Best Area to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur can feel small as a city when you compare it to major cities around the world.

However, it can still be confusing when you try to figure out the best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur, especially if this will be your first time visiting the city.

In this article, I am going to break down the different areas of the city. This guide will help you pinpoint the best area to put up based on your preferences, so you can get the most out of your stay.

At the same time, I will highlight the best hotels and hostels in these areas.

Let’s jump right in.

Overview of Kuala Lumpur

It is somewhat true that it doesn’t matter where you stay in Kuala Lumpur if all you want to do is to visit attractions in the city.

Most parts of Kuala Lumpur are connected by train lines and public buses. Even if they are not, you can easily hail a ride using GRAB.

Also, you don’t have to worry about food, shopping, and groceries here. Shopping malls of different sizes, restaurants, eateries as well as convenience stores are all over the place. It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to get to a place where you can get what you want.

The experience of living in the different areas, though, can vary a lot, especially for travelers.

Here’s a summary of the most popular areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur and the type of travelers they are best for:

Each of these areas has their own appeal. Of course, you can always choose to move around, so you can get to experience the different vibes in these areas.

KL Sentral Area

KL Sentral / Little India Area in Kuala Lumpur

KL Sentral area centers around the main transportation hub that is the meeting point of several train lines and bus routes.

Public transports with a stop at KL Sentral include:

  • KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit
  • LRT Kelana Jaya Line
  • KL Monorail
  • MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line
  • Airport buses
  • RapidKL city buses
  • GOKL buses

By putting up in one of the hotels or hostels in this area, you can easily travel to anywhere within or outside the city center conveniently.

For business travelers, staying here makes it easier to arrange for meetings because it will be a convenient location for your attendees.

Little India, which is just nearby, goes into “festival mode” when Deepavali is around the corner.

As for room prices, they are slightly more expensive because of its location. Unless you really need the convenience, there are better places to stay in Kuala Lumpur if you are looking to experience the city better or to be closer to attractions that you like.

  • Near KL Sentral, the main transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur with public transport to the airport.
  • Close proximity to attractions like Little India.
  • Slightly more expensive options for accommodation.
  • Not many things to do at night.
  • Busy traffic during the day.

Who Is It For?

  • Travelers transiting through Kuala Lumpur.
  • Business travelers.

Most Popular Hotel: Hotel Sentral Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Sentral Kuala LumpurHotel Sentral Kuala Lumpur (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) is just 5 minutes walk away from KL Sentral.

Along the street where the hotel is, there are plenty of eateries offering affordable menu items. For those who want to enjoy fancier meals, Nu Sentral, the shopping mall adjacent to KL Sentral should have what you need.

For its price, the rooms at Hotel Sentral are generally clean and well-maintained despite the aged building. Some guests also commended the housekeeping staffs of the hotel of doing a great job cleaning their rooms while they were out.

However, some guests encountered a stench in some parts of the hotel such as in the lifts and even in some rooms. There were also complaints about the basic amenities provided.

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Most Popular Luxury Hotel: Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Aloft Kuala Lumpur SentralYou will fall in love with Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) the moment you step into its lobby.

The trendy business hotel sits right beside KL Sentral and provides its guest with utmost convenience when they are traveling in Kuala Lumpur.

The hotel is one of the best in Kuala Lumpur. Across all hotel booking websites, it scored high ratings on pretty much every aspect of what makes an excellent accommodation provider.

Every part of its rooms is spotless and the staffs are very friendly towards guests. Many guests are also grateful for the breakfast provided.

The only minor negatives that come up sporadically are the slow check-in process as well as the poor soundproofing of rooms.

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Most Popular Budget Hotel: My Hotel @ KL Sentral

My Hotel @ KL SentralPrevious guests like their stay at My Hotel @ KL Sentral (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) mostly because of its close proximity to KL Sentral.

For a budget hotel, its room cleanliness is acceptable, and a number of guests actually found their beds to be quite comfortable.

The convenience store and eateries nearby offer guests plenty of options when it comes to food. Many guests who left a review also enjoyed a positive encounter with the staffs of the hotel.

Complaints about the hotel are mainly about the poor Wi-Fi connection. Those who still want to catch up with work or friends and family at home might want to consider staying at another hotel due to this.

