Location is one of the foremost things we consider when booking for a place to stay when out traveling. We want a lodging close enough to the tourist spots, the food places and the night life. During our lay-over in Kuala Lumpur en route to Penang, we found such hotel in the heart of the city; the Apple Hotel in Bukit Bintang.
Apple Hotel is a chain of boutique hotel in Malaysia. It was easy enough to locate it. From the airport, we boarded a bus to Kuala Lumpur then took another bus from China Town, the Go KL purple bus (which is free by the way), and walked a hundred strides before we reach the hotel in the lively Jalan Alor street in Bukit Bintang.
From the get go, we can see that our lodging for the night would be no shabby backpacker place. Apple Hotel’s lobby is clean and snazzy. A wall adjacent to the front desk displays a caricature map of the city complete with all the important places to visit.
After a quick and painless check-in, we were soon going up the elevator to the 6th floor where our room is located. The Deluxe Room (check rates) was as compact as rooms can be, but it still left a bit of space for us to stash our bags.
The double bed is quite comfortable and there’s a cable TV bolted on one of its wall where we were surprised to find Filipino telenovelas dubbed in Malay!
For its price, it was surprising to find an en suite toilet and bath within our room. It’s fitted with hot water and even has a bidet! Sweet! I also love the green-colored apple-shaped lavatory, giving it a unique touch that fits perfectly with the hotel’s branding. Linens are provided for and the toilet has a built-in wall dispenser for soap.
Not all the rooms at Apple Hotel have windows, but we personally requested for a room with one and they obliged. We weren’t expecting much in terms of view but we were wowed once the sun has set and the city lights of Kuala Lumpur twinkled into view.
But what I really loved about Apple Hotel is its proximity to the Jalan Alor food hawkers. You wouldn’t know it during the mornings, but come nightfall, the whole street in front of the hotel comes alive with restaurants and hawkers setting up tables and chairs right along the road. It is one festive sight!
This is where my love affair with mee goreng, a local spicy stir-fried noodles, started. Right in front of Apple is a stall selling this noodle for a measly 5.00MYR (about Php60.00). It is freakin’ spicy even with our instructions to have it cooked mildly spicy only. It goes well with kopi ice, which is basically a very sweet coffee filled with ice cubes.
Would I recommend Apple Hotel for tourists visiting Kuala Lumpur? For those wanting an affordable room that’s right at the heart of the action in the city and aren’t that concerned with limited room space, Apple Hotel is hands down the definite choice.
Apple Hotel Bukit Bintang
Address: 78, Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
Contact Number: +6(03) 2142-2288
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GPS Coordinates: 3°08'46.6"N 101°42'33.0"E