My colleague and I had to go for an event in Muar and we settled for Traders Hotel since the event was just located in Muar Trade Centre, which the hotel shared the same building. Thinking it was a branch of Traders (ie Shangri-la) I did not expect arriving at a cheapo hotel.
I booked our rooms online and of course, chose the ‘Early Bird’ rate, thinking it was a special rate for web bookings. However, I did not know that choosing this rate means that we are placed in the cheapest, most basic set of rooms.
No toiletries, no slippers, no ironing board, no hair dryer. Jeez.
The TV set was an old model and reception was nothing to shout about. You can also forget about watching anything since the channels available are only local ones. The TV shared the same space as the writing table and thus, I didn’t have much space to work on. Not something a business traveller would love.
Internet connection, however, was provided as well as tea and coffee making facilities. To give the hotel some credit, the room is certainly clean and comfortable, best for those who are dropping by Muar for a short holiday and looking for something affordable. However, most hotels in Muar are affordable to a certain extent.
The bathroom is clean, and there is hot water for those who needs hot showers. Service was okay, not too great nor too bad. There is also a spa within the hotel which provides massages and facials. When we were there, they had a special promotion for in-house guests but we didn’t really try it.
Breakfast was nothing great either, but I am comparing it with those who had a wide range to offer. The basics were there – toast, plain bread, spreads, eggs, baked beans, nasi lemak, fried noodles and coffee and tea.
I wouldn’t come back again if you ask me, but to those looking for a cheap place to stay, yes, this is one you can look into – clean and comfortable.