Best hotels and hostels in Kuala Lumpur

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Villa Samadhi

    It’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of KL when staying at this gorgeous boutique property that epitomises Southeast Asian chic. The black polished concrete, bamboo and reclaimed-timber rooms combine with luxurious light fixtures, idyllic central pool, lush foliage, poolside bar (serving complimentary cocktails) and intimate modern Malay restaurant Mandi Mandi to conjure an antidote to urban stress.

  • Lodging in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Sekeping Tenggiri

    Providing access to architect Ng Seksan’s superlative private collection of contemporary Malaysian art – displayed in the rooms of the adjoining house – this is a lovely place to stay. The rough-luxe mix of concrete, wood and wire decor (with cleverly recycled materials making up lamp fixtures) is softened by abundant garden greenery and a cooling plunge pool.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Majestic Hotel

    Originally opened in 1932 and the pre-WWII KL equivalent of Raffles in Singapore, the impeccably restored Majestic is one of the city's top luxury hotels. Whether you stay in the original building or the new attached tower block (where the majority of rooms are) you are guaranteed comfort and style. Other appealing features include an orchid-filled conservatory and two swimming pools.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Mov Hotel

    A contemporary sculpture of a white tiger prowling the lobby and a slide into its restaurant are just a couple of the fun, creative touches at this stylish property freshly opened in 2018 and just steps from nightlife hub Changkat Bukit Bintang. The top-tier loft rooms offer double-height ceilings and penthouse furnishings.

  • Lodging in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Reggae Mansion

    Grooving to a beat that's superior to most backpacker places, Reggae Mansion instantly impresses with its faux-colonial style and contemporary touches, including a lively rooftop bar, mini-cinema and flash cafe-bar. Container-style beds feel private though one dorm is very large (24 beds). Ask for a quieter room away from the bar if you're not a night owl.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    BackHome

    This chic pit stop for flashpackers offers a Zen decor featuring polished concrete and has a particularly attractive central courtyard. Mixed and female-only dorms sleep four to eight (some with double-bed bunks) and have sinks, lockers, reading lights and power points. Bathrooms are stylish, clean and plentiful. There's a simple guest kitchen but most guests gravitate to on-site LOKL Coffee.

  • Lodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

    There are only 55 rooms at this luxury hotel occupying the loftiest floors of a 59-storey building – which guarantees sweeping views all around. You'll pay a premium for the rooms facing either the KL or Petronas Towers, but whatever the aspect, the interiors are spacious, plush and hushed.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Alila Bangsar

    Having established its brand in Bali, Alila (which means 'supreme' in Bahasa Indonesia) has opened one of KL's most appealing new hotels. The pared-back design, integrating concrete, wood and plenty of plants, suits the tropics and there are great views from the spacious rooms, which run between the 35th and 40th floors.

  • Lodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Citizen M

    Opened in 2019, the KL branch of this hip hotel chain offers 210 capsule-like rooms that are more spacious than the Citizen M standard – request one with a courtyard view, as these are quieter and more attractive. All have large beds, smart TVs and small bathrooms. The communal facilities – work spaces, TV lounge, cafe-bar, ironing rooms – are particularly impressive.

  • Lodging in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Mingle Hostel

    Occupying an atmospheric 1920s building, Mingle offers small but pleasant dorms and doubles. Most dorm beds are curtained and all come with locker (BYO padlock), power point and reading light. Bathrooms are barracks-like and in relatively short supply. The rooftop bar is a popular meeting point, as is the stylish ground-floor cafe where breakfast is served. Great location.

  • Lodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Paper Plane Hostel

    Hand-painted murals, exposed brick walls and high-ceilinged rooms impart a sophisticated air to this hostel in a 90-year-old shophouse. Mixed and women-only dorm rooms are attired in tasteful monochrome, while loft-room dorms have dizzying, custom-made three-tier bunks. Service is companionable and the entire place is fairy-godmother clean.

  • Lodging in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Tian Jing Hotel

    Dark-wood four-poster beds are handsomely offset by crisp white sheets at this boutique hotel that successfully channels Chinatown's atmosphere minus the kitsch. Some of the rooms sport balconies, but it's a busy area, so you're unlikely to be hanging out there unless you like people- and traffic-watching.

  • Lodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    The Bed KLCC

    On the lower floors of the circular Vortex tower, this innovative hotel offers capsule beds with good levels of privacy – choose between 10-bed dorms where you crawl into the capsule from the front and regular dorm cubicles with side entrance. All are super-clean and very stylishly presented, as are the plentiful bathrooms and excellent guest lounge.

  • Lodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    G Tower Hotel

    There’s an exclusive atmosphere at this slickly designed property atop an office complex, where the facilities include a gym, infinity pools and a top-floor lounge, restaurant and bar. Arty black-and-white prints set a sophisticated tone in the bedrooms.

  • Lodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Element Kuala Lumpur

    Book in advance for some very good deals at this stylish hotel that occupies the top floors of the Foster + Partners–designed Ilham Tower. Rooms are stylishly decorated, spacious and offer good views. A nice touch is that they include filtered water dispensers instead of plastic bottles. The swimming pool uses saline rather than chlorine.

  • Lodging in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    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. Place a big tick against its infinity rooftop pool and bar with one of the best views in KL.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

    Hotel Stripes

    Blown-up black-and-white photos of what this area looked like 50 years ago feature in the stylish rooms of this new small luxury hotel. Light filters in through the lattice of brickwork that forms the facade and there's a fab rooftop terrace pool with views towards KL tower.

  • Lodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Wolo Bukit Bintang

    Checking in to this neon-accented hotel feels like sashaying into a nightclub. Mirror-clad elevators whisk you to corridors dimly lit by cloud-shaped lanterns. In the rooms, mattresses sit on a blonde-wood base, like a futon, and the shower and toilet are hidden behind padded-leather doors. This is the place to party like a pop star (but on a midrange budget).

  • Lodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Sarang Vacation Homes

    Michael and Christina run this appealing bed-and-breakfast operation. They have houses, apartments and rooms in four nearby locations and can accommodate single travellers and families alike. The furnishings are simple, the vibe is relaxed and welcoming and the location is excellent. It’s a skip away from Jln Alor in a residential shophouse enclave.

  • Lodging in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Gold 3 Boutique Hotel

    The owner of this hotel has indulged his love of cameras in the interior design – and the results in the public areas are impressive. The cheapest rooms are compact but good value – you'll need to opt for the deluxe ones (RM170) to have a window, though.