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If you are planning a trip around Asia and want to add a destination different from the Thai or Indonesia beaches or even the greatly developed Singapore, then Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is for you!

You will love the city because of the presence of different Asian cultures and traditions, plus it has many foreigners! To really enjoy the city, I will help you out with my best suggestions on where to stay in Kuala Lumpur!

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and the fastest growing metropolitan city in the country, with a population of about 1.8 million people. The city has two main landmarks: Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. Their magnificence is empowered by the many international businesses that stand around them, as well as the very luxurious stores that are in the nearby shopping center.

By the way, if you want more details on to why you should visit this impressive city, I recommend you to read my article about Things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

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I have made a selection of the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur City with great reviews and sorted them by price for your convenience. If you wonder which neighborhood is the best one to stay at in Kuala Lumpur, you are in the right place – I have sorted all hotels by neighborhoods so you can choose the perfect area and hotel for your stay!

Here we go, here are the 5 best neighborhoods (and hotels for each) in Kuala Lumpur for tourists:

1. Kuala Lumpur City Center

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KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center) was actually made to be a city within a city!

The area not only holds the tallest twin buildings in the world, a shopping mall, and office buildings, but also several amazing hotels! In this area you can also find a big park and a mosque, open to everyone.

The city center is easily accessed with public transport thanks to the many buses operating on different routes of the area and a few train stations nearby. I definitely recommend this area if you want to be in the center of the tourist destination, surrounded by great dining restaurants, shopping, and nightlife options.

If you think this is the best area for you, here are the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur City Center that I recommend:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur – This top boutique hotel in the city center offers the guests an outdoor swimming pool and a bar where you can have a drink while seeing the Petronas Twin Towers. With their floor to ceiling windows you will have a great room view of the city!
  • Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel – This is one of the best 5-star luxury hotels in Kuala Lumpur, great for couples on vacations! Their stylish and elegant rooms have floor to ceiling windows, cable TV, and marble bathrooms with a bathtub and shower. As part of the hotel facilities you can use the sauna, fitness center, or tennis court.

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • Holiday Inn Express KLCC – The hotel is very close to Petronas Twin Towers and has great amenities such as an in-house restaurant, a fully-equipped fitness center, luggage storage, and a laundry and ironing service. The rooms are modernly decorated and come with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and air-conditioning!
  • Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur – This modern and comfortable KL hotel offers facilities such as a fitness center and a spa and sauna for guests to relax. The rooms all come with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a minibar! The hotel also helps out with bus and tour arrangements in KL or outside the city.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • The Bed KLCC – This is a minimalist accommodation and a great budget hotel in KL! It offers what they call “capsules”, with a hostel vibe but with the service of a hotel. Every guest gets clean linen, a foldable desk with a mirror, and an electric socket.
  • Ibis Kuala Lumpur City Center – This is one of the best 4 star hotels in Kuala Lumpur with an infinity pool and a kids’ pool. As part of their facilities there is also a fitness center, a spa, and beach chairs around the pool. All the rooms come with a private bathroom with a rain shower, and free Wi-Fi.

2. Bukit Bintang

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Bukit Bintang, also referred to as Bintang Walk or Starhill, is the main and trendiest shopping and entertainment district of the city!

It can be seen as the retail belt of KL homing some of the best shopping centers, cafés, bars, night markets, and street food eateries. The area is very popular for tourists, but mostly local and foreign youth groups.

Because of the neighborhood location, it is easy to move around from or towards the area via public transportation (local monorail, taxis, buses). If you are here, you must go by the Pavilion KL; even if you don’t purchase anything, you will definitely be fascinated by the amount of European luxury retailers that have a store there!

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Here are the best hotels in Bukit Bintang:

Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur – This 5-star hotel in KL has a modern décor in shared areas and private rooms, all having air-conditioning and a flat-screen satellite TV. The main shared facilities are a gym, an outdoor swimming pool, and for the little ones there is a kids’ club with babysitting service available!
  • The Westin Kuala Lumpur – This hotel has a façade that by itself gives you a sense of being a celebrity when you through the doors, it’s spacious with warm earth tones and a modern décor. There is a fitness center and a kids club with an indoor playground!

