KUALA LUMPUR HOTELS | ACCOMMODATION GUIDE
Here’s an Accommodation Guide | Kuala Lumpur Hotels to help you in your next visit to the city.
Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, one of the most prosperous cities in the world. As you step out of KL International Airport what awaits you is a fusion of sights – Chinese temples, Hindu shrines, Islamic mosques and modern skyscrapers standing side by side, showcasing the city’s multicultural heritage. Every area of the city offers something different for locals and visitors alike. However, before you see the sights it would be best to establish a “base of operations” first (I am sure you wouldn’t want to lug around with heavy baggage during tours). Fortunately for you, Kuala Lumpur, being a prominent tourist spot, offers accommodations for any budget.
This article would talk about the best Kuala Lumpur hotels in each area of the city where you can rest comfortably after a day of exploration and wonder.
Best Kuala Lumpur Hotels in Bukit Bintang Area
Bukit Bintang – if you’re someone who immediately checks out the nearest mall upon arrival at your destination then Bukit Bintang is the area for you. It is considered the shopping district of Kuala Lumpur – filled with upscale malls, affordable boutiques, bars, and clubs. After shopping at the Pavilion or Plaza Low grab a bite at either Jalan Alor or Changkat Pub Street before going to bed in one of the area’s many accommodations or partying till you drop in TREC. Expect huge crowds, long lines (in the attractions and shops) and waits (for public transportation) as well as traffic since it is a shopping district after all.
Ritz-Carlton – as expected of an international chain, it is one of the best and finest Kuala Lumpur hotels. Guests are provided with a butler and all the amenities you can find in a 4 or 5-star accommodation. It neighbors the Pavilion Mall and even has a walkway to the Starhill Gallery Mall.
Kuala Lumpur Journal
Middle Range Accommodations
Kuala Lumpur Journal – a modern Kuala Lumpur hotel located near the main street. However, it is surprisingly quiet and guests can take a dip in the hotel’s infinity pool to relax after dinner in the restaurant or a day’s tour.
Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences – a Kuala Lumpur hotel for families and large groups. Its fully-furnished apartments (some having multiple rooms) make it perfect for extended stays. In addition to an Olympic and kiddie pool, the hotel has its own gym and yoga area.
Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade – it is a newly-opened Kuala Lumpur hotel having modern-style rooms and a rooftop pool.
Paper Plane Hostel
Paper Plane Hostel – a shop turned Kuala Lumpur hotel, this quaint accommodation offers both dormitory and private rooms, free mineral water as well as complimentary coffee and tea in the morning.
KL Backpacker – as the name suggests, it is a Kuala Lumpur hotel with dorm-type shared accommodations.
Best Kuala Lumpur Hotels in KLCC Area
Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) – be in the center of the action by staying in the center of the capital. The Petronas Twin Towers loom majestically over the KLCC. If you can afford the accommodations, you’ll not only be close enough to walk to Malaysia’s most well-known attraction but also to the upscale Suria KLCC mall, Traders Hotel Skybar, and Aquaria KLCC. However, if your budget is already strained, you can visit the galleries or take a stroll around KLCC Park instead.
Mandarin Oriental – the premier Kuala Lumpur hotel in the area boasting almost every amenity you can think of. Enjoy a massage, spa, a swim or a meal in any of its 10 restaurants, name it the Mandarin Oriental most likely has it. For those concerned with their fitness, not only can you go to the gym but also play tennis in the hotel’s inner court.
Traders Hotel – the famous 33rd-floor skybar and indoor pool make this the perfect Kuala Lumpur hotel for clubbers and partygoers in the area.
Villa Samadhi – if you want a more relaxed atmosphere after shopping or a day’s tour then this Kuala Lumpur hotel is for you. Pools and gardens connect all the rooms creating a relaxing and peaceful vibe. The price is steep but the ambiance is worth it.
Middle Range Accommodations
GTower – this Kuala Lumpur hotel is a match for those wanting the comfort of the accommodations above but cannot afford the price. In addition to an in-house restaurant and gym, the G Tower also has a rooftop infinity pool, perfect for a face to face with the Petronas Towers.
Le Apple Boutique Hotel
Le Apple Boutique Hotel – it is a surprisingly cheap but good quality Kuala Lumpur hotel in the most expensive part of the city. The hotel may lack the usual amenities but it has fully-furnished rooms, each even has a minibar and free Wi-Fi.
