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    Editor's Guide to Recommended Hotels in Chinatown (Petaling Street)

    Kuala Lumpur’s colonial district is centred on Merdeka Square. Close by, across the river and a little to the south, is Chinatown, Malaysia’s equivalent of Thailand’s Khao San Road. The area is best known for KL’s best budget and intermediate accommodation choices; the commercial heart of KL’s Chinatown is Jalan Petaling – a lively, colourful and busy avenue with many pre-war era shop houses.

    Petaling Street is best known for the numerous stalls which sell everything from local snacks and fruits to fake label goods. These stalls set up shop in the early morning and the jam-packed street comes alive at night when locals and tourists flock here in search of ‘Rolex’ watches, ‘Prada’ bags and ‘Ed Hardy’ shirts. A new cantilevered green glass roof has given the area a facelift and beneath each large, colourful umbrella good bargains can be had as long as you negotiate well. Along the back lanes, alleyways and walkways, there’s a smorgasbord of Chinese hawker cuisine, from rice and noodle dishes to snacks such as roasted chestnuts.

    What is 'Editor's Pick':
    Editor’s Picks are the hotels we personally reviewed and liked the most, ones we recommend to our friends and family when they come to Kuala Lumpur and are looking for the best places to stay according to their budget or location preferences.

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    1. Hilton Kuala Lumpur 4.4/ 5
    2. Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur 4.5/ 5
    3. Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur 4.5/ 5
    4. Furama Bukit Bintang 3.8/ 5
    5. Impiana KLCC Hotel 4.3/ 5
    6. PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur 4.2/ 5
    7. Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa 4.4/ 5

Best Hotels Near Pasar Seni LRT Station

Why Did We Pick This Hotel?

Geo Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a three-star hotel located along Jalan Hang Kasturi, a prime address in the city.The hotel is within close proximity of several tourist hotspots in the city: Petaling Street , otherwise known as Chinatown is only five minutes away and Central Market, a local arts and crafts hub is just across the street.Food options are also plenty in the area, as local cheap eats are available at Chinatown and Kasturi Walk, a new addition to Central Market housing souvenir kiosks and al-fresco dining.Pasar Seni LRT station is the nearest transport link, situated right next to the hotel. Read More...

Best Hotels Near Plaza Rakyat LRT Station

Why Did We Pick This Hotel?

TRANSIT THROUGH KL WITH COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE Strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city centre, Hotel Transit lets you experience the best that the Malaysian capital city has to offer while living in modern and affordable comfort.Set in an unbeatable location, you will find the citys major business, shopping and entertainment districts just a few minutes away.Various modes of public transportation are also within reach, including the LRT, Monorail, KTM train stations, Pudu Sentral UTC and Bus Terminal.Our rooms come with delicious daily breakfasts, free WiFi broadband access, a flat screen HDTV, a writing desk and many other conveniences. Read More...

Why Did We Pick This Hotel?

Ran Pacific Serviced Suites & Apartments offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and puts you within a 10-minute drive of Petaling Street and Merdeka Square.Guests can grab a bite to eat at one of the 2 restaurants, then indulge in massages or aromatherapy.There are 2 bars/lounges, an outdoor pool, and in-room conveniences like kitchens and washers/dryers. Read More...

Recommended Luxury Hotels in Chinatown KL

These hotels have it all! You will get the complete resort experience right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at these five-star stunners. The prices are high but the range of leisure facilities, stylish rooms and well-oiled efficiency that you will find surely makes it worth the cost for those who expect the best.

Why Did We Pick This Hotel?

Divided into two buildings – the Tower Wing and Majestic Wing – the five-star Majestic Hotel KL is an icon in Malaysia’s hotel landscape. Before, during and after WWII it was Kuala Lumpur’s glamour spot and today maintains that same charismatic vibe with porters dressed in white shorts, knee-high socks and pith helmets. The interior is magnificent with high ceilings, Roman columns, a gold-leaf domed roof, vintage wrought-iron ceiling lamps, intricate cornices, polished marble floors and chandeliers.

What we loved:

  • The Smokehouse: an 18th century-style London West End gentleman’s club with a cigar room, movie theatre, card room, tailor and barbershop
  • English-inspired spa treatments at the whimsical and classically-colonial Majestic Spa, which has seven treatment rooms
  • The sunlit Orchid Conservatory - a glass atrium with Victorian-style brocade trim furniture and a gorgeous range of seasonal orchids
  • Rooftop garden - ideal for private functions
  • Cantango: in-house restaurant known for its wine cellar with 2,000 bottles, including an unrivalled collection of top-end wine label, Opus One.
  • Colonial Cafe & Tea Room - tea lounge & bar that strongly resembles an old-western saloon

Cheaper (but great) Hotels in Chinatown KL

Choosing the right hotel in any budget is difficult, but getting a cheap (but good) hotel is one of the hardest of all to get right. In every destination the definition of ‘cheap’ changes, and so too does the quality of budget friendly hotels. We have spent many years trying to find the best compromise between quality and price. In this section we have selected hotels that are among the cheapest in the area yet are still sure to put a smile on your face – we only pick places we would be happy to send our families!

Why Did We Pick This Hotel?

The Explorers Guesthouse places you steps from Petaling Street and within a short 5-minute stroll of Jamek Mosque. This hostel offers free WiFi in public areas, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour front desk. Added amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, luggage storage, and a television in a common area. Read More...

Why Did We Pick This Hotel?

Swiss Inn Chinatown Kuala Lumpur is a three-star hotel with easy access to affordable shopping and dining options, as well as close proximity to KL’s numerous attractions such as the Petronas Twin Towers and Menara KL Tower via a wide range of public transportation. Situated in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur, this oriental-themed hotel is just a ten-minute walk from Puduraya Bus Terminal and a one-hour taxi ride from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

What we loved:

  • Right in the heart of Chinatown KL, where guests can shop for souvenirs and imitation goods at the ever-bustling Petaling Street and enjoy a number of local Chinese delicacies at humble coffee shops and hawker stalls.
  • Situated in a convenient location and room rates priced from RM117 per night, Swiss Inn Chinatown Kuala Lumpur is one of the most affordably-priced hotels you can find in the city centre
  • Incredibly convenient, the hotel is a five-minute walk from Plaza Rakyat and Pasar Seni LRT train stations where you can easily visit many of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic landmarks such as Petronas Twin Towers, Independence Square, and Menara KL Tower.
  • Featuring crisp white walls and minimal decor, all guestrooms are furnished with cosy beds and modern conveniences such as free Wi-Fi and LCD televisions. Selected rooms are fitted with windows overlooking Petaling Street.

Why Did We Pick This Hotel?

Reggae Mansion Hostel features a rooftop terrace and puts you just steps from Jamek Mosque.Guests looking for a bite to eat can check out the restaurant, and the bar/lounge is the perfect spot to grab a drink at the end of the day.There's also a terrace, and rooms offer LCD TVs and free WiFi. Read More...

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