One of my favorite cities in another country to visit from Thailand is Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. It’s just a short flight from Bangkok and then a couple of train rides to a popular tourists hot spot called Bukit Bintang where I always choose a hotel.
Bukit Bintang – A Popular Tourists Destination
And there is a KL Monorail station right in the heart of Bukit Bintang so there’s no need to rely on taxis getting to the airport or anywhere else within KL proper.
I’ve stayed in various hotels all over Bukit Bintang that cost between $40USD to $75USD. On a recent visit to KL I stayed in Sky Hotel Bukit Bintang for the very first time. This is a budget hotel located on a very quiet corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Bintang.
Though as of writing Bukit Bintang is undergoing a huge underground subway train project. So a lot of the roads are torn up. Sidewalks are still open though so you can easily walk around the area.
This hotel is super easy to find. It’s about a 5 minute walk from the Imbi KL Monorail station. Alternatively you can get off Bukit Bintang KL Monorail Station too and from there walk west on Jalan Bukit Bintang which requires a 10 minute walk.
Points of Interest Around Sky Hotel
One of the reasons why I like staying around Bukit Bintang is because there are lots of malls. Ironically I’m not a shopper. But I just like walking around and checking stuff out. Okay, occasionally I’ll splurge and buy a little something.
There’s the posh Pavillion Mall where you can find a lot of high end fashion clothes, jewelry and many sorts of goods and services. I usually chill out at a cafe called Coffee Coffea on the top floor almost every day. This mall is about a 15 minute walk due east on Jalan Bukit Bintang from Sky Hotel Bukit Bintang.
Then there’s Sungwei Plaza. It’s kind of the MBK Mall in Bangkok where you find all sorts of odds and ends. Clothing, luggage, electronics, watches and mobile phones are all there mashed into one giant shopping center. This mall is about a 10 minute walk to Sky Hotel and has a station connection to Bukit Bintang KL Monorail station.
Lot 10 is a medium sized mall with brand names such as Zara and H&M. There is also an Isetan inside too but as of writing its undergoing major renovation. The upper floors of Lot 10 seem quiet with most of the big name shops occupieing the street level. Be sure to check out the food courts in the basement level where you will discover a lot of Malaysian good eats. Lot 10 is directly across Sungwei Plaza.
Low Yat Plaza is the mall to go for gadgets and techs. I don’t know if the prices for computers, cell phones and cameras inside are good or not but seems like a good place to go for those items.
Finally there’s Berjaya Times Square. Its the mother of all malls in the Bukit Bintang area. And it’s only a 5 minute walk to Sky Hotel Bukit Bintang. It’s all the malls I mentioned above combined into one. That’s how big it is. There’s even a small amusement park on the upper floor and you’ll also find a movie theater inside as well.
The Hotel Review
So now you know what’s around the hotel’s area. Sky Hotel is listed as a 3 star hotel. I rate it in the 2 star category. 2 stars is not a bad thing though. I booked a room with no windows for around $35USD a night with taxes included. No breakfast however, but I don’t even think this hotel serves food anyhow.
Upon check in I was given a choice do I want to stay on the lower floor, or the higher floor. I asked which was better? The answer was the lower floor rooms are in better shape. So I said okay I’ll stay on the lower floor.
Not a lot of channels on the television but what it had counts. There was the BBC and some Fox movie channel. A couple of bottle waters are complimentary every night and there is a electric kettle to make tea.
When I got to my room it was what I expected. There’s no window but I knew that already before I booked it. There is a room safe in the closet with decent space and the bathroom was spacious too. Not bad though there were minor flaws in the room I’m not really the type to go off about it.
For example during some nights my towels looked grey and passed its prime with old blotches of brown stains. A quick call to reception and the towels were replaced. The bum gun looked like it was missing an important piece. But I could live without the bum gun. You can’t really complain because the room cost $35USD a night. At least the bed was clean and comfortable.
There’s a tiny room with 3 new looking cardio machines. It looks way too tight inside but I have to give them an A for effort.
One big gripe that I have with the hotel however are the doors that join rooms together. Those doors were really thin. You could even hear the TV in the other room on. For a couple of nights there were at least three guys staying next to my room talking really loud. One of them even laughed like a hyena. No seriously, a hyena.
The hotel should bulk up those doors for better soundproofing. I asked reception if I could move to another room but that was the only room type I booked that was available. Though reception offered to speak to the guests in the next room on my behalf I said it was okay as I found out they were checking out the next day. I could put up with the hyena for one more night.
Overall, Sky Hotel Bukit Bintang was satisfactory and certainly one of the better budget hotels in Kuala Lumpur. Though I know that there are many hotels in the area that if you pay a little bit more you’ll get an even better quality room. But if I can’t get a good rate elsewhere I would certainly stay at this hotel again.
Because the Sky Hotel is certainly in a very good area, close to two KL Monorail stations of Imbi and Bukit Bintang. And there are so many restaurants nearby that are cheap and taste so good from Chinese to Indian cuisine.
The studio no window room I stayed in at the time cost about $35USD a night. If you want a window room but same 18 square meter size you will have to pay about $8USD to $12USD more. Still not a bad deal at all.
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