Some guests felt the rooms, especially the bathrooms, are a little cramped. Most of those who stayed in rooms without a window didn’t enjoy their stay too.

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Most Popular Hostel: PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe

PODs The Backpackers Home and CafeLooking for a budget stay in the KL Sentral area? PODs The Backpackers Home & Cafe (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) is probably is a good place to start because a bed here only costs less than USD10 / RM41.90 per night.

The location and the friendliness of the staffs at this hostel is the biggest reason why travelers enjoyed their stay here. Even though some guests are not happy with its cleanliness, there are also those who think the hostel is clean and very comfortable.

The rooms at this hostel are small for most guests and some felt the dorms, especially those without a window, are a little cramped.

If you are a light sleeper, please take note that noise coming from the streets and movements of other guests within the hostel may keep you up at night. Also worth noting is that a small number of guests were bitten by bed bugs.

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KLCC Area in Kuala Lumpur

The KLCC area is the place surrounding the famous PETRONAS Twin Towers. This area is also where most 5-star hotels in the city are located.

Since it is a very iconic part of the city, the area is very well-maintained. The entire place turns into a beautiful cityscape at night as skyscrapers, street lamps, and huge LED boards light up. Besides, this part of the city is also very walkable.

You might want to stay in this area if PETRONAS Twin Towers will be the highlight of your trip. Many hotels in this area offer an unobstructed view of the twin towers from your room, allowing you to gaze at the majestic architectural masterpiece day and night.

Suria KLCC, a shopping mall between the twin towers, is well-known for the luxury brands it houses. Also, there are many high-end dining options around. Thus, the KLCC area is probably the best place for you to stay if you want to shop for branded goods and indulge yourself in 5-star experiences during your time here.

  • View of PETRONAS Twin Towers almost everywhere you go.
  • Well-maintained and walkable streets.
  • Beautiful at night.
  • Near KLCC Park, which is one of the few larger parks in the city center.
  • Prices for accommodation might be too expensive for most travelers.
  • Traffic can get busy during peak hours.

Who Is It For?

Most Popular Hotel: Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Traders HotelTraders Hotel Kuala Lumpur (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) is hands-down the best hotel to stay in the KLCC area.

Not only it is very close to PETRONAS Twin Towers, some of its rooms are the best spots in the entire city to marvel at the magnificent towers.

On top of that, almost all guests who stayed at the hotel will agree that they were treated with a 5-star experience.

Everything expected of a 5-star hotel such as having a friendly crew of staffs, clean and large rooms, comfortable beds, complete amenities, speedy WiFi connection as well as sumptuous breakfasts with a wide variety are all provided.

The SkyBar and pool at the hotel are nice additions to the experience. Besides, the hotel also provides a buggy service for guests to go back and forth from the hotel to PETRONAS Twin Towers.

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Most Popular Budget Hotel: The ZON All Suites Residences on the Park

The ZON Residences All Suites on the ParkThe ZON All Suites Residences on the Park (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) may not qualify as a budget hotel according to how most travelers define it, but it is indeed one of the cheapest hotels in the KLCC area that is welcoming a steady stream of guests every day.

Guests love the hotel for its spacious rooms and bathrooms, which are hard to come by in Kuala Lumpur at the room prices that they are charging. It is also very close to the twin towers. If you are traveling in a large group or with your family, you should definitely consider staying here.

The building of the hotel is a little old, and some of its rooms are showing obvious signs of aging. For example, some guests encountered dirty bathrooms, walls with paint coming off as well as broken furniture. Service provided by staffs received mixed reviews too.

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Petaling Street / Chinatown Area

Petaling Street Area in Kuala Lumpur

Petaling Street or the Chinatown area in Kuala Lumpur is a popular place to stay for budget travelers and backpackers.

By staying in this area, you will be in close proximity to Petaling Street, attractions like Central Market and those in the Lake Gardens area such as the National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park and KL Bird Park. There are many heritage buildings around too if you are into them.

You can also take the LRT train to other parts of the city from the Pasar Seni LRT Station, which just a stop away from KL Sentral. Pasar Seni LRT Station is also an interchange station between LRT Kelana Jaya Line and MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line.