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • MOV Hotel Kuala Lumpur – This hotel offers guests an outdoor rooftop swimming pool, a well-equipped fitness center, and a luggage storage space if needed. The soundproofed rooms come with free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV, a seating area, a desk, and an electric tea pot.
  • Hotel citizenM Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang – This lovely and modern hotel is filled with plants throughout the areas for you to feel fresh air! It is the perfect hotel for two travelers, the building is entirely smoke-free, and the rooms are not only soundproof but they also come with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Gold3 Boutique Hotel – This smoke-free hotel has a simple but very modern décor. All the rooms have air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle, a desk, and a private bathroom. The hotel also offers family rooms, perfect as a family-friendly accommodation, and free Wi-Fi in every area of the property!
  • Travelodge Bukit Bintang – This is a great option for a budget hotel in Kuala Lumpur! It’s very modern and it also offers flexibility of having family rooms for 4 people. Other hotel facilities are a fully equipped fitness center and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

3. Chow Kit

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This area was named after a known miner and first local owner of a department store, which was one of the biggest in the city at the time. The area now homes large Indonesian and small African communities.

While you’re in the area, go over to the Bundle Chow Kit Night Market to find great deals of used clothing, spices, and accessories, or walk around to find Southeast Asia’s largest Sikh Temple.

Here are the best hotels in the area I can recommend:

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Luxury (US$75 and up)

  • Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur – This boutique hotel in KL has all rooms fitted with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a desk. You can also enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, the in-house restaurant, and a fully equipped fitness center. The rooms are elegantly decorated with a bathtub in the room that helps you to relax like majesty!
  • Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel – This hotel is a great option over in Chow Kit area; it has modern rooms with a walk-in wardrobe and ironing facilities, the private bathrooms even come with a bathtub! Other than having beautifully decorated rooms, you can enjoy the reception services that include currency exchange and tour arrangements.

Middle-priced (from US$30 to US$75)

  • Red by Sirocco – This smoke-free accommodation offers rooms with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a private bathroom, and some even come with a balcony to enjoy the city views. The hotel is in a modern building having the latest comfortable furniture and it also has a rooftop outdoor pool open year-round!
  • Tamu Hotel & Suites Kuala Lumpur – This lovely hotel has the best views of the KL tower and Petronas! It also has an outdoor pool, and free Wi-Fi. Every room comes with air-conditioning, an electric tea pot, a private bathroom, and some rooms have a kitchenette with a microwave.

Budget (up to US$30)

  • Prescott Hotel Kuala Lumpur Medan Tuanku – This great 3-star hotel is a favorite option for their close location to public transportation and for offering free parking on site for those who rent a car. All rooms come with air-conditioning, a private bathroom, a minibar, a coffee maker, and a satellite TV.
  • KL Skyline Hostel – This is a very good budget option with different sized dorm rooms. The amenities include a rooftop infinity pool and beautiful skyscraper views. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, and a flat screen TV. Comfort for an affordable price!

4. Chinatown

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Some people refer to Chinatown as the area that never sleeps! 

Chinatown is not only more colorful than the rest of neighborhoods but has numerous businesses that work throughout the day and night. Not only can you feel yourself immersed in the Oriental culture and history while in the area, but can find the best bargain paradise, and a diversity of products from Chinese herbs to imitation goods at a great price!

This area is great for budget accommodations, as most of the options are mid-range guesthouses and hotels that offer the essential services and charge a down-to-earth fee for a night stay. The low prices compared to other areas might be because of the closeness to the Pasar Seni LRT train station that might not necessarily be a favorite for most tourists or expats living in KL.

NOTE: Unfortunately, being such an affordable neighborhood, there are no luxury hotels in Chinatown.

If you want to stay in Chinatown, here are the best places you can book!

