Traveling in Asia has been our life for the last eighteen months. George and I love to fly on Air Asia, they have great fares and fly everywhere we want to go. They are to Asia what Southwest Airlines is to the United States; a reliable low cost carrier with many flights. During a recent flight, we learned about Tune Hotels, which is the hotel chain related to Air Asia. Air Asia is also involved in Tune Talk (phone calls), Tune insurance and Tony Fernandez has plans for a Tune Hospital as well as sponsoring a car in the Motor Car Races!
When we returned to Asia after visiting family in America, we decided to investigate Tune Hotels in Downtown Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is a few blocks from the rail transport system. We took the KLIA rapid train from the airport into KLCC and then went a few stops on the rail line. When we left KL, we went three stops on the rail line to the bus station. It is simple to find the hotel no matter what public transport option you choose.
Even if you arrive with jetlag, it is simple to go across the street to the Selamat Datang Market in the basement of the Maju Junction Mall where there is Starbucks if you are craving coffee after your flight to Malaysia. There is also a 7-11 right inside the hotel for any other basic needs. We went around the corner for fantastic food. We recommend the restaurant Cirber for traditional fish ball noodle soup and try the local cold tea. Nasi Kandar is a local favorite restaurant where we enjoyed fresh hot roti telur (egg), Tofu, rice and water for under $2usd. Lunch in a capital city for two American dollars directly across from our hotel was a great find!
Tune Hotels is famous for their 5 star beds, power shower and a la carte service. I agree with them that travelers want to find a room with a comfortable bed and a hot strong shower. I can tell you that you will not be disappointed. Our bed was lovely and the shower was both hot and powerful. I have often complained about a hotel when the bed is too hard or the shower is only a few drops of water and will not get the shampoo out of my hair. Tune Hotels truly deliver on their promises.
The system at Tune Hotels is similar to the pricing on Air Asia flights. Every room comes with the basics and then you can add packages for extras. The room does have a ceiling fan but if you prefer air conditioning you need to choose a package or buy it as an ala carte.
Comfort Package: 24 hour air conditioning and Towels 22MR
Cozy Package: 24hr air conditioning, 24hr TV, 24hr WiFi and Towel and Toiletries: 36MR
Other extras (pricing as of Feb 1, 2014 for a stay in KL, Malaysia:
Breakfast 10MR, WiFi (12MR per device for 24 hours), late checkout (2pm) 12MR, Entertainment Package: 24 hour period (32 inch LCD TV with 12 channels) 10.60MR, Early Check-in from 11am 15MR, Towels and Toiletries 6MR, Air conditioning 22MR for 24 hrs, 16MR for 12hrs.
The hotel was very clean and felt very secure. You can only have one room key per room which could be an issue if you wanted to go somewhere without your partner or roommate but is important to their eco-commitment and the system of keeping the lights off if you are out of the room. It is also essential for the security system. You cannot enter the lobby after midnight without a room key.
We enjoyed our first stay at Tune Hotels and look forward to more clean, convenient and fantastic nights with the Tune Hotel Group! More hotels are opening all over the world. We cannot wait to stay with Tune Hotels in Bali and Makasar, Indonesia. The only question to ask is– which hotel will you stay at first?