Being so near to Petaling Street gives you plenty of dining options too. There are many food stalls, restaurants, cafés and eateries in the area that food is the last thing you need to worry about.

Some travelers may not feel safe wandering around this area late at night, though. There are still sections of the area frequented by drug addicts and patrons of illegal vice businesses.

  • Walking distance to attractions in the Lake Gardens area.
  • Plenty of options for food.
  • Many places to choose from for cheap accommodation.
  • Travelers may not feel safe, especially at night.
  • Streets are a little dirty and not well-maintained.
  • Limited nightlife spots.

Who Is It For?

  • Budget travelers.
  • Backpackers.
  • Foodies.
  • Travelers interested in history and culture.

Most Popular Hotel: Travelodge City Centre Hotel

It is not surprising to see Travelodge City Centre Hotel (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) topping the list as the most popular hotel in the Petaling Street area because it is a solid hotel that sits right next to the Pasar Seni Bus Hub, LRT Station and MRT Station.

The rooms here are decent. Despite offering small rooms, guests like the fact that they are clean and comfortable.

Among the nuances preventing the hotel from getting an even higher rating is because of their staffs. Although most of them are good and performed their duties, some guests highlighted the poor service they received during their stay.

The soundproofing of rooms is also poorly done. Some guests were not able to sleep due to the noise coming from the corridors and other rooms while those who tried to sleep in the early evening were disturbed by noise created by trains passing by.

Despite the minor shortfalls, Travelodge City Centre Hotel’s convenient location still makes it a worthy place to stay.

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Most Popular Budget Hotel: Pacific Express Hotel Central Market

Pacific Express Hotel Central Market

Most travelers don’t think about having a pool if they are looking to stay at a budget hotel, but a pool is exactly what makes Pacific Express Hotel Central Market (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) stands out.

Aside from the fact that it is located at a convenient location, Pacific Express Hotel is the only hotel in the Petaling Street area that offers a pool, albeit a small one. The view from the pool is also an extra bonus that guests enjoyed.

Cleanliness of the rooms at the hotel received mixed reviews. It is acceptable for most guests, but some saw a lot of areas for improvement. For example, those who stayed there didn’t have a good first impression of the hotel when they discovered stained pillows or bedsheets upon checking in.

Many previous guests consider the lights used in the rooms are a little too dim, especially for those who were staying in their room for the most part of the day.

Also, avoid rooms without a window if you can. Some guests complained about a stench caused by poor ventilation in these rooms.

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Most Popular Hostel: BackHome KL

BackHome KL

BackHome KL (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) might just be a hostel, but the ratings it got from its previous guests far exceed many accommodation options in the Petaling Street area.

It nailed every bit of what a traveler hopes for:

  • Convenient location – checked;
  • Clean and comfortable beds – checked;
  • Good breakfast – checked;
  • Friendly and helpful staffs – checked;
  • Common areas with a nice vibe – checked

Those who had the opportunity to stay here also commended the hostel for having a pretty complete range of amenities. The group tours and activities organized by the hostel made guests feel welcomed and allowed them to socialize among each other.

The only reason you wouldn’t consider putting up at BackHome KL is that you prefer a quiet environment with minimal social interactions.

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Bukit Bintang Area

Bukit Bintang Area in Kuala Lumpur

The Bukit Bintang area is a hotspot for travelers and locals alike. It can be broadly separated into two smaller areas:

Even though the two areas are just sitting next to each other, they are distinctive in their own way. They also cater to different types of traveler.

Jalan Bukit Bintang Area

Jalan Bukit Bintang Area in Kuala Lumpur

As soon as you arrive at Jalan Bukit Bintang, you can immediately tell the type of travelers that will like it most.

Shopping malls and restaurants line up the streets, attracting tens of thousands of people to them every single day. The street is always jam-packed with pedestrians. In fact, traffic here is always slow-moving to allow for pedestrian crossings.

Aside from shopping and indulging in the food, there are not many popular attractions around.

However, this area is connected to the KLCC area by the KLCC to Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway so travelers stay here can reach PETRONAS Twin Towers within minutes of walking.

