Our "Stayy" at Ribbon Stayyz Guesthouse

I chose this guesthouse for 2 reasons – cheap price and great location. The place looked nice in the pictures. Most of the reviews are good, if not best.

I was considering 3 other hostels with higher rates but unfortunately there were no more available rooms by the time I decided to book. And that's how we ended up at Ribbon Stayyz Guesthouse.

I booked 3 2-Bed Private Bunks for 4 nights via hostelbookers with a total amounting to 540 MYR or PHP8,100 (this makes it less than PHP350/head/night). The 10% down payment was charged to my card and the balance will have to be paid upon check in.

  the guesthouse's facade

The guesthouse is located above KK Mart – a local 24hr convenience store. Its entrance is through a glass door inside the store which is quite odd. The door is open only until midnight so we went through the other entrance at the back of the building.

We had to carry our big luggage all the way up to the second floor where the reception is located. The reception is open 24hrs but I still sent them an email before our flight just to be sure. It is a courtesy to remove your footwear when inside the guesthouse premises. Most of the guests leave them by the doorway or by the stairs. We removed ours but brought them with us. Baka mawala eh. Tee hee.

reception/common area
The staff on duty was a Malaysian/Indian guy who barely speaks English.

messages from former guests

There’s an LCD TV with DVD...

and some travel books...

After a couple of minutes, the staff finally handed us our keys and gave the WIFI password, and led us to the 4th floor.

There’s a glass door on every floor for added security. The hallway was super narrow. As innnnnn. No one could pass through the hallway if the room doors are open.

We were given 2 rooms with bunk beds (one has a window, the other has none) and a double bed room (no window). The rooms are literally small that we barely have enough space for our luggage.

 bunk bed room - photo taken by Deb from the room door

The walls are made out of plywood so you can hear the noise from the hallway and from the other rooms. Our room only had one electric outlet.The bed is a bit damp (we stayed in the double room) so we had to ask for blankets just so we can lie down comfortably. And the blankets are not free, mind you. You have to pay 5 ringgit for rental charge.Thank God we haven’t encountered bed bugs.

There are 3 showers (2 with toilets) at the 4th floor. The toilets smell just fine in the morning but get stinky by the end of the day. The flush on one of the toilets is not working properly.

Breakfast is simple - a toast with jam and butter. Water, coffee and tea are available all day.

Maybe we just expected too much for the price that we paid for. But the next time I’m in KL, I won’t mind spending extra on a cleaner and more spacious accommodation.

--- part 3 of my 3 Countries, 7 Days - Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam series

Read part 2 here: Selamat Datang to Kuala Lumpur!