RM 9.99 Hotel Room? How can?

Can lah!

Can lah, with TuneHotels.com!

I was floored when I saw the picture of the hotel on Ajay’s flickr, and flabbergasted when I read her entry about TuneHotels. RM9.99 for a hotel room. A hotel, not a hostel!

Tune Hotels follows the no-frills concept (and its color scheme) from its sister company, low cost carrier, Air Asia. Simply put:

  • Don’t expect any complimentary breakfast
  • Towels are not provided
  • Comfy looking bed

  • No toiletries to take home either
  • Airconditioning is pay per use
  • No TV, mini bar, telephone, safe, nor coffee making facilities
  • No closet or wardrobe
  • No room service

On the otherhand, they do have/offer:

  • “Five star beds”
  • Ensuite toilet and bath for all rooms WITH hot water
  • Bed linens are provided
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Kopitiam located at the ground floor

As advertised in their site, prices for single rooms start at RM9.99. However, booking and getting cheap prices with TuneHotels.com is similar to booking flights with AirAsia.com. If you’re booking on days when the hotel is expecting a high number of bookings, prices shoots up.

Also, similar to booking with budget airlines, you must take note of their policy regarding cancellations and refunds:

Can I cancel my booking?
Yes, you can. If you cancel your booking forty-eight (48) hours before the 1400 hours check-in time of the day of arrival, then your account with us will be re-credited with the amount you have already paid with the cancellation charge being debited, and the net amount will be held in your account with us for future payments for other accommodation booked with Tune Hotels.Com. However, if you cancel your booking after the forty-eight (48) hours, then the amount is deemed forfeited.

Does Tune Hotels.Com offer refunds?
Tune Hotels.Com does not provide refunds. Should you wish to cancel a booking or cancel a night’s stay you may do so via www.tunehotels.com. An cancellation charge will be applied. The rest of the amount paid will be held in a credit account for booking another Tune Hotels.Com room, which must be utilised no later than six (6) months from the cancellation date.

Source: TuneHotels.com

Another thing to consider when looking for a place to live, whether permanent or just for a couple days is location, location, location.

I’m no KL expert, but experience has taught me (rather painfully) that maps are NOT up to scale. And to me, the hotel’s location seems pretty far from the city center (then again, my guage of the KL city center is the Petronas tower and environs haha). Unlike the hostels, which are clustered mostly in Chinatown or Bukit Bintang (where most of the action is), Tune Hotels is on the other side of the city. However, they say they are just “two stones throw away” from the Medan Tuanku monorail station. How far can you throw a stone?

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Nonetheless, I’m still interested to try staying at this hotel. Mainly to see how well their no-frills concept is working, whether their bed is as comfy as it looks.

Information and pictures from the TuneHotels.com website.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 7 Comments
  1. I wish local hotels can match that offer… I just think its impossible..

  2. tutubi says:

    that would do for me. i usually book hotels a little far from the usual spots since i visit not the usual spots.

    transpo in KL is easy also

    btw, got here from Ajay 🙂

  3. davidd says:

    I gotta learn how to travel cheap like this! It seems like wherever or whenever I go someplace, prices are at a premium. “Inexpensive” is anything less than $100, it seems.

    That’s why I read this site: to learn this stuff!

    Now: cheap hotel in Valencia, Spain, in late August 2008?

  4. nina says:

    Melo: Who knows? Maybe we’d have one someday *crosses fingers*

    tutubi: Good point. At least you’d get to explore KL’s off the beaten path no?

    davidd: Is that a hint? 😛 I’ll see if my Google powers are up to it.

  5. Reyn says:

    *blog hopped*

    Airconditioning that is “pay per use” sounds like a pretty good deal to me 😀

    I wish I could visit there someday

  6. Ferdz says:

    I’ve heard about this when it was about to launch and thought this was a good idea.

    But remember that like all no frills, 9.99 is only the base price as they also have taxes there, I tried booking 3 days in advance and got 66RM in total. Which is still relatively cheap in my terms since I was able to sample some backpacker lodgings there.

  7. […] Yup, you read that right, hotel. This is supposed to be a backpacking trip, I know. But the reviews I’ve seen online were all so discouraging, that I just gave up and booked with Tunehotels.com. Of course, it was only after I checked in that I remembered Ajay recommending a couple of Penang guesthouses from her recent trip. Oh well. Besides, I’ve been wanting to try it out since I first found out about thisno-frills hotel. […]

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