You can also take the KL Monorail or the MRT to KL Sentral, before switching to a train line that will bring you to other popular attractions in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Plenty of shopping and dining options.
  • Connected to multiple train lines and bus routes.
  • Walking distance to Changkat Bukit Bintang, a well-known nightlife hotspot.
  • Well-patrolled and safe.
  • Busy streets can be noisy until late night.
  • Accommodation options are priced on the higher end.

Who Is It For?

  • Shoppers.
  • Foodies.

Most Popular Hotel: ANSA Kuala Lumpur

ANSA Kuala LumpurANSA Kuala Lumpur (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) is the perfect hotel for shopaholics.

The hotel sits on Jalan Bukit Bintang, which is the epicenter of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. On the same street, there are Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Lot 10 Shopping Center, and Fahrenheit 88. Berjaya Times Square which houses the biggest indoor theme park in Malaysia is just about 10 minutes walk away.

Travelers who stayed at ANSA Kuala Lumpur in the past didn’t have much to complain about the hotel because its rooms are clean and comfortable. There were some isolated cases where guests encountered ants in their room, though.

Many guests also had a pleasant experience dealing with the hotel staffs.

If you are a light sleeper, it is worth noting that the hotel’s surrounding can remain noisy until the wee hours. Request for a room that is not facing the main street if possible.

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Most Popular Budget Hotel: 33 Star Hotel

33 Star HotelAre you a traveler who would rather save money on accommodation and use it to satisfy your desire to shop? If the answer is yes, then 33 Star Hotel (Agoda | HotelsCombined) is probably the hotel for you.

Before you book a room, you should know that this is a budget hotel. The cheap room prices and its location that is so close to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur are the only two reasons why 33 Star Hotel is popular.

Its rooms offer very basic amenities. The only thing separating the bathroom from your bed is a thin curtain instead of a door.

To make things worse, quite a number of guests have seen cockroaches roaming around their room, and the only solution that the front desk was able to provide is a bottle of pesticide that guests will need to spray themselves.

On the brighter side of things, the staffs at 33 Star Hotel are helpful and friendly. They seem to understand the shortfalls of the hotel, and they are constantly helping guests to solve their problems as much as they can.

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Most Popular Hostel: Sunshine Bedz KL

Sunshine Bedz KLSunshine Bedz KL ( | HotelsCombined) is a hostel at one of the busiest intersection in the Bukit Bintang area, and it is just beside the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station as well as the Bukit Bintang MRT Station. There is no doubt that the hostel is at a very convenient location for backpackers.

The friendly and helpful staffs who are ever-ready to help guests with questions about traveling around Kuala Lumpur scored many points for the hostel.

Almost every guest who left a review highlighted the hostel’s clean rooms, comfortable beds and top-notch amenities in their own words.

It is also worth mentioning that Sunshine Bedz has a very warm and positive atmosphere. According to previous guests, they met some very nice and friendly people during their stay. Not a fan of bunk beds and sharing a space with others? Sunshine Bedz KL offers private rooms too!

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Changkat Bukit Bintang Area

Changkat Bukit Bintang Area in Kuala Lumpur

There are only a few spots in Kuala Lumpur for nightlife activities and Changkat Bukit Bintang is probably the most popular.

As dawn approaches, the street is closed off while the bars, lounges, and restaurants that will run way past midnight, open up for business.

Along the street, there are also many massage parlors for those who are left with a tired body after exploring the city.

There is no hotel along the street. However, if you stay at any of the places highlighted below, you will still be able to drag yourself back in case the night gets too crazy for you.

Avoid staying in this area if you prefer a good night’s sleep. A calm and quiet night never happen in this part of the city. Consider staying somewhere in the Jalan Bukit Bintang area if you want a place that is quieter but still within walking distance to this nightlife hotspot.

  • A very active nightlife scene.
  • Plenty of options for street food and restaurants.
  • Fairly walkable streets.
  • Very noisy at night.
  • Heavy traffic at night.
  • Some parts of the area is a little dodgy.

Who Is It For?

  • Nightlife enthusiasts.
  • Party-goers.

Most Popular Budget Hotel: Apple Hotel

Apple HotelApple Hotel (Agoda | HotelsCombined) is a small hotel along Jalan Alor, the famous food street in Kuala Lumpur. Walking from the hotel to the Changkat Bukit Bintang takes around 5 minutes only. Also, many guests stayed here because of its close proximity to Jalan Alor and Bukit Bintang.

