Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
For a city that sees as many young independent travellers as Kuala Lumpur, it is peculiar how few services have sprung up to serve their needs. Compare the situation with Bangkok say, which has a ... Read more.
Bukit Bintang has long been KL's main commercial and entertainment centre, making it the most logical place for most visitors to stay. The area now has both the widest range, and largest amount, of accommodation in the city.
An expensive cracker168 Jalan Imbi
T: (03) 2142 8000; F: (03) 2143 8080
This is one of world's most affordable Ritz Carltons to stay in, so if you have never experienced true five-star luxury, this is a good place to treat yourself. It's not just the high comfort factor ... Read the full review of Ritz Carlton Hotel.
A star is born65 B (2nd Floor), Jalan Sultan Ismail
T: (03) 2143 5050;
A new, and welcome, addition to the KL hostel scene, what Sunshine Bedz lacks in square footage it makes up for in the quality of its product, and its superb location in the heart of Bukit Bintang. ... Read the full review of Sunshine Bedz KL.
Affordable comfort and style27 Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari
T: (03) 2145 3525; F: (03) 2145 3527
Rainforest by name, rainforest by nature, this place is virtually hidden by a thick covering of tropical vegetation. There is nothing overblown about the decor though, which is simple and tasteful. ... Read the full review of Rainforest Bed & Breakfast .
A smart budget choice2 Jalan Tengah, off Jalan Sultan Ismail
T: (03) 2142 0122; F: (03) 2142 1289
If you are looking for a decent, no-frills budget hotel in a great location, then you could do a lot worse than Lodge Paradize — a sympathetic conversion from a 1940s apartment block. Rooms are ... Read the full review of Lodge Paradize Hotel .
A great new budget hotel120 Jalan Pudu
T: (03) 2143 5000; F: (03) 2148 4000
Part of a small chain of budget hotels, My Hotel @ Bukit Bintang offers some of the best value accommodation in Bukit Bintang, so long as the semi-permanent promotional rates stay in force. For not ... Read the full review of My Hotel @ Bukit Bintang.
Worth taking a bite78 Jalan Alor
T: (03) 2142 2288; F: (03) 2141 1288
A budget hotel rather than a guesthouse, Apple offers a high level of comfort for the money. The beds are good, the linen is new and clean, and the sparkling bathrooms come with complimentary ... Read the full review of Apple Hotel.
Cheap old timer20-2C, Jalan Changkat Raja Chulan
T: (03) 2142 8449; F: (03) 2145 9809
A ramshackle rabbit warren of a guesthouse, its enduring popularity is somewhat surprising at first glance. But to have survived for 14 years in this ever-more competitive location, the Pondok must ... Read the full review of Pondok Lodge.
Tengkat Tong Shin
Tengkat Tong Shin and the roads off it, such as Jalan Sahabat and Jalan Rembia, has in a few short years become KL's leading hub for independent travellers. It is also superbly based for much of the city's best food, nightlife and shopping.
Full of character and charm7 & 9 Tengkat Tong Shin
T: (03) 2145 8003; F: (03) 2141 2800
An oasis of style and calm, this is one of KL's most characterful hotels. Sympathetically converted from two shophouses, most of the rooms look out onto a peaceful inner courtyard. The decor is ... Read the full review of Anggun Boutique Hotel .
Colourful new hotel33 Tengkat Tong Shin
T: (03) 2148 8838;
You have to give credit to this hotel for doing what they can to make staying on a budget as non-depressing as possible. The rooms are all done out in a cheery, contemporary style. The bathrooms look ... Read the full review of YY38 Hotel .
A class apart41 Jalan Sahabat, off Tengkat Tong Shin
T: (03) 2142 0689; F: (03) 2143 0689
The word boutique is much overused, but Sahabat is one of only a handful of guesthouses in KL which thoroughly justifies use of the term. It is classy and comfortable in a way that puts many of the ... Read the full review of Sahabat Guesthouse.60 to 120 ringgit 2 votes Flashpacker
Sweet price for en suites8 Jalan Rembia, off Tengkat Tong Shin
T: (03) 2148 8841;
A small guesthouse, CheckMate is located on Jalan Rembia, a quiet side road off Tengkat Tong Shin. All 14 rooms come with air-con and private bathrooms, making them some of the best value en suites ... Read the full review of CheckMate Guesthouse.
