Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014!

photoDuring the European summer holidays it is high season here in Kuala Lumpur as well. As in previous years we have had a full house most of the time. Of course this means extra work and the necessity to prioritise things. Hence it is only with a delay of a few weeks that we find time to announce our Tripadvisor Excellence Award 2014. Having said this, we are of course extremely happy and also a little proud. Most importantly, this prestigious award motivates us to keep the good work up and to make things even better where this is possible. As always, a big thank you to our fantastic guests from all over the world who choose Orange Pekoe for their stay in downtown KL.

Mooncake galore!

IMG_1022 IMG_1024 IMG_1026September is just around the corner and hence also the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival which will be celebrated on 8 September this year. As most highlights in the Chinese calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival dates back hundreds of years. The festival, also called Mooncake Festival (more on that later), is a day of giving thanks for the harvest, of gathering and of praying for fertility and longevity. Moon worship plays an important part in this celebration as in old Chinese tradition the moon is linked to rejuvenation and immortality.

Making and sharing mooncakes on this auspicious day is an old tradition. Usually, the head of a family would cut the cake into pieces and distribute them to the other members of the family as a symbol of unity. While this custom is very much alive, most members of the Chinese community buy their mooncakes nowadays rather than making them at home. A traditional mooncake would e.g. have a filling of sweet lotus paste and an egg yolk. But today a great variety of flavours and fillings are available.

When you are in KL around this time of the year, don’t miss out on the opportunity of tasting a few different mooncakes. They are a true delight that – in order to be fully enjoyed – requires you to forget for a moment about calories and other earthly concerns:-)

Thank you for staying with us!

This is what Skimble-Scamble wrote about us on their blog:

http://skimble-scamble.blogspot.com/2013/05/orange-pekoe-guesthouse-our-stay-in-kl.html

Orange Pekoe Guesthouse-Our stay in KL

The best decision we took while being at KL must be deciding to stay at Orange Pekoe.

I read the reviews on travel websites, checked Orange Pekoe’s facilities, and finally decided to book  the place. Though I should have been convinced with so many good reviews, yet I was a lil’ skeptical… I shouldn’t have worried…

My flight landed in KL at 1am in the morning and Neel was waiting for me at the airport. By the time we reached Orange Pekoe, it was 3:30am. The location itself was not very hard to find. All we had to do was tell the driver, “Behind Hotel Istana”, and we swiftly located the place. From outside, it showed no glitter. It is a corner building, orange-hued, with a vertical signboard.

However, once the doors opened, my eyes were quick to notice the well-kept white tiles. I live in a house with white-tiles and I totally understand the pain one goes through to keep it spotlessly clean. By the way, guests are suppose to open their shoes before entering the house.I guess that’s one thing that surely helps Orange Pekoe to be clean.

Even at 3:30 in the morning, the guy at the reception, Fahmy, I believe, was at its efficient best and he quickly handed over the documents to sign, our room key and our Wi-fi password. 3 minutes and we checked in!

For the first night, we had to take a smaller room since the bigger ones were all taken up. The room space was small but I really didn’t mind. The linen was stark white, towels were ready and the mattress…. OMG! So soft…. So very soft… I snored off!

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Lounge 





Breakfast

We woke up at 10am the next day, feeling terribly hungry and rushed to the kitchen for the complimentary breakfast the guesthouse provides. The kitchen was neatly kept, jars of tea, coffee, milk whitener, milo and sugar kept on one side, cornflakes and chocos with milk at another side. Then there were bananas, three different kinds of jam, butter and bread. Since I suck at operating electric appliances, I let Neel operate the toaster while I tried to figure out how the electric kettle operates. Well, I said I suck… so, I finally asked the helpful Jennifer to teach me. Once taught, I brewed up our coffee and tea, filled our bowls with chocos and liberally spread butter and kaya on our toasts! (Oh, you should try Kaya… it’s a wonderful spread… Too bad I forgot to buy a bottle)

The well-kept kitchen


Around 11am (well before the check-in time), we were told that the bigger room has been emptied and we can shift our luggage there. The bigger room, being bigger, had more space for luggage. The bathrooms in this guesthouse has a peculiar shower and I took a while turning all those shower knobs! Electronic illiterate that I am!

The free wifi was a hit with us, especially for me. I had turned off my data services as soon as I landed since international roaming burns such a hole in one’s pocket. But free wifi meant I could chat on bbm…! Woohoo!

