Travels: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Reggae Mansion

We stayed at the Reggae Mansion in Kuala Lumpur because one of our close guy friends, Squash, had recommended it. When picking a hostel, all you really need is a clean bed and a convenient location. We booked it in advance after looking it up and being impressed by the website. The prices weren’t too bad either. We stayed at the main hostel as they have two other ones in KL. We definitely could have gone cheaper, but might as well ball out when you can. Haha.

The hostel was super nice! I wish I took better pictures, but you can find whatever you need when you visit the website.

Positives:
+ Huge hostel with lots of travelers. It makes it really easy to run into people (especially other teachers) and make friends.
+ Very clean. Probably the cleanest hostel I have seen in my life.
+ Free Wifi
+ Shared bathrooms are in separate rooms.
+ The people are pretty helpful, but I found out that you have to ask the right questions as you will probably fall into their suggestions way too quickly. You’ll start figuring out the prices for things as your trip goes by and what the better deal is.
+ Code pad to get into the area where the rooms are and to your actual hallway. It gives you a small sense of security.
+ Rent system for those who need a blow dryer, adaptor, etc.
+ Hosts various tours for around 60 or 80 USD for those who just want to pay to not worry about doing things on your own. We were kinda broke, so we decided to venture out on our own. They have tours like visiting elephants, touring the city, and visiting a waterfall.

Negatives:
– The restaurant is pretty expensive. Their happy hour is disappointing as the cheapest beer is 3 to 5USD. Still drank it though… hahaha.
– The rooms aren’t like the traditional bunk beds. You are in your own cubby hole and your lucky if you get the bottom ones. The top ones are a BITCH to climb up. I had to pee at 4am once and getting down half asleep as asking to break your neck.
– No noise control or quiet hours. I get that this hostel is a “party hostel”, but you need to GTFO with that loud crap when it’s like 5am.

Right across the street from the hostel. There’s a 24 hour convenience store that isn’t 24 hours by the way.

Carlsberg beer will always remind me of our times playing card games and making new friends at Reggae Mansion. Haha. 3USD during happy hour!

Overall: You can see that the positives outweigh the negatives in this case. The hostel is right in the center of the city and really close to Chinatown. Chinatown is where it’s at! The closest subway station is just around the corner as well. I really enjoyed my stay at the hostel and would probably stay there again.

TIP: Always ask the taxis to go by the meter and do figure out the subway system. It will save you tons of money.

FYI: Reggae Mansion Racial Ban Controversy

**This blog post is part of my 2week trip to Malaysia/Cambodia/Vietnam. Click on the link to see what else I’ve done! https://stellaface.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/travels-malaysia-cambodia-and-vietnam/

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