Get funky!2 Tengkat Tong Shin
T: (03) 2141 1168;
The tropical themed decor may not suit everybody's taste, but it fits perfectly with the fun, funky vibe of this guesthouse. It has almost certainly the least depressing windowless rooms in town. The ... Read the full review of Tropical Guesthouse.
Safe and secure10 Jalan Rembia, off Tengkat Tong Shin
T: (03) 2145 4745;
One of a cluster of guesthouses in a small road off Tengkat Tong Shin, Travellers Palm Lodge benefits from a quiet, but convenient location. This is a great little place, the only real downer being ... Read the full review of Travellers Palm Lodge.
No charm, but decent value48 Tengkat Tong Shin
T: (03) 2142 3339;
This guesthouse offers some of the best value along Tengkat Tong Shin, but do not expect any frills for your money – or a friendly welcome for that matter. But Green Hut is clean and reasonably ... Read the full review of Green Hut Lodge.
International traveller vibe5 Tengkat Tong Shin
T: (03) 2143 1279 ;
A bit difficult to find, as the Red Palm has no sign on the door, but it's well worth searching out (next door to Anggun Boutique Hotel). The place only has capacity for 14 people all up, including ... Read the full review of Red Palm.
OK back-up option4 Tengkat Tong shin
T: (03) 2148 6812;
This place is never going to win prizes for style or comfort, but it's not a bad option if newer, better rivals nearby are fully booked. On the plus side, the service is efficient, if not actually ... Read the full review of Anjung KL Guesthouse.
Chinatown is KL's oldest area, the place where the city grew from a frontier trading post, to a proper settlement. It has a huge amount of accommodation, mostly at the budget end of the market, but with a sprinkling of beter quality places.
Filling a midrange gap in the marketLot 243 Jalan Sultan
T: (03) 2031 6888; F: (03) 2031 6811
Chinatown may be able to boast of many excellent budget options, but when it comes to decent midrange choices, the cupboard is somewhat barer. The 5 Elements is one of the few places that ... Read the full review of The 5 Elements Hotel.
Bad spelling, good place to stayNo. 31-M1 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
T: (03) 2022 0129;
Not only does this place have one of the strangest names around, it also has one of the oddest entrances, through a 24-hour convenience store. Once inside though, the popularity of Ribbon Stayyz ... Read the full review of Ribbon Stayyz Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse .
No party, no cry1st Floor, 206 Jalan Tun H S Lee
T: (03) 2078 1163; F: (03) 2078 9163
Same prices, same quality as Reggae Guesthouse 1, but a very different vibe. This is the place to go if you want a good night's sleep, not party until the early hours with your new best friends. ... Read the full review of Reggae Guesthouse 2 .
In with the new128 & 130 Jalan Tun H S Lee
T: (03) 2078 6928;
This well-located place only opened in June 2010, but has rapidly established itself as one of KL's very best guesthouses. Clean, secure and tastefully designed, with friendly and helpful staff, it's ... Read the full review of The Explorers Guesthouse .
Great little budget hotel76B Jalan Sultan
T: (03) 2032 2676;
Given what many KL guesthouses charge for tiny rooms with shared bathrooms, this place offers some of the best value accommodation in town. All the rooms come with air-con, decent furniture, cable ... Read the full review of Etika Inn.
Don't judge a hotel by its cover34 & 36 Jalan Hang Lekir
T: (03) 2072 3388 ; F: (03) 2072 3389
Housed in a hideous building next to Petaling Street market, this hotel has a lot more going for it once you are inside. A real attempt has been made to add some individual style to the rooms, hence ... Read the full review of Chinatown Boutique Hotel.
Clean and affordable1st floor, 179 Jalan Tun HS Lee
T: (03) 2032 2821;
This place only opened in February 2011, but has already established itself as one of the best options in Chinatown. Suzie's offers clean, quiet and secure accommodation, at a very reasonable price. ... Read the full review of Suzie's Guesthouse and Hostel .
