Many rundown small hole-in-the-wall hotels call themselves ‘boutique’ but do not deserve the title. Fortunately, the Jonker Boutique Hotel is not one of them. My friend and I stayed there in Room 105 for three nights and was impressed. Our air-conditioned double queen room on the 1st floor was spacious and well-equipped. Large LSD screen, coffee/tea facilities, dining table with 4 chairs, telephone, polished teak floor, smoke detectors etc. The fully-tiled bathroom was exceptional – large European size soaking tub, separate shower cubicle, plenty of hot water, quality towels, western toilet. All the fittings in the bed and bath rooms appeared to be brand-new (they all worked) as they did throughout the entire hotel. Everything was well-maintained, freshly painted and extremely clean. An absolute credit to the new owners who obviously didn’t stint when renovating and refurbishing the hotel from top to bottom.
Some TA reviewers here comment on the noise from the street. On our first night, a Sunday, there was public karaoke on the street outside the hotel. It was loud enough in the room to hear every word, but it stopped at about 10pm. Not a problem ! It didn’t start again until Thursday night. Again, not a problem. Therein lays a tip for travellers. It is only on Thursday & Sunday nights that Jonker St is closed to traffic and full of stalls - and the noise of karaoke.
On other nights, the traffic is so light that any noise is indiscernible. Jonker St is, after all, so narrow that the one-way traffic has to move along at walking pace, and there is little to attract traffic after 10 pm.
All in all, a clean modern well-equipped hotel that thoroughly deserves the title of ‘boutique hotel’ and which is staffed by the friendliest most hospitable and helpful people possibly in all Malaysia. Yes, I’d go again and recommend the JBH to my best friends.
PS – As anyone who has travelled thru Asia knows, mattresses are FIRM. The JBH is no exception. First timers and others thus inexperienced – please, no more complaints,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and experience old world charm with modern amenities and 5 star comfort. 16 plush and spacious en-suite designer rooms in a majestic curved Art-Deco building right on Jonker Walk, with free wi-fi, car-park.... ... more less
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