Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hotel Pudu Plaza - Kuala Lumpur City

We visited Kuala Lumpur for 2 days during our recent family trip to Singapore. An overnight bus trip from Singapore provided us barely enough time to roam around KL the following day. We’re able to have selfie shots at KLCC and Petronas Towers, Batu and Ramayana Caves and stroll around Central Market, Merdeka Square and Bukit Bintang area. On our way back to Singapore, we passed at Legoland, Joho Bahru.

To make this possible, we opted to stay in the middle of KL city. We found Hotel Pudu Plaza an ideal place to stay during our side trip due to its competitive price compared with other 3 star hotels in KL. Our bus from Singapore arrived at almost 5 am at Times Square mall; we boarded a waiting cab for 30 RM after haggling. In less than 10 minutes we were at the hotel and expecting that we would be shoved into our rooms immediately since our booking started on the day before our arrival. However, the sole lady at the reception asked us to wait for half an hour before releasing our room keys.



Though the hotel is quite huge for a 3 star hotel the facilities are obviously dated. Our room has some sort of receiving area with walk-in cabinet and tea/coffee making facility; we booked one double and one triple excluding breakfast. Wifi connection is acceptable and a flat screen is mounted on the wall. We stayed for a couple hours only to arrange our things before exploring KL on our first day. The following day, we only had a few hours of sleep as well since we need to catch our bus going to Legoland, Johor Bahru. The night time view of the city from our small window was quite stunning.

This hotel seems a mainstay for throngs of Chinese tourists. They arrive in huge buses and can easily fill the whole lobby during their check in and out.

There is nothing especial about the hotel except the small shopping mall at the ground floor. The vicinity is dotted with local eateries and small shops. It is actually very far from KL Sentral but a few blocks away from Bukit Bintang area. It seemed the place wasn’t located along normal taxi routes because it took us several minutes a couple of times before we're able to hire a cab.

There were two reasons that the wife and I decided to book this hotel. The first one was its proximity to Times Square; our bus from Singapore was supposed to arrive at 4 am so we have to find a hotel near the area. The second reason was to have ample time in catching our bus to Legoland, Malaysia knowing that our kids usually take long time in using the bathroom. Legoland (Causeway Link) bus leaves at 7 am from Bukit Bintang Royale Bintang Hotel which is a few blocks away from our hotel. Hence, on the following day, we checked out at 5:30 am. Tough the same lady took ages to process our check out we still had enough time to catch our bus.

In case you’re planning to visit Legoland, Johor Bahru after your stint in KL City then I recommend this hotel for its price, shopping mall at the ground floor and proximity to Royale Bintang Hotel. Otherwise better stay at other 3 star hotels near KL Sentral or LRT train stations in Kuala Lumpur.