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Middle-priced (US$25 and up)

  • Season Point Hotel – This 3-star hotel has a variety of soundproofed room sizes to fit all preferences, all with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with a bidet! The property has hardwood or parquet floor and a designated smoking area to have all guests satisfied.
  • The 5 Elements Hotel Chinatown Kuala Lumpur – The hotel has very spacious rooms that come with a private bathroom, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, a minibar, and a tea/coffee maker. If needed, you can make use of the currency exchange services or even ask for some help with sightseeing arrangements.
  • Tian Jing Hotel – This is an exclusive adults-only accommodation where the rooms can come with a balcony and garden view or a small patio. All rooms have air-conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV, an electric teapot, and a closet for the guests. Plus, there is free Wi-Fi in all the property areas!

Budget (up to US$25)

  • Rain Forest Hotel – As the hotel name mentions, the property has a very green decoration, from actual small trees and plants throughout the rooms, to bamboo sticks along the stairs and forest landscapes painted on the walls. All rooms have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with hot-water showers and bath towels.
  • Pacific Express Hotel Chinatown – This cheap hotel in Kuala Lumpur is a smoke-free property but that also includes a designated smoking area if needed, which also has family rooms among their options. Their clean and spacious rooms are fully air-conditioned, come with a flat-screen TV, and carpeted flooring.
  • Space Hotel @ Chinatown Kuala Lumpur – The name itself will have you imagining spaceships and astronauts throughout the walls and rooms, yes! Have you ever wanted to get a sense of how they live up in the sky? This is the hotel for you, instead of getting a bunk bed, you get your own capsule (or you can go for a private room).

5. KL Sentral

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Although not on the core of the city center, there are many luxury hotels in KL Sentral, as well as local and international restaurants great for tourists! From here you can go for a short walk and find the neighborhood of Brickfields, where there are many Buddhist temples and lovely shops with a lot of South Indian influences!

Below you can find the best hotels in KL Sentral for your stay:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection – This KL accommodation has a modern colonial-style décor with neo-classical details, and has an outdoor pool at guests disposable as well as an in-house restaurant. You will feel like royalty between the interior decorations and the great services! All rooms are spacious and come with a personal safe, free Wi-Fi, slippers, and an electric kettle.
  • Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur – This is a great 5-star accommodation just a few minutes’ walk from the Golden Triangle city center with an outdoor swimming pool, and 4 in-house dining options for the guests!

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral – This great accommodation awaits you with great facilities such as a gym, 4 on-site restaurants, and a big outdoor pool. Their entire décor is a mixture of classic and simple with modern colors and furniture to make your stay very comfortable and warm.
  • Hilton Kuala Lumpur – This elegant accommodation in the heart of the city has a fun freeform swimming pool and offers the guests a fitness center, yoga classes, and an in-house spa! All of their rooms are modernly equipped with the latest amenities, including large flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms with a rain shower.

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Double M Hotel @ KL Sentral – This is a simple yet comfortable hotel in the area where each room has air-conditioning, an electric tea pot, a seating area, and a private bathroom with a shower. It is a great option if looking for a place to stay a few nights on a budget!
  • Easyhotel – This is a good and cheap accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, very well designed with limited space but they managed to do it in a way you do not feel too boxed in the room. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, an electric kettle, a desk, air-conditioning, and even a private bathroom with free toiletries!

BONUS 1: Best hotels with a city view

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View from the rooftop pool of Regalia Residence

If you want to enjoy the best city views in town while you are in Kuala Lumpur, these options of accommodations with rooftop pools and balconies are your best choice:

Luxury (US$100 and up)

  • Ascott Kuala Lumpur – This is a great compound of apartments right next to the Petronas Twin Towers! Their facilities include a spa, a good fitness center, and a rooftop swimming pool. Their studios and apartments include a kitchen, dishwasher, and they each have a home entertainment system.
  • Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur – This modern condo hotel has a rooftop pool and serviced apartments, so you’ll forget you are staying in an apartment! The rooms are all spacious, colorful, and have floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the city views; they include a flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchenette.

