28 Oct 2007
Histana Hotel, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Hotel
A$30.50/£13 night
3° 2'57.44"N 101°27'39.12"E
1 Room

 

The Histana is a 140-odd room business hotel just on the outskirts of Klang. No photographs as I formatted the SD card (oops) before downloading. The town centre is a 20 minute walk, but regular buses ply the route. Buses to KL pass so you don't need to go back into town when it's time to move on.

The hotel is officially one star, but I'd put is somewhere between 2 and 3 star. Rooms are of a reasonable size and kept clean, although I had to prompt them to clean the toilet on arrival as it was looking a bit grubby. The best feature of this hotel is free WiFi in rooms at the side and back of the building (that means if you go for the better rooms, you have to lug your laptop down to the lobby). Although the connection was a bit erratic and unstable (having to be constantly reset, and I mean several times a day) it was convenient to have it on hand. Only local channels and in-house films were on the TV, all of which had very bad reception. The bed was comfortable (not so the pillows) and there was a writing desk/chair and a mini bar sized fridge.

The hotel has a Health Spa, something peculiar to Malaysia where men (only) go for several hours to exercise, sauna, Jacuzzi, massage, watch movies, eat finger food, gossip and other such things. Daily cost was about A$25/£11.50 including an hour-long massage, although Peter said the price they tried to charge when he turned up was more than the price quoted the day before when he'd gone to look and enquire - he stood his ground and got it for the original (advertised) price. The gym section was unusable due to it being full of boxes and overall I don't think he enjoyed his day so much. Not so bad though as he scammed a free 3 day pass (which lasted 5 days) at the ultra swish brand new gym at the Centro Mall next door.

The coffee shop in the lobby had food costing not much more than local eateries although we didn't try so can't comment on quality, and the adjoining restaurant seemed very expensive but hugely popular selling mostly fish and abalone dishes.

Next door to the hotel is the Centro mall, brand new and mostly unoccupied when we were there except for a plethora of western food and coffee chains on the ground floor, as well as a local-chain mini mart which is surprisingly cheaper than the large supermarkets. Next door the other way is the Hokkien Association building, where we were entertained watching the young boys practicing drumming and at the claypot restaurant behind we had the best Bak Kut Teh (pork in herbed broth) you can imagine. It's only open lunch time, and we had to wait for a table but it was well worth it. Within a 5 minute walk are countless chinese and Indian canteens, the best of which were Berkeley Corner Restaurant and Apollo Restaurant, both Indian and really, really good.

Would we come back? If in Klang we would, but I really can't think of any reason that we would ever go back.