Looking for a Kuala Lumpur hostel in the most convenient location?
There are many hostels in and around Kuala Lumpur. However, checking into the wrong one will mean walking up to an hour along hectic, and sometimes unsafe streets to reach food spots, train or bus stations, and popular attractions.
A poorly chosen hostel can even ruin your holiday.
If you spent hours looking for the right place to stay, let’s not waste more of your time. Your search ends here.
In this article, we listed all the hostels located in the most convenient areas within Kuala Lumpur. We also summarized the pros and cons of staying in these hostels to help you decide whether you should book a bed with them.
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- 1 Around KL Sentral
- 2 In Petaling Street (Chinatown)
- 3 In Bukit Bintang
- 4 Near Jalan Imbi (near Berjaya Times Square)
- 5 Near Jamek Mosque / Masjid Jamek
- 6 Which Hostel Will You Be Staying At?
Around KL Sentral
KL Sentral is the main transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur.
It is the point of arrival in the city for most travelers coming from the airport after a one-hour bus ride or a 30-minute train ride.
As it is also a key stop for the light rapid transit (LRT) and KL Monorail train networks, staying around this area allows you to reach most parts of the city without having to make a transit between train lines.
There is also a large shopping mall nearby called Nu Sentral. Inside the mall, there is a food court and a wide variety of restaurants. It is a great place to buy travel gear and toiletries too.
Brickfields, also known as Kuala Lumpur’s Little India, is just beside KL Sentral. You can explore some of the Indian temples in this area and shop for traditional Indian clothing, cosmetic items, and other cultural decorative items.
Many eateries are serving different ethnic cuisines along the streets in Brickfields. Thus, food will not be a problem if you base yourself here.
PODs is a backpacker hostel just 5 minutes walk away from KL Sentral. It offers mixed dormitories and female-only dormitories.
There is a shared kitchen for guests, but you can also choose to dine at the café downstairs, which is also operated by PODs.
Guests rated the location of PODs highly. Besides, they love the friendly and courteous hostel staffs.
The biggest cons about staying in PODs seems to be the cleanliness of the bathrooms. Many guests felt they were dirty, while some suggested that they should have higher separation walls for better privacy.
A small number of guests complained that the air conditioner is too cold at night. If you choose to stay here, prepare a jacket to keep warm or opt for rooms without air conditioners if you cannot stand cold temperatures.
Who Is It For?
Thanks to the hostel’s proximity to KL Sentral, many travelers stay here to use it as a point of transit. If your arrival in Kuala Lumpur will be in the late evening, or if you have an early flight or train to catch, PODs is an excellent choice for accommodation.
Travelers can reach Central Lodge after a 5 minutes walk from KL Sentral. However, it only has dormitories for females. Any males who want to stay here will need to get the basic single private room, which does not have a window but comes with a fan.
Included in Central Lodge’s facilities is its rooftop, which turns into a beer garden at night.
Central Lodge has a high rating for its location since it is just 5 minutes away from the main transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur. Its prices for beds and rooms are also lower than PODs.
Despite the pros, previous guests did highlight that the place has a musty smell. Some of them left negative reviews questioning the cleanliness of the carpets and mattresses.
If you are a solo female backpacker, please be aware because some female guests encountered creepy behaviors from one of the staffs who would follow them to the bathroom.
Who Is It For?
Unless you are a group of female travelers who can stand the smell of the place, the lower prices may not be worth it.
- Hostelworld: From RM20 per night.
In Petaling Street (Chinatown)
Even though staying in Petaling Street is not as convenient as putting up somewhere near KL Sentral, the area has Pasar Seni LRT Station and Kuala Lumpur KTM Station within walking distance. Both these stations are just one stop away from KL Sentral.
Besides, food is the least to worry about in Petaling Street. There are plenty of eateries, restaurants, hawker stalls, and fast food outlets serving different ethnic cuisines.
From the area, you can also take a long walk of about 30 to 45 minutes to the Lake Gardens area, where you can find attractions like KL Bird Park, KL Butterfly Park, Hibiscus Park, National Mosque, National Planetarium, and more.
