Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBaas Guest House: Lu's Place Stowe
We only stayed here for 1 night passing through KL into Colombo. This was a good hotel - very central and within walking distance to Bukit Bintang, the monorail, Petronas Twin Towers, etc. Staff were very professional and friendly. Also incredibly helpful at sorting out a cab to the airport at 3am and presenting us with all our options (rather than just recommending we take a hotel cab/car).
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Historical Traveler Reviews Baas Guest House: Lu's Place Stowe
It is a nice hotel
I stayed in Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur in early March 2006 for 4 nights. On the whole, it is a nice hotel. The price was reasonable, and the room was spacious, clean and comfortable. It is conveniently located (close to monorail station and KLCC). The efficient and helpful staff impressed me very much. When I left the hotel heading for the airport, I needed a large plastic bag for my three boxes of cakes. I asked a hotel staff for help and she tried her very best to look for one for me right away. I find this very impressive and I will definitely recommend this hotel to those who are planning to visit Kuala Lumpur.
Great hotel, would definitely go again
Just come back from two seperate stopovers staying at Equatorial on way out and back from New Zealand.
Was a bit worried that if the hotel wasn't very good, we would have no choice but to stay there again on way back.
Needn't have worried, as it was we couldn't wait to get back to both KL and the Equatorial.
Service is excellent, couldn't fault it at all. Rooms are reasonably roomy with every facility you could need. Complementary breakfast buffet was outstanding and you could also have the chef prepare you eggs anyway you wanted whilst you watched. First visit stayed in rooms at back of hotel and had views of the Petronus Towers, second visit had room at front of hotel with views of the KL tower,
All the staff are extremely courteous, and the facilities are fantastic. We sat and had lunch in the Bistro whilst my son needed to use the internet. They gave him a laptop which was wirelessly linked to broadband and the cost on our bill was 10 MR for an hour (which is less than 12p!!)
Would certainly use this hotel again as it is perfectly placed to get around KL and for the service and facilities.
A place to Stay
I had stayed at the EQ in Vietnam and thought I would try this one in KL. I found the staff were very very helpful and the service first rate, the only problem I found was that the B/fast (Buffet) was a little cold each morning. The location of the Hotel is really great, just far enough away from the main shopping area but well within walking distance (10mins). It is a Hotel I will say to people "go there and try it", I will be staying there again shortly, a good place to stay in KL.
We really liked this hotel. When we pulled up, we weren't really sure what we'd be getting - it looks a bit dated from the outside - but it's nice on the inside (only, no seats in the entire lobby - why?? Means you have to stand up when you're waiting for your transport)
It's a curious mix of 60's decor (smart, not scruffy) and the ultra-modern; for example, there is a great bar in the lobby with a perspex top that glows red, called Flos bar, which is recommended in some of the guide books. They need a bit of practice at mixing their cocktails (the same cocktail was different every time!!) but it's a wonderful place to sit and chill before you head out for dinner.
The rooms were perfectly clean, smart and functional and there was a good size bed, as you'd expect of a hotel in this class. The aircon was a bit noisy at night.
The food was expensive, but extensive choice and very good quality. The restaurant staff were also extremely helpful - the maitre d' spent 15 minutes taking us round all the stands and stalls with food on, explaining what it all was, and how you ate it. However why would you eat here of an evening when there's so so many cheap good places to eat locally?? KL was cheapest for anywhere we went in Malaysia for food. (If you want a special evening, make sure to book at the buffet restaurant at the top of the KL tower - fairly good food, but totally spectacular views!)
What you're really paying for here, is the location. It's 15 minutes walk up to the Petronas Towers, and 15 minutes walk down to the main shopping area, so ideally located really. If you're not into walking, there's a monorail station 100yds down the road - it's really cheap and easy to get about, there's only one line so no danger of getting lost, it stops at or near all the main places and you get a great aerial view of the city.
We felt personally that the hotel was more geared up towards business clients than tourists - we're not scruffy people, but felt like it sometimes when the hotel is full of smart business people) but that it actually makes an excellent base for tourists, so don't discount it.
Make sure you check your bill carefully. On checkout, they presented us with a bill just with a total on it and we had to ASK to get a breakdown of what they'd put on it. We then had to ask AGAIN to get them to produce the receipts so we could see why we'd been charged for a meal we didn't have - and there was a receipt for a completely different person on there, and someone had crossed out their room number, put ours on it, in the hope we wouldn't notice maybe!
In an "OK" location it looks nothing special from the outside. However, on arrival, one is treated with courtesy and efficiency. Room was quite huge. King size bed and above 80msq in size - don't know if they are all like this. Dial up facility in room at low cost to hotel ISP - excellent idea and cheap. Very good leisure facilities and a choice of five restaurants serving quality food at very cheap prices. Breakfast was quite lavish too.Extending checkout was no problem. Everyone was happy and pleasant.
Really great hotel
I was very impressed with this place. The outside isn't very attractive-old front. But the inside is very nice. The rooms are beautiful. A lot of wood accents. Attractive bar and restaurants. Only downside is that the bathrooms are quite small.
The location is very good. 10-15 minute walk to the Petronas Towers. Right in the middle of the golden triangle (lots of restaurants, bars, and shops).
Good value for money
Excellent location. Close to monorail station. Within easy walking distance of the Petronus Towers. Some rooms have good views of the towers. Rooms smaler than some Asia hotels but excellently fitted out. A very comfortable hotel offering good value for money.
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