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First Time in KL : Where Should I Stay?

Where Should I Book My Hotel In Kuala Lumpur

Perhaps the most frequently-asked question by anyone travelling to Kuala Lumpur for the first time is, “Which part of KL is best for me?” A massive city with a number of uniquely-named locales, Kuala Lumpur is teeming with accommodation options that range of frills-free hotels for backpackers to sprawling five-star hotels with breathtaking city views that are perfect for sophisticated travellers.

Finding the right accommodation can be an understandably daunting task, so we’ve compiled a rundown as well as the pros and cons of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular districts to help you decide on the best place to stay in Malaysia’s capital state.

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Should I book my hotel in Bukit Bintang?

Bukit Bintang: How to decide...

Kuala Lumpur's trendiest shopping and entertainment district, Bukit Bintang offers everything from shopping malls with indoor theme parks to densely packed nightclubs while hotels range from modest yet comfortable backpacker inns to luxurious and stylish hotels. Due to its central location, it is also fairly easy to get to Bukit Bintang from anywhere in Kuala Lumpur via public transportation.

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Who is it For:
  • Travellers who want to be in the very centre of KL
  • Travellers who likes a diverse range of dining options
  • Extreme shopping enthusiasts
  • People looking for a busy nightlife
  • Travellers who want easy access to monorails
 
What's Good:
  • A good mix of luxury and budget hotels
  • Shopping malls are within walking distances
What's not so good:
  • Traffic can be really busy
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    Where to Stay 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 Read More»


Should I book my hotel in KLCC?

KLCC: How to decide...

The heart of Kuala Lumpur, KLCC is where you’ll find some of the most iconic landmarks in Malaysia such as Petronas Twin towers and Menara KL Tower. Aside from a host of dining, arts, culture, recreation, sightseeing, nightlife, shopping and entertainment options for the affluent, it is also incredibly convenient to get around as it houses an underground LRT train station of the same name.

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Who is it For:
  • People who want to be centrally located
  • People who want to be near landmarks and attractions
  • People who love shopping
  • Travellers with a preference for a more sophisticated nightlife
 
What's Good:
  • Rooftop bars and fine-dining restaurants
  • Petronas Twin Towers, Aquaria KLCC and Menara KL Tower
  • Plenty of luxury hotels in the area
What's not so good:
  • Lack of cheap accommodation - not suitable for budget travellers
  • Area is pricier compared to other places in the city

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Should I book my hotel in Chinatown KL?

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur: How to decide...

Chinatown, based in Petaling Street, is a well-known bargain hunter's paradise where you can find all kinds of goods at dirt-cheap prices. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown also houses beautifully-preserved Buddhist temples and traditional coffee houses frequented by the local Chinese community. Backpackers' inns and budget hotels can be found almost everywhere here as well.

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Who is it For:
  • People looking for cheap hotels and backpackers' inns
  • People who want to stay in a historical area
  • Travellers who like shopping for bargains
  • People who want to stay close to the LRT train
 
What's Good:
  • Pasar Seni LRT train is a two-minute walk away
  • Plenty of hawker food and cheap goods
What's not so good:
  • Not many bars and pubs in the area
  • Streets are lacking in cleanliness
  • Congested traffic during peak hours

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Should I book my hotel in KL Sentral?

KL Sentral: How to decide...

Home to the Malaysia's largest rail transport hub, KL Sentral offers an impressive array of luxury hotels, international companies, local and international eateries, as well as two shopping malls for some serious retail therapy. Meanwhile Brickfields or Little India is a 10-minute walk away where travellers can find numerous quaint Buddhist temples, colourful shops and eateries with a strong South Indian presence.

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Who is it For:
  • People who prefer a diverse range of hotel prices
  • Travellers who want easy access to public transport
  • Travellers on transit who prefer to be in the city to an airport hotel
  • People who have business in this area
 
What's Good:
  • Easy access to downtown KL and airports
What's not so good:
  • Busy traffic during peak hours
  • KL Sentral station and neighbouring malls are rather packed during lunch hours

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  • Where to Stay in KL Sentral

    Where to Stay in KL Sentral

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Should I book my hotel in Bangsar / Mid Valley?

Bangsar/Mid Valley: How to decide...

Bangsar is one of KL's liveliest dining and nightlife hub, hosting plenty of international and local cafes, whisky bars, pubs, and bistros along the streets of Jalan Telawi and Lorong Maarof. Also great for shopping, there are two prominent malls here, namely Bangsar Shopping Centre and Bangsar Village with quaint boutiques surrounding the latter while Mid Valley Mall is just a KTM train stop away.

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Who is it For:
  • People looking for a more laidback nightlife scene
  • Moderately wealthy travellers
  • Shopping enthusiasts
  • People who prefer to stay away from busy city center
 
What's Good:
  • A good range of upmarket and commercial brands
  • Trendy restaurants and cafes that are moderately affordable
What's not so good:
  • Sightseeing and local culture is scarce
  • Traffic can get very busy
  • No direct access to city centre by train
  • Moderately far from downtown Kuala Lumpur

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Should I book my hotel in Chow Kit?

Chow Kit: How to decide...

Chow Kit is an atmospheric district in KL city centre, housing numerous long-established wholesale retail outlets and Bundle Chow Kit, a daily market that's frequented by locals. Budget accommodations are aplenty in Chow Kit and visitors can enjoy a wide range of local delicacies and visit Southeast Asia's largest Sikh temple. This localised area connects to most of KL via the Chow Kit monorail station, which is accessible within a two-minute walk from Jalan Haji Hussein Road.

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Who is it For:
  • People looking for really cheap accommodation
  • Travellers who want to try authentic local food
 
What's Good:
  • Cheap and authentic local food
  • Plenty of wholesale shopping outlets
What's not so good:
  • Lack of popular landmarks
  • Nightlife is sketchy
  • Streets are lacking in cleanliness

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  • Where to Stay in Chow Kit

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Should I book my hotel in Petaling Jaya?

Petaling Jaya: How to decide...

Situated 14 km from Kuala Lumpur city centre, Petaling Jaya houses an abundance of shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife options, as well as family-friendly indoor and outdoor recreational activities. While it is connected via LRT and KTM trains, it is a big area with plenty of residential areas and the shopping malls are set quite far between.

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Who is it For:
  • Travellers with young children
  • People who enjoy affordably-priced delicacies
  • Travellers who prefer a more laidback nightlife
  • People who prefer a diverse range of hotels
  • Travellers who want an all-in-one holiday destination
 
What's Good:
  • Affordably-priced restaurants and cafes
  • Plenty of all-in-one shopping malls
What's not so good:
  • Lack of historical landmarks and attractions
  • No direct trains to downtown KL
  • Far from the city centre

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Should I book my hotel in Subang Jaya?

Subang Jaya: How to decide...

Subang Jaya is another thriving KL district, consisting of international universities and companies, as well as independent retail stores and eateries. With a diverse range of hotels to choose from, travellers can enjoy fun-filled activities in Subang Jaya, including ice-skating, water rides, golf and archery while excellent all-day restaurants, bars and coffee joints are accessible on foot and public transport.

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  • Travellers with young children
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  • Golf enthusiasts
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  • Travellers who like a wide range of food
 
What's Good:
  • Luxury hotels are connected to a shopping mall and theme park
What's not so good:
  • Busy traffic during peak hours
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  • Sightseeing and local culture is scarce
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  • Very far from the city centre

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