Staffs at the hotel try to be helpful with guest requests. However, since the hotel only provides basic amenities, they are not able to fulfill most of them.

Cleanliness of the rooms at Apple Hotel is acceptable for a budget hotel in the area.

The biggest complaint that came up over and over again is the size of the rooms. According to guests who were here, the rooms and bathrooms are very small. If you have a lot of luggage with you, you should consider staying at another place.

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Outskirts of the City Center

Most travelers exploring Kuala Lumpur will stay in the city center for convenience, but that doesn’t stop a small percentage of those who want to live here like a local from staying somewhere on the outskirts.

High costs of living and the hecticness of the city center drive many locals, even those who are working here, to the outskirts of the city. Despite the distance, it is still quite convenient for them to reach the city center since it is connected to many of the areas around Kuala Lumpur via the LRT or MRT train service.

If you are after a more peaceful living environment, especially if you will be staying here for a longer period of time, the following are some of the best areas to stay on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur:

Bangsar and Mid Valley

Bangsar and Mid Valley are large, laid-back residential areas adjacent to each other. They sit just outside the city center.

Most of their residents are affluent locals. Expatriates who are staying here will see this area as their home for months or even years.

Many of the activities here center around the Telawi area in Bangsar. It is where you can find restaurants offering international cuisines, pubs, bistros, bars, and eateries running late into the night. It becomes even busier on Friday nights and during the weekends. During the day, you can also shop at boutiques scattered around in this area.

Bangsar is also a popular go-to place who people who are into arts, music and all kinds of stage performances. Live bands performing at restaurants are fairly common around here. Almost every weekend, there will be some art exhibitions or live music performances held somewhere in the area.

Mid Valley Megamall, the largest shopping mall in the area, is also another hotspot for activities. Both locals and expatriates come here to shop, watch movies, dine, and to spend time with friends and family. If you are looking for a hotel to stay, it will probably be in this part of the area.

There are no popular attractions around, but since you have Bangsar LRT Station, Mid Valley KTM Station and Bandar Sri Damansara MRT Station serving the area, the city center is just a few minutes away.

  • Calm living environment.
  • A fair amount of nightlife activities.
  • A lot of activities around art and creative performances.
  • No well-known attractions around.
  • Room prices for hotels here are similar to those in the city center.

Who Is It For?

  • Affluent travelers looking for a long-term stay.
  • Expatriates.

Most Popular Hotel: Cititel Mid Valley

Cititel Mid ValleyCititel Mid Valley (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) is probably the best hotel to stay in the Mid Valley and Bangsar area because it is just beside Mid Valley Megamall, one of the largest shopping mall in Malaysia.

The hotel has been around for quite some years, but the management is doing a good job maintaining it. Some of the fittings look old, but overall, the rooms are still clean and comfortable for most guests.

The staffs are very helpful too. Some guests found them to be proactive and have very good attention to detail.

Some guests who stayed at Cititel Mid Valley felt the rooms were a little cramped. Another downside of staying near Mid Valley Megamall is that the traffic in the area is always congested, especially during peak hours and weekends.

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Most Popular Budget Hotel: Valenza Hotel and Café

Valenza Hotel and CafeValenza Hotel and Café (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) is a hotel that is about 10 minutes drive away from Mid Valley Megamall.

Overall, guests who stayed here are pretty satisfied with the rooms and services provided by the staffs. The rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable.

On the flip side, a small number of travelers who stayed here found the rooms a little too small to their liking. Also, those who stayed in rooms facing the main road complained about their poor soundproofing. While trying to go to bed, they could hear noise coming from the road.

For those who will be driving their own vehicle to the hotel, please note that parking is limited. You may be requested to move your vehicle as early as 8:00am.

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Petaling Jaya

Bandar Utama Residential Area in Petaling Jaya

Petaling Jaya is a city in the state of Selangor instead of Kuala Lumpur. However, since it sits right next to the capital of Malaysia, some travelers and expatriates consider it as an ideal area to stay.

Upon entering the city, you will notice how sparse its population is as compared to the city center. Because of this, there is also more greenery and the surrounding seems calmer.

