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The Yard Boutique Hotel KL
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Lot 623 (51D), Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, Kuala Lumpur 50200, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #25 of 258 Kuala Lumpur B&B and Inns
Singapore, Singapore
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“Interesting, good-value hotel . . .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

1. Location: In a tiny street perpendicular to one, that is parallel to Lorong Alor, where there are many, many, many food stores selling good, cheap local food. A 5-minute walk to the malls in Bukit Bintang and a monorail station (Bukit Bintang). Very many convenience stores around. Very central location.

That said, while a good part of the immediate area has been redeveloped into hotels, restaurants, shops, etc., the remaining parts of which have not. Thus, around the hotel are some old, run-down housing units and apartments. Some of the smaller roads in the area leading to the main roads are heavily littered and trashed (and, oftentimes, funky-smelling); also, many drain covers are missing. Take a little care when walking the small alleys to the main roads.

Street noises CAN be heard from the room. If you're a light sleeper, this can be an issue. Also, in the three nights that I was there, the first night had street fogging (against mosquitos) in the middle of the night (those fogging machines ARE noisy) while the second night had major re-tarring works going on, post-midnight. The third night was cool. So, I cannot say these are regular or not; so, it's really up to you.

If you're a single male or a group of men, there will be people approaching you at any time of the day, asking if you want sexual services. Just smile, say "no" and move on. No issues.

I know some earlier reviewers have complained about the location. I am ok with it, but can see why some people would have issues with it.

2. Rooms: Nice air-con. Comfy beds. Cable TV with only 5(!) channels (all in English). No mini-fridge (no issue for me; but, for others, maybe).

Shower areas are nice for me: rain shower with hot water; spacious semi-outdoorsy-type. However, as romantic as it can potentially be, a very very high wall topped with wire mesh separates the room's shower area from the next room's . . . so, not exactly romantic.

When we first entered the room, there were mosquitoes buzzing around. We bought two aroma cans of bug repellents and left them in the room, which did the trick. Later, found out the hotel provides anyway.

3. Staff: I did not have much interaction with them but they seemed good enough in helping other guests with their needs. So, fine in this area, I suppose.

4. Amenities: None, except for excellent wi-fi. But the hotel is a re-structured building, so the rooms lead to a courtyard, which is lovely is a lovely open space. Quite cool to sit around and chill for a bit.

5. Others: I can really see the merit of earlier reviewers who either hate or love this place. As much as I like it, I can see why others cannot, for very valid reasons. Given the price of the place, I really like it for its location. as well as how interesting, unlike regular hotels the place is.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

If you are driving a car and need a car park, this may not your best choice. The hotel is nice. It is clean, new and spacious. And the garden is nice also. But the sound proof of the room is bad. I can hear someone talking next to our room. But the staffs are friendly. If you are a backpacker who need a gem in KL, this is your place. But if you comes with family and a car, you have better choices.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Cheap, modern, clean and professional. Fantastic location smack right in the heart of KL and a fantastic place for those on a budget. This was my first time staying in a boutique hotel and it won't be my last. A great alternative than paying for an overpriced hotel room. The only downside is that it is located in an alley and those familiar to KL will know that they aren't the cleanest of places.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Pro’s

Location
Staff friendliness
Free and fast Wi-Fi
Shower experience


Con’s
Room ambience
Bed uncomfortable
No refrigerator in the room
Very noisy
Kitchen smells
Hotel surroundings filthy and smelly
Rats in the Hotel garden

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Location
This hotel is located inside a laneway and is difficult to see from Tengkat Tong Shin. If you are coming by taxi, ask the driver to drop you outside Hotel Alpha Genesis. The laneway is located alongside Hotel Alpha Genesis.
The room
I was disappointed with the ambience of the room. The words ‘retro’ and ‘boutique’ just don’t appeal to me when I have to stare at bare concrete floors and walls, and lino flooring that harks back to the pre-war era. Give me carpeted floors anytime!! The photos from the hotel website are deceptive. The room is of substantial size is and has all the pre-requisites of any decent hotel i.e. writing desk, wash basin, clothes hanger, safe-deposit box, etc.
The bathroom
It has a rain-shower unit in the washroom which provides a good wash and drains into a pebbled drainage enclosure. However, the bathroom shares an opened-roof air-space with your next door neighbour, therefore any hanky-panky during your wash should be avoided if you value privacy. From the washroom, you can also hear constant chatters from the restaurant behind the hotel.
Noise
Being located in the heart of Bukit Bintang, it is surprisingly quiet. Although you can still hear the occasional passing motorbikes and people talking out loud, but it is not intrusive.
Conclusion
Not the best budget accommodation by far.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bekasi, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I was with my family , we only had one room and one extra bed, its a little bit small but we manage it wall rather than have 2 rooms separated. The room is very clean, and the price worth the service they gave. Love the interior in this hotel. Very near to shop place and canteen or restaurant here. Recommended! :)

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I love this hotel. We dont feel regret for choosing this hotel. The rate of the room, the garden landscape, the interior of room, bathroom, the location, the staff, are all fantastic. Actually all the review here is true. Located at the back of Alpha Genesis Hotel, highly recommended.....

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lot 623 (51D), Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, Kuala Lumpur 50200, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Wilayah Persekutuan > Kuala Lumpur
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Ranked #25 of 258 B&Bs / Inns in Kuala Lumpur
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Yard Boutique Hotel KL 3*
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