Straight up, the main drawback of CIQ Hotel is its location. It's on an old row of shophouses--an Indian and a Chinese coffeeshop, auto repair, provision shop, failed businesses. My taxi took an extra 15 minutes circling and enquiring to find the place. Eventually, I shepherded him in via my google map. It's not near anywhere that's air conditioned, and that means sweating buckets of bullets getting to a restaurant or shopping centre.For lemonade makers, it's a sauna and exercise thrown in. Nor is it very far from the seafood of Stulang Laut or the usual shopping areas once you come out of these parts.
Other downsides: no breakfast, rooms are not smoking segregated, and an RM100 cash deposit is required.
On the plus side, the price is unbeatable, a security guards sits by the front door, rooms are clean, room key's on an RF card, and Wifi's a riot (esp after moving over from a budget hotel with coverage in the lobby area only!).
The all-glass elevator panel's cool, and coupled with the unbeatable Wifi speeds, does compensate for this place's relatively remote location.
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