Swiss Garden Residences: Affordable Accommodation Near Jalan Alor

Written by Katherine

October 18, 2023
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

On our first trip to Kuala Lumpur, I stayed at Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur in the bustling Bukit Bintang shopping district. So, for this trip, we wanted a slight change of scenery. This led us to find an apartment at the Swiss Garden Residences close to the vibrant Jalan Alor. If you need ideas of where to stay in Jalan Alor, keep reading as I recount our stay at this residence with you! ⸜(*ˊᗜˋ*)⸝

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Why We Chose Swiss Garden Residences

Since my parents were with us for our previous trip, we stayed at the Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur. I chose it mainly for its proximity to the shopping malls. I wanted a place that would have easy access to food and more. After that trip, hubs and I realised we didn’t explore much of Kuala Lumpur. Seeing that Kuala Lumpur has such an extensive train system, we thought we could explore the city by utilising this system. And that was why we decided to find accommodation near one of the train stations.

We spotted the Bukit Bintang station while we were exploring Jalan Alor on our previous trip. Since then, hubs and I thought that it would be good to find a place near this station. After looking through the list of apartments on Airbnb, we decided to go with an apartment at Swiss Garden Residences. Not only is it within walking distance of Jalan Alor and has an amazing view, but it is also super affordable at only 45 SGD per night! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

Journey to Swiss Garden Residences & Check-in

We took a flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur with AirAsia. In case you didn’t know, AirAsia has multiple flights a day. That makes it really good for us as there are so many flight times to choose from. Just being off-topic here, but I wish the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project would be revived. (*/ω\)

We got ourselves a car through the Grab app, which took us to Swiss Garden Residences. The look and feel of the residence’s lobby is less fanciful than Chiang Mai’s Astra Condo. But they had one thing in common. Both of them DO NOT have air-conditioning on in the lobby. Haha! I don’t know if this is common with these places, but this is the second time we have experienced this. No matter how fanciful the lobby looks, it just DOES NOT have air-conditioning. We don’t use the lobby often, but if you have to wait for your car in there, it’s going to get stuffy after a while. (×_×) So better get a portable fan ready if you get hot easily!

Lift Access with a QR Code

Once we were in the lobby, we just needed to find the letterbox to get our key to the apartment. The way to access the lift to our apartment is through scanning a QR code on a panel in the lift. This seems to be a confusing thing for a lot of guests, as we have experienced during our stay. It seems like they were not being informed about this. We can also do nothing to help them since our floor’s QR code is unique. We had one couple who was in the lift going down to the common floor we were going. And when we returned our keys and came back, they were still in there. (*/ω\) So, if you are staying at Swiss Garden Residences, make sure to ask your host about the correct QR code to use in the lift!

The Swiss Garden Residences signage at the entrance and the QR code scanner in the lift

Welcome to Our Apartment in Swiss Garden Residences

We had a corner unit on the 32nd floor, which was lovely. Similar to the lobby, there was no air-conditioning in the corridor. And since the windows are not opened at the sides, there is a lack of airflow in the area. It can get quite stuffy while waiting for the lifts to arrive. But once we opened the door to our apartment, it was like we entered a totally different area. As compared to the gloomy corridor, the apartment was brightly lit from the window. The whole living area was really spacious as well. ( ´ ω ` )

Our unit and an overall view of the interior from the front door of our apartment

A Kitchen that has Everything

The essentials are provided in the kitchen, from cutleries to plates and bowls. We used them a lot since we had food ordered through GrabFood a few times during our stay. When staying at an apartment for a slightly longer period, it is always good to have a place that feels like home. (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

The right side of the kitchen area at our apartment at Swiss Garden Residences

The stove looks slightly grimy, but we didn’t need to use it, so it doesn’t bother us much. The only issue we had in the kitchen was the microwave. We used it probably once or twice before it started giving off a weird rattling noise. Hubs immediately turned off the power as we didn’t know what was wrong with it. There was a slight inconvenience without it, but it didn’t affect us much. We told the host immediately after it happened, so hopefully, this has already been resolved.

