Although we have been using Airbnb for research for the past 18 months our stay in Kuala Lumpur was our first official booking through the site. For those that have not heard of Airbnb, it is a worldwide platform where persons put either a room or whole house up for short term stays. The range of places to stay is huge from the very basic to absolute luxury within most areas throughout the world. Anyhow, early this year we had booked our Kuala Lumpur stay, a 3 bedroom apartment/condo in Imbi, a suburb which neighbours the famous, Bukit Bintang area.
The apartment would probably be a similar level to what you would expect a 3 star hotel to be, which is exactly what we expected given the relatively low price we paid per night for our stay. The 3 bedroom/2 bathroom condo was not perfect with a couple of issues, but nothing that really impacted negatively on us or our 6 week stay.
Our actual apartment was not huge but was open plan with a small balcony off the lounge looking over the pool. Unfortunately, we had a flooding issue in the main bathroom within the first day, so we ended up using our ensuite for the all of the family’s showers. Lincoln was also very impressed with the size of the smart TV, which allowed him to watch YouTube videos when he awoke at 6am each and every morning while Mum and Dad tried to sneak in a little bit of an extra sleep in. That was until about 7.30 – 8.00am when mysterious knocking/tapping/hammering would start on cue each and every day. We are still yet to figure out what it was and where it was coming from but for 10 minutes every morning there it was, it will definitely not be one of the things we miss about KL. We were also unlucky enough to have roadworks happening each night/early morning for about 3 – 4 weeks of our total stay on the road outside the complex. Thankfully after a day of exploring and playing with the boys, Paula and I would be exhausted and it would not keep us awake for too long.
The complex the apartment was situated in, The Forum Condominium, housed approximately 250 or so different residences through 3 towers and 15 levels. We were placed on the 8th level in a corner apartment with a view back towards Bukit Bintang, the KT Tower and a small glimpse of the iconic Personas twin towers. The complex was a little dated in parts but had a great pool which the boys made the most of, with at least one swim daily. A great onsite cafe/restaurant which had good simple Malaysian food at bargain prices; such as Lincoln’s go to dish, Roti for 1.20 MYR/$0.40c NZD or Braxton’s MFC (Malaysian Fried Chicken) for 3.50 MYR/$1.15 NZD per piece. The complex also housed a convenience store, dry cleaners, hairdresser & beauty salon (open occasionally) and a small gym for residents or guests.
The actual area we were in was not the flashiest, but we were within walking distance to Bukit Bintang and the huge range of food options it encompasses. Be it the famous street food at Jalan Alor, Food court at Lot 10, Pavilion, or Sungei Wang Plaza, as well as individual restaurants scattered around the nearby streets.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Forum Condominium, and it was a great official introduction to staying at Airbnb properties (we already have another 4 booked through Malaysia and Thailand). We would definitely encourage anyone who does not use Airbnb already and wants to experience life away from hotels/motels when on holiday at half the price to sign up – use our link and get $49-51 NZD off your first trip!!
Our host for this booking was Roy and he was very helpful in answering any questions we had about the area and was quick to fix a few minor issues when they arose. Here is a link to Roy’s apartment listing on Airbnb and we hope our other Airbnb hosts will be up to Roy’s high host standard.
- Pavilion – 1km
- Lot 10 Shopping Centre/Food Court – 1.3km
- Bukit Bintang monorail station – 1.3km
- Supermarket at Sungei Wang – 1.4km
- Berjaya Times Square – 1.4km
- Jalan Alor Food Street – 1.5km
Price – $59 NZD per night (included a monthly discount, cleaning fee & Airbnb service fees)