Middle-priced (from US$50 to US$100)

  • Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Service Residences – They have entirely furnished apartments with free Wi-Fi, an olympic-sized swimming pool, and a children’s playground. The apartments include plush bedding, a modern living room, and a well-equipped kitchen. There is also a great fitness center you can head over to!
  • Regalia Residence – This is a simple but perfect stay option for couples, being a one-bedroom unit with a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, and a flat-screen satellite TV. There is also an amazing pool view which you can see in the picture above! What more can you wish for?

Budget (up to US$50)

  • Somerset Kuala Lumpur – This is an elegant and modern location with apartments that all include a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and their private bathrooms all have a bathtub and shower facilities. The on-site amenities include a restaurant, a fitness area, and a rooftop pool with city skyline views.
  • Verve Suites KL South – This is a property of spacious, modern, and comfortable individual apartments that include a kitchen, fridge, a seating area, and flat-screen cable TV in each. Every guest has access to the facilities – an outdoor swimming pool, fitness room, sauna, and a garden.

BONUS 2: Best apartments in Kuala Lumpur

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I have previously recommended some amazing hotels grouped into different areas, but maybe you want a bigger place for you to spread your shopping bags or cook your own meals? If that’s the case, then apartments are your solution! Plus, in some cases, apartments can be cheaper than hotels, especially when traveling in a big group.

Let’s see which are some of the best apartments where to stay in KL:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur – This great 4-star condo hotel has an indoor pool, an outdoor rooftop infinity pool, and a kids’ pool, all open year-round for use. The facilities include a door play area, a fitness center, and a jacuzzi for the guests to use. The units have floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing sights of the city!
  • Luxury Homes Platinum Suites KLCC – These spacious suites are perfect for up to 10 people if traveling with a big group, and they all come with a fully equipped kitchen, a microwave, a fridge, and a dining table! The property also awaits you with an outdoor swimming pool on the 51st floor, free Wi-Fi, and a fitness center!

Middle-priced (from US$55 to US$160)

  • Apartment Sharppi – This middle-priced apartment in Kuala Lumpur not only has air-conditioning, but the booking includes use of the outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center as well! There is also a billiards room which can be used, and the guests have access to the hot tub on site.
  • Platinum Residence Kuala Lumpur – This Kuala Lumpur accommodation has a kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a flat-screen cable TV, a desk, free Wi-Fi, and a seating area! This accommodation also has an outdoor infinity pool and a fitness center which all the guests can use at no extra charge. Cool, right?

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Apartment Summer Suite @ KLCC – This property has many apartment units that all include free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and Xbox 360. They are all equipped with a kitchenette, fridge, kettle, and also a private bathroom. You can choose between a small studio for two, a two-bedroom apartment for five or a hostel style bunk bed dormitory room.
  • Luxury Condo Bukit Bintang – This apartment has contemporary furniture and decoration and everything is so cozy you will feel at home! The unit includes air-conditioning, seating and dining area, a kitchen that also has an oven, a microwave, and a kettle. Among the property amenities there is also a fitness center and an outdoor pool that guests can use.

BONUS 3: Best hotels for families in Kuala Lumpur

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If you are visiting Kuala Lumpur with kids, I’m here to help! I have selected the best hotels that are kid-friendly, with comfortable family rooms.

Here are some options that I can definitely recommend for families:

Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • DoubleTree By Hilton Kuala Lumpur – This hotel has a great room up on the high floor for a small family of three, spacious and comfortable for all while having a lovely city view from up high. The guests can enjoy their outdoor saltwater swimming pool and fitness center, and at an additional charge you can also benefit from babysitting services!
  • Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur by Far East Hospitality – This hotel offers the guests comfortable and spacious suites to easily fit up to four people! The units come with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a kitchen, and modern furniture. Among the facilities there is a rooftop pool, a 24-hour gym, and free Wi-Fi in all areas!

