Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur - Best areas and hotels

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur – Best areas and hotels

What you should know about where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian capital, is in many ways a world-class megalocity, and in many others, still a small village. This city combines the best treats of big international cities like Dubai with the low prices of South East Asian hotels. KL offers every accommodation option imaginable. From chic boutique style hostels, to quaint pensions, business rooms and large, sumptuous international chain hotels.

Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur is as varied as its cultural heritage and changes in both quality and rates. Although it is possibly the city with the best value for money ratio in Southeast Asia.

The prices of the top-notch hotels are usually around USD 120, although there are some superior options, and you can even find some even 5-stars for around 50 a night. Mid-range hotels can be around USD 20-30 per night and budget options (hostels) can be booked from around USD 6.

Given the suffocating heat, one of the best things about Kuala Lumpur hotels is that many of the mid-range options available boast a pool.

You will find cheaper prices in hotels during the months of August to November, although this season is usually not recommended for a visit to visit Kuala Lumpur due to the arrival of the monsoon, which brings torrential rain and high temperature and humidity.

The cheapest hotels in town are around the areas of Chinatown and neighbouring Bukit Bintang, while the best luxury options are mostly around KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre), close to the Petronas Twin Towers.

Best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur

If you are travelling to the Malaysian capital, you are probably wondering which are the best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur . Here you will find a list of the main districts and neighborhoods of the city and a selection of their best hotels divided into three categories: budget hotel, mi-range and luxury to make your trip to Kuala Lumpur perfect.

1. KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre)

Best area to stay in Kula Lumpur - KLCC

This is probably the best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur, whether you are traveling for business or leisure.

It is the financial center of the city, dominated by the colossal Petronas Twin Towers (once the tallest towers in the world) and KLCC Park, a haven of peace surrounded by some of the city’s most renowned skyscrapers .

In this area you will also find Kuala Lumpur’s best shopping malls and attractions such as the KL Tower or the city’s Aquarium.

Hotels around this area tend to be on the expensivce side. Some of the most renowned hotel chains have flagship hotels in the area. Big brands like Traders Hotel, Shangri-La or Mandarin Oriental can all be found around KLCC park.

Many of the most exclusive hotels feature sky bars with sublime views of the imposing KL skyline.

Accommodation prices in this area are higher than average, but it is still possible to find a bargain if you know where to look (hint: on the next list).

Hand-picked hotels in Kuala Lumpur City Centre

    • Best hotel in Kuala Lumpur
      Our favourite

      Maya Hotel Kuala Lumpur is located in the heart of Kuala Lunmpur’s KLCC. It boasts a spectacular sky lounge with views of the Petronas Towers. It also has a covered pool and a gym. Its fares are quite low for a five-star. – from USD 59.

    • Cheap central hotel in Kuala Lumpur
      Budget hotel

      Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a four star property with low rates and high value. It has an great outdoor pool. – from USD 42.

    • Luxury cheap and central in Kuala Lumpur
      Mid-range hotel

      Pacific Residence Hotel Suites is a luxury hotel with very low rates, located 10 minutes away from the Petronas Towers and right next to the KL Tower. Its rooms are big and it also has a lovely sky bar with a pool. – from USD 55.

    • Luxury hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur
      Luxury hotel

      Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is the best option for a luxurious visit to the Malaysina capital. It has all the amenities and facilities expected from such a great hotel chain. – from USD 149.

 


2. Bukit Bintang

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur - Bukit Bintang

The Bukit Bintang district is located between Kuala Lumpur’s financial center (KLCC) and what remains of the historic city center.

It is an area somewhat not as chic as KLCC, but full of shops, bars and restaurants and very well connected to the rest of the city via the elevated train and monorail system. Its equidistance between Kuala Lumpur’s main hubs makes Bukit Bintang an excellent area to stay, since it is possible to walk from your hotel in the area to most major attractions, or use public transport.

Hand-picked hotels in Bukit Bintang

    • Cheap central hotel in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
      Budget hotel

      i-Heritage has a very central location in Bukit Bintang, a 9/10 rating on the search engines and some of the cheapest fares in Kuala Lumpur. – from USD 24.

    • Mid-range hotel in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
      Mid-range hotel

      PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur is located in one of the best areas of Bukit Bintang. Some of the rooms have amazing views over the city skyline. – from USD 69.

    • Luxury hotel in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
      Luxury hotel

      Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur is a Kuala Lumpur staple. Located in the heart of Bukit Bintag and very well connected to the rest of the city. Its great pool makes it a very peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. – from USD 159.

 


3. Chinatown

Top areas to stay in KL - Chinatown

Chinatown is the most recommended option for backpackers, deal-hunters and those who prefer to stay in a place with a bit more authenticity than the financial center.

This picturesque neighborhood has been pedestrianised and mallified in recent years but still retains some of its original spirit and remains one of the best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur.

