Guesthouse Name: Sahabat Guesthouse.
Address: 39 & 41 Jalan Sahabat, Off Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Most budget guesthouses in KL are clustered around the Chinatown area, but there are several options in the backstreets behind Bukit Bintang. It’s a good area for tourists, and I had a meeting scheduled in the area. I paid $10.59 USD per night, which is about as cheap as it gets in KL.
The Sahabat Guesthouse (also marketed as ZEN Rooms Sahabat Guesthouse) is at the end of a quiet street and walkable to the main sights in the area such as the Jalan Alor night market. I checked in and paid the extra 10 MYR ($2.39 USD) a night tax that is not levied by the booking sites.
I got a single room with a private bathroom. When booking cheap guesthouses in KL I always check if there is a window, as often there isn’t. In this case, I had a large window facing the inside courtyard.
The bed was comfortable the room was spacious enough to place my bags.
The room had air conditioning, which was needed as these old concrete building heat up. The room had a slightly weird smell when the air conditioning wasn’t on.
Being an old building there weren’t enough power outlets, so my power strip came in handy.
The bathroom was clean and spacious and had a good hot water system. It could have used more useful places to hang things and place toiletries.
Downstairs in the reception there is a TV/common area where you can mingle with fellow travellers. There is free wifi at the guesthouse, and I had no problem with the connection in my room.
There is a kitchen on-site, and they have a basic breakfast which I didn’t try (I prefer the cheap Indian breakfasts that are everywhere in KL).
For transport, there is the Bukit Bintang MRT station and monorail line nearby.
Overall this guesthouse worked out for me as a no-frills budget guesthouse. This is most suitable if you are just looking for the cheapest room without staying in a dorm room. Book Sahabat Guesthouse online or search for more hotels in Kuala Lumpur.