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PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
Reviewed May 2, 2013

PODs is awesome. Its modern, clean, well run and easy. The dorms hold lots of people, the toilets and shower are clean and in working condition. Security is good and they have peanut butter - 5 stars just for having peanut butter on toast available for bfast!It cost 35MYR and it was worth it for the proximity to KL Sentral - walking distance.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

This trip, I have used 2 style bedroom, single room and mixed dorm. Single room is not quite big but there is everything that you need for sleeping. The room is clean. The mixed dorm is safe and clean. Toilet is also clean and the heater which you can use it. But in the night you will hear a little bit noisy sound from the night time road. Yeah I could have breakfast, however it's not a 5 stars dishes but I just wanted some energy to go out in the morning. The service is nice, they are friendly and help you as they can. In conclusion I like this hostel, it's very nice hostel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Pods is a clean and pretty standard back-packer hostel, with bunk beds, internet, etc. It will not blow you away but it is a fine place to stay. The biggest perk is it is very close to KL Sentral, so if you are arrive to KL late via train or from the airport, PODS is a good place to spend the night. My biggest complaint would be that the rooms were too hot.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Also the shared showers and toilets are very clean here. The stuff welcomes you with a smile and helps you with every question you ve got! The location is near chinatown and some meters away the gratis sightseeing bus of kl has a station. Enjoy wifi all over the hostel and a nice breakfast at the restaurant. Prices are very valued for this hostel!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Frankly, i just like this place for the cleanest, design and the comfort but 1 thing i cant accept is the bedbug is found in my room. I had an experience from previous place 2 years ago. It is really make me suffer. So this time i get thru it again. If not this place is just perfect.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

I chose this hotel based on the good reviews i've read and its very convenient location, but it turned out to be very disappointing and somewhat frustrating, even to a backpacker who's used to budget accommodation. The hotel is divided into 'pods' which don't have walls that fully extend to the ceiling but terminate slightly above the halfway mark. This means that there is no proper soundproofing and lights that are turned on in other pods will light up yours too. The result - lack of quality sleep. The switches for the lights and fans in each pod are located outside the pod at the entrance door, so you'll have to move in and out to make adjustments, which is an inconvenience. Bunk pods which accommodate 4 'podders' have only two power points - some very bad planning and design there. The bed, pillow and bedsheets, while not dirty, did feel somewhat dusty (I was quite ok with this though and it's not a complaint, just a mere statement). There are lockers to keep your belongings but the catch is you'll need to use your own lock, which is stupid because not every traveller would bring one. Wifi is available only at the main lobby; you are cut off from connectivity jn your own pod. 'Creative' signs and posters are put all around the building in an attempt to make it lively (the toilets have guides on various types of flatulence and excretion styles), but due to me already being pissed by all of the above, I (personally) felt irritated by these posters and thought them to lame and miserable attempts at humour instead.

With all that said, PODs does have its strengths as well. The best one being its location, just a few minutes away from KL Sentral, the hub and meeting point of the many means of transport in the city. The staff were excellent too; friendly and helpful. The shower rooms were clean and the showers were functioning well with efficient heaters. Free breakfast is provided (though in my case I can't call it a strength as I didn't personally try it out).

Still, when assessed through point-by-point comparison and personal satisfaction upon checking out, its strengths are far outweighed by its weaknesses, and especially heavy weight is put on the PODs concept. Personally, I'd recommend a proper, compartmentalised, walled-up room. It's truly a pain to wake up in the middle of the night due to light, sound or whatever stimuli emanating from another pod.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I have been shuttling from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur during weekends for a course since Jan 2013, due to financial restriction, decided to stay at backpackers. I tried 3 different places and found Pods has everything I look for. It is cheap, rates from MYR 28 - MYR 65 if I not mistaken. I booked the cheapest, female dorm. The place easy to find, clean, quite and it is safe. All guests are given key card which granted access to every place inside the Pods. It is clean, I like the fact that they have rules that no foods and drinks allowed in the dorm. Plus, with such a low price, guests can have free flow filtered water, simple breakfast and drinks at the reception lobby. On my 1st visit, I decided this is the place to stay until the end of the course in May 2013.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Address: Jalan Thambipillay | Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur 50470, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Wilayah Persekutuan > Kuala Lumpur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 315 Specialty Lodging in Kuala Lumpur
Price Range: $15 - $23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just opposite KL Sentral the hub for transportation in and out of Kuala Lumpur PODs The Backpackers Home offers affordable accommodation without compromising on atmosphere and cleanliness. Rest. Assured. Our common room is equipped with internet access, wifi, door security tags, a library as well as a wide selection of local traditional games. PODs offer trips and links to the roads less travelled, a choice to stay at a Perma- culture farm or an orang asli hut. For the more adventurous, Friends Of PODs have many exciting trips and hikes into the Malaysian rain forest and quietly hidden crystal clear waterfalls. You may join our free R2B2 wheelie rides and experience Malaysia through the eyes of the locals. As the people from PODs are mostly from the art scene, do not be surprised if we break out into song and dance every first Friday of the month. ... more   less 
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