Kuala Lumpur ranked as the seventh most visited city in the world in 2016, according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. It isn’t hard to see why. It has a blend of culture, art and history all finely balanced in its metropolitan city, with plenty of attractions like Petaling Street, Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque and, of course, the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which is the third tallest building in the world, after Taiwan’s Taipei 101 and UAE’s Burj Khalifa.
Accommodation here is fairly easy on the pocket, with the city housing some of the world’s cheapest five-star hotels. If you’re looking for cheap accommodations, here is our roundup of the 10 places to stay on a budget.
Right in the middle of KL’s Bukit Bintang area is Hotel Royal, a stylish 285-room hotel that comes equipped with all the usual modern amenities for a comfortable stay. The hotel is surrounded by plenty of shopping malls. It is right next to the Lot 10 mall, while there are a whopping seven more only a short bus or taxi ride away. It’s also in the heart of KL’s famed Golden Triangle, which is known as a haven for food, shopping and entertainment.
Whether you’re here on business or to explore the city, WP Hotel is a comfortable four-star hotel that provides one of the best values for money. All of its 153 rooms are fully air-conditioned with complimentary WiFi available. The hotel has an in-house restaurant, pool and rooftop bar for unwinding and relaxing. The latter provides guests with views of Suria KLCC and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which are both within a kilometer (0.6 mi) of the hotel.
Recently opened in November 2016, Oakwood Hotel and Residence is a stylishly modern accommodation that offers both hotel rooms and apartment units. Guests also get access to facilities like the fitness centre and TrEat, their restaurant and bar by the poolside. There is alfresco seating, which makes for the perfect spot as you soak in the evening sunset sipping on your favorite drink.
Oasia has picked a good spot for its first property in Malaysia. Set within in the Golden Triangle, it is located right next to the KL Forest Eco Park. The park stands out among the urban cosmopolitan of the city, creating a calm, peaceful vibe around it. Guests will receive the usual amenities to make their stay comfortable, with the hotel also providing free shuttle services to help guests get around easier.
This boutique hotel is great for those looking for a comfortable stay without breaking the bank. Conveniently located near attractions like Chinatown, Kasturi Walk and Dataran Merdeka, Pacific Express offers rooms with an en suite bathroom, complete with rain showers. There are meeting room facilities for the business traveller, while those looking to unwind can head to the hotel’s rooftop pool to enjoy panoramic views of the city as they take a relaxing dip.
Pacific Express Hotel Central Market Kuala Lumpur
Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi
Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests
Maison Boutique set out with the ambitious aim of livening up the hotel scene in KL and offers thematic rooms that promises to “merge rest, experience and memories” in one. Examples of some of the themes include Atlantis, space odyssey, fairy tale, Arabian nights and James Bond. Within the premises are a pork-free restaurant, fitness centre and complimentary WiFi, everything guests need for a comfy stay.
Maison Boutique Theme Hotel @ Bukit Bintang City Centre
Address: 36-38, Jalan Baba, Off Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah
Restaurant 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Internet services Lift Safety deposit box WiFi Available
If you’d like a quieter neighborhood, yet still remain close to the action, Vivatel is an ideal choice. Its location along Jalan Loke Yew is mere minutes away from the city centre, but gives that bit more privacy to those seeking it. The Viva Home Furniture Mall is just 5 mins away, while the popular Bukit Bintang district is just a short 20-min drive away.
Pearl International Hotel is halfway between KL and Petaling Jaya, giving guests convenient access between the two. Attractions outside the main city centre include the Mid Valley Mega Mall and Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, a place popular among families and large groups of tourists looking for a fun way to cool off from the summer heat. Both are a short 10-min drive from the hotel.
If shopping’s on your agenda, the Royale Chulan Bukit Bintang is the perfect place to book. As if its prime location in the heart of KL’s Golden Triangle wasn’t enough, the hotel is also just a short walk from major shopping areas like Berjaya Times Square, Pavilion and Lot 10. Walking to KLCC is just 15 mins on foot, whilst the iconic twin towers are a short 3 mins by car.
Royale Chulan Bukit Bintang
Address: Jalan Bukit Bintang
Dry cleaning Business centre Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Free WiFi Designated smoking area Luggage storage Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Safety deposit box
For less than 50 USD a night, you get a comfortable stay at a boutique hotel that brings old world glamour together with modernity. D’Majestic Place by Swiss Garden is located within KL’s downtown district. Guests’ rooms also come with complimentary WiFi, with access to a fitness centre, a patio to unwind with your favorite drink and an outdoor infinity pool where you can soak in beautiful views of the city.
D'Majestic Place by Swiss Garden, Kuala Lumpur
Address: 376 Jalan Pudu
The top in value-for-money
KL is one of the cities that offer the best bang for your buck when it comes to accommodation. None of the hotels on this list exceeds 60 USD, yet most, if not all, of them boast amenities and facilities that are worthy of a four-star hotel.
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