Shah Alam is the capital city of Selangor. Although some said the city is boring, Shah Alam has a lot of attractions to be visited such as the Blue Mosque and i-City. One of the hotels that we can consider to stay at is Hotel de ART, located at Section 7, Shah Alam.
PROS & AMENITIES
Hotel de ART is categorized as a boutique budget hotel and people tend to have a negative perception with the word ‘budget’. Nevertheless, this hotel is not your typical type of budget hotel. It is so artsy, it is also dubbed as the first art-themed hotel in Malaysia.
The first place that I went to was the reception area, to check-in. Despite its limited space, it is comfortable enough, with sofas for other members of the group to wait at and a TV to entertain them. They also sell can drinks apart from having a water dispenser there. The staff are also friendly, it was not a hassle during my check-in.
Hotel de ART has 58 rooms and all rooms have different themes such as Mickey Mouse, Lady Gaga and Paris. As for my room, I was assigned a nature-themed room and it suits me well since being an excursion from my busy days, having such a room definitely provide comfort for me.
The room itself, though not so big, has many amenities. It has a prayer mat for Muslims, mosquito repellent, coffee facility and a working desk. So, if one is on a business trip, this hotel is comfortable enough yet will not burn a hole in the pocket.
As for the bed, I was really shocked when I lied down on it. It was so comfortable and the comforter was very thick, I fall asleep in the matter of second!
Another amenity that I wish to highlight is the fact that it has water dispenser near the staircase, which is good if one wants a glass of ice-cold water. Hotel de ART also teamed-up with Hailam Kopitiam, so all guests will receive a voucher for free breakfast at the Kopitiam, situated downstairs. Though choices are limited, this is definitely a plus point for a boutique budget hotel.
In terms of security, the access card is needed to access the main door (if your room is situated in a different block like mine) and the room. I would say that it is safe enough, as there are also CCTVs around.
CONS & SETBACKS
One of the setbacks for the hotel is the location. Although strategically located at Section 7 beside a lake, the means of public transportation to go here is mainly the taxi. There are Rapid KL buses but the frequency is unreliable.
Apart from that, this hotel is separated into 3 different blocks. The block where my room was located has no lift and it could be a hassle for the elderly and for those who bring a lot of luggages.
Choices for coffee making is also limited as they only give a sachet of Nescafe 3-in-1, but since this is a boutique budget hotel, I don’t consider that as something that is too serious.
Overall, this is a really nice hotel to stay in. If you want a short staycation or on a business trip, or just want to stay in a hotel once in a while, this hotel is definitely worth the price you paid for.
Hotel de ART is an art-themed boutique hotel situated at Section 7, Shah Alam, near UiTM 2nd gate.
For bookings and enquiries, do visit their website or contact them at:
No 3, Jalan Kristal AS7/AS,
Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam,
T: +603 5518 0975 / 55180976
Rating (Maximum 5 stars):
- Value for money: 4 stars
- Location: 3.5 stars
- Customer service: 4 stars
- Security: 3 stars
- Cleanliness: 4 stars
- Facilities: 4 stars
- F&B: 3.5 stars
I would like to personally thank Ms. Jenny of Hotel de ART for making my stay at the hotel possible. Kindly be informed that all the contents/reviews are of my personal views.
‘Where To Stay‘ is the series for hotels/hostels/accommodations reviews by Kaki Jalans.