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Guesthouses and B&Bs
Tanjung Rhu Resort
This beautifully situated resort has large and comfy rooms with balconies and great views of the limestone and green water at Tanjung Rhu. Service is a pleasant blend of competent and friendly, and the resort has a family-friendly vibe...
This clutch of minimalist, contemporary structures on a jungly hillside results in a noteworthy and pleasing contrast...
Setting the Kuching standard for backpacker digs, this hugely popular guesthouse, decked out with stylish Dayak crafts, has an unbeatable location and a great chill-out lobby...
Batik Boutique Hotel
A superb location, classy design and a super-friendly staff make this a top midrange choice. The 15 spacious rooms, six with balconies, are sleek and elegant, and even come with i-Pod docks.
E&O Residences Kuala Lumpur
Chances are once you spend a night in these elegantly designed apartments with their clean-line furnishings and striking contemporary art you will not want to leave. There's a good gym and large outdoor pool in the landscaped courtyard garden...
Thistle Johor Bahru
Overlooking the Straits of Johor, the hotel is the poshest city option this side of the Causeway...
No French maids here, but you will find an attractive and competent midrange hotel. The French actually goes back several decades, but a recent renovation has left the rooms feeling modern and functional...
Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur
Good workspaces and walk-in closets feature in these colourfully designed apartments. The facilities, including an outdoor infinity pool, gym, sauna and games room, are top notch.
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Designed for the Google generation of young creatives, Aloft is industrial chic meets plastic fantastic. Staff are super friendly and you have to smile at the witty cartoon art in each of the spacious, well-designed rooms...
The Yard Boutique Hotel
A backstreet hostel has been transformed into this calm, stylish oasis steps away from both the eats of Jln Alor and the bars of Changkat Bukit Bintang. Contemporary design rooms are very comfy and great value for what they offer...
Shari La Island Resort
Kampong Pasir Hantu
Situated on the northern end of Coral Bay, and sprawling back into the jungle trail, this place offers a surprisingly posh package for the money...
The bulk of the rooms here are fine but no-frills. However, the 7th floor offers 17 creatively designed duplexes, each sleeping three, with fun themes ranging from Marilyn Monroe to circus; it features a sawn-in-half classic mini as part of the decor!
At the northern end of the bay, this top-end option offers 38 rooms in a modern, three-storey setting overlooking Long Beach itself and a gorgeous restaurant in palapa style (open-sided, with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves)...
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Sharing a fabulous landscaped pool and spa with the Meridien next door, the Hilton is a design diva’s dream...
It’s worth paying an extra RM10 at this appealing new hotel to get a room with a window. Each floor is named after a curry ingredient, but the decor is monochrome rather than spicy.
This well-located tower is good for travellers needing the experience of staying in a decently mid-market high-rise. Rooms at the back are quieter and have views of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and the Penang Bridge.
Baba Guest House
Tidy family home with plain rooms, most with shared bathrooms. The dearer air-con rooms come with fridges and showers.
On the corner of Jln Penang and Lebuh Leith, the Oriental is handily placed and pretty vanilla. The decor doesn’t seem to have been changed in decades, which is OK, since rooms are clean and comfortable.
Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort
To the southeast of the other resorts, the Sheraton Langkawi has all the usual five-star amenities in an attractively secluded setting on a forested headland by the sea...
Super Sweet, actually: a cute orange building dotted with umbrella-shaded tables, plain rooms that manage to keep cool in the heat and a friendly common area where meeting fellow congregants at the temple of backpacking is easy and breezy.
Standard rooms at the Tropical are slightly tatty, but good value, with coffee- and tea-making facilities, cold water in the fridge, clean bathrooms with long, deep bathtubs, and powerful air-con. Views are excellent.
Century Pines Resort
It's set in landscaped gardens at the eastern edge of Tanah Rata, but this complex is more hotel than resort...