Free GoKL buses

The last time I came to KL, I was ill-prepared, and stayed in a hotel really far away from all the action. This time, I realised how easy life becomes when you choose a better location to stay. We could reach Bukit Bintang (shopping haven) by a 7 mins walk, Petronas was a 20mins walk and the pub-street (Changkat) and food street (Jalan Alor) are just a 2mins walk!

We were already very pleased with the location when Jennifer informed us that there are free GoKL buses plying next to the Guesthouse that can take us around the Golden Triangle! By now, we were thoroughly impressed!

Orange Pekoe was all that we hoped for. Good rooms, friendly staff, spic and span premises…. to it, you can add free wifi, free internet terminals, complimentary breakfast, anytime tea/coffee and location. And with a price so reasonable, you could save more for your shopping!

This is the first time I experienced staying in a guesthouse abroad and I totally loved it. The setting is so homely.

I guess, the making of one’s own breakfast and cleaning one’s own dishes contributed to a homely feel. 😉

When you are here, I’d recommend you bring your toiletries since only basics like towels and toilet papers are provided here.

We are going to KL again… soon… and now that we have found Orange Pekoe, I shan’t be looking at another place!

 

Happy Birthday! Orange Pekoe just turned 2!

IMG_2601October is our birthday month and while KL is taking a deep breath between one high season and the next, we have been busy carrying out some maintenance work at our place. The time when we celebrate the birthday of our guesthouse is also a moment where we want to thank all of you, former guests, future guest and friends for giving us your support.

We are repeating ourselves here when we say that just like the people make the party it is the guests who make a guesthouse! We feel particularly blessed that Orange Pekoe continues to be a place which is popular with young families, backpackers, flashpackers, singles and couples of all ages alike.

While most of our guests come here with the right expectations – i.e. that Orange Pekoe provides friendly, clean, centrally located and affordable budget accommodation – we sometimes feel that travelers who stay with us expect to find a boutique hotel or similar. We believe that this happens simply because the term “guesthouse”, especially when used in other parts of the world, may have a different meaning. Being world travelers ourselves, we remember staying at 4-star guesthouses that had all the characteristics of a little boutique hotel. Well, that is not what we aspire to be as it is our goal to allow everybody, regardless of travel budget, to stay in downtown KL.

Things here are simple. And while e.g. all our rooms come with individual bathrooms these bathrooms are traditional style Asian wet rooms. Of course we could have built in western style shower cubicles etc but that would have deprived us of the possibility to offer you such affordable rates.

Based on the high number of enquiries and advance bookings, we assume that we are ahead of another busy season and we are looking forward to welcoming all our guests, especially those who look for a winter escape in tropical climate. Malaysia has tons of things to offer and making KL the starting point of your trip is an excellent idea. Once again a BIG thank you from all of us here!

Your OP Team 🙂

Orange Pekoe Dish Pick!

thosaiThis time around, we are showcasing an Indian dish that has made its way into the tummies of Malaysians. The thosai is a popular dish that originated from Southern India, but has since become popular in parts of South East Asia. It has become common to see thosai served as a breakfast dish, but in most places, is available throughout the day.

Thosai (pronounced tow-say) is made of fermented rice batter, generously seasoned with black lentils. The batter is then spread thinly on a hot griddle, resulting in a crêpe-like dish. It is then either folded or rolled, and taken of the griddle.

The thosai is best eaten hot, as the crunchiness is part of what makes this dish so appetizing. The taste of the thosai can be described as a savoury pancake, with a hint of spiciness from the lentils. Thosai can be found in most “mamak” restaurants throughout the city. When you stay with us, your delicious thosai experience is just around the corner!

Variations of the thosai includes the thosai telur (egg thosai, a thosai that is cooked with eggs spread on top it), thosai bawang (onion thosai, a thosai with sauted onions sprinkled with the batter), and the impressive paper thosai (a thosai with the same ingredients, but it spread out so thin and long that it can reach up until two feet when served).

Foodies will agree that thosai taste even better when eaten with some chutney as a condiment [pictured]. The type of chutney that complements the thosai perfectly is the coconut chutney. Don’t be afraid to ask for extra when you have your thosai. You won’t regret it!

GOKL! KL’s free bus service at your doorstep!

ImageOn 31st August KL’s free bus service GOKL celebrated its first anniversary. While nobody knew whether the service would be well accepted by KLites, it has turned out to be a huge success not only with locals but with visitors alike. Thanks to GOKL, tourists can explore the city center from Chinatown to KLCC comfortably, safe and absolutely free. No waiting for taxis which tend to overcharge, especially for driving short distance in the city.

