PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe

G-6, No 30, Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50470 - See map
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8.1
Excellent
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Housekeeping106
Breakfast25
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PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe

"(elevator) super friendly and helpful staffs, the most important that they allow us to leave luggage and use bathroom after checkout."

Danti - September 18, 2018

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Popular landmarks
KL Bird Park 1.16 km
Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur 1.56 km
Central Market 1.73 km
Jalan Alor 2.9 km
Menara Kuala Lumpur 2.91 km
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur 3.4 km
KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway 3.62 km
Aquaria KLCC 3.71 km
Petronas Twin Towers 3.92 km
KLCC Park 3.96 km
Nearby landmarks
KL Sentral Monorail Station 90 m
Sam Kow Tong Temple 110 m
Little India - Kuala Lumpur 140 m
Nu Sentral Mall 220 m
Language Classes at YMCA 220 m
Methodist Kolej 260 m
Tun Sambanthan Monorail Station 290 m
KJ15 KL Sentral 300 m
Malaysian Association For The Blind 300 m
Tourism Malaysia office 320 m
9.2

Exceptional

Location rating score

1.22 kilometers from city center
Popular neighborhood
Hygiene Plus
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Body thermometer
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Free face masks
Hand sanitizer
Health and Medical
First aid kit
What guests are saying:Read all 2,800 reviews
Fantastic breakfast
87% positive mentions
Exceptional reputation
Recommended by 85% of guests
Excellent service
8.2 rating for service
Very good cleanliness
7.6 rating for cleanliness

This hotel was convenient for us since we were arriving from the airport late at night and took the express train.

Roderick | February 10, 2018

Would stay here again.

Roderick | February 10, 2018

  • 90 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of Kuala Lumpur

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

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Value for money8.5
Distance to city center1.5 km
Location rating9.2
Nearest airportSultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB)
Distance to airport15.0 km

Rooms available at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe

Double PODs
Double PODs
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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Single Pods
Single Pods
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 single bed
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Mini PODs
Mini PODs
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  • No Windows view
  • Non-smoking
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed
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Bunk Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Bunk Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 16-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
1 Person in 16-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Street view
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double Room
Double Room
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 2 single beds
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Single Room
Single Room
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 single bed
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1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Street view
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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Bunk Bed in 16-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
Bunk Bed in 16-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • 1 bunk bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe?

Parking is available for an additional charge.

What is the smoking policy at PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe?

PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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What people love about PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "It's in a great location, the staff is wonderful and the rooms&bathrooms are very clean."

    Turgay

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    January 1, 2019

  • 8.4
    Excellent
    Location

    "Location is very close to KL central, lobby is comfortable, easy access"

    Danti

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    September 18, 2018

  • 8.0
    Very good

    "overall is value for money, especially when we just sleep in here."

    Agviandri

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    November 22, 2019

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8.1
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2,800 reviews
Cleanliness
7.6
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Location
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More about PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe

More about PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe

Renovated in 2016, the PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe guarantees guests a pleasant stay whether in Kuala Lumpur for business or pleasure. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Kuala Lumpur hotel. A selection of top-class facilities such as free Wi-Fi in all rooms, convenience store, daily housekeeping, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage can be enjoyed at the hotel.

The ambiance of PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe is reflected in every guestroom. television LCD/plasma screen, dressing room, linens, mirror, slippers are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. The hotel offers many unique recreational opportunities such as games room. With an ideal location and facilities to match, PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe hits the spot in many ways.

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Housekeeping
92 mentions
Breakfast
55 mentions
Food & Dining
15 mentions
Internet
15 mentions

What they offer

8.0
Very good

"I really recomment you to stay there because it's convenienc..."

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

Continental

Restaurants on site

Tea PODs Cafe
Cuisine:American, Asian
Menu:Buffet

Nearby restaurants

American cuisine
American cuisine
Kenny Rogers
360 m American, Barbecue
Prime Steak Restaurant
440 m American, Contemporary, European
Nutmeg
890 m American, Cafe, Halal
Asian cuisine
Asian cuisine
Hussain Cafe & Restaurant
50 m Asian, Halal, Indian
teaPODs cafe
50 m Asian, Cafe, Malaysian
Singh Chapati House Sdn Bhd
70 m Asian, Indian, Vegetarian
Chinese cuisine
Chinese cuisine
Loke Fatt Restaurant
140 m Chinese
OldTown White Cofee
200 m Chinese
Restoran Vegetarian Wan Fo Yuan
1.5 km Chinese

