When it comes to choosing a hotel accommodation, I like to stay in the city centre mainly because I prefer to be close to amenities such as cafes/restaurants, shops, sights and public transportation, not having to worry about food or getting around in the city. I’m not a luxury traveller but a budget/mid-range traveller which means staying at a 3-star hotel in the city. 3-star hotels can be of a hit-or-miss experience – it’s either clean but not value for money, or reasonably cheap but not clean.
However, staying at Avenue J Hotel was a hit experience on many accounts and here’s why:
Location, Location, Location
Avenue J Hotel is located on Lebuh Pasar Besar which is right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. For local KL-ites who prefer to locate a place based on landmarks to street names, the hotel is situated next to the Bar Council and opposite the Café Old Market Square.
The location of the hotel is quite strategic:
- Cafes, shops and buses are within the vicinity of the hotel
- Central Market is located at the back of the hotel and Chinatown is another 5 minutes’ walk from Central Market.
- Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) is adjacent to the hotel with the Mughal-inspired Panggung Bandaraya (City Theatre) situated opposite the square. The cultural musical ‘MUD’ about the history of Kuala Lumpur is performed at this theatre (UPDATE: After 3 years of performing at City Theatre, the musical ‘MUD’ has ended their shows in April 2017).
- The nearest Light Rail Transit (LRT) station is Masjid Jamek Station, another 5 minutes’ walk from Panggung Bandaraya.
Modern and Stylish Lobby
The main road of Lebuh Pasar Besar is busy with traffic but the lobby area was quiet, a respite from the noise and pollution outside.
The décor and furniture of the lobby area are modern and stylish. The check-in process was smooth and the reception I received was warm and welcoming. I was feeling slightly tired than usual because I was down with stomach flu, thus walking into a quiet area and receiving a warm smile upon check-in was a relief.
Small But Comfy Room
The hotel room was small but it’s definitely not cramped, unlike the Best Western hotel I stayed in London which I had to step over my suitcase to walk from the bathroom to the bed!
There was plenty of space from the door to the queen-sized bed; the bed and pillows were surprisingly comfortable with quality sheets, so much so I chuckled to myself remembering the catchy phrase I saw on their website “waking up on the wrong side of the bed never happens here, everyone doesn’t want to get up”. The room has a writing desk, TV, tea/coffee/mineral water bottles and a kettle, and a hairdryer. However, it doesn’t have a wardrobe but hooks to hang up your clothes.
The one thing I found slightly odd was that the wash basin was outside of the bathroom. Although the bathroom has the toilet and shower, I found it a little unconventional to wash my hands at the basin outside the bathroom. Having said that, it was not a major issue for me but something to get used to during my stay.
Overall, I loved my room and I must mention this: my room faced the main road of Lebuh Pasar Besar and I could hardly hear the noise outside – great soundproof windows!
Breakfast served at the lobby area was just so-so – the pastries were cold – but I was fine with their cereal, fruit juices and coffee. Hmm, it’s not a major issue for me but it would be nice to have hot pastries though 😉
My two-night stay at Avenue J Hotel was a complimentary stay by Tourism Malaysia as part of the #AboutKL 2.0 Things To Know About Kuala Lumpur & Beyond” launch.
Please note that my views and opinions about the hotel are, as always, are my own: I was very pleased with the facilities and services provided by the hotel – in fact, it had exceeded my expectations – moreover I was actually not feeling well during the program, thus coming back to a comfortable hotel after a long day of sightseeing was what I needed 🙂
Location & Contact:
13, Lebuh Pasar Besar
50050 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2022 3338
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