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Tune Hotel – Downtown KL

2 December 2011 2 Comments

Tune Hotel - Downtown KL

By now, everyone would have gotten a taste, or at least heard, of the budget airline concept. Popularized by big names such as Easyjet and Air Asia, the novel idea of paying a basic fare for no-frills service, with options for added luxuries available at additional costs, is rapidly growing into a mainstream mode of air travel.

When we first heard of Tune Hotels, we were a little sceptical about its concept, which is largely adapted from the hotel chain’s sister company, Air Asia. Budget air travel, with the usual sardine-can seating, strict baggage overweight policy, and outrageously priced on-board snacks, can be more than annoying at times, and we were not sure how a hotel run on the same basic principles would be like. After all, a hotel room is where we would like to recuperate in after a long, hard day on the road, so maximum comfort and minimal fuss is a priority for us.

Room at Tune Hotel - Downtown KL

Our room at the Tune Hotel – Downtown KL

With room prices starting from RM 60 (USD 19), together with the tagline “5-star sleeping experience at a 1-star price!”, however, Tune Hotels was hard to resist. Also, with new branches opening up in a number of Asian tourist destinations, Tune Hotels may one day be an indispensable part of travelling in this region.

The Tune Hotel – Downtown KL is conveniently located along Jalan Sultan Ismail, near the Medan Tuanku monorail station and Sultan Ismail Rapid KL station. This gives the hotel good accessibility to transport networks. The area is also within walking distance to Jalan Doraisamy (Asian Heritage Row), a small street lined with restaurants and bars, and in close proximity to popular places such as the Bukit Bintang shopping belt.

Shower at the Tune Hotel - Downtown KL

Our room was located on the second floor, accessible by a staircase or lift. On first impression, the room appeared small, but functional and clean.

Just as in budget carriers, Tune Hotels offers a good price advantage over the competition. Guests only need to pay for upgrades (which includes air conditioning, bath towel, late checkout, etc.) that they need. Many of the additional services are reasonably priced. An Australian man we met at the reception counter generously shared with us his discovery for the day; he told us that the hotel’s laundry machine costs only RM 3 per wash, and the dryer machine costs RM 2 per load.

A 7-11 store, a Subway sandwich outlet, and a local coffee chain located at the hotel’s first floor offers staying guests some convenience and dining options. We had some noodles, toast, and coffee for breakfast at the hotel, and they were pretty good and reasonably priced.

Stores at Tune Hotel - Downtown KL

We would like to give credit to Tune Hotels for not scrimping on necessities such as security. CCTV cameras, a security guard in the lobby, and access-card entry after midnight, offer guests added peace of mind, especially in a big city like Kuala Lumpur.

The good things aside, we felt that certain aspects of the hotel could have been improved. Electrical cables could be seen coming out of one of the wall-mounted lights in the room. There were cracks on some walls, as well as peeling paintworks in the bathroom. We also wondered why the air conditioning took a surprisingly long time to cool the tiny room.

Room conditions at the Tune Hotel - Downtown KL

Some parts of the room that needed touching up

Overall, our experience with Tune Hotel – Downtown KL was pleasant, although we thought that considering all the shortcomings, a more fitting slogan for the hotel would be “2.5-star sleeping experience at a 1-star price”. Tune Hotels would be most suitable for budget travellers who are particular about location and accessibility, or those who prefer standard service level of a chain hotel.

More photos of our stay at the Tune Hotel – Downtown KL is available on our Facebook page.

Travel Info

Website: http://www.tunehotels.com/

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  • Biresh Vrajlal said:

    Hi there, thanks for your post above on our Downtown KL hotel. Please accept our apologies for the wire, crack & peels. Being the first location to open since 2007, unfortunately wear and tear has taken a toll on our room.

    Hence currently we have embarked on a refurbishment of the hotel (floor by floor) and should be ready with brand spanking new rooms by mid 2012. We’ll welcome you to stay with us again to review us again when that happens 🙂

    Please do not hesitate to email me should you have any further feedback on our hotel, regardless of location, so that we may improve our guest’s stay with us.

    Thanks & regards,
    Biresh Vrajlal
    Tune Hotels

  • Prataporn said:

    Well everyone knows advertising and slogans tend to over-emphasize certain key selling points, so i’m somewhat amused that you were perhaps seriously expecting 5-star standards for rooms starting at RM60?
    But informative review nonetheless!

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