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PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe

Jalan Thambipillay, Kuala Lumpur 50470 Malaysia
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#9 of 110 hostels in Kuala Lumpur
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Located just opposite KL Sentral the hub for transportation in and out of Kuala Lumpur PODs The Backpackers Home offers affordable accommodation without compromising on atmosphere and cleanliness. Rest. Assured. Our common room is equipped with internet access, wifi, door security tags, a library as well as a wide selection of local traditional games. PODs offer trips and links to the roads less travelled, a choice to stay at a Perma- culture farm or an orang asli hut. For the more adventurous, Friends Of PODs have many exciting trips and hikes into the Malaysian rain forest and quietly hidden crystal clear waterfalls. You may join our free R2B2 wheelie rides and experience Malaysia through the eyes of the locals. As the people from PODs are mostly from the art scene, do not be surprised if we break out into song and dance every first Friday of the month.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Snack bar
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
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Sun terrace
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Jalan Thambipillay, Kuala Lumpur 50470 Malaysia
PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
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Sarah N wrote a review Jul 2023
Tucson, Arizona4 contributions
Location is ok, its less that 10 min walk from KL Sentral. Rooftop is ok. The showers were big, clean and water pressure in strong but the towels did have small stains but not a big deal. Not the most social hostel I‘ve been to but you can meet people!
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Response from Wah Harun, Owner at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
Responded 6 Jul 2023
Thank you very much for writing your review about us. We are sorry about the towels. Some towels were mistakenly mixed with our color blankets during laundry causing irregular color. We assure you that it is not stains and they're clean.
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Alex H wrote a review Jun 2023
Port St. Mary, United Kingdom1313 contributions851 helpful votes
Very good location, right next to KL Sentral and also 7-11’s and other shops and restaurants. Wi-Fi works ok in the rooms but not amazingly. Beds are clean and comfortable. Shower and toilet area could be a little bit cleaner but nothing to complain about. You are provided with towels but recommend you bring your own shampoo and shower gel. Staff are very friendly and check in process is easy. All in all I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Wah Harun, Owner at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
Responded 6 Jul 2023
Thank you very much for taking your time to review us. We will take note on your suggestions to keep providing great accommodation service. We do provide shower gel, we are just working on changing the soap dispensers because they're not working properly. We look forward to having you stay here again.
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Luis wrote a review Apr 2023
Moscow, Russia3 contributions
Everything ok, I would recommend it to any solo travelers, you meet a lot of people and staff is welcoming. AC is automatically turned on at 7pm I believe, so you have no other choice than waiting (this was my experience in a shared dorm)
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Response from Wah Harun, Owner at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
Responded 6 Jul 2023
Thank you very much for giving us 5-point review. Our AC is switched on at 6pm however upon request, we may switch it on as early as 3pm. Happy travelling!
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Nisa Metussin wrote a review Mar 2023
Brunei-Muara District, Brunei Darussalam101 contributions7 helpful votes
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Chris is a great host! He was accommodating. Friendly host as soon as I stepped foot into the hostel. I got the room I booked. However, be reminded that aircond only turns on at 8PM. So, for the rest of the day it'll just be the fan. I'd suggest to take a room with a window in case the day gets quite humid. Overall, I had a pleasant stay!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: The hostel is only located 5-10 mins away from NU Sentral (shopping complex) and KL Sentral....
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Response from Wah Harun, Owner at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
Responded 6 Jul 2023
Thank you very much for reviewing us. Our AC operating hours has been changed to start at 3pm for the private rooms. We use centralized AC and we understand that the heat and humidity requires us to switch it on earlier. See you again in the future.
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travelmartin wrote a review Dec 2022
Munich, Germany252 contributions75 helpful votes
I first stayed there in October 2017 and decided to do it again this year, as I enjoyed my stay then and wished to stay close to KL Sentral. The cafe is closed for the time being (lack of staff after lockdown, etc), reducing the overall attraction of the place to some extent, but there are lots of places across the street where one can have breakfast and other meals. The dormitory offers bunk beds with curtains, plug and light. The central air/con is pleasant, not too cool and aggressive. There is an ironing board, bath and WC facility are just adequate; I found no place for drying laundry (maybe on the rooftop), this time I just stayed two nights and did not need to do my laundry-
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Response from Wah Harun, Owner at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
Responded 25 Jan 2023
Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to have you back here. Yes, due to the pandemic we have closed our kitchen operation but we are still selling drinks like coffee, tea, and beer. At the moment, there is no curtain in the bunk bed. Individual power socket yes and we will be adding individual light part by part as well. Thank you again and happy travelling.
