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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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?
Tune Hotels – klia2
Lot Pt 13, Jalan KLIA 2/2,
64000 KLIA, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Price: Rooms begin at MYR 150.00 for a Double or Twin room or MYR 300.00 for a Family room.
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.