Oh hey travel family! I wanted to share this hidden gem for weary travelers navigating through Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). Nestled within the bustling terminals lies the Sama Sama Express Kuala Lumpur Airport Transit Hotel—a haven for those seeking comfort and convenience during their layovers.
Kuala Lumpur is a major stop over for many destinations in Asia. You may find yourself with a long layover the way I did. I had a six hour lay over but it was in the middle of the night while everything was closed. I was exhausted and needed some shut eye.
Finding respite at the Sama Sama Express Hotel
Located within the airport itself, this transit hotel eliminates the need for time-consuming transfers and transportation logistics. I just walked in and they had a room ready and waiting. While you can walk to the hotel without prior booking, it is subject to room availability.
The minimum is a six hour stay, which was perfect for me. I paid about $65 for six hours.
I admit, I had very low expectations for this place. While the place did looked a bit dated, it was far more than I expected. I had a clean bedroom with a television, a bathroom and bottled water. It felt so good to have a hot shower after all of that traveling.
I set my alarm and collapsed into bed. The Sama Sama Express was just the cozy retreat I needed. I felt like a blinked my eyes and my alarm was going off, but it was only a ten minute walk to my Emirates gate.
One of the standout features of the Sama Sama Express is its unrivaled accessibility to KUL’s main terminals. Forget about navigating shuttle services or enduring long walks with heavy luggage. This transit hotel is strategically situated, allowing guests to easily reach departure gates and transportation hubs within minutes.
Understanding the needs of transit passengers, the Sama Sama Express offers flexible booking options, allowing guests to reserve rooms for short layovers or longer stays. The hotel’s commitment to customer satisfaction is evident in its 24-hour reception and concierge services, ensuring that guests’ needs are met at any time of day or night.
The hotel also boasts a dining area where guests can enjoy a buffet style meal. From international favorites to Malaysian specialties, the menu caters to a variety of tastes.
Now to clear up some confusion. Kuala Lumpur technically has two airports and there are three Sama-Sama Hotel options to choose from.
The two different Airports are: the KL International Airport Terminal 1 which is also known as the Main Terminal for full service airlines and Klia Terminal 2, the low-cost-carrier terminal.
Klia Terminal 2 is located less than 2 kilometers away from KLIA Terminal 1, and is connected to KLIA Terminal 1 via the Express Rail Link.
If you have traveled internationally, you will be in Terminal 1, also known as the Main Terminal. This is where I was and I stayed at the Sama-Sama Express in Terminal 1. I did not need to clear the immigration to reach the hotel. I only had carry-on baggage. If you checked a bag, just be sure that it goes straight through to your destination.
Hotels in Kuala Lumpur Airport for transit:
1. Sama-Sama Hotel is located adjacent to the KL International Airport Main Terminal Building. It is connected by a covered sky bridge and a 24-hour buggy service is provided by the Hotel to and from the Airport. The landside 5-star Hotel features 3 dining options, a landscape outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre, sauna, Jacuzzi, massage facilities and a tennis court.
2. Sama-Sama Express KLIA Terminal 1 is situated at the Main Terminal, KL International Airport Terminal 1, inside Satellite A building, near Gate C5. The airside hotel is mainly for transit passengers and they do not need to clear the immigration and go through custom for luggage checked. Please ensure that all your checked in luggage has been checked through to your final destination.
3. Sama-Sama Express KLIA Terminal 2 is located at Klia Terminal 2, a separate terminal dedicated for low cost carrier, it is approximately 2km away from the Main Terminal, KL International Airport Terminal 1 . Sama-Sama Express Klia Terminal 2 is located at Level 3 inside the International Departure Hall of Klia Terminal 2. It is mainly for transit passengers departing via international flight at Klia Terminal 2 only.
In the realm of airport accommodations, the Sama Sama Express Kuala Lumpur Airport Transit Hotel stands out as a beacon of comfort and convenience. For jet-setting adventurers, this hidden gem is an invaluable discovery. The next time you find yourself transiting through KUL, treat yourself to a stay at the Sama Sama Express—a respite that takes the stress out of layovers.
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