We booked online for 2 nights. On first impressions the hotel seemed ok. There are 2 entrances, one directly onto Petaling street via a long narrow corridor and a lobby situated off a large car park. We arrived by taxi so got the lobby entrance which was well presented and clean. The staff, mainly older guys lounging around smoking and a woman were reasonably friendly. Our room was on the fifth floor and there is a lift. Our room was very small, with little room to manoeuvre around the bed. For a single traveller this wouldn't be a problem but for a couple it's quite a squeeze. Once we settled into our room our initial impression vanished. The floor was littered with mouse dropping and there was a small turd on the bathroom floor. Hopefully it wasn't human...
There was a hole in the bathroom ceiling that was dirty and leaked onto the toilet. We had aircon but this broke down within a couple of hours leaking water onto the portable tv. I spoke to staff in the lobby and a guy came to repair it. When he moved the TV stand to get to the aircon he exposed lots of other rodent droppings and chocolate bar wrappers. Having fixed the unit he was simply going to push the TV unit back into place until I told him to sweep up the droppings etc. One of his colleagues told us we would be moved to another room if the aircon broke down again.
Later in the evening an alarm started going off so I went to investigate. It turned out that someone had got stuck in the lift and was ringing for help. I went down to the lobby where the lounging around smoking guys were completely unaware of the situation. It turns out the power to the lift had failed leaving some poor bugger stuck somewhere between the 4th and 5th floors... By the way, using the stairs was an eye opener, it looked like staff or somebody was sleeping on the landings.
Breakfast was help yourself toast with jam and a choice of coffee or tea via a machine.
Somebody else has posted that there are prostitutes in the hotel. We saw at least 2 'transactions' taking place, the ladies use the Petaling street entrance and are quite discreet. They must use the 1st floor as they don't use the lift.
The only thing that saves this place from a desultory 1 star is the price and location. For China town the place is ideal. That's if you want the chaos and seediness of China town in the first place. The hotel is fairly cheap so no complaints there but I don't see why cheap should equal filthy. This is the sort of place that makes me think the owners don't care at all about the upkeep, they just want the money. And if its any consolation the wifi connection was good.
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- Hotel Petaling is a tastefully furnished 68-room budget hotel located at Jalan Petaling in the China Town of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ... more less
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