Where to Stay in Bukit Bintang
Editor's Guide to Recommended Hotels in Bukit Bintang
Dubbed the main vein of Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang has got a lot to live up to. The address of some of the most exclusive hotels in KL as well as the best major shopping venues, restaurants and bars, this quadrant of KL is best described as the equivalent of Singapore’s Orchard Road. Its not as sophisticated but it’s a lively commercial hub and retail mecca – you’ll easily find designer brands as well as fake label goods in this shopping haven. Once upon a time, cabarets lined the streets but these days entertainment centres like karaoke bars dominate a major portion of the area and off the main thoroughfare, which is lined with trendy restaurants, you’ll find some of KL’s best gritty hawker centres along Jalan Alor.
Jalan Bukit Bintang
Part of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, Jalan Bukit Bintang (also known as Bintang Walk) is one of the city’s most widely known commercial and shopping hubs. Deluxe hotels, modern malls, nightclubs and major banks dominate its landscape and this area is often traffic congested. Yet Bintang Walk remains largely popular and is generally acknowledged to be the city’s prime quarter – well connected via Monorail, KTM Komuter and LRT stations, this part of the city is also well served by numerous bus routes.
The Royale Bintang Hotel
A ten-minute walk away from popular shopping complexes such as Berjaya Times Square, Lot 10, Starhill Gallery and Sungei Wang Plaza, the Royale Bintang Hotel is a centrally located four-star venture. The hotel offers 418 spacious rooms with internet access as well as a gym, restaurant and a swimming pool. Worth special mention is the fact that the hotel is just a few streets away from Jalan Alor – KL’s most popular hawker fare avenue.
While Bukit Bintang’s main thoroughfare, Jalan Bukit Bintang, is lined with some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and nightclubs, Jalan Alor (a back road off mainstream Bintang Walk) houses Malaysia’s real food adventure. From bowls of prawn noodles and plates of fried char kway teow to barbecue chicken wings and satay sticks, this avenue plays host to some of the best hawker fare in the city. Crowded at night, especially during the weekends, when revellers and tourists show up for some alfresco dining, the area may look a little seedy but it’s quite safe, and during the day is rather subdued.
Radius International Hotel
One of our Top 10 Best Kuala Lumpur Hotels, Radius International is conveniently located. A short walk away from the Bukit Bintang Plaza, Starhill Gallery and Sungei Wang Plaza shopping centres, the three-star property’s been around for a while now. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, a business centre and banquet hall. It’s close to many public transportation options including the Bukit Bintang Monorail station as well as buses and taxis. Most importantly the hotel is excellently located due to the fact that the bars and restaurants of Changkat Bukit Bintang (the city’s most popular nightlife quadrant at the moment) are merely a stone’s throw away.
Nearby Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur’s other major avenues (such as Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Pudu, Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Imbi, Jalan Ampang and more) also play host to some great sights as well as restaurants, bars and malls that merit exploration. Some of these streets are the oldest in the city and most of them encircle the Jalan Bukit Bintang areas in varying degrees. It’s easy to reach the city’s best sights such as the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Park, KL Convention Centre and Lake Gardens from here. Additionally, these areas are well served by numerous public transportation systems such as KTM, Monorail and LRT stations as well as bus routes.
Cube Hotel Bukit Bintang
Hotel Cube is one of Kuala Lumpur’s string of budget accommodation options. The hotel’s not exactly in the heart of Bukit Bintang but its close to cheap public transport i.e. KL’s main bus terminus, Puduraya, making it well located. The hotel’s a new kid on the block so the trendy rooms (which have modern conveniences and flat screen TVs) are fresh. These lodgings are compact, trendy and well worth the price you pay.
Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur
Featuring palace-like décor, Hotel Istana is a 23-storey luxury venture nearby the KLCC shopping mall. The palatial property is special because, although it’s close to the city centre, its lush vegetation makes it almost pastoral. The five-star property has 516 richly decorated rooms with beds sporting batik throw covers, fresh flowers and broadband internet. The glitzy lobby is worth mentioning for its giant columns, tropical plants, marble fixtures and Malay motifs; the hotel features five restaurants and bars, an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and an on-site spa.