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#RoomerHasIt, Tune Hotels klia2 is Open!

Tune Hotels KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I’d heard mixed reviews about Tune Hotels, usually falling into one of two camps. The first being that they were cheap, cramped rooms and were so stingy you had to pay to use the air conditioner, towels and pillows; the second being that they were cheap, friendly and the perfect base for travellers who needed a no-fuss room that still offered quality, privacy and convenience.
Needless to say, I was travelling to Malaysia with a few nerves about my introduction to Tune Hotels.

I was pretty impressed.

Tune Hotels KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Stepping into the spacious lobby I felt like I was being welcomed to a hip hotel, not a budget hotel. Check-in was fast and I was quickly handed keys and directed to my room on the fifth floor.

Tune Hotels KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Swiping my keycard across the doors access panel, I entered my room, grateful to be getting out of the sticky weather that Malaysia is known for year-round.
The rooms are basic, the large queen bed dominating the space, with a small desk and chair, large 32″ plasma TV hung from the wall and of course a small bathroom with shower. Along the wall was a small fold-away luggage rack and a few coat hangers to hang items.
None of these things really mattered to me in that moment, as I turned on the air conditioner, changed from my plane clothes into my pyjamas and curled up in bed, falling asleep seconds after I’d drawn the thick blind across the window overlooking the courtyard below.

The beds were firm but very comfortable. I was asleep in minutes.

All too soon my iPhone’s alarm woke me. No time to shower, and probably not worth it in the sticky humidity that would have me sweating again as soon as I walked out the door, I wandered across to Gateway@KLIA2 – the new mall attached to the terminal.

The hope is that KLIA2 will be to Kuala Lumpur as Changi Airport is to Singapore – a prime shopping and dining mall with a convenient airport next door.
The mall is home to over 150 stores, including Uniqilo, Pandora, Hush Puppies, FILA, Sunglasses Hut, with more opening every week. There’s also WiFi available throughout the shopping centre and restaurants.

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Heading back to Tune Hotels, just a 10 minute walk through the covered walkway and down the stairs, I finally had more time to explore the property.
The large lobby is equipped with plenty of seats, power-points and even a games corner. Just outside is the WonderKafe restaurant and cafe which is open late and the site of the soon-to-open 7-Eleven.

Heading back to my room, getting lost on the way again, I got in the shower ready for the #RoomerHasIt launch party that night. The bathroom is basic but spacious with just a shower, sink and toilet; I was thankful that they didn’t skimp on the water pressure, as the water cleaned away the feeling of humidity and grogginess that is left from a long-haul flight.

Tune Hotels KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

These are the Indonesian bloggers I spent the weekend with! We all had a lot of fun at the party!

Tune Hotels KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Meeting bloggers from across Asia for the party was amazing but tiring after the overnight flight from Australia to Malaysia so I was ready to enjoy the comfort of my bed again, which our host Cindy told us were specially designed for Tune Hotels.
Air conditioning on, the sound of the party still going below, I curled into bed to enjoy the large flat-screen TV screening a number of cable channels, including my favourite National Geographic Channel (I’m a huge sucker for watching TV in Asia because Nat Geo is a staple!)

Tune Hotels KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tune Hotels KLIA2 is among the first of the ‘new style’ hotels that will be rolling out with larger rooms, all inclusive features (as opposed to their normal pay-per-feature locations) and more focus on functionality with a cool design. High quality stay on a budget? I’m in!

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Returning our keycards to the front desk check-out is simple with all bills settled upon arrival – a definite benefit to Tune’s easy breezy style.
While there is a cafe/restaurant on site our group headed over to the terminal to try Indian-style breakfast before getting on the KLIA Ekspres for the 30-minute journey to KL Sentral while many of the other guests chose to check-out and then use the AirAsia Self Check-In kiosks in the hotel lobby. Just print your boarding pass, stop by baggage drop and get onto your flight – easy!