The dining area, a view of the left side of the kitchen with the induction hob and the washer at the corner of the kitchen

There is also a washer in a corner of the kitchen, which we used a few times during our stay! During these past few trips in an Airbnb, it has become a habit for us to wash our clothes. This is especially so when we have a slightly longer stay than usual in these places. With the help of a washer, we can reduce the amount of clothes that we pack in our luggage! ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

Spacious Living Room with a Cosy Workspace

The living room space is a good size to hang around. Since there is no TV in the bedroom, hubs and I were mostly in the living room, either watching TV or using our laptops. There is a huge empty space beside the seating area that we used mainly to dry our clothes on the rack. (´• ω •`)

A view of the living room and the workspace at our apartment at Swiss Garden Residences

Beside the huge empty space is a cosy nook that, I believe, most people will use as their workspace. There is also a seating area next to the work table, which we use mainly to wear our shoes before heading out. Haha! Besides that, we usually put our bags on it after returning from a day of exploration. You could alternatively sleep on it while your partner is working! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Huge Bedroom with a Walk-in Wardrobe

The bedroom is super spacious. We could easily open up our 29″ luggage, and there would still be a lot of room for walking around. We generally slept well on the bed during our stay, except for the first night. I woke up feeling super warm, and after some adjustments to the air-conditioning settings, everything seemed okay. Connecting the bedroom to the bathroom is a walk-in wardrobe with a lot of space for your clothes and accessories.

The bed and the walk-in wardrobe connecting the bedroom to the bathroom

And speaking of the bathroom, there is only one bathroom in this apartment. Very basic amenities are provided in this apartment: two sets of toothbrushes and toothpaste, bath towels, and body and hair shampoo. Everything else, you will have to bring it on your own. Hubs and I now have an Airbnb pack that includes two hand towels, so that we can put them by the sink to wipe our hands. Just one thing for you to consider for your stay in an Airbnb apartment! (*´▽`*)

The standing shower and the basin area of our bathroom as well as the hair dryer at our apartment at Swiss Garden Residences

The shower area in the bathroom can be doubled up as a bathtub as well. This was not mentioned in this apartment’s description but by others in another apartment we shortlisted. I thought it was kind of cool, and we could try it out. But hubs and I noped out of it when we saw it in real life. I don’t think it would be comfortable. It would be as if you were lying on the shower floor to bathe. Haha! Anyway, no stopper was given, so I assumed people can’t really use it as a bathtub in this apartment. (*/ω\) Whether you decide to use it as a bathtub or not, there is a window in there, so either way, you can have a view while you clean yourself! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The view as seen from the shower area

Amazing View of the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers

One of the main reasons we chose this apartment was the view~! We can get an amazing partial view of both the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers. Be it day or night, rain or shine, they can be spotted from our apartment. I think they were both stunning when lit up at night. ( ´ ω ` ) Besides these towers, we also had a view of the busy Jalan Alor. And every night we see it, it would ALWAYS be crowded, so make sure to be there early!

The view as seen from the living room, with a partial view of the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers in the distance, and a view of the bedroom in the living room of our apartment at Swiss Garden Residences

A Video Tour of Our Apartment

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Leisure Facilities at Swiss Garden Residences

There are some public leisure facilities that we have access to on the 6th floor during our stay here at Swiss Garden Residences: the swimming pool and gym. I was honestly quite impressed with the size of the gym. But considering the scale of the residence, the size is to be expected. (´• ω •`) After spotting the Smith machine, I was thinking of using it for one of my workouts. But turned out, that there was just too much walking during the day that I totally didn’t need any workout during our stay. Haha! With the hot weather, I was KO-ed by the time I returned to the apartment. ٩(× ×)۶ Small regrets of not being able to try out the equipment in the gym, though. (´-ω-`)

The Merdeka 118 building as seen from the public swimming pool and the gym

The swimming pool here is also of a reasonable size. It even has a view of Merdeka 118, Kuala Lumpur’s tallest building and the world’s second-tallest building! Other than that, there is not much of a view of the pool since it is mainly surrounded by buildings. Besides these two facilities, the sauna, children’s playground, and a squash court are also on this floor.

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Other Things Worth Mentioning

Not Enough Lights at the Front Door

Our corner unit hardly gets enough light from the corridor lighting. There are also no lights installed on top of the front door. This is not an issue during the daytime but more of an issue at night as the area is so dark, that we can hardly make out the keyhole to open our front door. (-_-) That was the only problem we had with the lack of lights. Safety-wise, we did not have any problems. So this is something to note if you are staying at this apartment!

Severe Lack of Wall Plugs

There is a severe lack of wall plugs in this apartment! Putting aside the lack of USB ports, since the Swiss Garden Residences was built in 2011, the lack of wall plugs is quite frustrating to live with. Especially when both hubs and I want to use our laptops to work in the living room.

Remember the cosy workplace in the living room? Well, there is one plug there. And this ONLY plug is being used for the apartment’s router. Considering that this is a workspace, I would expect an extension to be in this area if the router is placed here with the wall plug. There is an extension at the TV console, but it also has many devices plugged into it. (´-ω-`) We ended up using the wall plug beside the sofa, which is meant for a standing lamp, for our laptop charger. Since there was only one viable wall plug in the living room, hubs and I had to take turns to charge our laptop. (×_×)

An overall view of the living room and a decorative pot of flowers on the table at our apartment at Swiss Garden Residences

The same situation repeats in the bedroom. There is only one wall plug on one side of the bed. That means that if you want to charge your devices at night, that can only be done on one side of the table. This is less of a problem since we don’t use our devices on the bed, but just a slight inconvenience in the morning.

