The Delights of Traveling: Picking the right place to stay
The Delights of Traveling: Chill hostels to stay at in Malaysia
Sometimes you are just looking a place to chill. To lay your head down after a day of traveling. This is a review of some of the hostels that do exactly that.
Brownstone Hostel. Ipoh, Malaysia
I have to say that I normally gravitate towards more social hostels, but this hostel is not only chill but it is absolutely beautiful. I was just volunteering on the farm right before and I just wanted a place where I could get a good night sleep after having to hear very random sounds throughout the night and the time that I have been here, I have slept so soundly that an earthquake probably couldn't wake me up. The location is near the bar streets and street food area. It is also not a far walk from the Old Town. The hostel is inside an old colonial building and while it maintains that aesthetic, the inside is very modern and the owners have done a really good job at renovating it. The staff are some of the nicest I have met since I have been traveling. The rooms are very comfy and everything is so clean and you can also meet people here. However, it is not as packed as most hostels I have been to have been, but I think it is because Ipoh isn't really a destination people go to. If it was anywhere else in Malaysia, it would be packed all the time. They provide a pretty good breakfast every morning and free coffee and tea all day. There is also a living room upstairs with beanbags and TVs with games if you feel like playing them. The kitchen area is also really nice and designed really well. I am seriously enjoying my time staying here.
Sleepbox Hostel. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
After the craziness of what I went through in KL, I went to Cameron Highlands because I wanted to have a change of pace and change of weather. I was debating between two places and chose Sleepbox. To be honest, I don't regret my decision for staying there for just a few days. At that time, I didn't have a phone so I couldn't look up the directions for the place and I thought it would be a bit more central. However, I had to walk a bit of a distance to get there in the middle of the night. I mean in retrospect, it really wasn't that far but with a backpack and a duffel bag, it was a bit far. When I checked in, there weren't a lot of people around in the common room and the people that were were all on their electronic devices, so that was a bit shit. I think most of the people there were there to do a lot of hiking so they would get up early in the morning and then go to bed very early. I mean the hostel itself is very nice, but quite small. They have the basic amenities, but if you are literally there to chill, this place is perfect for you.
1000 miles hotel. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
From the outside, it looks like an old run down building, but when you walk in, it is beautifully decorated and very equip with all you need. It has a combination of private rooms and dorms, so you can choose whether you want ultimate privacy or relative privacy because each bed has its own privacy curtain, so you can shut out the world if you really want to. They also have a rooftop terrace where you can sit and enjoy the view and even catch a nice tan. The beds itself are very comfortable and the staff are really great. When I was going through shit, they were very helpful and supportive. It is located right in the middle of the city and just a few minutes walk from the train station.
Back Home Hostel. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Located right across from 1000 miles hotel, it is also a really good choice. A bit pricier for a dorm bed, but it is also really beautiful inside and the staff are quite helpful. It is also connected to a cafe called LOKL, which serves some pretty good food and great coffee. They have a full kitchen as well if you don't feel like going out to eat.