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iamface wrote a review Sept 2022
Cardiff, United Kingdom1524 contributions327 helpful votes
price is very reasonable and location also super convenient. bed and room clean enough. aircon also good esp for 3A dorm. good for backpacker i think. regarding the rest of public area. depends on the other guest but so far also ok.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Wah Harun, Owner at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
Responded 6 Jul 2023
Thank you very much for reviewing us. We always strive our best to ensure great cleanliness in our hostel. We look forward to having you stay here again in the future.
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Tony T wrote a review May 2022
Singapore, Singapore50 contributions29 helpful votes
The hostel is in a very good location. Convenient to travel around by public transport. Check-in process was smooth. Rates were very competitive too. However the room was extremely small and dirty. The wardrobe and floor were covered with dust and dirt, hence I had to wipe clean the surfaces before using. The partition walls had no soundproofing. The aircon only operated between 8PM to 8AM. The common bathrooms were not maintained and the condition was horrendous. Unfortunately, I had to leave the hostel after the first day. Thankfully the hostel agreed with partial refund.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Wah Harun, Owner at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
Responded 10 May 2022
Thank you for writing your feedback about us regarding your stay a month ago which we have rectified the issue with you. We are a backpackers hostel with a minimalist concept. We will continue to do our best to provide a great accommodation service, however we do understand that this concept is not for everyone. We would like to rectify some of the points here: 1. We do thorough cleaning by sanitizing the surface of the wardrobe and vacuuming and mopping the floor every time our guests check out. We've already apologized in case if this was overlooked and if the wardrobe and floor were covered with dust and dirt, we would be happy to change you to a different room or to do the cleaning again. However, we were only informed about this by you a day after your stay. 2. By default, our centralized AC operates from 8pm to 8am because most people will be out during the day. However we have clearly communicated with you that we will be happy to switch it on earlier upon request. We are always flexible regarding this and for many times we emphasized this to you and we do not understand why this is still a concern on your side. Our goal is to solve the problem but we felt we couldn't get your cooperation to do this together. 3. The bathroom and toilet are also cleaned every morning. As we are getting busier now with more guests, we are happy to start doing it twice again soon. Cleanliness is indeed one of our top priorities. We hope this clarifies further the matter and we value your feedback for us to continue to be better. Stay safe and keep travelling.
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jeff jefferson wrote a review Jul 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4 contributions8 helpful votes
Fantastic little hotel clean and the staff were very helpful.my room was clean and comfortable and so we're the showers and toilet facility's.on the booking it said that breakfast was included but they did not have any,never the less the staff gave me coffee when ever I wanted it.overall a great place to stay and cheap and really friendly staff.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Wah Harun, Owner at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
Responded 10 May 2022
Thank you very much for your outstanding review. We have stopped our free breakfast due to the pandemic. However, we hope to bring it back soon. We look forward to having you here again soon.
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Turmeric wrote a review Jun 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1 contribution2 helpful votes
Very nice and clean place to stay. Stayed for 3 nights in a single room. It was very quite and you always get fresh through the windows. PODs backpackers has a beautiful terasse rooftop so if you are an early riser you can have the whole place for yourself to do yoga or walking meditation. The staff is very friendly and always enthusiastic about helping you out in case you need something. Definetly a great place to stay.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 10 May 2022
Thank you very much for your 5-star review. We look forward to welcoming you back here and we are working our best to improve this place again after 2 years of pandemic.
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Sam wrote a review Feb 2020
3 contributions6 helpful votes
I didn’t book via an app and just went directly the the property at 12:30am after a day of traveling. As I walked into the lobby I instantly felt very welcomed by the owner and his friendly staff. I firstly booked just 1 night. But the next morning, I felt impressed by the friendly and easy going atmosphere and the cleanliness of my room and bathroom facilities so I booked another night before going off exploring the city for the day. For me, this hostel is very well located. Just a couple minutes walk from the train and bus station from which you can go anywhere. Quieter area so you can get a good sleep. Cheap and tasty food nearby. Good aircon, soap provided in the showers, hot or cold water to shower, free toast and jam for breakfast... Just book it!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
Which popular attractions are close to PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe?
Nearby attractions include Nu Sentral (0.1 miles), Kuala Lumpur Sentral Railway Station (0.2 miles), and Zeta Bar (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe?
Conveniently located restaurants include Iketeru Restaurant, Prime, and Boardwalk.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Indonesian, and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kuala Lumpur City Gallery (1.2 miles), Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman (2.4 miles), and Istana Negara (2.2 miles).