What's nearby

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Room comfort and quality6.5
Service8.2
Value for money8.5
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9.2
Exceptional
Jardine from Philippines
Solo traveler
Single Pods
Stayed 3 nights in March 2018

Best backpacking hotel”

Travelled as a solo backpacker in March 2018 Value for money - booked a single pod at a discounted price. The room is spacious enough for two with a small cabinet and 3 hangers. Would have given 5 stars if not for the fan which was not cooling enough and a bit noisy. Although the 2 universal sockets with USB ports made up for it. Fully charged my gadgets (Samsung S7 Edge, Samsung Tab S, iPad Mini, 20mAh Romoss Power Bank, SJCAM S4x Elite) overnight. Location - a very short walk from KL Sentral / Monorail station. You will pass by few Indian stores and an alley. Neighborhood is safe even for late night walking. There's a mini grocery right beside for personal supplies. Cleanliness - comfort rooms are cleaned daily, floors are clean so you wont worry even if you are made to leave shoes at the door Staff - very friendly and accommodating. i left my room keys at the comfort room and it was returned to me in the morning. you may ask for them to keep your luggage after checkout. will retur

Reviewed March 19, 2018
9.2
Exceptional
Nina from Vietnam
Couple
Double PODs
Stayed 5 nights in September 2017

Cozy place in central location”

We (a couple, 31 and 40 years old) stayed at PODs for 5 nights and were very happy with the accomodation. Our room was very simple (mattress on the floor, no window) and the facilities were okay (2 toilets and 3 showers on our floor). Entry is secured by keycard. The location is great in a busy but quiet street just 2 minutes walk from KL Sentral. Lots of tasty and cheap Indian food all around. The Hostel has a nice café where you can hang out, as well as a rooftop bar which is sometimes open for events on the weekend. Staff was always friendly and the whole atmosphere is very relaxed. Definitely a good place to stay if you prefer KL Sentral to the backpacker areas in Chinatown or Bukit Bintang.

Reviewed September 27, 2017
8.8
Excellent
Candyce from Australia
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in April 2016

Very good hostel”

I stayed 6 nights in PODs hostel and it was very good. The staff is very friendly. I stayed in the 4 female beds. There is no air co and no window just a big fan so it's was very hot but it's ok. If you want Windows there are the mixed room who looks good. There is a cafe downstairs where you can stay, read and watch the TV or meet others travelers. The KL sentral is so close to the hostel is very good when you're a big backpack and come from the airport by bus. There is a lots of restaurants in the street, the little India very close, a little market just down and a big commercial centre at 4min walking! Bed was good, room quite clean, bathroom also. Only 2 showers so hopefully there are not to much people in your room. You can let you clothes dry outside or inside who can be very useful if you dont want to go to the laundry every time. I'll be back for sure if I'm back in KL! Thanks CP.

Reviewed April 21, 2016
9.6
Exceptional
Maria
Solo traveler
Double PODs
Stayed 5 nights in September 2019

Exceptional”

I really enjoyed my stay here. The location was very accessible as it is just a few walks to the train station. There are also many food shops and grocery stores nearby so I was never worried whenever I need to buy some necessities. The hostel has no curfew so I was able to maximize my every day roam around Kuala Lumpur up until midnight. Also, the food at their cafe is very good. My favorite was the spahetti bolognese! I will choose Pods again once I go back to KL. I was very satisfied! Perfect five stars for me!

Reviewed September 29, 2019

Dear Maria, Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your comments are very much valued. We are pleased that you found value and hospitality during your stay. We always love to hear when our guests leave satisfied. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Kuala Lumpur! Best Regards, Herthy M. PODs Team

Responded May 11, 2020
PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
9.0
Exceptional
Tracy from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Single Pods
Stayed 2 nights in October 2014

Home from Home ”

Staff, internet connection, location

I really enjoyed my stay at PODs.. The staff were welcoming and willing to share their stories and listen to mine . It felt really homely. They had great internet conn..and TV and a good library of books. Breakfast was basic ..toast and tea/coffee. The fridge had stuff backpackers had left ..so it was yrs for free if it didnt have a name on. The single rooms only have a mattress and a small lamp.. but it was comfortable. The bathroom was basic .. showers worked great. For this price, this place is great VFM.. Ive booked another two nights on my return to KL ..id highly recommend it to anyone on a budget as a great hostel.

