Situated right smack in the heart of Jalan Alor, KL’s famed food street, Travelodge Bukit Bintang proves to be more than just a budget hotel.
Are you one to always plan road trips with your friends to visit KL? Whether you’re coming from Penang, Ipoh, Terengganu, Malacca or Johor, I know the pain of looking for a suitable accommodation that everyone can agree on. #beentheredonethat
Firstly, there’s the location factor – parking is expensive in the city, so anywhere with easy access to public transport is a must. Secondly, you’re travelling with your friends, so fitting all 3 (or 4 of you) in the same room so that you can play card games and gossip all night is a definite priority. Thirdly, it needs to be spacious because can you imagine 4 people (what more, 4 ladies) sharing the same cramped hotel room for more than 2 nights? Fourthly, it has to be affordable, because why not?
Which was why when Travelodge Hotels Asia expressed their interest to host us in their Family Room for a weekend, I just knew I had to give it a try! Could this hotel tick off all the boxes in my checklist above? Well, here’s my verdict:
1. Location, location, location
Travelodge Bukit Bintang officially opened its doors in November last year and it sits right at the pulse of the city’s shopping and business district. Trust me, I was beyond shocked to find out the hotel was situated right in front of the famous Jalan Alor food street. So for all you foodies out there, rest assured you’ll already be getting the full experience by staying at this hotel. It might be a bit chaotic at night when the stalls are open, but that’s the fun part isn’t it?
Besides that, the hotel is also located within walking distance to the malls around Bukit Bintang (i.e. Pavilion, Fahrenheit, Starhill Gallery, Lot 10). You can even walk to KLCC and check out the iconic Petronas Twin Towers if you’re feeling like achieving your step goal. It’s tiring but definitely doable.
My advice: Don’t drive. If you got into KL by bus or plane then good for you as everywhere is easily reachable with a ride-hailing app. The Bukit Bintang MRT station is also just a 4-minute walk away while the Bukit Bintang Monorail will take you an extra 3-minutes to get to. If you do drive however, I suggest leaving your car in the hotel basement car park for the rest of your stay. There’s no need to spend half your trip getting stuck in traffic jams and looking for a parking in malls.