Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur City Centre
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 Kuala Lumpur 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 most popular sites in Kuala Lumpur.
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 Kuala Lumpur.
Bukit Bintang is a popular shopping street in central Kuala Lumpur 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 JalanAlor, which is which has a famous night food market on the street.
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.
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.