Reviewed October 31, 2014
8.8
Excellent
Wan from Malaysia
Business traveler
1 Person in 16-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Everything was good :)”

This is the second time I came to the PODs The Backpackers Homes & Cafe for business travel. I prefer to come here because it is worth with affordable rent, friendly staff and the facilities nice here. It is a good choice for me to stay in a short period. Will come again for next outstations and will try others optional rooms too. And yeah, I love the breakfast here, which I made it by myself. This is interesting about this hotel. The conclusion is everything was good to be here.

Reviewed January 23, 2019
9.6
Exceptional
david from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in June 2016

Great hostel for a stay in kl”

i have stayed in kuala lumpur many times and this place is the best hostel in the kl sentral and chinatown areas. Good wifi, free towel, free drinking water, free breakfast. If you want to find something similarly priced to this place, then it will not compare in value. Also, if you want good wifi in chinatown, you won't find it unless you pay for something more expensive than a hostel (such as a hotel).

Reviewed September 17, 2016
8.8
Excellent
Adzwin from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Single Pods
Stayed 1 night in August 2018

Comfortable stay”

The location is surprisingly very close to KL Sentral. The staff are friendly. A deposit of RM20 is needed upon check in. The single pod room was small but it was good for me. Clean bathrooms with dry floor. There wasn't much noise from the surrounding area and cafe at night except from around 9pm to midnight. Close after midnight it's pretty much quieted down. A good stay for a very good price.

Reviewed August 16, 2018
9.3
Exceptional
Siew from Malaysia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 1 night in October 2015

Great Location”

Staff, Price, Location

PODs is really great at Location. It's just a couple minutes walk away from KL sentral monorail, which makes it really accessible. There are dorms for female only with the same price as the mixed dorm, which is really worth the value. The environment might be quite noisy as the room are partitioned without fully enclosed on the ceiling area. The staff are friendly and helpful. There are free tea/coffee and toast bread for breakfast as well. Overall I do enjoy the stay a lot.

Reviewed November 12, 2015
8.8
Excellent
david from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2017

No complaints”

I needed an overnight bed in KL due to my airline changing the flight times. So I booked The pods,as I needed to be near to Kl Sentral for my bus from/to the airport. I was in a 16 bed dorm on 3rd floor,bed was comfortable enough-there are 2 toilets&3 showers for the entire floor for the use of approx 30 guests but I can say I did not have to wait at all. The breakfast was toast&jam-plus a green paste which I was led to believe is peanut butter. Coffee/tea also available. WiFi service was good too. Some guests choose to use there laptops/phones at all hours of the night in the dorm causing noise but that is not the fault of The Pods but purely the inconsiderate guests.

Reviewed January 20, 2017
8.8
Excellent
Shilla from Brunei Darussalam
Solo traveler
Double Room
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

Transit stay at PODs”

PODs had a simple lay out. They had a roof top (nothin much there on the roof top, just a nice view). Below was a restaurant, served simple breakfast in the morning like toast and jam and free flow of coffee and tea. You can order special breakfast but it will be at a cost. The double pods room was ok. Had wifi, aircon and a fan. But aircon will be switched off from 7am in the morning. Its a 5 to 10 mins walk to KL sentral station. The only downside was that you had to bring your own toiletries. But no worries, if u didnt, there is a 7/11 just across the street. Many eateries nearby as well. The common area has a TV. Overall it was a good stay.

Reviewed January 28, 2017
9.6
Exceptional
Taufiq from Brunei Darussalam
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in October 2017

Great place, excellent location”

I was a solo traveler, was looking to wander around in KL and found this place. Really good place; its clean, comfy, staffs were very friendly and helpful, location was perfect as it is only a few minutes walk to KL sentral station. Plus! theres a 24hr laundromat nearby just across the street. A little feedback is only the shower sometimes has hot water, sometimes not and the water sometimes in the shower got a little bit of water (maybe it was not a lucky day for me). But overall, would still comeback for a stay. Thanks PODs!