GOKL currently operates two lines – the green and the purple line. While the green line links the Bukit Bintang area and Pavilion Mall with KLCC (the Petronas Twin Towers), the purple line connects Bukit Bintang with Chinatown, Pudu Sentral (bus terminal) and the Central Market. Both lines operate in intervals of 5 to 15 minutes (depending on the time of the day) from 6am until 11pm. And guess what – you even get to use free Wifi on the bus!

For our guests it is super easy and convenient to use this service. The Wisma Boustead stop is just 5 minutes away from Orange Pekoe. We will be happy to tell you which line to take depending on your program. Enjoy this great service while you stay with us here in KL!

8 Great Reasons to visit Malaysia

We have always thought that there are many things that make Malaysia an extremely rewarding travel destination. Just in case you still cannot decide, here is our own, personal list of 8 great reasons to visit Malaysia. Of course our list is subjective and incomplete – how could it be different? But we believe that you, too, will enjoy some of the aspects that we like so much about this beautiful country.

Diversity. Malaysia offers an endless diversity in about everything. People, culture, food, nature – you name it. Hence there are so many things to explore and to experience. We guarantee that you won’t get bored in such a colorful environment!

Friendliness. Malaysians are an incredibly welcoming crowd. The friendliness that you experience everywhere is part of the local culture and an expression of genuine hospitality. We hardly know any other place where it is that easy to connect with locals and to make friends.

Infrastructure. Malaysia has a well developed infrastructure. So getting around is no problem at all. Plus, KL is the hub of Air Asia which means that you have countless local and international flight connections at fantastic rates.

Weather. If you are a “light” person and if you love to be outdoors, Malaysia won’t let you down. We have a lot of sunshine here and even when it rains, you will never feel the creeping cold that comes with bad weather in cooler climates. The fact that we can wear t-shirts and shorts throughout the year is quality of life, isn’t it?!

Nature. Malaysia offers amazing nature. From some to the world’s best diving resorts to the highland rainforest in Cameron Highlands, there is so much beauty out there that is waiting for you. We believe that nothing is a better therapy for body and mind than spending time with Mother Nature.

Food. Food is a reflection of local culture. And with such a rich heritage, it does not come as a surprise that Malaysia has amazing food. Sure, there are plenty of high-end gourmet temples here. But what we are referring to is the simple, genuine food that you can find everywhere and that is so affordable.

Cost of living. For most visitors a holiday in Malaysia is very affordable pleasure. We are just back from lunch and we payed US-$ 2.00 each for a meal plus drink. Our location: downtown KL! The same goes for accommodation, transport etc – most things here are very reasonably priced. But if you have some extra money and want to spend it, you won’t have a problem either. From simple markets to high-end malls – Malaysia has it all.

Kuala Lumpur. We believe that Kuala Lumpur is a great place to start/end your vacation.   In fact, many of our guests make KL their “base camp” and explore the region from here. There are reasons for that. One, KL’s geographic location makes it an ideal destination both for travelers arriving from east and west. Two, KL is simply a pleasant city. It’s neither overwhelming nor chaotic. It is just nice, friendly and welcoming. When you arrive after a long journey and want to get rid of your jet lag, it’s good to be at a place that is well organized yet entertaining.

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Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2013!

ImageWe are proud to announce that Orange Pekoe has once again won Tripadvisor’s prestigious Certificate of Excellence Award. Congratulations to our entire team who has been working really hard to get us to where we are today. The acknowledgment that we have been getting from our guests is an extra motivation for us not only to keep up things but to constantly look for ways and means to further improve the hospitality experience at our guesthouse.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Good morning sunshine and Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers around the world. Without you we would not exist and while we believe that everyday should be Mother’s Day, we want to thank you today for everything that you all have done for us, your children. A special thank you goes to all traveling moms (and of course their husbands) who give their children the opportunity to explore the diversity of our wonderful planet Earth. You are amazing!

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7 good reasons why you should book directly with us!

tip drop shadow 27 GOOD reasons, why you may want to book DIRECTLY with us:

  • Lowest rates guaranteed (we better our rate if you find a cheaper rate anywhere else).
  • No hidden booking fees (in case you did not know, many online travel agencies charge hidden, non-refundable booking fees).
  • Access to the full range of rooms of our guesthouse making us the best source of reservation.
  • No penalty for change of reservation (if changes are made at least 72 hours prior to arrival).
  • No cancellation fee and full deposit refund for cancellations up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • No need to share your credit card details with third parties.
  • Nobody can handle your requests, questions and occasional problems better than us – YOUR HOSTS!

Cheers,

your OP Team