Hotel Review: Tune Hotel KLIA

The a la carte approach of Tune Hotel is a novel concept in the hotel industy - you get basic services for a low price and pay for extra services only if you need them. Needing an overnight accommodation during the Formula One race in Sepang, Malaysia, I booked in the Tune Hotel KLIA, which is right next to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport,  for a night. 

An overnight stay in a fan room would get you a comfortable twin bed with clean sheets, pillows and comforters, and a strong shower.  There is no room service, minibars or gym facilities, extraneous services that some travellers pay for but hardly ever use.

There is a 24-hour 7-11 convenience store in the first floor if you are looking for some grub and other necessities . There is also a restaurant/bar in the first floor but I found it to be a bit pricey. You may save more money if you get your meals in the fast-food joints in the LCC Terminal itself. 

Check in time starts at two o'clock in the afternoon. As many budget carriers arrive late at night, you can check in anytime. Checkout is at 10 a.m. 

If you've already checked out and you still have a few hours to kill to go to downtown KL you can have your luggage stored for a fee in the hotel. That's what we did when we went to the race tracks to see the F1 race and we have to check out before going there. 

An overnight stay starts at about RM70 a night. You will pay extra if you need air conditioning (RM 13 for 12 hours), towels (RM 5), hair dryer (RM1 per day) and wifi (RM 12 for 24 hours).

KLIA Low Cost Terminal, from the hotel
The hotel is located just a stone's throw from Kuala Lumpur International Airport LLC Terminal. You can take a shuttle bus in front of the arrival area going to the hotel, or you can walk to it if you want to get there right away. 

Tune, which is owned by budget carrier Air Asia, also has hotels in several locations in Malaysia (downtown KL, Penang, Kota Kinabalu), Philippines (Angeles, Makati, Ermita and Cebu), Indonesia (Jakarta and Bali), Thailand (Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket ) and United Kingdom (Edinburg and London). 

The Verdict
This hotel is recommended for short stays and in cases of you needing a bed to sleep in while waiting for a 12-hour layover, for example. The a la carte, no frills approach means that you only pay for what you use.

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[updated post, originally published in by Kin Enriquez]


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