A brand new hostel located in a unique local neighbourhood of Kuala Lumpur, iO Hotel is a fantastic place for backpackers wanting to get to know a different side to the city. With trendy new capsule beds, as well as modern private rooms, you’ll find a mix of travellers staying here. The friendly owners, Kristine and Deryck, will be happy to give you tips and any advice needed to explore the area!
What makes iO Hotel Unique?
Location – Most backpackers when they visit KL decide to stay in the bustling area of Chinatown. It’s an area that’s jam-packed with scruffy hostels, knock-off market stalls and street vendors and is a lively place to visit, however in our opinion, there are other much more interesting places to explore in the city! iO Hotel is located in Pudu, which is about a 20-minute walk from the city centre. It’s not (yet) a backpacker hub, which means that people are super friendly to tourists and you’ll get a much better sense of what it’s like to live in a local neighbourhood of KL. The area is very multi-cultural, with Indian, Bangladeshi, Hokkien Chinese and Burmese refugees all living in harmony (or so it seemed to us). There are some awesome and extremely cheap local restaurants located within walking distance of the hostel. Don’t miss the Indian buffet for 8RM just a few doors down from the hostel or eat Roti and Chai for breakfast for 5RM. You’ll hear different languages, taste different foods and get a real taste of the multi-cultural aspect of KL, which is surely one of the highlights of the city.
Capsules – We’ve seen pictures of capsule beds but it was our first time to actually try them out and we can’t help but think that these are the dormitories of the future! These super cool modern capsules will make you feel like you are spending the night in your own personal space shuttle. Backpackers can control their own lights, temperature and sound. (So there’s no waking everyone up when someone comes in drunk and turns the dorm lights on!) You have your own private TV with headphones, a safe, mini table and super comfortable duvet and pillow. And, the best thing is that it’s only 50 MYR! (That’s about $12 USD).
Friendly staff – We just have to mention the lovely owners, Kristine and Deryck who invited us to stay at iO Hotel and made our visit a pleasure from the moment we walked through the doors to the time we left. They arranged taxis for us, gave us maps and tips on where to eat and visit in the city and on our last night they threw a little party with all of the guests! It felt like a family atmosphere as we gorged on delicious fish head curry and other local street food delicacies.
Private rooms – For couples and families, iO Hotel has a variety of private rooms as well as the capsules. The rooms are clean and spacious with TV, AC, hot shower and tea and coffee making facilities. Some of them even have a mini Jacuzzi which is such a luxury in a region where baths are rare! If you fancy treating yourself, the rooms with the Jacuzzis are very reasonably priced, starting at 250RM.
The mix of guests – Due to the location and the variety of rooms here at iO Hotel, you get a real variety of people, from backpackers to business travellers to families or local vacationers. On our last night, we were chatting to an art curator at the Museum of Islamic Art, a Malaysian couple who were working in Singapore and a young solo backpacker at the start of her travels! It’s great to have a different mix than the usual backpacker crowd and have different conversations than “so how long have you been travelling for?”
All in all, this hostel is a fantastic place for travellers to stay when visiting KL and we’d highly recommend it!
- Prices from: $12 USD for a capsule bed. $30 USD for a twin or double room.
- Address: No.18, Persiaran Jubilee Off Jalan Loke Yew, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Website: www.iohotel.my
- Facebook: iO Hotel
- Instagram: @iohotel.my
In return for reviewing this hostel, we received a free stay. The hostel was told in advance that they were not guaranteed a place on this ‘Best Hostels’ list, and the views expressed in this article are our own.