Middle-priced (from US$50 to US$160)

  • Swiss-Garden Hotel Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur – This hotel is right in between Bukit Bintang and Chinatown and has an amazing outdoor pool and fitness center for the guests. Their decoration uses warm colors and a contemporary design and the rooms are spacious enough to fit a family. The facilities also include a currency exchange, laundry service, and a prayer room.
  • PNB Perdana Hotel & Suites On The Park – This is a great hotel near KL with a private bathroom; all rooms come with a shower, free toiletries, and a hairdryer. Among hotel amenities you can find a tennis court, a fitness center, and a landscaped saltwater pool!

Budget (up to US$50)

  • Mercu Summer Suites @ KLCC – This accommodation is a good option for cheap hotel in KL for their simple but modern furniture and use of space. The best family option is their studio which comes with air-conditioning, a fridge, a kettle, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom. It also includes an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, and a small garden!
  • Ahyu Hotel – This hotel is located between Indiantown and Chinatown but it is still close to the main KL attractions; plus, it has a variety of rooms perfect for families! All the rooms are soundproofed and have a private bathroom with a bath or shower; there is also air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.

BONUS 4: Best hotels near Kuala Lumpur airport

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If you want to stay near the airport due to a late arrival or an early flight the next morning, there are some great airport hotels you can choose from in the city!

Nowadays, most flights come and go from Kuala Lumpur International Airport known as KUL or KLIA, where most international flights coming with Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia arrive at.

But there is another airport in the city as well, that functions at a smaller scale – Subang Airport/ Skypark Terminal (SZB) where only Terminal 3 is in use for domestic Malaysian routes and short routes to Thailand and Indonesia.

My selection of hotels below is based both airports for your convenience. So, without further ado, here are the best Kuala Lumpur airport hotels I recommend:

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Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL)

  • Movenpick Hotel & Convention Center KLIA is the go-to luxury and 5-star option for the area by having 2 convention halls, a ballroom, 17 meeting rooms, a spa, a gym, a kids’ club, and separate swimming pools for males and females. All rooms have air-conditioning and some of them have a separate living area.
  • Sama Sama Hotel KLIA is your best option for a middle-priced airport hotel where all rooms and suites have a bright decoration and come with a flat-screen TV and a minibar. As part of the amenities, there is a gym, a swimming pool, and a tennis court for the guests to use!
  • Hotel Sama Sama Express KLIA is a great budget option of accommodation near the KLIA, it is at a 5-minute walk to Gate C5 and have rooms available on a 6-hour basis. It is perfect for travelers wanting to catch their next flight. All rooms have air-conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV, and a private bathroom.

Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB)

  • Dorsett Grand Subang Hotel is a great 5-star hotel that offers their guests 4 dining options, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center with a sauna, and a free shuttle service to the malls. All of the rooms have air-conditioning and come with a smartphone for the guests to use for Wi-Fi!
  • Hotel New World Petaling Jaya is a beautiful, modern and elegant middle-priced hotel near the airport that has an infinity pool and 3 restaurants. This will leave you amazed, but all the rooms are on the 19th floor or above, they have a modern design and are all air-conditioned!
  • Acapella Suite Hotel, Shah Alam has a wide range of rooms available which is why some rooms are perfect for a cheap budget accommodation. Every room has a seating area, a kettle, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom. As part of their amenities, the smoke-free hotel has an outdoor pool, a well-equipped gym, and meeting rooms.


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Kuala Lumpur is one of those places that give you a different perspective of the world and that you should totally add to your bucket list for Asia! It is modern and organized while having its own dose of big city chaos and touristy attractions that are worth visiting.

In case you want to know what else there is to do in this city, you can check out my post on Things to do in Kuala Lumpur here!

All the accommodation options I found for you have fabulous reviews, modern facilities, cozy decorations, and are perfectly located for you to explore the city. So now the choice is yours – where would you like to stay? In the article above you can find the categorized selection of hotels for each type of traveler and budget, so I hope you find exactly what you’re looking for!

If you have any questions please leave them below in the comments, I’m happy to answer!


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