If you want to stay in a place where you get a real feel for KL, this is it. As of this writing, it is only 2 months old. The place is new and sparkling clean. The rooms are very basic, but very comfortable. Nice, big, soft bed. Wall-mounted 37" LCD with a couple of English language channels. (BBC and something else.) If you bring your own HDMI cable, you can display your computer on it. Well-lit desk area with a comfy chair and lots of power outlets. Good sized closet with small bureau and a hidden digital safe that is large enough to hold a laptop, as well as you other things. Basic snack nook with small fridge, hot pot, and in-room coffee. Big luggage stand. The air conditioner is very effective and quiet. The bathroom is spartan, but nice. Everything is new. Big granite sink counter and mirror. Huge glass shower stall with rapid hot water heater. (Wish we had these in the U.S..) They provide nice towels, soap, body wash, and shampoo.) Like most Asian hotels, no carpeting. Tile and laminate floor. The free broadband is good, but at times in hung-up. Still...I'd say its the best $29/night room I've ever had/
What the hotel lacks in amenities, it makes up for with location. The hotel is connected to the 3-floor Pudu Plaza. This mall has most things you could want, or need. There's a full grocery store, lots of clothing, lots of food, a couple of pharmacies, an awesome camera store, a hardware store, tailors, jewelry, music, tea shops, a diner, shoes, trinkets, a copy shop, a stationary store, etc.
There are scores of eating places within 1-3 minutes walk from the front door. But, be aware that they are authentic eateries. Many are sidewalk restaurants. Some are under-roof. Almost none are typical of Western restaurants. (No restrooms, no napkins, etc.) Some don't have English speaking staff, but if that happens, just walk over to another one. Its worth it. The food is AWESOME. Authentic, fresh, cheap, safe, and delicious. In the past few nights, I've eaten some of the best Thai, Chinese, and Indian I've ever had. Some of these street carts make fried chicken that any Southern chef would be proud of. (Directly across the street from the hotel lobby is a little sidewalk restaurant that makes incredible Thai food. Most lunches and dinners cost about $2.50.)
The walk to Pudu subway station is about 7-8 minutes. The walk to the Berjaya Times Square area (which is shopping mall haven) is about 15 minutes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located in the central heart of Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Pudu Plaza is certainly a perfect choice when visiting the capital city of Malaysia. The hotel's 348 contemporary-designed rooms to choose from and is just a stone’s throw away from Kuala Lumpur’s finest shopping malls, food & beverage outlets, tourist attractions and entertainment spots in the Golden Triangle. Enjoy a leisurely walk in sun-shiny weather and choose to explore the many interesting places in the vicinity including the world-class Pavilion shopping centre, Starhill Gallery, Fahrenheit 88, Lot 10 and Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and not forgetting the icon of the city and Petronas Twin Towers. ... more less
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