This is for one rectangular medium-size room, well-lit, with a grand view of the KL Tower. The exterior is Post Independence-era architecture, furnished with marble, tile and parquet interiors. "Markazz" is within walking distance of your KL city map.
Markazz is spacious and well-lit. The windows face the KL Tower, a bit of the Twin-Towers and the city-scape. The eastern sunrise floods the room and balcony with soft morning light.
The apartment's proximity to a main road is my primary concern for guests, traffic during rush hour, occasional roadworks and the unpredictable car alarm can come together to become a cacophony of city-scape sounds. These are all unfortunately endemic to developing-world cities like KL. The noises are, however, not generally disruptive nor traumatizing. Fellow guests have recommended ear-plugs if you are a light sleeper or if there is a Jay Chou concert on at Stadium Merdeka. At the same time, I'm taking steps to buffer the noise level so that you experience less of it.
Inside the room; there is a new, wooden, single-bed with firm, clean, mattress always covered in fresh cotton sheets with pillows and a fresh blanket, functioning fluorescent overhead lighting, a ceiling fan, warm-light lamps, one writing/laptop table with desk lamp, one antique cabinet/closet for clothing storage and hanging clothes (hangers provided), another cupboard for extra items. The room was decorated with selectively vintage and/or restored recyclable pieces. Because some of these pieces are decades-old, it may shows its age on the exterior. Any stains on such items have been noted and exist in spite of disinfectant, much elbow grease and restorative work.
Despite its eclectic nature, everything was selected based on the idea of comfort, cleanliness and functionality. Most of the furniture is collected and carefully salvaged from combing antique shops and yard sales. A lot of it actually dates from the period the building was built in.
Since March 2014, the room has been occasionally upgraded and reorganized
Unlike a modern apartment unit, "Markazz" has the modernist 70's era architectural layout where there is one shower room and one standard sitting latrine, instead of a combined bathroom unit. This is great because it means you rarely have to wait to use either amenity. But it's a little strange if you've never encountered this kind of structural layout before.
This is a three bedroom unit. The lounge area is large and includes a dining table and a sofa area, while the balcony has potted tropical plants and trees. The kitchen is well-equipped with basic utensils, a stovetop for cooking and general appliances, including a fridge for storing perishable goods and a sink for washing dishes. There are house lizards living in the space. You've been warned!
There is also laundry area with a top loading washing machine, laundry detergent and a space for hanging your laundry to air dry. If you need it, I also have an iron and ironing board.
Guests will be informed about current situations related to the house and apartment building.
Minimum stay is two consecutive nights. Although, longer-term guests are welcomed! On arrival, Guests are given a set of keys and the 101 about the space. Towel and toiletries are best brought by guests themselves though, for hygienic reasons. But if you've accidentally forgotten to bring yours, there are emergency towels, toothbrush & toothpaste.
Guests will have access to the whole space (except my bedroom)
This includes decent wifi, cooking facilities, laundry facilities (including an iron), the lounge and dining area of course. Let me know if you would like to borrow any books.
There are convenience stores nearby (some of which do deliveries) and a 7-Eleven down the road. Many good eateries serving a variety of local cuisine are within walking distance and if you want to explore the nightlife, there are pubs/bars in Chinatown.
However, guests are reminded that returning home after 12 midnight requires prior notification, in tandem with the apartment's new security protocol. Guests are not allowed to invite another person into the house at any time. The main door must be locked at all times.
Parking spaces are available outside the compound for free but are a bit of a walk and not recommended for night parking. Parking in the compound is available but is priced RM2.50 an hour. However from 10pm - 8am it costs RM3 in total.
My work schedule is unpredictable but once we have agreed on your stay, we will keep in communication. While at home, please make yourself comfortable. I'm usually cleaning, gardening or looking for antique finds, but am always interested in conversation when available. By midnight, it usually gets quieter at home.
Guests are obliged to respect the rules of the house. Upon check-in, guest will be provided with a set of house keys.
In the event of an emergency or a situation that requires medical assistance, please be informed that there are several clinics, hospitals (public and private) available within short traveling distance. I have to admit that I am not a certified nor qualified person to advise on medical-related issues.
You can inform your respective embassies or consulates if you need them to know your whereabouts. But it's advisable that you inform me at the earliest opportunity about your specific medical needs. Let me know at the beginning of the booking if you need special attention and care.
I require potential guests to have fully filled out Profile Descriptions and Verified ID. AirBnB Users without this will risk not having their requests fully entertained. You should of course have a valid Identity Card or Passport and guests should not be attempting to evade the authorities.
Respect and consideration are especially essential in keeping the space comfortable. It's always better to have guests who are respectful of others and culturally sensitive, as another guest may be from a completely different part of the world from you and have a different world perspective. So far, Guests to "Markazz" have been of this mindset.
Though I am not entirely vegetarian, please be reminded that the space is MEAT-FREE. Eggs, dairy products and certain animal by-products are okay. Please ask further if you are concern that the limitation imposed might affect your current diet.
In a twist of irony, smoking and using tobacco (balcony area only) and alcohol consumption (lounge/balcony area only) is generally okay.
If you are using the water-heater, washing machine or iron. Please be sure to turn the power off after usage. I would also appreciate it if you remember to turn off your lights and/or fan before you leave your room. It's better for the long-term use of the fan's motor and in any case it's good for the environment.
The space is strictly off-limit to others who are not approved as a guest to "Markazz". Guests are not allowed at any time to bring another person into the house/room under any circumstance without first giving prior notice to myself and receiving permission. Failure to abide by this rule may result in termination of your stay, unfortunately. This is for safety reasons.
I'm almost a vegetarian, a pacifist, a fan of The Smiths and other 80's legends, who collects all things quirky, vintage and pretty in my spare time. I work in the field of democracy and international affairs and have traveled extensively for work so I know what it's like to be in a different places, needing a convenient and safe place to land. I'm opening up my home because I have the extra space and I like conversations.
To help me hasten your request please establish yourself and intention clearly and make known your traveling plan - flight schedules. If you do not have a photo, details, review and being vague, we do not have a deal.