Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Exploring Tune Hotels

 

tune KL nightTraveling in Asia has been our life for the last eighteen months. George and I love to fly on Air Asia, they have great fares and fly everywhere we want to go. They are to Asia what Southwest Airlines is to the United States; a reliable low cost carrier with many flights.  During a recent flight, we learned about Tune Hotels, which is the hotel chain related to Air Asia. Air Asia is also involved in Tune Talk (phone calls), Tune insurance and Tony Fernandez has plans for a Tune Hospital as well as sponsoring a car in the Motor Car Races!

When we returned to Asia after visiting family in America, we decided to investigate Tune Hotels in Downtown Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is a few blocks from the rail transport system. We took the KLIA rapid train from the airport into KLCC and then went a few stops on the rail line. When we left KL, we went three stops on the rail line to the bus station. It is simple to find the hotel no matter what public transport option you choose.

KL night trainEven if you arrive with jetlag, it is simple to go across the street to the Selamat Datang Market in the basement of the Maju Junction Mall where there is Starbucks if you are craving coffee after your flight to Malaysia. There is also a 7-11 right inside the hotel for any other basic needs. We went around the corner for fantastic food. We recommend the restaurant Cirber for traditional fish ball noodle soup and try the local cold tea. Nasi Kandar is a local favorite restaurant where we enjoyed fresh hot roti telur (egg), Tofu, rice and water for under $2usd. Lunch in a capital city for two American dollars directly across from our hotel was a great find!

G KL towersTune Hotels is famous for their 5 star beds, power shower and a la carte service. I agree with them that travelers want to find a room with a comfortable bed and a hot strong shower. I can tell you that you will not be disappointed. Our bed was lovely and the shower was both hot and powerful. I have often complained about a hotel when the bed is too hard or the shower is only a few drops of water and will not get the shampoo out of my hair. Tune Hotels truly deliver on their promises.

The system at Tune Hotels is similar to the pricing on Air Asia flights. Every room comes with the basics and then you can add packages for extras. The room does have a ceiling fan but if you prefer air conditioning you need to choose a package or buy it as an ala carte.

Comfort Package: 24 hour air conditioning and Towels 22MR

Cozy Package: 24hr air conditioning, 24hr TV, 24hr WiFi and Towel and Toiletries: 36MR

Other extras (pricing as of Feb 1, 2014 for a stay in KL, Malaysia:

Breakfast 10MR, WiFi (12MR per device for 24 hours), late checkout (2pm) 12MR, Entertainment Package: 24 hour period (32 inch LCD TV with 12 channels) 10.60MR, Early Check-in from 11am 15MR, Towels and Toiletries 6MR, Air conditioning 22MR for 24 hrs, 16MR for 12hrs.

Cindy Lisa KLThe hotel was very clean and felt very secure. You can only have one room key per room which could be an issue if you wanted to go somewhere without your partner or roommate but is important to their eco-commitment and the system of keeping the lights off if you are out of the room. It is also essential for the security system. You cannot enter the lobby after midnight without a room key.

We enjoyed our first stay at Tune Hotels and look forward to more clean, convenient and fantastic nights with the Tune Hotel Group! More hotels are opening all over the world. We cannot wait to stay with Tune Hotels in Bali and Makasar, Indonesia. The only question to ask is– which hotel will you stay at first?

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with nearly one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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