The New CoLiving

Planning to stay and work in KL for a week to a month? A hotel might be more suited for a short stay of a few days, while apartment rental requires a lease and a whole lot of other hassles. This is where coliving comes in: a flexibility in stay duration, plus a focus on travellers who might like a more relaxed work environment, or who might be on a startup (vs corporate) budget.

Komune Living, KL's first upmarket, co-living space had a soft launch around August 2019 (we think, did not notice any major publicity). Located in its own tower near KL Gateway @ Kerinchi, facilities include e-checkin, lounge, open kitchen and dining, outdoor BBQ, swimming pool, laundromat, gym, eateries and coworking space.

Based on an online check for a week's stay over the Xmas week, prices start from MYR 210 (USD 50) per room per day with a single bed and en suite bathroom, discounted to MYR 120 (USD 30) as an opening promo. Other options range to MYR 360 (USD 90) for a suite with twin queen size beds. By comparison, checks at Le Méridien and Stripes return quotes of around MYR 300-500 (USD 75-125), weekdays being higher priced than weekends. [Co-working space at Komune is an additional MYR 35 per day, if, for example, one needs to organise an extended client meeting or team scrum.]

SEA & Beyond
Previously, coliving spaces were more serviced or shared apartments, airbnb, motel, dorm or hostel in concept rather than a 'full stack' like Komune. Similar 'full stack' colving spaces: Hmlet, Lyf (SG) , The Nate (HK) [our radar did not pick up anything at JKT, BKK or MNL]. Further afield: The Collective (UK), WeLive (NYC), Roam (TKY), Colonies (PAR).