Bright new budget choice113 Jalan Sultan
T: (03) 2031 8133; F: (03) 2031 6133
What Soho has to do with KL Chinatown is anybody's guess, but regardless of the odd name, this is a welcome addition to Jalan Sultan's growing band of accommodation options. Although Soho Town only ... Read the full review of Hotel Soho Town.
Singaporean standards, at a price60A Jalan Hang Kasturi
T: (03) 2022 0688;
This place is a Singapore outpost of a small chain of hostels, so it should come as no surprise that it is both super clean and well-organised. The bulk of the accommodation is dorms, which range ... Read the full review of Fernloft KL @ Chinatown .
Basic but cleanNo 49-1 Jalan Sultan
T: (03) 2022 0049;
This is one of the best value guesthouses in KL, and so long as you do not expect any frills, it's worth considering for those on a tight budget. Transit Point is certainly basic, with just a bed and ... Read the full review of Transit Point Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse .
Feels like a homestayLot 40-1, Kasturi Walk
T: (03) 2072 4786; F: (03) 2072 8786
A welcome addition to the KL budget guesthouse scene, Palmmers is located in a converted shophouse, right next to Central Market. It's a tad difficult to find because the entrance is not on Kasturi ... Read the full review of Palmmers Guest House .
Nothing cheeky about their prices48 Jalan Sultan
T: (03) 2072 4229; F: (03) 2072 4271
Strung out over the top three floors of a building along bustling Jalan Sultan, this no-frills guesthouse offers some of the keenest pricing in KL. It has a range of accommodation, from dorm beds ... Read the full review of Monkee Inn .
A solid performer58-1 Jalan Hang Kasturi
T: (03) 2070 5570;
This is a well-run guesthouse with a reputation for providing decent quality backpacker accommodation. The rooms may be on the small side, but the beds are solid and comfortable, and the decor ... Read the full review of Matahari Lodge.Under 60 ringgit 2 votes Backpacker
Little India has nowhere near the range of decent accommodation offered by neighbouring Chinatown. But the area does have a handful of good options, and is convenient for both sightseeing and public transport.
Friend to the midrange traveller135 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
T: (03) 2693 7878; F: (03) 2693 6878
A new midrange hotel, Frenz has an awkward location but has already established itself as a solid choice. The rooms may be on the small side, but the quality of the fixtures and fittings are ... Read the full review of Frenz Hotel.
Affordable privacy37 & 39, Jalan Hang Lekiu
T: (03) 2070 4071; F: (03) 2026 6640
This place is closer to Little India than the heart of Chinatown, but is still in a good location, near Masjid Jamek LRT station. Although the Cintamani has no dorm rooms, it provides some of the ... Read the full review of Cintamani Travellers Lodge .
Brickfields is one of KL's oldest and most characterful neighbourhoods, located next to the city's busiest transport hub, KL Sentral. A burst of great new affordable hotels over recent years, has transformed the area's once seedy accommodation scene.
Well worth a viewing165, Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, off Jalan Tun Sambanthan 4
T: (03) 2260 1818; F: (03) 2260 1881
If you are looking for a decent midrange hotel near KL Sentral, then this new place has a lot going for it. Not only are the rooms clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated, the pricing structure ... Read the full review of Hotel Summer View .
Great budget hotel near KL Sentral1 Jalan Tun Sambanthan 4
T: (03) 2273 8000; F: (03) 2273 6000
This was the first of the My Hotel chain to open, and a very welcome addition to the budget accommodation scene it was too. Providing simple, clean, comfortable accommodation at reasonable prices is ... Read the full review of My Hotel @ Sentral .
New Brickfields budget star68 Jalan Padang Belia
T: (03) 2260 5000; F: (03) 2274 6000
Just round the corner from the original My Hotel, this is a welcome addition to KL's best chain of budget hotels. It's slightly further away from KL Sentral, on a side street behind the YMCA, but ... Read the full review of My Hotel @ Brickfields .
Bringing joy to budget travellers in Brickfields22-1, Jalan Thambipillay
T: (03) 2274 7380;
For years Brickfields was seriously lacking in decently priced, non-sleazy accommodation, but a new crop of affordable budget hotels is changing all that. The recently opened Joy Inn is a case in ... Read the full review of Joy Inn Hotel.
