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Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur. Aerial cityscape image of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during sunrise.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, located in South East Asia. It’s well known for the popular tourist attraction; the 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, which are a pair of skyscrapers. The towers also offer 2 lookout areas, the skybridge and observation deck.

The city is a little spread out to hard to navigate, so we have set up the below article to help you pick the best hotel for your trip to Kuala Lumpur, whether it’s a quick overnight stopover or a week-long trip. The below areas are mostly centrally located, nearly public transport and access to the most popular sites in Kuala Lumpur.

We will cover off all types of Kuala Lumpur accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Kuala Lumpur hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, the best Kuala Lumpur hotels, best places in Kuala Lumpur to visit, the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur, hotels near Kuala Lumpur attractions and many more. 

Quick note: Prices will obviously vary from high season to low season, in some cases by almost 50%! Low tourist season is from February to May as well as October and high tourist season is from the beginning of December to the end of January as well as June, July, and August, and into mid-September.

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Kuala Lumpur City Centre – Best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur for tourist

Kuala Lumpur’s high-rise City Center is known for upscale fashion malls, luxury hotels and extensive views from the famous Petronas Twin Towers. The very green Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park offers walking paths and magical fountains, lovely for an even walk with your partner. Dining options range from stylish bistros offering Asian and European cuisine, to elegant rooftop bars serving innovative cocktails. The Petronas Towers area is also where to stay in Kuala Lumpur with family.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)

Cheapest Hostels in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
2Hampshire Hostel
The Bed KLCC
Famous BackPackers Corinthian KLCC

Budget Hotels in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
Hotel Gulshan Ampang
Sakura Boutique Hotel
Chaos Hotel

Family friendly/Mid-range hotels in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
Le Apple Boutique Hotel @ KLCC
Ascott Kuala Lumpur
Impiana KLCC Hotel
Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur
ibis Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala lumpur cityscape. Panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur city skyline during sunrise viewing skyscrapers building and in Malaysia.

Bukit Bintang – Best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur for shopping

The Bukit Bintang area is in the centre of Kuala Lumpur and well connected with the different areas of the city. It’s also known as the shopping destination in Kuala Lumpur. This area offers High-end shopping malls, restaurants, pumping nightclubs, night markets and more located in Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Pavilion KL is an iconic shopping mall where you will find different designer stores that sell dresses, jewellery, bags, shoes, watches etc as well as the normal clothing or fashion shops.  Open roof bars and live music nightclubs are the ultimate way to relax in Kuala Lumpur. It’s the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur for tourist as well as the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur for nightlife. Jalan Alor is also the best area for street food.

Where to stay in Bukit Bintang

Cheapest Hostels in Bukit Bintang
Sunshine Bedz Kl

Budget Hotels in Bukit Bintang
Tune Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Geo Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Lantern Hotel
Citin Seacare Hotel Pudu Kuala Lumpur

Family friendly/Mid-range hotels in Bukit Bintang
Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Hotel Istana
PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur
Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Bukit Bintang
Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel and Residences
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA -\Unidentified people visit Bukit Bintang shopping street in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur – Best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur on a budget

Chinatown is located on Petaling Street. Chinatown is known for its large market that sells produce, clothes and accessories. Local artists also sell their paintings and crafts at nearby Central Market, where stalls dish up noodles and curry to hungry travellers and locals alike.

At night, Petaling Street transforms into a vibrant and vigorous night market with hundreds of stalls. Buddhist temples in the area include the Taoist Guan Di Temple and the 19th-century Sri Mahamariamman Temple, with a facade of carved Hindu deities. Chinatown is the cheapest place to stay in Kuala Lumpur and the best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur for backpackers.

Where to stay in Chinatown

Cheapest Hostels in Chinatown
Le Village China Town
Grocer’s Inn
Reggae Guest House 2

Budget Hotels in Chinatown
Crossroads Hotel
Lantern Hotel
Prescott Hotel Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Family friendly/Mid-range hotels in Chinatown
Midah Hotel
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Hotel Maison Boutique

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Chinatown
Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences
Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur

Chinese New Year lanterns decoration in Thean Hou, Buddhist temple landmark in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!