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Showing up to a hotel without a reservation

Hi Guys,

We are heading to KL end of june for a few nights.

We want to stay somewhere nice but cheap.

What are the rates like at 5-star hotels (shangri-la/traders) if we just show up? is this possible?

What else would you recommend?

50usd a night would be great.....obviously wont be getting 5-star for that but one can hope.

Thank you

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1. Re: Showing up to a hotel without a reservation

You will be charged walk in rates, which are higher than promo rates. The cheapest 5 star rate I am seeing is the sheraton imperial at rm 280 a night plus tax. Sadly USD 50 only equates to RM150. That gives you The most 3 stars.

Most 5 stars in tourist areas will cost about RM400 to 550 a night.

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Funny but in M'sia you need to pay more if you just walk in and the rate front desk quote is diff from the rate if you just call reservation just before you walk in. I thought they should be selling cheap since the room is unoccupied and they would have lost that revenue anyway.

Kuantan Hyatt, we popped by just to check out the place and the rates. The recept gave us the rate but she also asked us to call the reservation to check, it was a bit cheaper when we called.

Kuantan Swiss garden, I've seen ppl pay at least double of what we paid when we book online through their website. Even us almost had to pay double when we wanted to extend. We somehow managed to book through online to extend. It's a wonderful place but most front desk staff, can drive me nuts.

I really like shangrila kl, check in and out are always very fast and staff are quite nice and efficient. Shang rates if I'm not wrong are RM400 (about us$ 130) up. they have promos online sometimes on their website.

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3. Re: Showing up to a hotel without a reservation

For KL if your wanting cheap and cheerful, or indeed mid to high range your better off booking ahead.

You can on the whole get better deals by doing this ie B/fast inc, free internet and so on. The earlier you book the better the deal most of the time.

Walk up cost will mostly be charged the full rack rate. But its up to you if you want to take the chance. But as maic says $50 will get you a 3*.

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As the others say, if you just rock up you will pay through the nose. The rack (or going rate) for somewhere like the Shangri-la will blow your budget in a couple of hours. Traders is a 4* so your budget will go a lot further. However, in Malasyia, and in Kuala Lumpur you may have to think your budget if you want a 3 or 4* let alone 5*! You may be lucky to find a budget hotel.

If you are looking for June 2012 then start looking now, as around Christmas / New Year you just might get yourself a fabulous deal. Some hotels (inlcuding booking direct with the Shangri-la group) have some good deals if you pay up front at the time of booking, can save more then 30%

Sorry chap!

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5. Re: Showing up to a hotel without a reservation

Thanks a lot guys!

Great help

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6. Re: Showing up to a hotel without a reservation

Definitely a bad idea to just rock up as others have said. You'll pay heaps more that way so it would be good to have a look through one of the hotel reservation sites, Agoda, or whatnot. This is also usually a much cheaper way than booking directly with the hotels.

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7. Re: Showing up to a hotel without a reservation

As the others have said, in Malaysia walking in doesn't guarantee a bargain. In fact I recall at one hotel when some people walked-in and enquired about rates they were advised by the staff that they could save money by going to an Internet cafe and making a reservation.

In terms of your budget, you can get cheap, clean, comfortable for under US$50 per night but you will need to forego facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, on site restaurants (in some cases), included breakfast (in some cases) and you may have to be out a little (though not much) from the main Bukit Bintang strip.

Some examples (we've stayed at each of these and would stay again):

- Prescott Inn Medan Tuanku (we've actually reviewed this one - tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g298570-d584… ). Rooms can be found on the hotel's own website from as low as RM140 per night, room only ( vhhotels.com/…20Tuanku.aspx ). The rooms are of a good size, twin rooms include two 140cm wide beds, TV, coffee table & chair, mini-fridge, wardrobe, up to 3 pillows per bed, attached bathroom with shower. Safety deposit boxes are available free of charge at reception, and wifi access is free. There is a restaurant and cafe on site, plus around three Nasi Kandar restaurants within a minute's walk including Nasi Kandar Penang which has the option of western breakfast for just RM4.50. Location is around a 25min walk in to Bukit Bintang and 20mins to Little India & Chinatown, however you are only about a 2 minute walk (around 250 paces) from the Medan Tuanku Monorail Station, 4-5 minute walk to the Sultan Ismail LRT Station, 10 minute walk to the Bank Negara KTM Station, and 11 minute walk to the Dang Wangi LRT Station on the second LRT line.

- Rainforest Bed & Breakfast Hotel. Prices start from RM39 for a bed in their dorm with shared bathroom, to RM115 for a double with ensuite, RM140 for a twin with ensuite plus they have a triple room and family room ( http://www.rainforestbnbhotel.com/ ). Prices include a simple breakfast. The rooms are small, the twin ensuite rooms have "standard" single beds, the one we stayed in had a TV, in room safe, wardrobe, and an attached bathroom with shower. While no in room fridge communal fridge/s are available. The size of the rooms is offset by the many communal rooms, nooks, crannies including a TV room on the 3rd floor attached to a mini-kitchen with microwave, sink, toaster etc. On the second floor there is a large balcony with four armchairs and some coffee tables. The ground floor has a decent sized dining room in which breakfast is served. Location wise you are roughly 8-10 minutes walk into Bukit Bintang, and around 4 minutes walk to the Raja Chulan Monorail station.

- Mayview Glory Hotel. This is the cheapest we've stayed at. Prices on the hotel's own website range from RM85 for a standard room (RM95 Fri-Sat), RM95 (RM105 Fri-Sat) for a queen bed deluxe room or twin room, and RM110 for a family room. The rooms are basic but when we stayed were very clean. Our twin room had a TV, two single beds, and a small wardrobe. The bathroom was a "wet room" where the shower is not separated from the rest of the room, so when you shower the whole room does get wet (which was no issue for us). There is no fridge in rooms, though the hotel sells drinks at the ground floor. There is also a communal lounge type area on the ground floor. Breakfast wasn't included but there is a 24 hour Nasi Kandar next door, and just across the main intersection a 24 hour McDonalds, plus a 24hr KFC. The location is opposite Puduraya Bus Station and the "attached" Plaza Rakyat LRT station. It's around a 10 minute walk into the thick of Jalan Alor food street, and a little further to the shops along Jalan Bukit Bintang. You can sometimes get better rates on Mayview Glory through http://www.hostelbookers.com/ or http://www.hostelworld.com/ .

There are, of course, others in the same price range, but we've not stayed at them... Yet!!!

We would definitely recommend booking in advance to get the best bargains! Happy hunting ;o)

Lise & Sabrina

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