Tune Hotels KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Pros of Tune Hotels KLIA2

  • No fuss, comfortable accommodation.
  • All inclusive – meaning towels, toiletries, Air Conditioning, TV, and WiFi are included in the cost.
  • Minutes away from the main terminal, Gateway@KLIA2 shopping mall, and KLIA Ekspres.
  • You can check into your AirAsia flight in the hotel lobby.
  • Great cafe/bar.
  • In room safe.
  • Decent WiFi throughout property (still a few black spots but they’re working on that!).
  • Great price.
  • On site parking.
  • Funky design.

The Cons of Tune Hotels KLIA2

  • Hotel layout is quite confusing.
  • There are no in-room phones, if there are any problems you need to go to the front desk.
  • The way they tell guests it’s check-out time is by turning off all the power to the room and with an alarm sounding. I just find this rude, especially when it happened by accident in the middle of my stay.

Now it’s over to you:

Have you stayed at Tune Hotels?

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Tune Hotels – klia2
Lot Pt 13, Jalan KLIA 2/2,
64000 KLIA, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

Website: www.tunehotels.com

Price: Rooms begin at MYR 150.00 for a Double or Twin room or MYR 300.00 for a Family room.

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My trip to Kuala Lumpur was arranged by Tune Hotels.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.

All photos are taken and the rights owned by Tune Hotels.
I am using them with permission.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Zoe @ Tales from over the Horizon
    June 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I will check them out when I’m in that area. 🙂

  • Reply
    Hayley
    June 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I am kind of in love with that hashtag, is that weird? I’m also surprised at the check-out scenario – sounds a bit redundant to me!

  • Reply
    rebecca
    June 12, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Oh don’t like the checkout thing. Other then that it seems like a funky, cool, version of a hostel with more privacy.. I can’t imagine you could fault too much – then again, its always a case of you get what you pay for isn’t it – you can’t go into budget accommodation expecting the same thing as 5 star. I had never heard about these places but am keen to give them a try

  • Reply
    Anna Johnston
    June 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I have never stayed at Tune Hotels, but think I need to change that asap. Wonder why they have a rep for being budget, doesn’t at all look that way. What an amazing experience hanging with the Indo bloggers too. Jealous. PS: Also loving the #. Happy Thursday. 🙂

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    Jayne
    June 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for another fair and frank review Nicole. It sounds like you get a good deal for the price at Tune – I’d be happy to stay there now I know exactly what I get!

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    Lynda
    June 13, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I think they’re super cute! Love the black, red and white color theme <3

  • Reply
    Thanis Lim
    June 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Hey Nicole! I have to say it’s a great pleasure to meet you in person at the party – shame I was too busy vaining around and camwhoring the whole time covering the event. Hope to meet up when I pop by Australia soon.

    Just did a write up for the event so hope you can check it out!

    http://www.thanislim.com/2014/06/events-tune-hotels-klia2-roomerhasit.html

    What’s your facebook btw? Add me – Thanis Lim 🙂

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    Peggy Tee
    June 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    This looks like a great budget option for visitors to Malaysia – where is the hotel location, near KLIA2 airport? It looks like a good choice for those looking to transit, but probably not a good hotel for those who want to sight see in KL?

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    Larissa K
    January 9, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Stayed here the night before our morning flight as we did not want to risk having to deal with the traffic in K.L. Great location. However, there are some issues. First, as this is a “swing” hotel where people are staying for a single night to await their departure or who are arriving late at night, there are people making noise in the hallways at all times of the might. The hotel walls are paper thin, so we could hear everything going on on our floor all night! We are a family of five travelling from Canada. Needless to say, we had quite a bit of luggage. The hotel does not have a shuttle service to the terminal. We were able to finally get a cab, but it cost 30 RM to go from the hotel to the terminal! But you have to lug your luggage to the cabs which do not drive up to the hotel. Also the hotel is very particular about their trollies. We had our luggage neatly packed on a hotel trolly. We simply wanted to cross the roads that separated the hotel from the taxi waiting area. Nope! The hotel made us take off our luggage then load it onto airport trollies. What? Was the hotel afraid of losing one of their trollies? It was just across the road! Finally, and this is the main reason why we will not return to this hotel – my husband was covered in bed bug bites. And one found their way into our luggage. Thankfully we found the little bugger and flushed him down the tub when we arrived back in Canada. Nope, not again…thanks Tune Hotel!

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