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Avenue J Hotel, Kuala Lumpur – Review

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.

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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.

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My stay in Avenue J was in late December, hence the Christmas tree 🙂

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avenue j hotel kuala lumpur modern stylish lobby

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.

avenue j hotel kuala lumpur room

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.

avenue j hotel kuala lumpur room bathroom wash basin

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


 For reservations:

Email: reception@avenuejhotels.com


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