With a tall and slim building, this new (opened in September 2016) Avenue J Hotel in Kuala Lumpur which features Roman architecture could be rather obscure for those who are unfamiliar with its location.
However, once you are there, you will soon find out that Avenue J Hotel is actually situated in the most convenient spot! It is just behind Dataran Merdeka, a corner lot by the bank of Gombak River, neighbouring the Malaysian Bar Council. In fact, a better landmark to watch out for is the Pacific Express Hotel because it is a taller building and can be spotted from afar. Avenue J Hotel is to its left.
What I always look for when booking a hotel is that it is within walking distance from an interchange station. Do you know that Avenue J Hotel is just five minutes walk to the Masjid Jamek LRT interchange station, with access to both RapidKL’s Kelana Jaya Line and Ampang/Sri Petaling Lines?
KL Sentral is just two stations away, and with my RapidKL prepaid card (cashless), I paid RM1.50 for my trip to KL Sentral. Those who pay by cash is charged RM1.60 instead.
With such convenience to public transport, it is worth to pay a little bit more for my room (RM151.58 + RM100 cash as key deposit). Mine was the smallest room, Queen bed without window. Some people may feel claustrophobic but I was totally fine with its space, or lack of it, and felt comfortable enough. It could be because I spent less than 8 hours in my room!
Nonetheless, Avenue J Hotel Kuala Lumpur reminded me of citizenM hotel in Rotterdam. Both exude a homey feel, with friendly staff who tried to make my stay as memorable as possible, even if it was just for a few hours.
Would I return the next time when I need accommodation in KL? Definitely yes, especially now that they have started to serve Continental breakfast, which is also available to non guests.
Avenue J Hotel
Add: No. 13, Lebuh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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