Courtyard Boutique Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

There couldn’t be a better location to choose than Bukit Bintang when wanting to discover the real Kuala Lumpur. Here you’ll find the Courtyard Boutique Hotel, settled in the middle of the action, near Jalan Alor, KL’s bustling food street. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you reach an avenue a glow with paper lanterns highlighting tables, overflowing into the street filled with people enjoying cheap but delicious Thai, Chinese and Malay meals.

Courtyard Boutique Hotel

Courtyard Boutique Hotel

Without proper directions the hotel can be hard to find among the small roads and alleys of Bukit Bintang but you’re very close once you reach the top of Jalan Alor. Walk 50 metres down a small hill, turn left at the first road/alley (at the Comfort Inn) and another 50 metre walk brings you to the Courtyard Boutique Hotel located on the corner. It is perfectly situated in an area teaming with shopping, nightlife and restaurants. Plus, with the free “Pink” bus offered to KL locals and tourists you’re minutes from the city’s most popular attractions; Chinatown, National Mosque and Masjid Jamek (mosque), the Petronas Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

Scattered around the Bukit Bintang area are many hotels and guesthouses but none with the class that the Courtyard Boutique offers. While the neighbourhood and Kuala Lumpur in general can be an affront on the senses the Courtyard Boutique Hotel is the opposite. The locked gate which opens with your key or by the front desk staff offers plenty of security and the simple but chic design brings a sense of calm after a busy day in the heat and humidity of Kuala Lumpur.

The Courtyard Boutique Hotel has done an excellent job of bringing the outdoors inside with many earth elements incorporated into its design. The courtyard is simple with a beautiful weeping willow tree, the hanging moss adding to the ambiance. With rooms along one side it is ideal for enjoying the sun or shade, depending on the time of day. It would also be fantastic when travelling with a small group of friends or coworkers, providing a place to hang out in the evening or simply to wrap up the day.

The Courtyard at the Courtyard Boutique Hotel

The Courtyard at the Courtyard Boutique Hotel

The rooms themselves are simple yet modern. While sufficient in space I have one suggestion which would be to add a luggage stand. Two bottles of water are provided daily and while we opted out on housekeeping, fresh towels are provided upon request. Air-conditioning and TV were two things we enjoyed after a long day but above all, the excellent WI-FI connection was what we cherished the most; perfect whether you’re working while on the road or sharing memories with friends.

The rooms are very clean with simple amenities such as a hair dryer, toiletry kits (toothbrush, razor, ear buds), tea and instant coffee, an electronic safe, and a small bar fridge. The room also has an area to hang clothes, a small desk and chair and the toilet and rain shower are separated from the bedroom.

We did not experience any issues with it being too loud and even remarked on how quiet it was when still located in the middle of the city. There were a handful of mosquitoes in our room upon arrival but the climate is hot and humid so it’s not surprising that with the door to the room being opened and closed there are bound to be a few that get in. it didn’t not prove to be a big deal during our stay.

Room at the Courtyard Boutique Hotel

Room at the Courtyard Boutique Hotel

It is my recommendation not to pass up The Courtyard Boutique Hotel – it is a true gem in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and provides the amenities, ambiance and charm that any boutique hotel ought to provide.

Check in is at 2pm and check out is at 12pm. Approx cost per night is $55 CAD.

Disclosure: As a contributor to this review was written in exchange for three nights accommodation at the Courtyard Boutique Hotel.

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