The area really comes alive¡ at night and has shopping options, outdoor markets and, obviously, the best and most authentic Chinese food in town.

The hotels in this area are also the cheapest in the city, although quality can vary enormously.

Hand-picked hotels in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

    • Best hotel inl Chinatown
      Our favourite

      Swiss Inn Chinatown Kuala Lumpur is a mid-range hotel, with large and clean rooms, located in the heart of Chinatown. With an 8/10 rating and very friendly prices, it is the best option in Chinatown. – from USD 22.

    • Cheap central hotel in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
      Budget hotel

      Amigo Hotel is located right on Petaling Street, in the heart of the night street market and very centrally located. It has very simple and functional rooms with very low rates. – from USD 15.

    • Mid-range hotel in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
      Mid-range hotel

      Pacific Express Hotel Central Market Kuala Lumpur has a very nice rooftop pool and comfy modern rooms. It’s located near Petaling Street and Merdeka square. – from USD 22.

    • Luxury hotel cerca de Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
      Luxury hotel

      Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection is located 0.5 miles away from Chinatown. It boasts a spectacular outdoor pool. The rooms are decorated with exquisite taste and it has a 9/10 rating on Booking.com. – from USD 79.

 


4. KL Sentral

Stay near Sentral Station in KL
KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur Central) refers to the area around the Central Train Station, where public transport lines, commuter trains and long distance, monorail, elevated trains and the KLIA Express (airport train) meet its main hub. This makes it one of the best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur.

It is a very lively shopping area, home to some of the new skyscrapers in the city. It is also close to the Kuala Lumpur’s Planetarium, Botanic Gardens and Bird Park.

Around Sentral are some high-end and luxury hotels, but it’s also full of cheaper options.

Hand-picked hotels in Sentral KL

    • Cheap hotel near Sentral Station Kuala Lumpur
      Budget hotel

      Hotel Sentral Kuala Lumpur is located very close to the main station. It has simple, comfortable rooms with very low prices. – from USD 22.

    • Mid-range hotel in Sentral Kuala Lumpur
      Mid-range hotel

      Hotel Summer View is a mid-range hotel located not far from KL Sentral Station. It has an 8/10 rating on the booking engine. – from USD 26.

    • Luxury hotel around Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
      Luxury hotel

      Hilton Hotel Kuyala Lumpur offers the facilities and luxury typical of the famous hotel chain. It is located next to the station. It has a great outdoor pool. – from USD 79.

 


5. Chow Kit

Chow Kit is a lively area north of the city center. It is very well connected by the monorail and offers modest accommodation at affordable prices. Luckily, the quality / price ratio of this district is usually higher than that of others of similar characteristics.

Among its attractions are its many day and night markets.

Hand-picked hotels in Chow Kit

    • Cheap hotel in Chow Kit
      Budget hotel

      Crossroads Hotel is located less than a minute walk from Chow Kit monorail station. It’s rooms are simple, basic and clean and its prices low. – from USD 17.

    • Mid-range hotel in Chow Kit
      Mid-range hotel

      Grand Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a four-star hotel with a fantastic swimming pool. It offers spacious rooms and good service in Chow Kit. – from USD 37.

 


6. Pudu

Although not the most glamourous neighborhood in Kuala Lumpur, it is one of the liveliest. Here, electronics stores and food markets line the picturesque streets. Pudu is located south of Chinatown and is connected to the rest of the city via the Kuala Lumpur High Train.

Pudu also has many cheap hotels.

Hand-picked hotels in Pudu

    • Cheap hotel in Pudu
      Budget hotel

      Hotel Pudu Bintang Kuala Lumpur is a five-minute walk from the metro and offers simple rooms in the heart of Pudu. It has a score of 8/10 in the main booking engines. – from USD 22.

    • Mid-range hotel in Pudu
      Mid-range hotel

      Ibis Styles Kuala Lumpur Fraser Business Park is a mid-range Accor hotel in the Pudu district. It offers design rooms. It is connected by a bridge with the LRT station of Chan Sow Lin – from USD 27.

 


7. Mid Valley

It is a new district / mega complex in the southwestern part of Kuala Lumpur. It is well connected by public transport. The main attraction of this area is the incredible Mid Valley Mega Mall, which includes a shopping center, convention center, offices and a hotel.

It is an area of skyscrapers and many luxury hotels.

Hand-picked hotels in Mid Valley

    • Cheap hotel in Mid Valley
      Budget hotel

      Koptown Hotel Kuala Lumpur is located in Mid Valley and offers rooms with simple and functional decor. – from USD 20.

    • Luxury hotel in Mid Valley
      Luxury hotel

      Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar is a five-star, grand luxury hotel from Accor. It has a spectacular outdoor pool and many of the rooms include city views. – from USD 79.

 


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My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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