Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral review

As I said in my last post, Kuala Lumpur’s express train into the city does not run all the time. It’s disappointing that Kuala Lumpur has this amazing express train into the city from the airport, yet doesn’t operate it 24 hours a day, or at least during a period that covers all of the incoming flights. I ended up having to pay RM135 for a taxi to KL Sentral, which is around $33 USD. It’s not unreasonable, but it’s much more expensive than the train, which is only RM55 one way. Also, the train only takes half an hour, while the taxi takes an hour. I didn’t have much of a choice though, as I wanted to see Kuala Lumpur during my layover, which would be almost 20 hours.

For this layover, I stayed at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral.


Quality hotels in Kuala Lumpur are very reasonably priced. It was just about $80USD for the night at the Aloft, which was a great hotel. Even better, thanks to some ongoing Starwood bonuses such as using their app for check-in/the room key, I would be earning lots of points for my stay.

One bonus of taking the taxi into the city was that I got dropped off right at the main entrance of the hotel. However, the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is essentially attached to the train station. If you arrive by train, you don’t have to go outside to access the hotel. Instead, just follow the clearly marked signs from the train exit, which will then direct you toward a shopping mall, then down a hallway toward the hotel’s side entrance.


Thanks to my arrival around 2am, the hotel was dead. After dropping my things off in my room, I went up to the roof to see the pool & bar area. Unfortunately, everything was closed, so I couldn’t have a drink, though there were still some people around. I wish that the pool had been open 24 hours a day because when I was wide awake at 4am, a swim would have been nice.


Between the pool area and my room, there were some pretty spectacular views of the area. The entire hotel was huge for an Aloft.


Thanks to having SPG Gold status, I was upgraded to a room with a free minibar. This came in handy due to my late arrival. I’ve never been so happy to have Pringles in my life.


The room was nice and big. Considering I was only there for less than day, I didn’t really need that much space, but it was still good.




There was a beanbag chair, though it looked a little sad sitting in the middle of a the large floor.


Thanks to having status, I was able to get a late check-out, which was nice since my next flight wasn’t until the next evening. This meant I could explore all day and then go back and check-out right before I needed to get the train back to the airport.

While the lobby was big, with lots of lounge areas, bars, and restaurants, I never saw more than a couple of people in it.





During my stay, I only had one issue. The keyless room entry through my phone didn’t work until the very end of my stay. When I first checked in, the issue is that in Malaysia, you can’t check in remotely since you need to present your passport. Still, it shouldn’t have taken so long to have the app activate the room key via my phone. That said, even when it did work properly by the next afternoon, the hotel elevator still required a key to be operated. You also needed a key to turn the lights on in the room. I’m not sure what purpose a keyless system serves when in fact you need a key a lot of the time.

Overall, I was impressed with the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral. It’s in a great location, with fantastic transportation links to both to the airport and anywhere else you’d want to be in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a perfect place to stay for a long layover. The hotel is pretty luxurious, especially for the price, with lots of solid amenities. Room key issue aside, I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again (though on my return layover in Kuala Lumpur, I did stay somewhere else, only because I wanted to try different places).

Read below for all of my posts about my trip around the Pacific Rim!

A trip around the Pacific Rim – Introduction
OneWorld Business Lounge Los Angeles LAX review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Boeing 777-300ER Los Angeles LAX to Hong Kong HKG review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330 Hong Kong HKG to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Street markets & Petronas Towers
Cathay Pacific Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Plaza Premium Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Auckland AKL review
Air New Zealand Economy Class Airbus A320 Auckland AKL to Queenstown ZQN review
Queenstown Motel Apartments – Queenstown, New Zealand review
Queenstown, New Zealand – A Lord of the Rings tour
Day trip from Queenstown, New Zealand – Milford Sound
Queenstown, New Zealand – Skyline Queenstown
Craft beer in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown to Franz Josef, New Zealand by bus
Hiking to Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Franz Josef to Nelson, New Zealand by bus
Fellworth House – Nelson, New Zealand review
A beer & wine tour through Nelson, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Nelson, New Zealand
Nelson to Wellington, New Zealand by bus and ferry via Picton
A nerdy day at Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand
Exploring the museums & parks of Wellington, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington to Auckland, New Zealand by bus
New Year’s Eve in Auckland, New Zealand
A rainy New Year’s Day at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
A rainy day at the Auckland Art Gallery & New Zealand Maritime Museum
The best craft beer in Auckland, New Zealand
Emperor Lounge Auckland AKL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Auckland AKL to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia & Jalan Alor
Malaysia Airlines Golden Regional Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Boeing 737-800 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Hong Kong HKG review
A visit to Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong for dim sum
A rainy day in Hong Kong – Science Museum & Kau Kee noodles
Hong Kong – Victoria Peak & more great food
More dim sum in Hong Kong – Din Tai Fung & Dim Sum Square
A day trip to Macau from Hong Kong
Grand City Hotel Hong Kong review
The best craft beer in Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330-300 Hong Kong HKG to Osaka KIX via Taipei review
A layover in Osaka – Ramen, sushi, & exploring the city
JAL Sakura Lounge Osaka KIX review
JAL Business Class Boeing 787 Osaka KIX to Los Angeles LAX review

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    • chadm252

      Though it’s not heavily marketed or well-signed in the airports, there are a number of comfortable buses running between KLIA (and KLIA2, as well) and the city. Most go to KL Sentral. These cost about RM11 or so one-way, take about an hour — would have been even faster at midnight, almost certainly — and run later than the KLIA Express train. Grab and Uber, which have now been sanctioned and are legal in Malaysia, are also less-expensive options than a RM135 taxi ride!