Reviewed October 10, 2017
8.7
Excellent
Jared from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2015

Best option in the area”

cheap, location, friendly

I love this place. Ive stayed here several times and have always had a good experience. You can find cheaper places in Chinatown, but you'll also be surrounded touristy BS. Pods is right near kl sentral, a major hub for trains and buses, making it an ideal place to center yourself. Plus the price is cheap and has free coffee and toast. The dorms are spacious and quiet. Single rooms are only slightly more expensive than the dorms, but you should know that they only have partial walls, so you can hear anything going on in the other single rooms.

Reviewed February 09, 2015
8.4
Excellent
Ayu from Indonesia
Solo traveler
Single Pods
Stayed 1 night in March 2017

Great for short stay”

Went for a quick 2D1N shopping trip to KL and I really couldn't have picked a better place to stay! Location is perfect, just 5 mins walking from KL Sentral Station which provides easy access to all main shopping areas around KL. I chose the single pod room, and while tiny in size, I found the room to be adequate for my purpose (which is basically just to drop my shopping bags, leave for more shopping, and then back for a good night rest). I see some reviews complain about the cleanliness of the shower rooms and toilets, but fortunately, I had no such issue during my stay. Will come back again for sure.

Reviewed August 01, 2017
9.6
Exceptional
Jessica from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 1 night in April 2016

Great little hostel”

I only had an overnighter in Kuala Lumpur, but I was pleasantly surprised by this place. The staff was super friendly, the facilities were nice and included lockers in the dorms (something I don't often see in hostels and, when I do, it usually comes at extra cost), and the location was easy to find with help from locals (who were also super friendly). They also had a nice little cafe in the lobby, although I didn't have time or $$$ on me to purchase anything. At $7 for the night, I was more than satisfied.

Reviewed April 03, 2016
8.8
Excellent
Kia from Indonesia
Solo traveler
Mini PODs
Stayed 2 nights in August 2019

Excellent”

My room had no window probably because i chose non-smoking room. They had bread, jam, coffee, and tea for breakfast. There was a book club meeting held at the restaurant. Its a good place after all since its in a walking distance in nu sentral mall and KL sentral. There’s a minimarket next to the hotel and broad choices of restaurants and cafes nearby. Shout to their helpful staff, to stay here during my vacation was one of the best decisions I made.

Reviewed September 02, 2019
8.8
Excellent
LU from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

Good value for money for solo traveller”

Excellent location as it is near to monorail & LRT & KTM & buses. Many restaurants nearby & a convenience store next door. U can even order food & drinks at PODS the Backpackers. I always stay here when in KL. They even provide free breakfast (simple jam & toast with coffee or tea & drinking water)

Reviewed October 08, 2019

Dear Lu, Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your comments are very much valued. We appreciate your comments regarding our customer service and ongoing upgrades. We always love to hear when our guests leave satisfied. Thank you for staying with us, and we look forward to another chance to serve you. Best Regards, Herthy M. PODs Team

Responded May 11, 2020
PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe
9.2
Exceptional
Corrie from Switzerland
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 1 night in November 2017

Lovely place -beds are no longer comfy”

This place is great, I stay here often as I'm passing through. I know that they invest in new mattresses, unfortunately they all sag in the middle like a soup bowl -so if a comfy bed is priority skip this. The bathrooms are cleaned daily but the stalls could use some fresh paint as they've gotten a bit dingy, and for some reason the floor often is wet. Everything else about this place is great. Nice people, nice cafe area for lounging and meeting people, less then 5 min walk to KL Sentral, next to restaurants and shops and it's quiet.

Reviewed November 09, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
NORFARAH from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Single Pods
Stayed 1 night in July 2018

Exceptional”

Easy to find. Near to Kl Sentral and Nu Sentral. Bed is soooo comfortable till I don't want to wake up so early! Friendly staff. I don't know about the breakfast as I lazy to woke up. They serve breakfast from 6am-10am. Overall! I surely will recommended this place to stay for backpackers and solo traveller. Oh yes! i like their toilet design. k ! hahha

Reviewed July 07, 2018
8.8
Excellent
Teemu from Finland
Group
Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

Awesome staff and great location!”

The staff at PODs were so friendly that they let one of our group members who could not get a bed from the dorm room sleep in the staff's bedroom. Also when we asked about where should we go for partying the staff manager suggested himself that we could party on the roof, ON THE ROOF! All in all, a great hostel located very near to KL Sentral metro station.

Reviewed August 15, 2016
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