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Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (with Best Hotels + Prices!)

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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 mall.

In case you have decided to take a trip to this wonderful city, you might be wondering where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, right? And that’s why I’m here to help!

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!

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

If you’re in a hurry…

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The best area where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for the first time is KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre). This is the ideal area if you want to be in the middle of the action at all times and the place where all the most important attractions are located.

Best hotels in Kuala Lumpur in a nutshell

Which area should you choose?

First of all, here a map of all the 5 areas I am recommending for your stay in Kuala Lumpur:

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But how can you choose the best area to stay for you? No worries, just check out my personalized list of recommendations below and choose the one that fits your budget and itinerary best:

  • Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for luxury: KL Sentral
  • Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur on a budget: Chinatown
  • Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for nightlife: Bukit Bintang
  • Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for families: Kuala Lumpur KLCC

Now let’s find out everything you need to know about the 5 best neighborhoods to stay in Kuala Lumpur (with hotels) for all types of travellers:

1. Kuala Lumpur City Centre – Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for the first time

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KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) 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 KL hotels! In this area you can also find a big park and a mosque, open to everyone.

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 perfect area for you, here are the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) that I recommend:

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Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur – Looking for the ultimate place for your stay? Search no more! This top boutique hotel in the city centre offers the guests an outdoor swimming pool and a bar where you can have a drink while seeing the Petronas Twin Towers. Get ready for an exceptional stay in Kuala Lumpur with a central location near the twin towers, especially if you’re visiting for the first time!
  • 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.

Mid-range (US$55 – US$160)

  • Impiana KLCC Hotel – The accommodation is very close to Petronas Twin Towers and has great amenities such as an in-house bar, a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, family rooms and more! Close to Petronas Towers, Merdeka Square Park and KLCC Park as well!
  • 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! Get ready for a very comfy stay in Kuala Lumpur!

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. This accommodation is also close to the Twin Towers as well and it’s great for the first time you visit!
  • ibis Kuala Lumpur City Centre – This is one of the best 4 star hotels in Kuala Lumpur with an infinity pool close to Petronas Towers. 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 – Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for nightlife

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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!

Bukit Bintang can be seen as the retail belt of KL housing some of the best shopping malls, cafe places, bars, night markets, and street food eateries. Bukit Bintang is very popular for tourists (especially thanks to Jalan Alor Food Street), but mostly local and foreign youth groups. Because of the location of Bukit Bintang neighborhood, it is easy to move around from or towards the area via public transport (local monorail station, taxis, buses).

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Here are the best hotels in Bukit Bintang area:

Luxury (US$160 and up)

  • Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur – This 5-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur 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 more!
  • The Westin Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang – This accommodation in Bukit Bintang has a beautiful façade and it’s close to a monorail station, as well as Jalan Alor street food! Truly among the top luxury hotels for a great stay in Bukit Bintang close to the shopping malls and Changkat!

Mid-range (US$55 – US$160)

  • MOV Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang – This hotel in Bukit Bintang offers guests an outdoor rooftop swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness center. One of the best hotels for a pleasant stay in Bukit Bintang close to Jalan Alor street food and other shopping malls!
  • citizenM Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang – This lovely and modern accommodation in Bukit Bintang is filled with plants throughout the areas for you to feel fresh air! It is the perfect hotel in Bukit for two people travelling to the city!

Budget (up to US$55)

  • Gold3 Boutique Hotel – This smoke-free hotel in Bukit Bintang 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 excellent family rooms, perfect as a family-friendly accommodation!
  • 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. A great option for the perfect budget stay in Bukit Bintang!

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 Kuala Lumpur has all rooms fitted with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a desk. Staying here means you can also enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, the in-house restaurant, and a fully equipped fitness center.
  • Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel – This hotel is a great option in the Chow Kit area; it has modern rooms with a walk-in wardrobe and ironing facilities, the private bathrooms even come with a bathtub – I’m sure you’ll like them!