At night, Petaling Street itself, also known as Chinatown, becomes a night market selling imitate clothing and fashion items, food and souvenirs.
Matahari Lodge is a hostel providing beds in a mixed dormitory and private rooms.
Its location is right next to the Pasar Seni LRT Station, which is one station away from KL Sentral. Travelers can also walk from the LRT station to Kuala Lumpur KTM Station through a covered elevated walkway.
The LRT station is a hub for Rapid KL and GOKL city buses too. Rapid KL buses travel to smaller cities and towns surrounding Kuala Lumpur. GOKL city buses, on the other hand, is a free bus service that goes around the city center.
Matahari Lodge is near Petaling Street, Pasar Seni LRT Station, and Kuala Lumpur KTM Station.
The hostel staffs are friendly and helpful, as revealed by some travelers who stayed here in the past. They also mentioned that this is the place to stay if you are going after value for money.
There is no window in the mixed dorm and some of the private rooms. Depending on the weather and humidity, the lack of windows may make the rooms feel damp or stuffy.
On top of that, it seems like the hostel has a policy of not running the air conditioners during the day. If that is the case, we do not recommend chilling in the hostel during daytime as you might sweat a lot due to the hot and humid weather. Chill at a nearby café instead.
Who Is It For?
Overall, Matahari Lodge is a good hostel considering its convenient location. If you can stand the poor air circulation due to the lack of windows, it will be a reasonable place for a short stay.
- Hostelworld: From RM30 per night.
Fernloft Hostel is a hostel just beside Pasar Seni LRT Station. It has mixed and female-only dorms.
The price of its beds varies depending on the capacity of the dorms. A bed in the 24-bed dorm is the cheapest while a bed in the 4-bed dorm is the most expensive.
Like Matahari Lodge, Fernloft Hostel is at a very convenient location. Trains stations, including the Pasar Seni LRT Station, which doubles up as a hub for city buses, are within walking distance.
Its proximity to Petaling Street also means that food is the least of your concern.
The beds in Fernloft Hostel is cheaper, if not the cheapest, in the Petaling Street area. This makes it perfect for travelers who are on a budget.
Past guests revealed that there is a terrible smell everywhere in the property. The bathrooms are dirty, and a lot of those who stayed complained about bed bugs.
The air conditioning in some of the dorms gets so cold at night that some guests had to sleep outside their assigned dorms.
If you cannot put up with any of the above, do not book a bed here, especially if you are looking for an extended stay.
Who Is It For?
Fernloft Hostel is best for travelers or backpackers who are looking for a short stay with a very tight budget.
Although it is at a very convenient location, travelers staying here will not be able to have a great time with the dirty conditions and worst of all, bed bugs!
The location of Raizzy’s Guesthouse is about 5 to 7 minutes walk away from Pasar Seni LRT Station, and the bus terminal adjacent to it. The guesthouse is also beside Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur.
Raizzy’s Guesthouse only has mixed dormitories available, and travelers can either stay in a dorm with or without windows. The price of beds in a dorm depends on the dorms’ capacity and their amenities.
Like most other hostels featured in this article, previous guests of Raizzy’s Guesthouse rave about its proximity to the train stations.
Many of those who stayed there love the friendly service offered by the staffs. There were some unfortunate experiences, but these are not likely to ruin the experience of your stay.
The staffs try their best to answer questions that you may have, and they even provide guests with a free map of Kuala Lumpur.
There are mixed reviews about the cleanliness of the guesthouse. However, the overall sentiment on the hostel’s cleanliness is still above average when compared to other hostels in the area.
A small number of guests dislike the limited space in the dorms. For some, the lockers are too small for them. You may encounter difficulty when looking for space in the dorm to store your backpack or luggage.
Who Is It For?
Raizzy’s Guesthouse is best for novice backpackers and travelers who want to experience living in a hostel but not prepared for the possibility of unpleasant surprises.
Even though there are minor qualms about its cleanliness, the convenient location that the hostel is in should make up for it.
