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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.

Hotel in heart of Chinatown

Swiss Inn Kuala Lumpur

Situated within Petaling Street’s busy grid of avenues, the highlight of the well run, long-established Swiss Inn is its 151 clean and comfortable rooms. Centrally located, this three-star venture is a justly popular choice especially if you’re keeping a close eye on those purse strings. The most inexpensive rooms are windowless but they’re still widely attractive with blonde-wood fixtures, spacious beds and pastel coloured linen and coverings. The hotel’s got two cafés but it’s also in close proximity to Chinatown’s ever-burgeoning Chinese hawker fare scene; the Pasar Seni and Plaza Rakyat LRT stations are approximately 300m away.

With Petaling Street right outside its front doors, Hotel Alamanda is a two-star venture with 58 air con rooms. The hotel’s got a frayed-around-the-edges feel to it and en-suite bathrooms are outdated but each lodging unit is well worth the inexpensive price you pay. The establishment is only a short walk away from the Pasar Seni LRT station, making it thoroughly convenient for guests to explore the city centre. Read More...

Ensuring that you have a plush stay without breaking the bank, the colourful Chinatown Boutique Hotel is a newly opened venture. More than your average budget hotel, the two-star property’s facilities are limited to a business centre but rooms are in a class of their own. Each themed, air con room has spacious and comfy beds, en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and complimentary wireless internet access as well as all standard hotel amenities. The hotel is within walking distance of Central Market, Puduraya and the Kota Raya Complex; nearby food outlets are in abundance and the Pasar Seni LRT station is a mere 10-minute walk away. Read More...

A no-frills lodging venture in KL’s Chinatown quadrant, the two-star D’Oriental Inn’s 85 rooms feature basic amenities, en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi and comfy, spacious beds. The Puduraya and Pasar Seni LRT stations are located close by making public transportation access trouble-free. Read More...

The two-star Hotel Chinatown 2 is another one of Chinatown’s budget accommodation options tucked away east of Chinatown. Its front doors open right onto Petaling Street’s busy open-air flea market action. Air con rooms are Spartan and small but they’re clean and there’s an en-suite bathroom plus rates are affordable. The hotel has a study-like business centre that has complimentary wireless internet access and there’s also a spa and health centre as well as an open-air rooftop beer garden. The Pasar Seni LRT station is within walking distance to take you to the city centre. Read More...

Thoroughly recommended, the two-star Hotel Chinatown Inn has been given high praise in the past and it’s managed to live up to its accolades. Though the noisy Petaling Street market is practically at its doorstep, the hotel manages to maintain a calm, peaceful atmosphere. The property is well managed and rooms are value for money. In-room amenities include attached showers and TVs. Deluxe rooms have views of boisterous Petaling Street Market. Read More...

The 5 Elements Hotel is a good mid-range accommodation choice in the Chinatown district that proves budget establishments need not look like frayed-around-the-edges dives. This boutique hotel is a well kept property with 104 rooms with standard amenities as well as affordable rates. The three-star venture’s got boutique styling – corridors and bedrooms sport sensuous design motifs snaking their way across the walls. Some lodging units feature views of the KL Tower and room rates include breakfast. Read More...

Nearby Chinatown

Citin Hotel Masjid Jamek

The brand new, cheerfully-coloured Citin Hotel is a three-star establishment that’s not as centrally located as many of KL’s other budget-friendly ventures. However it’s within the KL city limits making a taxi ride to sightseeing spots – such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Suria KLCC, the Dewan Filharmonik Orkestra concert hall and KLCC Park – extremely affordable. The compact, air-con lodging unit has standard hotel amenities as well as flat-screen TVs and wireless internet access. The hotel enjoys easy access to the Masjid Jamek LRT station, ensuring a steady flow of customers for this cut-above-the-average establishment.

Ancasa Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur

A throwback to another generation, the Ancasa Hotel & Spa is one of KL’s most popular hotel ventures due to its lavish feel with bargain prices. The four-star property is aesthetically appealing and features a restaurant, bar and 400 air-con cooled rooms sporting all the necessary modern conveniences. A Balinese-style spa and staff members that know the ropes add up to make this one of Chinatown’s best mid-range options.

Chill Inn

Occupying what looks to be a century-old building, the brand-new Chill Inn has air con rooms that are Spartan yet spacious. The entire place looks like an atmospheric venture that’s been refurbished with a modern twist – the result are rooms that look like they’re caught in a time warp with old fashioned TVs, wooden armoires, cherry red walls, large-face contemporary white clocks and crimson fixtures. The one-star hotel’s cut down on unnecessary facilities and the result is inexpensive rates. The nearest LRT station, Pasar Seni, is a short walk away and you can catch a train to visit the city centre’s renowned attractions including Suria KLCC and the Petronas Twin Towers.

Citin Seacare Pudu Hotel

A cut-above-the-average establishment, Citin Seacare Pudu Hotel is located opposite the Puduraya Bus Terminal. Though it is located on an otherwise downmarket strip, there’s usually a steady stream of guests at this budget-friendly venture; air con rooms have TVs and en-suite bathrooms. Petaling Street is just around the corner and the two-star venture is minutes away from several LRT stations including the Plaza Rakyat, Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek stops. Additionally, KL’s Bukit Bintang area – which plays host to Suria KLCC, the KL Convention Centre, Petronas Twin Towers and the KLCC Park – is a short taxi ride away.

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