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Best Places to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur City

Kuala Lumpur offers a wide range of accommodations for all categories of tourists. Whether you are backpacking with a group of friends or travelling with family you can find accommodation that best suit your needs. Kuala Lumpur offers over 50,000 rooms in all price ranges. The most popular locations for tourists are KLCC, Bukit Bintang and Chinatown areas of Kuala Lumpur. 

I have stayed in over 60 hotels in Kuala Lumpur over the last 15 years and in this article, I will highlight some of the best neighbourhoods to stay and the best hotels to pick in various price ranges.  

When booking a hotel for a holiday in Kuala Lumpur, keep the following priorities in mind:

  • Prices $$
  • Distance from major attractions
  • Rating of the hotel ( 4 Star, 3 Star)
  • Size of the room
  • Facilities offered by the hotel
  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Hotel Reviews
  • Age of the hotel - (When was the hotel built)
  • Access to public transport
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids entertainment Room
  • Restaurants


Booking a Hotel in KLCC

Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) is home to Petronas Towers and a large number of high-end hotel chains. This area is very popular with executives and business travellers for its easy access to offices, the CBD area of KL and other top-end bars, restaurants and nightlife. 

Some of the highly recommended hotels where I have stayed in KLCC are :

  • Traders Hotel   by Shangrila is adjacent to KLCC Suria and KLCC Park
  • Mandarin Oriental  is ideally located right next to KLCC Suria and Petronas Twin Towers
  • Fraser Residence  is located at walking distance from Petronas Twin Towers and popular spots like Beach Club
  • Concorde Hotel  is ideally located right next to the Light Rail train station and two stops from Bukit Bintang
  • Hotel Maya  - Located close Jalan Ampang area

Major attractions in KLCC include Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Suria Shopping Mall, KLCC Aquarium, Menara KL with KL Mini Zoo, Hard Rock Cafe (right next to Concorde Hotel) and KL Eco-Forest.

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Traders Hotel KLCC Kuala Lumpur

Traders Hotel is centrally located within walking distance of Petronas Tower. The Skybar at the hotel is a popular venue commanding amazing views of the Twin Towers. Traders are a great choice for a honeymoon or a special event. KLCC Park and Suria KL are located next to the hotel. 
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Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur - A Quality 4 Star Hotel in KLCC

Concorde Hotel is a great pick for solo or family travellers. I have stayed at this hotel over 5 times and enjoyed my stay. Concorde serves a very impressive continental breakfast. The hotel has a number of restaurants, massage parlour, outdoor pool and Hard Rock Cafe located in the building. The train station is location infront of the hotel. 

My favourite hotel in the KLCC Area of Kuala Lumpur

I like the Concorde Hotel because of its reasonable prices and top-quality service. Concorde offers one of the best breakfasts in Kuala Lumpur 4-star hotels.

With booking rates under US$ 60 a night, Concorde is an ideal choice. There are two restaurants on-premises, a massive swimming pool on the second floor, a massage place and a bar with live music over the weekend nights. I highly recommend this hotel for single and family stay. 

Hotels in Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang is the heart of nightlife, shopping and eating out in Kuala Lumpur. This area is very popular with Middle Eastern tourists in particular as some of the best shopping centres and restaurants are located in Bukit Bintang. Popular food streets Jalan Alor and Jalan Ramlee are located in Bukit Bintang. Changkat Bukit Bintang has a large number of bars and clubs.


A steady flow of tourists all through the night to the massage parlours around Changkat Bukit Bintang makes it a popular hangout till the late hours of the day. Some of the best continental food restaurants and middle-eastern restaurants in KL are located in Bukit Bintang


Pavilion Mall Bukit Bintang

Shopping Malls located in Bukit Bintang include

  • Sungei Wang - Located next to Bukit Bintang Station
  • Lot 10 - Located next to Bukit Bintang Station
  • Fahrenheit - Located next to Bukit Bintang Station
  • Starhill Gallery - Located next to Bukit Bintang Station
  • Berjaya Times Square - located next to Jalan Imbi Station
  • Low Yat Plaza - Located next to Bukit Bintang Station


Shopping Malls in Bukit Bintang

Luxury Hotels in KLCC Kuala Lumpur

Most luxury hotels are located in KLCC and the wider Golden Triangle Area. These hotels cater to most business travellers and people who prefer to stay close to the KLCC area. The hotels provide easy access to Petronas Towers, KLCC Park and top-end shopping malls, cafes, bars and restaurants. Here are some of the most popular high-end hotels: 


Most searched Kuala Lumpur Hotels on the Internet

These hotels are popular on Google Searches and popular booking platforms like BOOKING.COM. Most popular hotels attract families, loyal customers and people searching for hotels based on services, ratings and other features that make them unique. Here is a list of the most searched hotels on Google Searches 

Best Serviced Apartments In Kuala Lumpur

Serviced Apartments offer alternative accommodation with bigger rooms and additional amenities like kitchen and washing facilities. Serviced Apartments are ideal for families and large groups. Here are some of my favourite serviced apartments in KL


Read more on my website: 5 Best Serviced Apartments in Kuala Lumpur

Best hotels in Petaling Street and Chinatown in KL

Chinatown is popular with budget travellers and this area offers many budget and cheap hotels very close to some of the busiest areas in the city.


Street of Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur

Petaling Street is located in front of Kasturi Walk and Central Market which attracts a large number of crowds throughout the year. Merdeka Square and Abus Samad Masjid are located at a walking distance from this interesting location. 


Avenue J Hotel in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

When travelling by myself I have stayed on Petaling Street. The hotels are cheap but furnished with all basic amenities. You can get a good quality room for under RM 60 per night. 

Walking around this neighbourhood and exploring the city on foot is a great way to learn more about the rich culinary and cultural history of Kuala Lumpur. 

Best Hotels in Bangsar Village Area in Kuala Lumpur

Bangsar is one of my favourite neighbourhoods because it is uptown and modern lifestyle and has many quality eateries and shopping malls. Bangsar is at a distance of 15 minutes cab ride from Bukit Bintang. 


Catering to an affluent segment of the KL population, Bansgar is popular with ex-pats and people preferring a more Westernized lifestyle. The shopping malls and the choice of food in the shopping areas reflect that choice. Bangsar is predominantly a residential neighbourhood, unlike Bukit Bintang and KLCC. 

Here are some of the interesting places to visit in Bangsar:

  • Bangsar Mall
  • Bangsar Village
  • Mid-City Mall

Here are some interesting places to stay


Sphere Foodcourt in South Bangsar


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I have been exploring South-East Asia for over twenty years and have visited some of the best destinations in the region. Through my blog, I want to share some interesting travel tips, my experience of driving across Asian destinations and some of the best places to explore in this region. I have undertaken hundreds of road trips, across Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Most of the information in this blog comes through my own road trips and adventures in the exotic locations I have visited. 

I have, in the past followed in Anthony Bourdain's footsteps and visited most of the restaurants his team explored in their shows. Join in on my adventures and follow my trails on Instagram & Facebook Page. 


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