Contemporary on a budget. Grid 9 Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
I opted to book 2 nights at Grid 9 Hotel in Kuala Lumpur based on Trip Advisor reviews and the photos travellers shared of their stay. Suffice to say I wasn’t disappointed in the least! Quite the opposite in fact!
Grid 9 Hotel is located a mere 2 minute walk away from Maharajalela Monorail Station. Maharajalela, in turn, is 2 monorail stops from KL Sentral. It is also a 10 minute walk from Petaling Street, which is the area where Chinatown and Central Market are. It’s easily accessible by train and on foot, both of which are huge pluses for me.
The moment you enter the hotel, you are met with a contemporary decor style that’s based on a grid. It’s all about lines and angles. The concrete floor is a nice touch. If you enjoy cosy places, this might not be the place for you. I’ve read a few reviews that said it felt cold. I loved it though!
Grid 9 also is a strong supporter of local art, so there are plenty of art pieces on the walls.
The first floor houses a gastropub which is open for most of the day. There aren’t many eateries around the area, so the restaurant downstairs is such a boon when you’re hungry in a pinch. The food is pretty good and the prices reasonable for what you get. The wait staff are very friendly as well.
The reception area is on the second floor, which is accessible by staircase or by a lift, which services all floors. There is a shared lounge area next to the reception, with a pool table, desktop computers, tablets and bean bag chairs in front of a large flat screen TV. Honestly, we haven’t hung out there much at all since our room had all the amenities we needed and a lot more privacy. However, those wanting to mingle will find it a great place to chill and make some friends along the way.
Mum and I wanted a private room of our own as we felt more comfortable that way and didn’t have to potter around a shared toilet, so we decided to book a room with twin single beds. It’s called the Brotski if I’m not mistaken. Meant for bros / buddies / etc., which suited us just fine.
We arrived at 8am after breakfast as we took an overnight train to KL. I expected to have concierge services for our backpacks having arrived way before the check in time at 3pm, but we were given a room on the third floor since there was one available! What a blessing! We paid a RM50.00 deposit for the key card which was returned upon check out. We paid a total of S$87 for two nights via booking on Agoda (via Trip Advisor). Don’t forget - this is for two people!
There are other options, such as dorm rooms with pods and larger rooms for families, but I didn’t have the opportunity to take a look at those, so I will share my opinion based on my personal experience.
The room was surprisingly spacious enough for two and didn’t feel like a tight squeeze. It was clean, neat and smelled great (don’t get me started on funky hotel room smells). I tend to be a bit of a skeptic when it comes to room sizes as wide-angled lenses can really fool you into thinking that a space is larger than it really is. No worries with this hotel, though!
There is a small desk which doubles as a bedside table between the two beds with a chair. Mum used the chair for her backpack while I placed mine under the desk.
The bathroom consists of a sink, toilet and a shower. Water pressure was a little low for my tastes (I enjoy rain showers), but given the little space and open gap where you exit in and out of the shower area, it was the best they could do under the circumstances. You are provided with a tube of shower gel and shampoo as well as two bath towels and a floor towel.
Overall, I would say I had an excellent experience. I would definitely stay there again in the future and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to stay the heart of KL on a budget.