Petaling Jaya is home to many large and medium-sized shopping malls. They are huge crowd magnets, especially during the weekends or public holidays. Cars entering the parking area of these malls will form a queue of several kilometers.

Aside from the malls, there is also more variety when it comes to dining options. Eateries, restaurants and food stalls serving different cuisines are all over the city.

There are also some pretty unique attractions in the area too. For example, Sunway Pyramid is a shopping mall with an exterior that mimics a pyramid in Egypt with a sphinx. Inside the structure, you will find a shopping mall with an indoor ice skating rink, bowling alley, arcade, and cinema. Just beside it, there is a large water theme park called Sunway Lagoon.

As Petaling Jaya covers a wide area, choosing a hotel or a place to stay is more about the purpose or highlights of your visit than going for the best option around.

  • Many shopping malls and eateries in the area.
  • Sparse population as compared to the city center of Kuala Lumpur.
  • More greenery.
  • Traffic on major highways can get busy, especially during peak hours.
  • Takes around 20 minutes to an hour to reach the city center by car or by taking a public transport.
  • Not many hotels or accommodation options that are convenient for travelers without a car.

Who Is It For?

  • Travelers planning to stay longer in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Travelers who want to live like a middle-class local.

Most Popular Hotel: Hotel Armada Petaling Jaya

Hotel Armada Petaling JayaHotel Armada Petaling Jaya (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) is a newly-renovated hotel not too far from the state border that separates Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Thanks to its recent renovation, almost every guest who stayed here rated the hotel highly. According to them, the rooms are clean and they enjoyed everything the hotel has to offer. The beds are comfortable, the amenities are functioning as they should and the staffs are always helpful.

The location is the only downside of the hotel. It is within walking distance from the Asia Jaya LRT Station, where travelers can take a train to the city center.

However, there is not many eateries or things to do around the hotel. Unless you have a car, don’t mind taking the train to other parts of the city or eating at the hotel’s restaurants, another hotel could be a better choice for you.

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Most Popular Budget Hotel: O’Boutique Suites

O Boutique SuitesIt may not be the best hotel in Petaling Jaya, but O’Boutique Suites (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) is one of the better budget hotels around. Past guests like its spacious rooms and comfortable beds. Also, the interior has a nice design and its staffs are always ready to serve.

As for the bathroom, there are some complaints about moldy curtains and dirty walls. Poor soundproofing of the hotel rooms was mentioned in quite a number of reviews too. Guests could hear noises from the corridors or from the room next to theirs.

Also worth noting is that O’Boutique Suites may not be suitable for travelers who are not driving. Places to dine are pretty limited around the hotel, and there is no public transport around.

The nearest points of interest are 1 Utama Shopping Center, Centerpoint Shopping Mall, and Tropicana City Mall. If you are not driving, the best way to get to these places is by hailing a ride using GRAB.

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Most Popular Hostel: Project Uchi SS2

Project Uchi SS2Want to experience staying in a terrace house like the locals? You can do so by booking a single bed at Project Uchi SS2 ( | HotelsCombined).

Since it is a small space inside a local neighborhood, its surrounding is calm and most of the people who are staying here are very friendly. The owner of the place is also very easy-going and helpful.

Despite being just a tiny accommodation provider, Project Uchi SS2 strives hard to maintain the cleanliness of the beds and rooms, and doing so earned praises from guests.

If you are worried about how far this place is from the city center, don’t be. The place is about 15 minutes walk away from Taman Bahagia LRT Station, where you can take a direct train to the city center.

Yes, it will take some time for you to commute to Kuala Lumpur, but staying in a local neighborhood is a unique experience that might make the long commute worth it.

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Cheras is on the Southeastern side of Kuala Lumpur’s city center. The area borders the Imbi area of Kuala Lumpur where Berjaya Times Square and the popular night entertainment hub, TREC KL are located.

It is an area under rapid development and because of ongoing constructions, traffic conditions are poor on most days. The crime rate in the area is on the higher side, which may be a concern for some travelers.

On the bright side of things, hotels in Cheras are cheaper than other areas around Kuala Lumpur despite its short distance to the city. The area is also connected to the city center by different train lines.

