Tucked inside a 100 year old colonial house, Paper Plane Hostel is a remarkable hostel. It combines lifestyle with design, a touch of history, and a hostel experience that solo female and budget travelers are looking for. We hopped over to Kuala Lumpur to have a closer look at the Paper Plane Hostel. We’ve discovered a black-white-minimalist design and even a „hostelgeeks“-room.
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Location Advantage of Paper Plane Hostel
The location is fabulous! Secure, lots of things to do, central!
Food and café‘s in the area: There is no breakfast served in the hostel itself, but you have plenty of super local options dotted around the hostel. Go for it! Just ask Andrew, and he'll recommend you a place to suit your preferences. Also, one of the city’s most popular and hippest cafés is just a few meters away, the VCR Coffee shop. You can actually see it from the roof top terrace of Paper Plane.
Shopping and area: Like everywhere in KL you have plenty of shopping malls around the area, including the huge Berjaya Times Square mall, one of the biggest ones in the world. There you can find escape rooms and even an interior theme park; the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park. There is also the famous Jalan Alor Street, popular among backpackers and travelers for street food and to enjoy a fun night out.
Another highlight in the area is China Town. Find original football jerseys for 5€ and everything you need from sunglasses, clothing, electronics, food and so forth. The Petronas towers are a 30 min walk away from Paper Plane, and the walk to get there is really interesting to get an idea of the local life in Kuala Lumpur city. You will walk passed big malls, coffee shops, restaurants, fun shops selling souvenirs and other items, and so on. When visiting the Petronas Towers, we recommend heading up the Sky Bar of the Traders Hotel. They have an interior swimming pool and a nice lounge, both with views to the towers - awesome, don't skip it!Paper Plane Hostel, 5, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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All room types at Paper Plane Hostel
Private Room Types available: Double Queen Room, Private Twin Room with one Bunk-Bed and shared facilities
Shared Room Types available: 4-Bed Female Dorm, 6-Bed Female Dorm, 6-Bed dorm, 8-Bed dorm
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Here are our impressions from Paper Plane.
2 years after opening doors, the accommodation now is a 5 Star rated hostel by Hostelgeeks. So, let us have a closer look at the Paper Plane Hostel. What is behind the minimalist paper plane logo?
Paper Plane Hostel in Kuala Lumpur is a 5 Star Hostel because …
1. A tiny village in the urban jungle
The hostel is housed in an old mansion. The houses in this area are 100 years old, and one of the few ones left in booming Kuala Lumpur. The area is surrounded by many skyscrapers. This is what makes these houses here so special. It feels like a tiny village inside the jungle of urban city planning.
The Tiny Village around Paper Plane Hostel
The urban jungle around Paper Plane Hostel – view from the terrace
The hostel is sparkling – cleaned daily with toxic free products. The hostel is run by local employees only. They give you access to local recommendations to get to know KL like a real local. KL – that’s the nick name of Kuala Lumpur. Thanks to Andrew, Sam and the team, we got to know a real local side of KL, from local food stalls to sights and things to do.
Furthermore, the hostel teamed up with local artists, selling their art in the corridor on the ground floor.
2. Black, white, minimalist
… this is Paper Plane Hostel in a nutshell.
The hostel is located inside a 100 year old colonial house which was completely refurbished and rebuilt to welcome the new generation of travelers. When looking for a name, the founders did some research on existing hostel names.
The goal was to find a light name, summarizing the character of design: Paper Plane it was!
Have a closer look, one line in the Paper Plane Logo is kept in green – just to mark a difference.
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Matt’s laptop, covered in 5 Star Hostel Logo’s and Madly Addictive
The bathroom design is another highlight. Whatever door you open to a toilet or shower, you will find a different kind of design. It could be a peeing dog or perhaps a dog having a shower – a great idea to turn the facilities into something interesting and curious, don’t you think?
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The private rooms are kept in a clean simple design. The brick walls are a lovely design touch we also enjoyed at Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage in London. One of the private rooms has a minimalist light bulb painted on the wall, while the other one features big, black glasses.
We call this room the „Hostelgeeks Room“.
Certainly, it was not designed after us, but yet we like to think so. Maybe it will catch on?
The “Hostelgeeks” room, which was not designed after us, yet we like to pretend so!
Paper Plane also has female-only rooms available. We summed up the 7 pros and 3 cons of female-only dorms here. Also, here is a guide on all the different room types at hostels. It helps you to get an idea what room you can pick.
3. A Concept Hostel
And Paper Plane also fits in perfectly. The hostel started with a clear concept of creating a home for travelers. A home in a tranquil, stylish environment, on a budget, and with facilities every traveler appreciates. The place feels really intimate as it is quite small, yet not squeezed.
4. Perfect for the Budget Travel in Style
The roof top terrace is the perfect spot to mingle, have a drink and chat will fellow mates. This hostel is highly recommended to everyone looking for a tranquil, chill stay with a social heart. You won’t find the typical super backpacker-on-a-budget here. As always, the 5 Star Hostels are designed to welcome the budget traveler with style.
The social experience starts with Andrew, the receptionist welcoming you with a big smile. We were welcomed with the phrase „I was waiting for you for 2 hours, I was starting to get worried” – as we’d arranged to arrive earlier. This sentence right from the start gave us a welcome feeling you always appreciate.
5. Every hostel needs an Andrew and Mika!
Andrew and Mika are the soul of the hostel. You can always count on them to give you top recommendations to actually taste and experience Kuala Lumpur from a local’s perspective.
On our first night we asked Andrew for some dinner recommendations. Younnes, another fellow traveler from Belgium and us went together to a local restaurant, just around the corner. Andrew joined us for dinner, and even recommended local dishes to try out.
Related note: Here is a list of 46 things that make a hostel awesome
You see, the staff at a hostel can make a major difference. The difference between a well-designed hostel and a 5 Star-rated hostel can be indeed the staff working there. Thankfully, the staff at Paper Plane are certainly outstanding — thanks for making Paper Plane Hostel a home!