Budget travelling has never had it better with this new line-up of concept boutique hotels and new-age hostels in Malaysia.
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Who says you can’t have fun and stay at nice hostels on a budget? These establishments offer not just clean rooms and comfortable beds, but also great design, a cool environment where you can socialise with other guests, and even customised trips or adventures to round up your holiday. Check out these hostels below and make plans for your next holiday soon!
If you want to experience clean, quaint and comfort in a historical setting, you will probably find Back Home right up your alley. The boutique hostel, located on Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur, is housed within six restored pre-war colonial-era shophouses in one of the oldest sections of the city centre. Thus, you will be staying in a neighbourhood imbued with history and heritage, yet be within a stone’s throw from modern convenience such as the LRT, fast food, street food, banks and other amenities. Accommodation ranges from shared dorms to loft-style rooms.
Although Paper Plane Hostel has a young and trendy concept reflected by its wall art and modern interior, it is actually housed in a 100-year old residence in the KL shopping enclave of Bukit Bintang. Backpackers who have stayed here have raved about the hostel’s nearness to the street food market. Choice of accommodation spreads across four private rooms and six dorms. All are clean, fashionably styled and decked with little touches such as the provision of cotton buds, lotion, insect repellent and free coffee, tea and biscuits to reflect the sincere hospitality of the place.
Reviewers say it is the best hostel in Penang and that is likely to be true judging from the compliments it has been getting for cleanliness, comfort and convenience. Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel is located in the quiet side of Muntri Street, right in the heart of the Georgetown UNESCO historic zone of Penang. Apart from its beautiful Baba-Nyonya heritage décor, its cosy clean rooms and dorms, free breakfast and WiFi, Ryokan offers budget travellers walking accessibility to pubs, shopping, sightseeing, cultural discovery and street food in Love Lane, Little India, China Town, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, and the Peranakan Mansion.
What makes this a super cool pad are the beds. They are not the usual movable double-deckers but solid, built-in capsules with partitioning that offer privacy from your other bunkmates in the dorm. All rooms are spacious and clean, while the bathrooms are sparkling, according to reviews. The lounge features throw cushions and beanbags, and you’ll get free breakfast. What’s more, the hostel is located right next to the beach! Cafes are plentiful around Domitorio and you can do duty-free shopping nearby. The location is great, too, as Underwater World Langkawi is only 100m away while The Rice Museum is 1.3km away.
The first standout thing about Hikers Sleep Port is that it comes attached with an adventure ─ jungle trekking up Mount Irau or Mount Brinchang is included in their stay packages. Secondly, it has these lovely cosy dorms in the loft that feature clean and comfortable linen beds on the floor with mosquito nets. Thus, you are assured of a good night’s rest every night. Hikers Sleep Port is art-inspired, mural decorated and centrally located in Tanah Rata. It recently won the Gold Award from Malaysia Tourism for excellence in adventure tourism in Malaysia, so you can be sure of a great time when you book a stay - and an adventure, here.
If you think you’re overdue for a holiday but have a tight budget to work with, then any of these lodgings might be the answer. They’re the perfect weekend getaway spots for some Cuti-Cuti Malaysia time without blowing up a hole in your wallet.
Main photo: BackHome Hostel