Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant, exciting city that is often overlooked by tourists.
We think it is perfect either as a city break or as a base for exploring Malaysia.
Here are some of our favourite areas and hotels in KL.
Kuala Lumpur at night credit Azlan Baharudin on Unsplash
KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre)
The heart of the city, home to the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower, the business centre but also lots of entertainment, nightlife and dining options.
Many of the hotels and restaurants are aimed at the more expensive market but there are some options for other travellers.
KLCC is home to a number of museums and galleries but is also excellent for shopping choices.
Other highlights in KLCC include the KLCC Park, KLCC Lake Symphony (choreographed fountains and music), Aquaria KLCC (an incredible aquarium), Suria Mall & Petronas Art Gallery.
Mandarin Oriental. Set between the flowering gardens of the KLCC Park and the dramatic heights of the Petronas Twin Towers, locations don’t get much better than this.
Soho Suites KLCC. A range of family friendly, multi-bedroom apartments in the heart of KLCC and a short walk from the Petronas Towers
Traders Hotel. Part of the luxury Shangri-La hotels group, the hotel has won many awards and is visited by many just for the stunning 33rd floor Sky Bar with views over KL.
Impiana KLCC Hotel. Proving that you can find a good quality mid-range hotel in the centre of KLCC. The Impiana KLCC Hotel has direct pedestrian access to Suria Mall, a spa and infinity swimming pool.
If you want to be in the heart of the shopping, food and entertainment in Kuala Lumpur then Bukit Bintang is probably the place for you. Situated next to KLCC and its sights, it is still city centre so beware it can be incredibly busy and the roads can become gridlocked at times.
Accommodation choices are plentiful and at all price brackets.
The area is home to the Jalan Alor which features an incredible array of street food vendors. Lot10 Food court is another food area worth visiting. Nearby Changkat Pub Street features plenty of options for wining and dining.
The area also has world class shopping including at the massive Pavillion Mall.
Kuala Lumpur Journal. This trendy 4 star boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city center with easy access to public transport. Centrally located in the city’s main shopping (Pavilion and Lot10) and entertainment district within walking distance of Jalan Alor and the bustling bars & restaurants at Changkat Bukit Bintang.
Le Apple Boutique Hotel Bukit Bintang. With a great locations and reasonable prices this trendy hotel is instantly recognisable by the bright purple exterior which transforms into a Japanese Zen theme throughout.
Melia Kuala Lumpur. An excellent location just a short distance from public transport and all of the local attractions. Comfortable rooms and great rates.
Furama Bukit Bintang. Popular with families and business travellers due to the location and relaxed atmosphere. Facilities include a restaurant, gym and a cool rooftop pool, fringed by palm trees, with fantastic views of KL.
Chinatown / Petaling Street
Another great location for all the main KL sites but with an excellent range of budget accommodation options. The area has lots of shopping opportunities in the small shops and stalls and is even better for street food options.
Pick your accommodation wisely and you will be rewarded but beware, there are a number of poor backpacker hostels in the area.
Highlights include Petaling Street (great for street food and tourist shopping), Central Market (for a more upscale shopping experience), Merdeka Square, Sin Sze Ya temple, KL Heritage Trail Walk and the National Textile Museum.
Travelodge City Centre. Opposite Central Market and a short walk from Petaling Street is this 3 star hotel offering more facilities than many choices in the area.
Backhome Hostel. This boutique hostel offers private rooms (shared bathrooms) and dorms with many amenities not found in most hostels
5 Elements Hotel. A boutique hotel with excellent facilities, at affordable prices located in Chinatown
Big M Hotel. Sitting on top of a McDonalds may not sound like the best location but it is handy for all Chinatown sights. Very affordable and nice, clean rooms make this a good budget choice.
KL Sentral / Little India
With a range of hotels from budget to luxury, food from all over the world and shopping for everyone, KL Sentral is a great option away from the city centre.
The nearby Brickfields, or Little India, has superb Indian food and crafts as well as Buddhist temples.
Highlights include KL Bird Park, KL Butterfly Park and Perdana Botanical Gardens for some nature and green spaces, the National Museum and Islamic Arts Museum.
Dating back to 1932 this is your chance to take in some 5 star colonial luxury alongside modern luxuries and facilities, top-class dining and impeccable service.
St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
This luxury 5 star Marriott Hotel has award winning dining and spa facilities together with all the amenities you would expect in a luxury hotel
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
An excellent mid-range hotel with a rooftop pool right next to KL Sentral shopping and just a 5 minute walk from Little India.
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