Best Kuala Lumpur Hotels in KL Sentral and Lake Gardens Area
KL Sentral and Lake Gardens – contains Kuala Lumpur’s animal parks and botanical gardens making it the perfect area for nature lovers and those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Even though you are still in the city, you will feel far away from it when you step inside the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park with rows of trees and flowers lining up its pathways. The park also serves as a hub connecting all the nature attractions (Perdana Botanical Garden, Butterfly Park, and Bird Park) together along with the National Museum and Islamic Arts Museum. For those needing a reminder that they’re still within a city the NU Sentral Mall and Little India are close by. The only catch in this area is that you’ll be doing a lot of walking or biking to get from one place to the other.
The Majestic Hotel
The Majestic Hotel – no it is not a generic description for the place it really is called “The Majestic Hotel”. It is one of the oldest Kuala Lumpur hotels still open, being built in 1932. The Majestic Hotel lives up to its name by providing a service fit for Malayan nobles and English colonial administrators of old. Modern fully-furnished rooms jive well with the vintage designed bar and colonial period-inspired uniforms of the staff. There is also a pool and gym and tea service is provided in the afternoon.
The St. Regis – a Hollywood-themed Kuala Lumpur hotel. If you cannot meet your Hollywood stars then at least live like them for a bit by staying in a room with a walk-in closet, modern comforts and butler service.
Aloft – this Kuala Lumpur hotel located near the KL Sentral Station connects to the NU Sentral Mall allowing guests to shop and dine as soon as they wake up or get off the station. The hotel is not just some “passageway” to the mall for it has its own bar and rooftop pool.
Best Kuala Lumpur Hotels in KL Tower Bukit Nanas Area
KL Tower Bukit Nanas – cannot decide where to go first? Then stay in the area that connects the districts together to make traversing each easier. The only attractions in this area are the Menara KL, an iconic tower used as an observatory for Islamic holidays, and Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, a small rainforest in the middle of Kuala Lumpur where indigenous flora and fauna are taken care off. On a positive note, at least you’ll have a quiet hub to return to after every tour to the other areas.
Shangri La Kuala Lumpur
Shangri La Kuala Lumpur – it is an old but still popular Kuala Lumpur hotel serving the area for more than 30 years now. Its fully-furnished modern rooms, swimming pool, buffet services, and lounge give credit to its reputation as one of the famous and often fully-booked hotels not just in Kuala Lumpur but all of Malaysia.
The FACE Suites – if you want easy access to the Petronas Towers but cannot afford to stay in the KLCC then this Kuala Lumpur hotel is for you. Not only is it walking distance from the twin towers but it also boasts fully-furnished apartments and a rooftop pool.
Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur
Middle Range Accommodations
Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur – despite looking like a standard apartment complex, this Kuala Lumpur hotel has amenities usually only found in 4 or 5-star accommodations. Other than the regular fully-furnished rooms and pool, Fraser Place has a fitness center, sauna and game room. Stay here if you want something close to 4 or 5-star comfort on a budget.
Best Kuala Lumpur Hotels in Chinatown and Merdeka Square Area
Chinatown and Merdeka Square – the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur, what is now one of the world’s well-developed metropolis started on this spot as a farming and fishing town on the estuary of the Gombak and Klang Rivers. Stay here if you are on a tight budget as there a lot of cheap accommodations in the area and you can haggle for prices for goods and souvenirs in Petaling Street and the Central Market. Just watch out for thieves and unscrupulous characters wanting to take advantage of tourists. Once you’re settled, you can then visit the area’s numerous splendid Chinese temples, solemn Islamic mosques and the historical Sultan Abdul Samad Building. A KL Heritage Trail tour is also offered so don’t miss that and if you are interested in a bit of Malayan culture then go to the National Textile Museum and see how the famous “batik” (textile art) is made.
Back Home Kuala Lumpur Hostel
Back Home Kuala Lumpur Hostel– this Kuala Lumpur hotel has both private and dorm-styled shared rooms for guests and they even offer guided hiking trips to the nearby mountain trails.
Big M Hotel – the name of this Kuala Lumpur hotel comes from the fact that it’s on top of a McDonald’s restaurant but don’t let the appearance and size fool you – this accommodation offers fully-furnished private rooms.
Hotel 1000 Miles – as with all accommodations in the Chinatown and Merdeka Square, this Kuala Lumpur hotel offers both private and shared rooms at cheap prices.