Cheras is home to the longest night market in Kuala Lumpur – Taman Connaught Night Market, which takes place every Wednesday night. In this area, there is also an IKEA together with several other shopping malls serving your needs for daily necessities.

  • Cheaper accommodation options as compared to other areas on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
  • Many malls in the area.
  • Close proximity to the city center.
  • Dense population.
  • Bad traffic conditions and poorly-maintained roads.
  • Higher crime rates as compared to other areas.
  • Not many hotels or accommodation options that are convenient for travelers without a car.

Who Is It For?

  • Long-term travelers looking for cheap accommodation options.

Most Popular Hotel: Silka Cheras Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Silka Cheras Hotel Kuala LumpurFor those who are after convenience, Silka Cheras Hotel Kuala Lumpur (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) is just beside Taman Connaught MRT Station, which is connected to popular destinations in the city center such as Bukit Bintang, KL Sentral, and Petaling Street.

The rooms are quite spacious for the price that you will be paying. In general, guests enjoyed the beds and found the rooms to be clean. The interior of the rooms, which a number of guests highlighted in their reviews, is very nice too.

The housekeeping and maintenance crew members of the hotel, however, seem to lack attention-to-detail. For example, they provided a guest with torn towels while some guests encountered dirty toilets with a clogged drainage upon checking in. Also, some bathroom amenities were broken.

Poor soundproofing of the rooms could be a concern for light sleepers. Those who stayed in a room facing the highway complained about noise created by vehicles driving through the area.


Most Popular Budget Hotel: V Hotel

V HotelIntegrated Bus Terminal or Terminal Bersepadu Bas (TBS) in Malay, is a bus hub where city dwellers can take express buses to other parts of West Malaysia.

Travelers who will be taking an early or a late night bus from here can consider staying at V Hotel (Agoda | | HotelsCombined) since it is just minutes away from the bus terminal. From TBS, you can also take the LRT to the city center.

The hotel is a little aged, but the staffs are still trying their best to maintain its cleanliness. Broken or non-functioning amenities is the main reason why guests were frustrated with their stay.

The staffs working at the front desk do not speak fluent English, but according to some reviews, they are very helpful.

For instance, they were more than happy to exchange bigger notes for smaller ones with a group of guests. They also helped guests find the cheapest transportation for their destination.


In a Nutshell: Best Area to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

By now, you should have sufficient knowledge to decide where to stay during your upcoming trip to Kuala Lumpur.

If you will be here for just a few days, and you really value the convenience of being close to a transportation hub, the KL Sentral area will suit you best.

Are you a backpacker or someone who is traveling on a budget? Look for a place to stay around the Petaling Street area.

If you are after the nightlife or shopping scenes in Kuala Lumpur and you have the dough to spend on accommodation, start looking at hotels in the Bukit Bintang or KLCC area.

Still unclear or have questions about choosing a place to stay? Leave a comment below. I will give my best answer to your question, so you can have an awesome time when you are here in Kuala Lumpur.

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  1. Sir thank u so much for the tips and answering my questions… U really a big help on giving details. This is my 3rs time to visit malaysia. But this is the first time to roam around the bukin bitang and petaling street alone…thanks a lot! 😊

  2. Wow! This is the most detailed and helpful post of Kuala Lumpur accommodation I’ve ever come across. You’ve answered almost everything that I needed to know plus I love how you recommended accommodations per budget according to location. Will bookmark this for my next trip. Thank you.

  3. Hi thanks for the info! Its a big help for me. Especially im planning to have a suprise visit for my bf who’s staying in selangor.. But im planning to stay in the city.. Is kl sentral area is the best area? So its more easy also for him to meet me at night? Becoz for 2days i will roaming around the city by myself. Is it kl sentral going to bukin bintang and petaling stree is waking distance Only?

    • Hi Jc, if you are planning to go to Bukit Bintang and Petaling Street area, I recommend staying in the Petaling Street area, especially if you have a tight budget for accommodation. KLCC, KL Sentral, Bukit Bintang and Petaling Street are all connected by trains. Even though it is possible to walk, I don’t recommend it because streets in KL are not pedestrian-friendly if it is your first time here.

  4. Great. This is a big help to figure out where to stay in KL. Detailed with the recommendations and all. Can’t see anything better than this. Salute!