If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I am a big fan of AIRBNB. This holiday rental marketplace has made travel affordable for not only us but for a lot of other people. The range of accommodation types are mind boggling and I’m sure you will find something that will fit any budget when looking for Airbnb Kuala Lumpur has many to choose from.
We stayed at an AIRBNB apartment in Kuala Lumpur in 2014, while we really liked the apartment and it’s location we thought it would be nice to try another this time around. I have to admit, I chose Face Platinum Apartments purely for the infinity pool! The price was very reasonable and I roughly knew the location.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
Having been to Kuala Lumpur a number of times now (I will be returning in 4 weeks time for another visit!) I feel like I know the city a little bit, in particular the transport system. We have found that if we can get something on or near the monorail it’s quite easy to get around.
Our apartment was a short walk, about 100 metres, from Bukit Nanas station which is 2 stops from Bukit Bintang one of the most popular tourist areas of Kuala Lumpur and by far my favourite. It’s a small walk from Bukit Bintang to Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and the Petronas Towers, a very popular tourist attraction. This is my favourite area to wander around and the walk is easy and mostly on an elevated, covered walkway. The KL Hop On, Hop Off bus drops off and picks up in this area and is a great way to see a lot of attractions quickly.
Being on the monorail line means that you can get to many places in Kuala Lumpur easily and the monorail comes frequently. The longest we waited was about 10 mins and that was close to 11 pm. We have found that the transport system is safe and reliable. We did an independent tour of Batu Caves which is easy to get from this area via monorail to Kuala Lumpur Station.
There is a shopping mall just down the road from the apartment with a supermarket, we did some shopping there for breakfast items and drinks. There are also food outlets which was great as we arrived late in the evening and walked down to the mall for a quick dinner before bed as it had been a long travel day for the kids and they were tired.
Our Airbnb Kuala Lumpur
Our apartment was on the 42nd floor of the complex which is part hotel, part private apartments. We checked in with the concierge and a porter took us up. The complex had only recently opened in May 2016 and we were told by the owner that we were the first to stay there. I believe this to be correct as there were a few teething issues that I bought to the attention of the owner. No deal breakers just little things like no tea towels to clean up and not enough bedding for 5 people.
The owner Kelly was very quick to correct things and very easy to deal with. She was more than happy to take some constructive feedback and I honestly believe that these were oversights by people new to the industry. Kelly provided the location and information regarding check in promptly and was contactable at check in if required. We did not need anything further than the emailed instructions. It was seamless and worked well.
The apartment had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a lounge with a lovely sunset view and a new, very clean kitchen. Unfortunately I think I have lost some photos of our stay so I don’t have a pic of the master bedroom. There was cutlery and crockery for 4 people along with basic cooking utensils, kettle and toaster. The ensuite had a free standing bath tub so great for small kids. There were 4 split systems in the apartment, one in each bedroom and two in the main area for the kitchen and the lounge. The air con worked very well and cooled the rooms very quickly once we arrived back to the apartment.
We were very comfortable in this apartment. The only thing you need to be aware of is the mosque nearby and each morning we were woken at dawn by the call to prayer. It will likely wake you but it didn’t wake our kids, they slept through no problem. I don’t mind the call to prayer so it wasn’t a issue for me.
Apartment residents have access to the infinity pool on the 51st floor, you will be required to take your own towel, I have advised Kelly to put some extra towels in the apartment for use at the pool. If you are staying there soon, it might be wise to take your own as i can’t be certain that they will be in there. The infinity pool is beautiful and the water is cool. Be sure to go up there during the day and night, the evening view is spectacular.
I loved being in the apartment at dusk as the view across Kuala Lumpur out to the hills was superb. We caught a few lovely warm, orange sunsets. Great place to settle in with a beer and watch the sun go down.
We loved the Face Platinum Suites, the location was great and close to the monorail. It was a short, straight forward walk to get back to the apartment. It was very clean and Kelly was easy to deal with and checked in with me via the Airbnb app to ensure we arrived safely.
The pool area is simply stunning with the most amazing view of Kuala Lumpur. The kids had a ball up there, there is also a shallow kids pool for the younger ones. It does get a bit busy at times and there isn’t a huge amount of seating, the orientation of building meant the pool was in the shade most of the day as well, the view makes up for all that though. We didn’t hang around up there just had a swim and went back to our apartment.
The apartment is small although the strategic use of mirrors makes the apartment appear a lot larger than it is. Having said that there was plenty of room for us 5 for a few nights. There are plenty of power outlets but you will need to take adaptors as they are all for local plugs only (unlike hotels these days that have multi-plug outlets in the wall).
Would we return? Yes, we would be happy to stay there again. It was comfortable and clean and I am sure once Kelly has a few tenants the kinks will get ironed out. The staff in the foyer were very helpful and other than the towel issue at the pool you wouldn’t know those staying in the apartments from the hotel guests. When were were there a bar/cafe was under construction in the ground floor foyer, it will be nice when that’s finished.
Kuala Lumpur is a fun city to visit with kids, we visited Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary just outside Kuala Lumpur.
If you have stayed at Face Platinum Suites recently and have noticed any changes please leave me a comment below, I would love to hear what you thought.
Sal & Co.