The building itself is behemoth, with a green base and four red-and-yellow towers rising several stories from it. Sunbow Hotel Residency is perfectly located in the heart of Bukit Bintang. In fact, if you like roaming around the spiffy Pavilion and the more affordable Berjaya Times Square, this is the best place for you to stay. Berjaya is literally at its back; two buildings to its right is Low Yat Plaza (the IT arcade). There's a Chinese restaurant close to Low Yat which serves roast pork with rice at just 5.50 ringgit (and you can choose all-roast or a combination with pork BBQ). What's better is, it has an amorous Pinay waitress serving you ("Naku, maraming Pinoy, mayayabang, 'di namamansin."). And there are several restaurants more - cheap and otherwise around this area. There's also a 24-hour internet shop/convenience store nearby (which can print and photocopy).
The lobby of the hotel is located at the 10th floor so you have to take the elevator - there are three elevators which are always full (and slow); make sure you take the one in the middle because it passes by the 10th floor. This boutique hotel has 38 rooms. Since it's relatively new, everything here glistens, from the very clean floors to the modern, glass-interiored bathroom. My twin room at 152, at the extreme end of the hallway didn't have a window - so they hang a brown curtain on the wall. What's particularly likable here is how comfortable (and fragrant-smelling) the bed is. In fact, once my head hit the fluffy pillows (two of them per bed), I was taken straight to dreamland.
Your Agoda booking doesn't include breakfast, but options abound in the area. In fact, just outside the building is an inexpensive restaurant (if you're not picky). Unlike most hotels, Sunbow doesn't offer complimentary bottled water which is standard for most hotels all over Asia. Even the cheapest guesthouses have them. Not here. They also ask for a refundable 50-ringgit deposit per room. At the lobby, there's a brochure that peddles trips (70-ringgit for Batu Caves and, I think, 350-ringgit for Cameron Highlands) but you're really better off with DIY-journeys.
You will meet a lot of Pinoys and other expats (Indians, Africans, Arabs) at the lobby, since the higher floors (red-and-yellow buildings) are residential units. Your entrance at the ground floor is through a nondescript lobby punctuated by a huge shop selling Chinese products and, right across it, is an entertainment bar of sorts featuring Chinese acts. Just head straight to the elevator. Sunbow isn't directly beside Bukit Bintang (street), but slightly tucked away from the main tourist lane. It is midway between Jalan Pudu and Low Yat Plaza.
They have a Facebook page that doesn't seem to reply to queries. http://www.facebook.com/sunbowhotelresidency
How do you get to Sunbow Hotel from KLIA or LCCT? Get yourself to Bukit Bintang (taxi, train or bus), find Low Yat Plaza and you are nearby. I had to transfer from Le Apple Hotel to get to Sunbow. Lovely place for a base around KL.
This is the Eye in the Sky.
|Facing the Sunbow Hotel is Sky Hotel. The street facing that pink building is Bukit Bintang already.|
|Hotel's front desk. Elevator directly opens to this through mirrored wall.|
|Very comfortable beds.|
|Behind the curtain is not a window, but plywood.|
|Empty refrigerator, relatively new AC, desk...|
|Through a sliding door is this very clean bathroom. The shower room is demarcated by glass walls.|
|From my room at the end of the hallway...|
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