Reggae Mansion – one of the decent, if not the most, Kuala Lumpur hotel in the area converted from a colonial building into an affordable accommodation/party area. Guests wanting decent sleep are advised to rent a room on the first floor and bring earplugs to shut out the noise from the rooftop bar and club.
Best Kuala Lumpur Hotels in Chow Kit, Kampung Baru, and Masjid India Area
Chow Kit, Kampung Baru, and Masjid India – the least visited area in Kuala Lumpur (by tourists) showcasing what life was once like before the city became the urban powerhouse it is today. Visitors will be stepping back in time to the colonial period meeting residents living in traditional and Victorian wooden homes and selling their wares at the Masjid India Pasar Malam bazaar on Saturday or fresh produce at the Bazaar Baru Chow Kit wet market. If you’re hungry, drop by the Jalan Raja Muda Musa Street restaurant strip, otherwise known as “The Row”. Other sights include Tatt Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara, the largest Sikh temple in Southeast Asia, and the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, where visitors can rent motorboats to go around the lake or a helicopter ride in addition to strolling around the park and enjoying a view of the city skyline. Just be wary that Kuala Lumpur’s red-light district moved from Jalan Alor to here if you’re not comfortable with such a thing.
Hotel Stripes – surprisingly this 4 star Kuala Lumpur hotel has a business in a remote and relatively poor part of the city. The fully-furnished modern rooms come with espresso machines and minibars refilled each day with water and soft drinks and there is a rooftop bar with a pool in the center. There is a restaurant on the ground floor serving a fusion of Southeast Asian and Western food. Ladies also enjoy free wine during “Ladies’ Night” on Thursdays. Hotel Stripes is truly a sight of modernity in an area “locked in time”.
Sheraton Imperial – if Hotel Stripes is too modern and hip for your taste then go to this Kuala Lumpur hotel and experience the grandeur of an age long gone. The décor may be reminiscent of European colonial manors but the rooms are designed for modern comforts. After a swim in the pool and a workout in the gym, guests can go to “The Row” (just in front of the hotel) for a bite to eat, the Quill mall to shop or the Medan Tuanku monorail station nearby to visit other areas of Kuala Lumpur.
Bangsar South – if you want to go find something new but still close to malls, groceries and tourist spots from your accommodations without the noise and crowds (quite a hefty request) then this newly-developed area is for you. Bangsar South is slated by the Malaysian government to be a new upscale district in the same vein as KLCC. The area is so new that the majority of businesses, restaurants, and hotels only began opening around January 2019 so don’t expect to see anything noteworthy here as of the time of writing this article. However, it is perfect for those wanting peace and quiet with easy access to goods and services and bragging “that you’ve been to Bangsar South” before it was cool.
Capri by Frasier
Capri by Frasier – the first hotel in the area, it pushes on ahead of its present (and future) competitors by providing full-service accommodations (name an amenity, most likely this hotel has it or will be implementing it soon). Modern fully-furnished rooms – checked, room service – checked, restaurant – checked, gym – checked and pool – checked. In fact, hoteliers consider it the future best Kuala Lumpur hotel, rivaled only by the Mandarin Oriental and Shangri La Kuala Lumpur.
V E Hotel and Residences
Middle Range Accommodations
V E Hotel and Residences – one of the new accommodations that have opened up in the area catering to guests wanting the comfort of 4 or 5-star hotels on a budget. This Kuala Lumpur hotel is so new to the industry that reviews state that staff and management are struggling with operations but guests are encouraged to try their luck (and patience) in the hotel since it has clean and well-maintained fully-furnished rooms, an infinity pool and a gym.
There you have it, the different areas of Kuala Lumpur and the best accommodations for each according to budget. Hopefully, this article helped you decide where to set up your “base of operations” and start exploring. This isn’t an authoritative and definitive best of the best list of Kuala Lumpur hotels since it’s based on reviews and industry benchmarks so the final decision will be up to you and your wallet. However, since you came to the place to see the tourist spots most likely you’ll only be in your hotel room to rest meaning what’s important for accommodation is that it’s clean, comfortable, safe and secure. If you want a hotel with all the amenities that make you feel like royalty, good, but if you just want a clean and safe place to stay while touring on a budget, still good, what’s important is that you enjoy yourself and relax during your vacation in Kuala Lumpur.