Like Raizzy’s Guesthouse, walking from Suzie’s Hostel to the Pasar Seni LRT Station and the bus terminal adjacent to it takes about 5 to 7 minutes.
There is a mixed dorm and a female-only dorm. The price of bed in either of them is the same.
The convenient location of the hostel is the biggest draw why people choose to stay at Suzie’s. Their friendly staffs managed to impress a lot of past guests too.
Even though the free breakfast only has toast with butter and jam, together with coffee and tea, people find it pleasant. The coffee and tea are free to consume throughout the day, so you can have a cuppa whenever you feel like having one.
The biggest downside of staying here is that there are only two bathrooms. Guests may need to wait for their turn to bath or to use the toilet when the occupancy rate is high.
Also, the dorms and the hallway do not have a window. Some guests may not feel uncomfortable because of this. Despite the lack of windows, there are not many complaints about stuffiness and dampness that may arise when ventilation is poor.
Who Is It For?
Suzie’s Hostel is one of the better hostels in the Petaling Street area thanks to its prime location and general cleanliness.
Travelers who are looking for a pleasant stay, but not bothered by the fact that the dorms do not have a window will like it here. Also, you may need to wait for your turn to use the bathroom if you happen to book a stay during peak seasons.
Hostelworld: From RM25 per night.
Birdnest Collective Café & Guesthouse
As its name suggests, Birdnest Collective Café & Guesthouse is both a café and a guesthouse. The guesthouse is 5 minutes walk away from Pasar Seni LRT Station and the bus terminal beside it. You can walk for another 5 minutes from the LRT station to reach Kuala Lumpur KTM Station.
For travelers looking to stay in a dorm, they only have a 4-bed dorm for females. Male guests or larger groups will have to put up in their private rooms.
The rooms and the dorm at Birdnest come with an air conditioner, and all of them have an ensuite bathroom.
Other than being in a convenient location for travelers, there are many things that Birdnest did right. Past guests who have stayed there have a lot of good words about them.
First of all, their guests adored the ensuite bathroom and the rooftop terrace above the guesthouse.
The terrace offers incredible views during breakfast and in the evening when the sun is setting. It is also a great chill spot at night. The guesthouse may even organize different events and live band performances. Doing so turns the terrace into a great place to mingle and make new friends with other travelers.
Breakfasts served by the guesthouse is above average. Aside from the usual toast with butter and jam, they also serve cheese, fruit juice, coffee and tea.
The staffs there received a fair amount of praises too. Guests like their friendliness and willingness to accommodate special requests. However, some of them are new, so they may not be able to answer all the questions you have.
Other than the above, those who stayed at Birdnest were delighted by its clean interior, comfortable beds, as well as its fast and stable wireless Internet connection.
There are little downsides to staying at Birdnest. A minor qualm that a few guests highlighted is the noise from the streets and a construction site nearby. Also, they only accept cash, so make sure you have enough of it to pay for your stay.
Who Is It For?
Birdnest Collective Café & Guesthouse is the perfect hostel for female backpackers who likes the privacy provided by the ensuite bathroom for the female-only dorm.
Someone who loves to chill, have fun, and meet new people during their trips are going to love Birdnest too.
- Hostelword: From RM30 per night.
Agosto Guesthouse / Inn
Agosto Guesthouse, also known as Agosto Inn, is about 5 minutes away from Pasar Seni LRT Station, and the bus terminal next to it. It has an 8-bed mixed dorm for travelers.
Past guests like the guesthouse because it is close to Petaling Street and the LRT station. They also commended its helpful and friendly staffs in their reviews.
The guesthouse can get noisy due to bad soundproofing. It may not be wise to stay here if you are someone who cannot fall asleep with noise.
The bathrooms here are quite small. In fact, those who stayed here highlighted that the room space is somewhat limited too. It will be insufficient if you carry a big backpack or luggage.
Moreover, you may have to endure bad odor in the rooms and the hallway if you want to stay here.
Who Is It For?
