This place is like KL overall: really modern and fancy on the outside, but when you look closely, you notice all the minor things that a not quite okay.
I traveled solo and stayed here for 4 nights in early January, in one of those "Super Pods". Super Pod is advertised on their webpage to have more space than an ordinary dorm bed, I don't know how small the regular Pods are, but my bed was just the normal size, so I'm not sure what was the super about it. Good thing though, the room only had four beds, so maybe it was that.
Grid 9 seems to be a fairly new establishment, but still the building seems a bit worn down already; one wall in our room had crag in it and there were bits and pieces not quite properly maintained, for ex. the A/C leaked the condensation water on the room floor, the mounting of a clothing rail in a Pod next to mine had failed and the rail fell off, the bedsides and locker were dusty etc. Small things, but they just make you wonder what else is wrong.
Another thing that surprised me was that as you check-in, they hand you your bed linen + towel and then you need to make up your own bed. Well, I'm capable of doing that, no problem. However, there were two Asian girls staying in the same room with me and for some reason, they didn't have any bed linen at all. I thought that was strange, because they are included in the bed price, you don't need to rent them separately or anything. And as mattresses and pillows and blankets get easily worn out and dirty if people are sleeping there without any bed linen, I really hope that's not a normal custom there!
The hotel website boasts with this mellow, easy going backpacker atmosphere and that's why I chose to book a bed, but unfortunately in reality, the hotel doesn't quite live up to it. The reception and bar staff were reasonably helpful, but certainly not in that relaxed and friendly manner you would expect to find in a backpacker hotel/hostel. And also, there's a 50 ringgit deposit for the room keycard, I understand some deposit, but 50 ringgit??
Anyhow, on the good side, the hotel is reasonably priced, I mean the Pods are cheap, and reasonably clean and with a reasonably good location (with the Monorail), so it's not all bad. It just has the potential to be way better that it currently is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We built Grid 9 with a vision to create a social experience unlike any other hotel. Inspired by the design of a grid, we want the paths of our guests to intersect, forming a network of globetrotters around the world. More than just a hotel or a flashpacker, we are a hybrid of both. From our pods to our rooms, from our lounge to our gastropub, the Grid 9 experience is what differentiates us from the pack.Located in the heart of KL, we are a 10 minute walk to Chinatown and right next to the Jalan Maharajalela monorail station.P.S. The wifi is free =) ... more less
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