Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the biggest city in Malaysia and a major air hub in Southeast Asia. If you are travelling in the region the chances are you are going to passing through here at some point. While it’s nowhere near as big as Bangkok, it’s a spread-out city that can be hard to navigate. The roads are confusing and the public transport is somewhat disjointed.

To help pick a hotel in KL I have narrowed down the best areas to stay if you are visiting for the first time. These areas are centrally-located and with public transport, and have access to the the most popular sites in KL.

The hotels listed are the best-rated hotels in their class for each area.



Chinatown is where you will find the cheapest budget guesthouses and the most lively street activity. Hostels and guesthouses are clustered around the Petaling Street market, and it is also near the colonial-era administrative buildings. Some of the budget options are very basic, catering for the backpacker set, while the mid-range options are the cheapest in central KL.

Budget (1-2 Stars)

Backhome KL

1000 Miles Hotel

I’ve stayed at The Travel Hub Guesthouse and Matahari Lodge, which are budget options in the Chinatown area.

Mid-range (3-4 Stars)

Hotel GEO

Pacific Express Hotel Central Market

Bukit Bintang

Jalan Alor

Bukit Bintang is a popular shopping street in central KL with lots of cheap and mid-range hotels. Bukit Bintang refers to the street of the same name, and the surrounding area. Running parallel to Bukit Bintang is Jalan Alor, which is which has a famous night food market on the street.

Budget (1-2 Stars)

Hotel Paloma Inn


Mid-range (3-4 Stars)

Melange Boutique Hotel

The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel

Luxury (5 Stars)

Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel and Residences Hotel


KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) is the shopping complex attached to the Petronas Twin Towers, and sometimes refers to the area around the towers. There are lots of malls and luxury hotel chains in this area, and the streets are less chaotic.

Budget (1-2 Stars)

Summer Suites Residences

Mid-range (3-4 Stars)

Placin at Marc Residence KLCC

Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Luxury (5 Stars)

Traders Hotel by Shangri-La is well-known for having one of the best views of the Petronas Towers. The hotel faces the park behind the Twin Towers, so there is no other building to obstruct the view.

Traders Hotel by Shangri-La

The Shangri-la Hotel is set in a lush tropical garden ideally located between the Petronas and Bukit Bintang. Here is my review.

Shangri-la Hotel - Kuala Lumpur
[Shangri-la Hotel – Kuala Lumpur.]


Bangsar is a popular area for expats so I’ve listed this if you want an extended stay away from the touristy areas. It’s one stop away from KL Sentral on the MRT so it’s accessible for casual visitors without a car. There are not a lot of hotel options here so it’s a good area to search if you are using Airbnb.

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