A bed here is relatively cheap, so Agosto Guesthouse is best for those who are on a budget. However, if you have more to spend, there are plenty of better accommodation options around Petaling Street.
The hotel is also about 7 to 10 minutes walk away from the Pasar Seni LRT Station. Beside the LRT station is a bus terminal for Rapid KL and GOKL buses.
This property is a hotel that happens to have a dormitory. Thus, you can expect its amenities to be of hotels’ standards.
Travelers who stayed at Amigo Hotel recently have a lot of positive things to say about the place.
The hotel is just next to a convenience store. There are also many shops around where you can buy souvenirs. Although it is further away from the Pasar Seni LRT Station, most guests do not mind because Petaling Street is always lively, so the additional walking time is barely noticeable.
Amigo Hotel is consistent about the cleanliness of their towels and bedsheets. Past guests have nothing but praises for their courteous and friendly staffs. On top of these, the free Internet provided is always fast and stable.
There is nothing much to complain about Amigo Hotel. However, the noise coming from the busy and congested Petaling Street outside is an annoyance that you must endure, especially during the evenings.
Who Is It For?
The hotel is best for travelers who expect a higher level of hospitality as compared to hostels in the area. The amenities and the level of service provided are so much better.
It is a good choice too if you are someone who is very picky about cleanliness.
Digital nomads who need stable Internet access to get their work done will also appreciate the free Internet provided by the hotel.
- Agoda: From RM27 per night.
Submarine Guest House China Town
Submarine Guest House in Chinatown or Petaling Street is about 7 to 10 minutes walk to Pasar Seni LRT Station.
It has a mixed as well as a female-only dormitory.
The location of Submarine Guest House near Petaling Street is the main reason why people choose to stay here during their trip to Kuala Lumpur.
Its staffs are helpful and friendly towards guests. Besides, the cleanliness of its rooms is up to standards, which is always a good thing.
Submarine Guest House only has a toilet or bathroom for each gender. Thus, you might need to wait to use them, especially when the place is hosting many guests. The toilets can get dirty easily too since all the guests will be sharing them.
Who Is It For?
This guesthouse is best for travelers who like to interact with hostel staffs since they are friendly. Those who like to have clean rooms will like this guesthouse too.
The toilets can get slightly dirty due to frequent use, but it may not be a problem if you can get one of the staffs to clean them up before using them.
That aside, you might want to skip staying here if you do not like waiting for your turn to use the bathroom or toilet. These slight delays may interrupt your plans if you have a tight schedule.
- Booking.com: From RM25 per night.
Mingle Hostel is a new hostel in a refurbished heritage building that is more than 100 years old. It offers mixed and female-only dormitories for travelers.
The hostel is about 7 to 10 minutes walk away from Pasar Seni LRT Station, and about 15 minutes walk away from Kuala Lumpur KTM Station.
Even though Mingle Hostel is further from the train station and bus terminal as compared to most hostels in the Petaling Street area, guests still consider the location to be convenient.
Past guests who stayed here praised the hostel for its cleanliness and comfortable beds.
The staffs are friendly and helpful too. Both these values shine through when guests approach them to ask for recommendations and directions to places they want to visit.
The breakfast at Mingle Hostel has limited choices. A small number of guests even labeled it as poor. Other than this, most reviews about the hostel are good.
Who Is It For?
People who appreciate heritage buildings and rustic interior design will love to stay here. It is also an Instagram-friendly spot for those who take many pictures to post on social media.
Also, the hostel provides clean and comfortable beds. Travel recommendations are best for travelers who believe locals always have the best suggestions.
Breakfasts prepared by the hostel may not satisfy you. However, there are plenty of places around Petaling Street where you can have a delicious meal if you are willing to explore a little.
- Agoda: From RM39 per night.
Travel Hub Highstreet
Travel Hub Highstreet is beside Petaling Street, and it is about 7 to 10 minutes walk away from Pasar Seni LRT Station.
The hostel features Malaysian-style decors as part of its interior, and it also has a rooftop bar. The bar is open to not just the guests, but also the public.
