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Brisdale Hotel Kuala Lumpur Reviews
Oct 08, 2012
This is a difficult hotel to review. There are many reasons why I might recommend it, but at least an equal number of reasons not to recommend it.
As a quick guide, here are the positives and negatives that come to mind most readily:
* Reception does not require CC deposit on check-in. This can be a plus if you have limited funds on you card and don't want to tie up funds waiting for refund of deposit.
* Rooms are generally spacious, even the cheapest rooms, and have decent furnishings, if a little old and worn.
* The bed is large and comfortable. This is a real treat for a Malaysian hotel
* It is relatively quiet. No noise from the trains or traffic. You will hear the calls to prayer from the mosque, but this is unavoidable anywhere in Malaysia. Also the fire station is opposite the hotel so sometimes will hear fire siren, but it is not regular or very disturbing.
* One of very few budget hotels in KL with a pool.
* Few foreign guests stay here, so some staff will really make an effort to show they appreciate you not being too stuck up to stay here if you don't look Malaysian (on the other hand, some won't bother to hide their resentment of your presence).
* The cleaners do a good job.
* Rooms have a bath (but BYO bath plug).
* Shower is OK
* Tub has anti-slip surfacing
* Refrigerator in room (rare in budget hotels here)
* 2x comp bottles of water per day
* Kettle plus coffee, tea, sugar (BYO milk)
* Free WiFi in room (even though website indicates there is not)
* Room service available 11am to 11pm
* 2x 7-11 stores really close by
* Easy walking distance to Chow Kit monorail
* Police station behind hotel, outside the market
* Plenty of parking available
* Great views of the city available
* Many inexpensive (but not tempting) dining options nearby
* Old hotel, run down in places
* Lock on door to my room was broken / tampered with (I fixed it myself).
* Key cards do not always work well, or at all. Frequent problems with them, and more difficult to use than most.
* Clear signs of decay, wear and tear.
* TV reception is very patchy.
* Bathroom fixtures very poor, sink broken but usable, toilet overflows if tap not turned off between flushes, no bath plug or sink plug (Autoplugs broken)
* Bathroom clothesline does not work
* Bins in room a little too small for practicality
* Disability support rail in bath was missing (screw holes indicate its former location).
* No in-room safe
* Aircon is old, dirty looking. And in the last room I stayed before this one in same hotel (about 18 months ago) was broken and made lots of noise when on high setting.
* Getting to the pool requires going through the restaurant and there are no changing rooms near the pool. One feels quite exposed there and imagine restaurant patrons not thrilled to have you there. Staff don't seem to appreciate either, but IDGAF.
* Medium-long commute to city center on public transport (ironically the walk, if you do it by night or early morning, is not too bad).
* Terrible smells from front of hotel (spoiled foods and garbage from market food stalls and restaurants).
* Stray kitties. Many many poor little kucings.
* Rats down the alleys behind Jalan Raja Bot, and the surrounding area backstreets, particularly as you get closer to the Adamson and KL International hotels. I counted about 110 before I got sick of counting. They come in an interesting variety of colors which is unusual for city street rats, making me suspect that some are descended from feral former pets.
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Old hotel in need of upgrade, but has a little charm to it. Aug 19, 2011
This is an OK hotel to stay at if you are just staying for a short while. There are some amazing views from the upper floors, and swimming by moonlight (actually against the rules, so you'll need to be a bit of a rebel!) with views of the Petronas Towers in the background is quite a unique experience.
The rooms are clean and quite large but unfortunately in the room that I was allocated the air conditioner had some kind of problem that caused it to make a strange noise when set to the high setting. Changing it to a lower setting fixed it, but it took nearly a whole day to figure that out (not that I'm stupid or anything...).
You get the standard sort of hotel furnishings. A bed, a desk, a chair, might have been a table in there. There was a refrigerator but it was tiny and not very practical, plus I am not sure if it worked. I did not find a safe in the room for keeping things in. There might have been one but it was very well hidden if there was!
The bathroom was clean but just ordinary. Nothing special about the bathroom. There was a leaking pipe near the toilet that was dripping water onto the floor, but this was just draining away so it did not cause any problems for me.
The worst thing about this hotel was the check-in process. The clerk was not especially friendly or even polite at first. Such things don't bother me, but really you know it's not my fault if he hates his job!
Breakfast in the restaurant was included in the rate. It's not really very good but you could do worse. I know I have. Anyway, this is a good hotel if you have to save some money and you don't have really high expectations. If you can get by in a place that is not totally perfect but is still reasonably clean and comfortable then the Brisdale is not bad for a short stay.
If you are staying more than a few days though, find another place because you'll go out of your mind if you spend too much time here.