Mid-range (US$30 – US$75)

  • Red by Sirocco – This 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!
  • MoMo’s Kuala Lumpur – This lovely hotel has the best views of the KL tower and Petronas Towers! It also has an on-site restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Every room comes with air-conditioning, an electric tea pot, and more!

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 among the very good budget hostels 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 – Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur on a budget

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

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. While you’re there, make sure to pay a visit to Petaling Street Market while there!

NOTE: Unfortunately, being such an affordable neighborhood, there are no luxury hotels in Chinatown. But if you’re looking for even more budget accommodations, I recommend checking out Little India as well!

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Mid-range (US$25 and up)

  • The Quay Hotel KL – This 4-star mid range place to stay has a variety of soundproofed room sizes to fit all preferences, all with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and more! Close to Little India, Petaling Street Market and plenty of public transport options as well!
  • Tian Jing Hotel – This is among the top hotels where the rooms can come with a balcony and garden view or a small patio. Plus, there is free Wi-Fi in all the property areas!

Budget (up to US$25)

  • Iron Inn – This is among the beautiful hotels that have a very nice decoration and it also offers a shared terrace where you can relax. Close to Petaling Street Market as well! You won’t get bored even if you’ll spend two years here!
  • Birdnest Collective Cafe & Guesthouse – This cheap hotel in Kuala Lumpur is a property that has lots of different types of rooms, including family rooms among their options. Their clean and spacious rooms are fully air-conditioned, come with a flat-screen TV, and carpeted flooring.

5. KL Sentral – Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for luxury

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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 KL Sentral 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 heritage KL accommodation in KL Sentral has a modern colonial décor with neo-classical details, and has an outdoor pool at guests disposable – perfect for a luxurious travel!
  • Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur – This is a great 5-star hotel at KL Sentral 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!

Mid-range (US$55 – 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 places 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. This is among the best budget hotels for a great budget stay in Kuala Lumpur!

BONUS: Best apartments in Kuala Lumpur

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

Luxury (US$160 and up)

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Mid-range (US$55 – US$160)

  • Apartment Sharppi – This middle-priced apartment in Kuala Lumpur is the best place to stay and it not only has air-conditioning, but also an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center!
  • 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!

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.
  • Luxury Condo Bukit Bintang – This apartment has contemporary furniture and decoration and everything is so cozy you will feel at home!

BONUS 2: Best hotels near Kuala Lumpur airport

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Nowadays, most flights come and go from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/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 on 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)

  • (Luxury) 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 and more!
  • (Mid-range) Sama Sama Hotel KLIA is your best option for a middle-priced airport hotel; all rooms and suites here have a bright decoration and come with a flat-screen TV and a minibar.
  • (Budget) Capsule Transit KLIA 2 (Airside) is a great budget option of accommodation near the KLIA, only 2.4 km from it! It has rooms available on a 6-hour or 12-hour basis.

Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB)

  • (Luxury) New World Petaling Jaya is a great 5-star place to stay that offers their guests 2 swimming pools, a fitness center and more. Plus, it is only 5.8 km from the airport and it awaits with excellent service and it’s also close to a shopping mall.
  • (Mid-range) Acappella Suite Hotel, Shah Alam is a beautiful, modern and elegant middle-priced hotel near the airport that has an infinity pool, a fitness center, private parking and more.
  • (Budget) U3 HOTEL has a wide range of rooms available which is why some rooms are perfect for a cheap budget accommodation.



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Conclusion

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Phew! You have reached the end of my complete guide on Kuala Lumpur hotels, all grouped by the top areas in the city!

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.

Did you find the ideal place to stay for you in this post? If you have any questions please leave them below in the comments, I’m happy to answer!

Mariana

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By |2020-03-30T21:32:18+04:00October 4th, 2019|Kuala Lumpur, Asia, Malaysia|0 Comments
About the Author:
Mariana is a citizen of the world while being originally Peruvian. She is a writer and pastry cook who likes to share tips on traveling and local foods. When she’s not discovering new streets or tasting different pastries, she gets lost in the beauty of old-fashioned paper books.

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