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Where to Stay in Chinatown (Petaling Street)

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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Best Hotels Near Pasar Seni LRT Station

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Geo Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a three-star hotel located along Jalan Hang Kasturi, a convenient location within Chinatown KL. This property has 180 guestrooms and suites with standard in-room amenities such as flat-screen TV with satellite channels, complimentary toiletries and Wi-Fi access. Smoking rooms are fitted with balconies overlooking the city.

Onsite facilities include an internet corner, foreign currency exchange, covered carpark, convenience store and tour desk. The hotel is within close proximity of several tourist hotspots in the city centre: Petaling Street Flea Market is only a five-minute walk away and Central Market, a vibrant arts and crafts centre is just across the street.

What we loved:

  • Facilities include internet corner, foreign currency exchange, covered carpark, convenience store and tour desk
  • Five-minute walk from Petaling Street Flea Market
  • Located beside Pasar Seni LRT station and Go KL city bus station
  • Plenty of dining options nearby
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Best Hotels Near Plaza Rakyat LRT Station

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Hotel Transit Kuala Lumpur offers 176 rooms ranging from studios to deluxe rooms, all of which are fitted with modern furnishing, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, toiletries, and large windows overlooking Chinatown KL. Thanks to its convenient location, the iconic Petaling Street Flea Market is accessible within a five-minute walk while Central Market and Kasturi Walk are less than 10 minutes away from the hotel.

Various modes of public transportation are also within reach, making it convenient to explore the rest of Kuala Lumpur throughout your stay. The hotel is situated opposite Plaza Rakyat LRT station and Pudu Sentral Bus Terminal, where travellers can travel to other cities in Malaysia at affordable rates. Hotel Transit Kuala Lumpur has two onsite restaurants Transit Coffee House and Em by Tedboy, where you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee and a wide range of western fare and pastries.

What we loved:

  • Located opposite Pudu Sentral Bus Terminal and Plaza Rakyat LRT station
  • Walking distance from Petaling Street, Central Market and Kasturi Walk
  • Em by Tedboy, a stylish café serving a wide range of coffee, western fare, and pastries
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Staying in Ran Pacific Serviced Suites & Apartments puts you within a 15-minute walk from Petaling Street and Central Market, where you can enjoy ample shopping, sightseeing and dining options during your stay in Kuala Lumpur. Its spacious suites are fitted with air-conditioning, dining table, living room, LCD TV, washing machine, and well-equipped kitchenette.

Part of Swiss-Garden Residences Kuala Lumpur, onsite facilities include swimming pools, children's playground, sauna, Jacuzzi, squash court, and fitness centre. Dining-wise, guests can enjoy extensive breakfast buffet at Flavours Restaurant as well as premium teas and coffees, freshly baked pastries and cakes at Green Treats Delicatessen. If you’re looking to explore the rest of Kuala Lumpur, the hotel is a five-minute walk from Plaza Rakyat LRT station and Pudu Sentral Bus Terminal.

What we loved:

  • Kitchenette equipped with
  • 15-minute walk from Petaling Street, Central Market, and Changkat Bukit Bintang
  • Green Treats Delicatessen, an onsite bistro that serves premium teas and coffees, freshly baked pastries and cakes
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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.

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Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a five-star property and historical landmark in Kuala Lumpur. The colonial-era hotel features high ceilings, Roman columns, a gold-leafed domed roof, vintage wrought-iron ceiling lamps, intricate cornices, polished marble floors and chandeliers. We highly recommend booking the 100sqm Majestic Suite, which comes with exclusive access to the Majestic Club.

Enjoy continental or a traditional Hainanese breakfast served in-room by your butler, afternoon and evening snacks served in the Club Lounge, and complimentary laundry services. Out of its six elegant dining venues, our favourite is the Orchid Conservatory, a spacious glass atrium with Victorian-style brocade trim furniture and seasonal orchids. Onsite facilities are plentiful as well, including English-inspired spa treatments at the Majestic Spa to classical movie screenings in the Screening Room.

What we loved:

  • Majestic Suites, 100sqm suite with 24-hour butler service and access to Majestic Club
  • English-inspired spa treatments at the whimsical and classically-colonial Majestic Spa
  • The sunlit Orchid Conservatory - a glass atrium with Victorian-style brocade trim furniture and a gorgeous range of seasonal orchids
  • Six individually-themed dining options serving local and international cuisine, premium wines, cigars and whiskies, as well as afternoon tea sets
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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!

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The Explorers Guesthouse places you within a five-minute stroll from iconic attractions such as Petaling Street, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, Central Market, and Jamek Mosque. Featuring a communal space, onsite restaurant, and rooftop terrace with city views, this affordable hostel also offers complimentary Wi-Fi, luggage storage, coffee and tea, board games, books and DVDs for its guests. Meanwhile, accommodation options range from basic 10-bedroom dorms to private rooms with shared bathrooms.

What we loved:

  • Five-minute walk from Petaling Street, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, Central Market, and Jamek Mosque
  • Rooftop terrace overlooking Chinatown KL
  • Complimentary coffee and tea, Wi-Fi and entertainment options
  • Surrounded by ample dining options
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Swiss Inn Chinatown Kuala Lumpur is a three-star hotel just beside Petaling Street, where guests can shop for souvenirs and imitation goods and enjoy a number of local Chinese delicacies at humble coffee shops and hawker stalls. The hotel is also 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.

Onsite facilities are limited to 24-hour front desk and all-day lounge serving refreshments and light snacks. Due to its relatively low rates, some rooms are windowless, so book the Deluxe Double or Twin Rooms if you’re looking to enjoy views of Chinatown KL during your stay.

What we loved:

  • Located next to Petaling Street, offering affordable shopping and dining options
  • One of the most affordably-priced hotels in KL City Centre, room rates cost RM117 upwards
  • A five-minute walk from Plaza Rakyat and Pasar Seni LRT train stations
  • Deluxe Double and Twin Rooms are fitted with windows overlooking Petaling Street.
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