Our search for unique Airbnb’s/ hostels has this time taken us all the way to Alor Setar, the Malaysian City that is home to various cultural sites, museums and galleries.
Opened in April 2018 is Hostel Ah Wai, Hostel Ah Zhi. Once a goldsmith shop, it is today an affordable, Insta-Worthy hostel/airbnb. Before we move further, let us clear the curiosity behind its name.
The founders, Lip Wai and Zhi wanted a name that has both their names along with something that reflects the local people. Considering Alor Setarian residents love to address each other with an “Ah”, the founders decided to go with – Ah Wai, Hostel Ah Zhi.
Now that this curiosity has been solved, let’s go ahead and describe the hostel itself.
Spanning across two floors, this 3,600 sqft hostel offers tent-styled accommodation. No, no, it is not out in the open, but is setup inside a room. They currently have 8 tents with plans to introduce private rooms soon.
Speaking on the USP of these tents, Lip Wai told BucketList.Asia, “Our rooms are in tent-styled settings with a twist. It comes with air-conditioning, personal fan, personal locker, personal lamp, phone charging outlet. The floor of the tent laid with quality vinyl tiles for comfort. Our 8-inch thick mattress, quality duvet and sheets will give guests a good night sleep. The tent can also be zipped up for privacy.” An added bonus is said to be the location. The hostel is located in the heart of Alor Setar with 80% of the attractions being just a stone throw away.
What we liked most is the Insta-worthy setting that you get to experience at a budget (prices start from RM49 (USD12) per night.). What’s to be appreciated is that the founders themselves took up the responsibility to do the interiors since they could not afford to hire a professional designer. They are said to have themselves designed, up-cycled and handmade 80% of the old items into new. “For example, the vanity sink was inspired by how the local people in Alor Setar cook their meals.” Wai explained.
Some of the facilities provided include, free Wi-Fi, free laundry, free drinking water, mini bar, netflix, shared Kitchen, ironing area and so on. While they do not have an in-house restaurant, they make up for it by packing “must-eat” local breakfast for guest to allow them to get a taste of the life of an Alor Setarian. With such facilities, the founder is said to be targeting intrepid individuals who are always on the lookout for fresh accommodations rather than hotels (Are you one!!??).
Before we conclude, we have some good news for our readers. Founder Wai has assured a special welcome gift upon checking in. So, if you are planning to visit the beautiful cultural-rich city of Alor Setar, do check this place out & if you zero-in on checking in here, make sure you let them know you are a BucketList.Asia reader and avail that gift. Oh…and do let us know what it is J (because we are as curious as you are) !!