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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...
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...
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!
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.
Hotel China Town Inn
Even though it’s in the thick of Chinatown, a calm atmosphere reigns at this well-managed, good-value hotel. All rooms have attached showers and TV (DVD players can be hired)...
Alpha Genesis Hotel
The rooms are spacious with contemporary furnishings that verge on boutique territory. The deluxe rooms at the front have great views towards the Petronas Towers, and you can rent DVD players (RM25 per day).
Cosy shophouse hostel offering small, thin-walled rooms with shared bathrooms. The communal areas are great and the owners charming.
Number Eight Guesthouse
A recent change of ownership has seen some transformations at the long-running Number Eight...
Efficiency is the name and business is the game at this crisp hotel. Rooms are small and characterless, but most have a window. A particularly good crop of terminals for internet access make this a good choice for anyone who has to work on the road.
Wheelers Guest House
Prison-like rooms, but this hostel does have a mini-aquarium, gay-friendly staff, a great rooftop terrace where free Friday-night dinners are hosted, and homemade yoghurt and muesli for breakfast.
Voyage Guest House
Head here for clean, industrial-sized dorm rooms and common areas decorated with a nouveau-heritage Chinatown jazz lounge look. It’s run by Voyager Traveller’s Lounge.
The Baba House
This elegant Baba building has beautiful tile work, carved panels and a cool, interior courtyard, but rooms, many windowless, aren’t nearly as glitzy as the lobby and are dark and worn.
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
The views are good either way, but it’s probably worth paying the small supplement for a room facing the Petronas Towers at this contemporary-design addition to KL’s portfolio of luxe hotels. Its rooftop pool and bar is a famous KL hang-out.
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Elevators whisk you up to a panoramic entrance lobby that pits you eye to eye with the upper levels of the Petronas Towers...
Pacific Regency Hotel Suites
These upmarket self-catering studios and serviced apartments are good value compared with the rooms of a similar standard at KL's other five-star properties. Ask to see the newer rooms...
The Royale Bintang Kuala Lumpur
Stylish property offering spacious, comfortable rooms (with high-speed internet access, cable TV, complimentary newspaper), a bar, restaurant, and reasonable-sized gym and pool.