the exact address until after you booked, I could tell from the location circle they show you that the studio was near one of my favourite cafes in KL.
If you’re new to Airbnb you can get a credit towards your first booking here: Airbnb signup credit.
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