It has single and double beds in its mixed dorms.
Past guests like the location of Travel Hub Highstreet despite the longer distance to reach Pasar Seni LRT Station as compared to other hostels in the area.
The staffs working at the hostel are helpful and informative. They can provide answers to your questions about Kuala Lumpur.
The place itself, including the rooms and bathrooms, are spotless. Past guests also commended the hostel for its inviting atmosphere, which many hostels in Kuala Lumpur lack.
The rooftop bar seems to be the main reason why guests who are staying at Travel Hub Highstreet love it so much. It offers a great view, cheap beers, and good vibes. Guests may even get an invitation to a BBQ party for free if they happen to stay there on Friday nights or during the weekends.
Several guests highlighted that the free breakfast provided lacks variety.
Guests who prefer to sleep in, instead of hanging out at the bar may get disturbed by the music. Furthermore, patrons heading to the bar will be walking past the rooms or dorms to reach the rooftop. This may cause some noise at times.
Who Is It For?
Close friends and couples on a budget can consider staying here because the hostel provides double beds in its dorms.
Travel Hub Highstreet is best for travelers who want to put up at a place where there is a friendly atmosphere to meet, chill and mingle around with other travelers. On the other hand, the noise created by such an environment may turn off those who does not like to interact with strangers.
- Booking.com: From RM40 per night.
In Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang is a melting pot for locals, expats working in Kuala Lumpur and travelers who are looking for a fun night out in the city.
In this area, you will find so many bars, restaurants, eateries selling local delicacies, and massage parlors that you will be spoilt for choices when asked to choose your favorite spot to hang out.
The two most well-known streets in this area are:
- Jalan Alor: Known for restaurants selling local cuisines.
- Changkat Bukit Bintang: Known for pubs, bars, and fancy restaurants.
Staying in this area also places you in the vicinity of huge shopping malls like Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Lot 10, and Fahrenheit 88. You can even walk to Suria KLCC and PETRONAS Twin Towers from here thanks to the KLCC to Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway.
KL Monorail connects the Bukit Bintang area with KL Sentral via the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station. Thus, travelers staying here will have no problem getting to other attractions around Kuala Lumpur.
Sunshine Bedz is a family-run bed and breakfast in the middle of Bukit Bintang. It is just beside Bukit Bintang Monorail Station, which is one of the busiest intersections in the area.
Hotspots for travelers like Jalan Alor, Changkat Bukit Bintang and shopping malls in the area are all within walking distance.
The place offers male-only, female-only and mixed dormitories.
Guests who stayed at Sunshine Bedz love it because of its location. You can explore most parts of Kuala Lumpur without much hassle thanks to its convenient location.
Also, they like how their staffs treat customers. Some of them even claim that these staffs are “the friendliest they have ever seen.” They are knowledgeable about traveling in Malaysia, and they do not mind planning your trips within the country for you.
The rooms and bathrooms at Sunshine Bedz are spotless. They also enforce a policy to have quiet hours after midnight. This is a wise move since most travelers who are in the hostel after midnight probably wants to sleep.
Furthermore, it has the cozy backpacker vibes, making it a great place to meet other travelers. The staffs will even plan outings with guests who are interested in exploring the surrounding areas together.
Even if you try to be picky, there is nothing you should worry about booking a bed at Sunshine Bedz.
One thing that is worth noting is that the rooms and dorms can feel a little cramped, but they do provide lockers for your backpack and luggage.
Who Is It For?
With so many positive reviews, everyone, especially those who wants to meet other travelers and have fun, will enjoy staying at Sunshine Bedz.
- Hostelworld: From RM32 per night.
Near Jalan Imbi (near Berjaya Times Square)
Jalan Imbi is where you can find shopping malls like Berjaya Times Square and Sungei Wang Plaza.
These malls tend to attract younger shoppers because the goods sold here are cheaper than those in Bukit Bintang. Staying in this area also gives you access to a wide variety of shops and eateries.
