My wife & I and a friend arrived in Kuala Lumpur around 9.00 pm on the 2nd March, but it wasn’t until after 10.00 pm before we eventually entered the arrival hall to be met by a smiling James, who had been waiting for over an hour as the airline information stated that our aircraft was early.
When I made the accommodation booking James agreed to pick us up from the airport, a service he no longer offers, but as we had booked some months earlier he kept his promise.
James and Jo’s home, Rumah Putih, is a beautiful place about 15 minute drive from the airport. The rooms are cool with air-conditioning and fans, all are en-suit with a good water pressure shower, which was very welcome after the plane journey.
James & Jo are the perfect host – friendly and interesting to talk to, full of information of the area and only too pleased to accommodate our requests – such as an early breakfast to catch a plane.
We were on our way to Penang and had booked another night on our return to KL after Penang. James explained how to use the fast rail system to save money on taxis. The local station to Rumah Putih is the first stop on the KLIA to city express line. There are two fast trains operating to the city – one doesn’t stop and the other stops three times, the first stop being James’ local station. The cost was RM 3.20 about $1.05 US. We used the train twice, once to get to the airport to fly to Penang – James took us to the station and showed us the system. The second time was on our return from Penang. As soon as the train left KLIA I rang James to let him know we were on our way (it takes 5 or 6 minutes). On arrival he was waiting at the station to ferry us back to his home. The trips to & from the station were complimentary.
That evening we walked to the local ‘village’ area for a meal. As the area is predominantly Muslim the restaurants did not serve wine, but the local shops did sell alcohol, so I was able to buy beer and we returned to Rumah Putih to sit around the pool and while away a few hours. It was during this time that I found out that James had a stock of inexpensive drinks. They were cheaper than the beer that I bought at the local 7/11. I could have saved myself the trouble of carrying back the bottles of beer!
Over drinks James & Jo had the time to chat about how they came about to offer a B & B near KLIA, a fascinating story.
We’ll be back next time we have to transit Kuala Lumpur
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rumah Putih is an ideal stopover bed and breakfast located near to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2. We have 7 rooms, most of which offer additional beds to offer flexible sleeping arrangements. We offer complimentary continental breakfast served 07:00-09:30am. Rooms are equipped with TVs, ceiling fans, aircon, with free wifi available in the living and dining area, there is outdoor seating, garden area and swimming pool. Local restaurants, shops, hair salon and a bank are all a short walk from the property. Rates are for international passport holders and Malaysians traveling to or from an international destination or Sarawak. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rumah Putih b&b
- Rumah Putih Hotel Sepang