Quirky new backpacker place1-6, 30 Jalan Thambipillay
T: (03) 2260 1434;
This is a bright, funky new hostel, but it's let down by privacy and security issues. Starting with the negatives, the rooms are not really private, as the dividing walls do not reach the ceiling. ... Read the full review of PODS The Backpackers Home .
Brickfields cheapie4th Floor, 27 Jalan Tun Sambanthan 4
T: (03) 2273 7758;
One of life's truest maxims is that you get what you pay for, and so long as you do not expect any frills for your money, this is not a bad choice for travellers on a tight budget. If your budget ... Read the full review of Central Lodge .
Pudu once had a rather bad reputation, but this has improved markedly over recent years. A cluster of decent options, to the rear of Berjaya Times Square, makes for a decent accommodation alternative to neighbouring Bukit Bintang.
A welcome new budget hotel77 Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, off Jalan Pudu
T: (030) 2148 9191; F: (030) 2148 9393
Tucked away in the Pudu area behind Berjaya Times Square, the location is the only real downer about this new hotel. Friendly service, clear pricing, tasteful decor, good bathrooms and high ... Read the full review of Beltif.
Easily the best near PudurayaNo 35 Jalan Pudu Lama, (near Puduraya)
T: (03) 2070 7770;
Not really in Pudu, but more in a no man's land between Bukit Bintang and Chinatown, the Step Inn Guesthouse is easily the best near Puduraya. Given that most of the budget accommodation close to ... Read the full review of Step Inn Guesthouse .
Worth it for the building alone52 Jalan 1/77A, off Jalan Pudu
T: (03) 2148 4648; F: (03) 2144 8648
This well-run guesthouse has retained a good deal of the period charm of the two Chinese shophouses it was fashioned from. It describes itself as a budget hotel, and considered in these terms is ... Read the full review of Classic Inn .
Good, solid choice34 Lorong 1/77A, off Jalan Pudu
T: (03) 2141 3078;
This is one of a sprinkling of guesthouses behind Berjaya Times Square, close to Imbi Monorail station. The dorms are clean, with decent quality beds, albeit with somewhat joyless decor. The rooms ... Read the full review of Irsia Bed and Breakfast .
This is undoubtedly one of the most convenient areas to stay in the city, but while it has numerous accommodation options, they are all at the high end of the market.
Location, location, location!KLCC
T: (03) 2332 9888; F: (03) 2332 2666
This superbly located hotel is part of an international brand, which was conceived as a less expensive alternative to its parent brand, Shangri-La. Such is Traders' popularity though, it can get away ... Read the full review of Traders Hotel.
If you need to ask the price, you can't afford itKLCC
T: (03) 2380 8888; F: (03) 2179 8659
This is without doubt the hotel to stay in KL if you really want a splurge. It's also among the most affordable places in the world to sample the Mandarin Oriental's near legendary standards of ... Read the full review of Mandarin Oriental .Over 500 ringgit 1 vote Luxury
Towering views, great roomsJalan Punchak, off Jalan P Ramlee (opposite Menara KL/KL Tower)
T: (03) 2332 7777; F: (03) 2031 2492
Situated on the top of a hill next to Menara KL, this is both a good location, in that great views come as standard, and bad, as guests have to catch a lot of taxis. Of course, given how spacious and ... Read the full review of Pacific Regency Hotel Suites .
Your casa in KL368B Jalan Tun Razak, Ampang Hilir
T: (03) 2179 8000; F: (03) 2161 1186
It may not be in the best location, across a busy road (and a 15-minute walk) from KLCC, but this is a hidden gem. As the name suggests, all the rooms at Micasa are suites, with their own kitchen and ... Read the full review of MiCasa All Suite Hotel.
Welcome to the clubNo 199 Jalan Tun Razak
T: (03) 2168 1919; F: (03) 2168 1818
One of KL's newest high-end hotels, this place has slipped into a classy groove straight away. The spacious and well-appointed rooms, the standards of service, the first class sporting facilities, ... Read the full review of GTower Hotel .
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