Netflix Entertainment and TV Casting

There wasn’t much for us to watch on the local TV stations, so thankfully, there is Netflix! Since we were mainly chilling out in the living room, we ended up watching a lot of episodes of Love is Blind. Hubs and I were so invested in it. Haha! Besides that, and if I never remember wrongly, we could also cast YouTube videos on the TV! That is one thing I like about Smart TV with an internet connection. The ability to be able to cast videos on the TV gives us so much flexibility in what we can watch on it. (´。• ᵕ •。`)

The 40" TV and the remote controls

Fireworks in the Wee Hours

This has got to be the most terrible thing about staying at Swiss Garden Residences. I don’t know if this is something common that happens every day here at Jalan Alor, but it was really frustrating. The first time the fireworks went off at the parking lot near Jalan Alor, we thought it was cool. Considering that it was still early in the evening, we were fine with it. But then the fireworks kept coming back until it got really annoying. Imagine being woken up by the loud sounds of fireworks at 2-3 AM?! I can’t imagine if this thing actually happens every other day. People need to sleep to get to work or school the next day. These people are just being irresponsible. URGH.

Windows are closed, and this is how loud the sound is!

That brings me to the point about the soundproofing of this apartment at Swiss Garden Residences. I think the soundproofing is kind of weak in this residence. Putting aside the super loud fireworks, we can hear the sounds of cars on the roads when it gets quiet in the apartment. After a while, hubs and I treated it as white noise and could get to sleep. On the other hand, I just can’t deal with the fireworks. If you think this is a one-time thing, it happened for a few nights and was annoying. ( ` ω ´ )

Access to the Swiss Garden Residences from the Hotel

During our stay, we spotted people using a sheltered walkway to get from Swiss Garden Residences to Swiss Garden Hotel, which is just next door. Out of curiosity, hubs and I decided to check it out ourselves. Indeed, bridge access was on both the 2nd and 3rd floor! If I never remember wrongly, the bridge on level 2 is the one that you should use.

If you are accessing the residence from the hotel, simply take the lift on the left-hand side of the lobby to the 2nd floor. Once out of the lift, turn right and walk towards the direction of the meeting rooms. The area might be dark if no activities are going on in the meeting rooms. But you can just cut across the area and access the door on the right-hand side to access the lift lobby to the residence. Remember that you have to cut across the meeting room for the residence’s lift lobby. DO NOT use the lift that you see before the meeting rooms. Those lifts belong to the hotel. We made the mistake once and were wondering why it only went to the 3rd floor. (*/ω\)

Anyway, this bridge access is really convenient when you want a sheltered way to reach Swiss Garden Residences. We used this access multiple times throughout our stay here at the residence. Walking into the hotel feels weird, but no one really cares. You even get to enjoy a bit of the hotel’s air-conditioning while waiting for the lift, which I think is the best part about this access. Haha!

Proximity to Cafes, Mini Marts and Jalan Alor

Another thing I like about staying here at Swiss Garden Residences is its proximity to a lot of things. There are a lot of good cafes and restaurants in the vicinity. We visited a few of them to fill our bellies during breakfast. („• ᴗ •„) And if we are in need of additional supplies or snacks, there are a few mini marts just on the other side of the road. And, of course, we had Jalan Alor just further up, which I think isn’t a big deal after a while of staying here. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Overall Experience at Swiss Garden Residences

Generally, I think hubs and I had an enjoyable stay at this apartment at Swiss Garden Residences. It has everything that we need, and we hardly had any issues with it, except for the fireworks. The air-conditioning in both the living room and bedroom is also quite strong, good on days when you just want to cool down after a day out. Ordering GrabFood to our residence was also easy. In case you took a bit longer to get to the lobby, there is a table for deliveries to be left there as well.

Another great thing about staying at this residence is its proximity to a lot of cafes and restaurants in this area. I will be sharing some of the cafes we visited during this period so that you know where to find some good food to fill your tummy! Anyway, given a choice, I don’t think I mind coming back. The only thing that is holding me back is the fireworks. Having experienced it a few times during our stay, I don’t think I can take it for another time. Maybe a unit facing the other direction is the solution if we are coming back here again. At 45 SGD per night, I don’t think I can be too picky, but at the very least, please give me some peace and quiet. (´• ω •`)

A photo of husband and I and the night view as seen from the living room at our apartment at Swiss Garden Residences

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