The area around Jalan Imbi is just next to the Bukit Bintang area. However, it is not as busy at night, making it a better location if you are not into nightlife activities.
Imbi Monorail Station is the train station that connects this part of the city to KL Sentral.
Classic Inn sits across the road from Berjaya Times Square, which has a link bridge to Imbi Monorail Station. The building is a refurbished pre-war building, but it still keeps a lot of the architectural elements from the colonial era.
Classic Inn offers a 4-bed mixed dorm for travelers on a budget.
Many who stayed here like the location since it is just opposite Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall, and within a few minutes walk, you will reach Imbi Monorail Station, which connects the area to the rest of Kuala Lumpur.
Also, past guests mentioned the friendliness of the staffs here a lot in their reviews.
The Internet connection is poor. It can even be non-existent in the dormitory and some rooms. You will not like it if you need the Internet to catch up on work, to catch up with friends and family at home, or to do some research for your travels.
Those who stayed in the dorm highlighted that the hostel only offers a very limited space. Also, the beds provided in the dorm is uncomfortable.
Who Is It For?
Classic Inn is a reasonable place to stay for those who want to stay near a shopping mall where they can have easy access to anything they might need.
The uncomfortable beds in the dorm may make you think twice about staying here for a long duration.
Near Jamek Mosque / Masjid Jamek
Jamek Mosque, also known as Masjid Jamek in Malay, is one of the earliest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. Since the official religion of Malaysia is Islam, travelers visiting Kuala Lumpur should drop by it.
Just outside the mosque is the Masjid Jamek LRT Station, an interchange station between the Kelana Jaya Line and the Sri Petaling & Ampang Line. Trains on the Kelana Jaya Line stop at KL Sentral, Pasar Seni (Central Market), as well as KLCC. On the other hand, trains on the Sri Petaling & Ampang Line stops at Bandar Tasik Selatan and Plaza Rakyat, both of which are key terminals for inter-city buses running across West Malaysia.
If you decide to put up in the Jamek Mosque area, attractions such as the Merdeka Square and Sultan Abdul Samad Building will be within walking distance. This area also puts you closer to KL Tower. A walk from here to KL Tower takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can hail a taxi to go there.
Reggae Mansion is a popular party hostel in a stylish colonial building near the Jamek Mosque and Masjid Jamek LRT Station.
From the hostel, it is possible to reach attractions such as the Merdeka Square, Central Market, Petaling Street and KL Tower by foot. Merdeka Square is about 5 to 10 minutes walk away whereas walking to KL Tower will take about 30 to 45 minutes.
The number of beds that Reggae Hostel offers in its mixed and female-only dormitories ranges from 4 to 24. Of course, the prices of these beds differ depending on the capacity of their dorm.
Almost every guest who stayed here loves it because of its excellent party vibes. It has the right atmosphere for travelers to have lots of fun and to meet people from all over the world. Additionally, the rooftop bar, which is the most happening place in the hostel, offers a great view of PETRONAS Twin Towers.
Reggae Mansion seems like a place that outperforms the standards of other hostels in Kuala Lumpur.
Their dorms are spacious, and all their beds are comfortable, even if you are checking into the 24-bed dorm. Each of the bed is in a pod that comes with a curtain. The curtain is a nice feature for privacy, and for those who do not wish to get interrupted by other guests.
Besides, the hostel has a very tight security measure. A doorman is at the door 24 hours a day, and guests will need to enter their code into a keypad before they can enter different halls and rooms in the building.
The staffs at Reggae Mansion are very helpful too.
The only downside to staying here is the poor Wi-Fi connection. People seem to have trouble using it. You may need to go to a nearby cafe to get a fast and stable Internet connection.
Who Is It For?
Overall, Reggae Mansion is a fantastic place to stay. Travelers who love to party and want to meet new friends will enjoy it here.
You may not like the place, especially the larger dorms if you are not outgoing or sociable.
- Hostelworld: From RM45 per night.
Which Hostel Will You Be Staying At?
There you have it – an exhaustive list of all the Kuala Lumpur hostels located in a convenient location.
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