I'm always on the lookout for budget accommodation in different areas of Kuala Lumpur. Recently I stayed at a place in Bukit Bintang that I thought was a fair compromise between price and value.
A shabby street but a handy no-frills hotel
First of all, Bukit Bintang is considered a desirable place to stay by many because of its location. The place is just a few minutes walk from No Black Tie
, the most esteemed and popular venue for musicians in Kuala Lumpur, having hosted some of Malaysia's best artists. Nearby also is the highly praised tapas bar Pinchos
, as well many other favored restaurants and bars. The famous Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower are also within 2 km.
Kuala Lumpur Tower
Lacomme Inn is a 3-star hotel and definitely a cheap and convenient place to stay in Bukit Bintang. It's not well-known, and is located just inside a worn street of homes and small local eateries - but it's on Google Maps, and with a little research you can find it quite easily. It's not a very large place and so the rooms are pretty small, but at the same time they are clean, provide a number of useful basic facilities and I found it reasonably quiet at night from the 2nd floor.
The second floor of Lacomme Inn
There are a few floors of rooms up a staircase, so this is perhaps not the best place to stay if you have trouble going up and down flight of stairs. At check-in you are provided with a key card, which is used to get into your room as well as to operate the lighting, etc.
My single room
I stayed in a single room. There was a single bed, side table, flat screen TV, and an open wardrobe for hanging up your clothes. They provide a small bar fridge in the room as well, which is something you don't always get at such low prices.
The flat screen TV
A few basic toiletries and a towel are also provided but I have to say it was an old and rough towel, so perhaps this is one area where this place falls down.
The shower in the single room
The private bathroom is quite nice, but regrettably small, unfortunately. Sure, it's a wet room, like you will find in much of Asia, but the main drawback is the cramped area around the toilet. Those with long legs will have trouble as the wall is a bit too close to the front of the toilet and you may find your knees pressing up against the wall.
The bathroom and toilet
There is a small mini-mart located opposite Lacomme Inn, which is handy for grabbing a few supplies. Especially tea and coffee supplies.
The handy convenience store opposite Lacomme Inn
Lacomme Inn does not provide tea and coffee, but they do have a hot and cold water dispenser for you to use and they provide an insulated jug and mug for you to collect water and take to your room.
The hot and cold water dispenser
There are also shared facilities for ironing if you need them.
An ironing board and iron for shared use
Check in was quick and easy, as was check-out. They also have a tour desk at reception which is handy if you plan on booking some activities while in Kuala Lumpur.