Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur – the city of skyscrapers
The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a metropolitan city worldwide famous for many skyscrapers and futuristic towers, the clash of traditional and colonial architecture with modern and picturesque, and diverse cultural and historical attractions. The greatest landmark is Petronas Twin Towers, which are the highest twin towers in the world.
The name of the city means ‘’ muddy estuary’’ owing to its geographical location in the confluence of Gombak and Klang Rivers. Its rich history and cultural heritage along with the stylish development are the reasons behind the growing popularity of this city and country in general. Aside from significant landmarks, real foodies will enjoy this travel destination as its remarkable cuisine consists of truly delicious dishes.
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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Kuala Lumpur
With everything that Kuala Lumpur has to offer to its tourists, this city has become one of the most popular and safest travel destinations in Southeast Asia. Becoming a global city with millions of visitors every year, the accommodation options have increased significantly resulting in the widest selection of luxurious hotels, mid-range hostels and Airbnb for every budget. With all these alternatives, finding an ideal place to stay in KL can often be quite overwhelming, especially if you are visiting for the first time.
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Kuala Lumpur is divided into 11 districts each of which is culturally diverse and unique. They have plenty of dining, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife options to a certain degree. You should select the area that suits most of your interests, whatever they may be. So as not to become overwhelmed with the available accommodation choices, we have made a carefully selected list with the best area to stay in:
- Bukit Bintang
- Chinatown and Merdeka Square
- KL Tower – Bukit Nanas
Still, whatever area you select, you won’t be wrong since Kuala Lumpur has a highly developed and efficient public transportation system so you can easily explore the city no matter where you are staying.
Here are our suggestions:
Staying in this area will put you in the center of everything
Chinatown & Merdeka Square
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Wide budget style accommodation options
The area easily accessible by public transportation with a hipster vibe
KL Tower – Bukit Nanas
A residential area away from the crowd
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for the first time – KLCC
If you want to be at the center of everything in the city Kuala Lumpur, then Kuala Lumpur City Center is the right area for you. This area is most known for the city’s two main attractions the Petronas Twin Towers and the Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower. Apart from these two, there are other cultural and historical landmarks, along with many fun activities for families and dining and shopping opportunities. This area is also unique since the majority of the city’s sights are located here while at the same time it is a financial and business center.
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Things to do and see in KLCC
As the heart of Kuala Lumpur, there is plenty to eat, shop, do, and see in KLCC. Check our top list:
- Petronas Twin Towers
- Menara KL Tower
- Aquaria KLCC
- KLCC Park
- Suria KLCC
- Traders Hotel Skybar
With 88 floors, these twin skyscrapers are the highest twin towers in the world. They are joined together by a Sky Bridge.
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Menara KL Tower
This tower was constructed in 1994 and with a height of 421 meters, along with Petronas Twin Towers, represents one of the most prominent landmarks of Kuala Lumpur.
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One of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia, Aquaria KLCC is located in Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. It is home to more than 150 marine species and a great place for a family visit.
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In the midst of the hectic and crowded city, this natural oasis is the perfect place for a getaway where you can enjoy the city’s skyline filled with skyscrapers and nature.
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Located at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers, this shopping mall is every shopaholic’s dream. With numerous department stores and fashion outlets, Suria KLCC provides the perfect opportunity to renew your wardrobe.
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Traders Hotel Skybar
Traders Hotel is home to the popular Skybar at its 33rd floor. Order something to drink and enjoy the view of the nearby Petronas Towers.
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Where to stay in KLCC
Thanks to the amount of not only tourist attractions but also business buildings, Kuala Lumpur City Center is quite an expensive area to stay in. Other than luxurious hotels, this area is far from being packed with accommodation options for every budget. In case you are looking for Airbnbs in KLCC, you have to know that those are usually located a bit further from Twin Towers. The average nightly price in this area is $63.
Affordable option – This simple minimalistic hostel
Moderate option – This brilliant suite
Luxury option – This luxury hotel in the city centre
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for nightlife – Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang is the most vibrant and energetic area of Kuala Lumpur. With many shops, markets, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs for everyone’s liking, this neighborhood has a lively and youthful atmosphere. Usually packed with tourists in search of the more entertaining side of the city, it is conveniently located near KLCC but you also have full access to other districts via public transportation.
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Things to see and do in Bukit Bintang
As the center of shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife of Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang has such a diverse offer to suit every tourist’s taste. Whether you are looking for unique souvenirs, street food or fancy restaurants, or energetic nightlife, you will find all of that and even more in this district.
Here are our recommendations what you definitely mustn’t miss in this area:
- Berjaya Times Square Theme Park
- Jalan Alor
- Berjaya Times Square
- No Black Tie
- Heli Lounge Bar
- Changkat Pub Street
Berjaya Times Square Theme Park
Malaysia is home to the largest indoor theme park. Berjaya Times Square Theme Park has two separate zones for adults and children. It is the perfect place for some quality family time. Image source: yxlandp
Jalan Alor is the most famous food street in Kuala Lumpur. Here you will find diverse restaurants and street food carts where you can try specialties from both international and local cuisine.
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Berjaya Times Square
Bukit Bintang is home to one of the largest shopping malls in this area. Near Jalan Imbi, this astonishing twin towers has 48 floors with numerous stores and restaurants.
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No Black Tie
A popular jazz club where many famous jazz artists have performed. It is a quite relaxed atmosphere with great and diverse music.
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Heli Lounge Bar
This rooftop bar is located at the helipad near the Menara Tower. Enjoy your drinks with the sunset over Kuala Lumpur.
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Changkat Pub Street
Another famous street in Bukit Bintang is Changkat Street. The colonial buildings were transformed into restaurants and pubs.
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Where to stay in Bukit Bintang
This district offers plenty of accommodation options for every budget since the tourists like to stay in this area for nightlife. It is quite hectic and traffic can be busy but you can easily explore other areas on foot.
Affordable option –This Stylish Cozy Hostel
Moderate option –The Eden
Luxury option – This high end hotel with an amazing view