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The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is a sprawling metropolis with a busy central area that spreads out into commercial and residential zones.
Tourists will find most of this modern city's attractions, such as the Petronas Towers or China Town in the central areas which are all linked via modern rail systems. These central areas can be broken up into different accommodation areas with several offering great budget options. Take advantage of the rail system (LRT & Mono Rail) over infrequent buses or the crooked taxi ranks for a more relaxed way to get around Kuala Lumpur.
Planning ahead when staying in Kuala Lumpur, including choosing where you stay, can make your trip here much more enjoyable.
Known for its exclusive shopping areas, business zones and the city highlight that are the impressive Petronas towers the Golden Triangle is the elite district of Kuala Lumpur. With fabulous 5-star hotels taking up permanent residence nearby it's surprising to see that there are also quite a few cheap accommodation offerings. Budget conscious travellers looking to shop in Bukit Bintang will only be a single monorail ride away. While a single Light Rail Transit (LRT) stop could deliver you directly under the giant silver Petronas towers that light up the skyline at night. A visit that's well worth it for that all important iconic photo of the city plus some mall shopping at Suria KLCC inside.
This is the older more traditional shopping area of Kuala Lumpur with plenty to see and do for the traveller. Masjid Jamek is a beautiful building that can be visited by all wearing suitable attire (long sleeves and long trousers for all). Across the road is Chow Kit market which is filled with great food stands and everyday market stalls. During Ramadan evenings the streets here are positively brimming with fantastic hawker stalls with included seating thus making it a great night out for all.
Often known as the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the central area is also where you fill find the majority of budget accommodation. With a vast area comprising of what is now known as Chinatown there's an incredible amount of activity and things to do here. Everyday the street market in Jalan Petaling is filled with souvenir and food stalls. Go early to avoid the crowds and eat away from the street to avoid high tourist prices. Visit the colourful Sri Mahamariamman Temple or shop again for more tourist souvenirs at the Central Market. All of which is very close to both KL Sentral Railway Station and the main bus station linking you to the rest of Malaysia. If you are looking for a budget location in Kuala Lumpur that offers access to all the main attractions then Chinatown is the ideal place to stay.
x The average starting price for a place to stay in Kuala Lumpur is £20 per night.
30, Jalan Tun H.S. LeeExcellent 92%
kvladn A nice place, especially I liked the staff of the hostel, thanks to their advice was the most optimum route of travel. With pleasure, stop by the next visit Malaysia.
65 B, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang,Excellent 91%
jmigalbin very helpful staff. new rooms, mattresses and facilities. well kept and clean. i'd definitely come back.
No 2, Jalan Lapangan Permai 1, Off Jalan Sungai Besi, Batu 2Excellent 90%
No 128 & 130 Jalan Tun H.S LeeAwesome 89%
franchine2 The hotel is very well kept and the location is close to all major tourist attractions in KL. Being close to Chinatown makes it convenient for food, markets, massages etc. There is no curfew and someone is at the reception 24 h/d. The staff is very helpful weither to plan a day trip in KL or outside KL, they really know the cheapest way to get around. It is also possible to book tours with their help and they have you picked up at the guesthouse!! There was plenty of hot water for showers and A/C in the room worked well. Breakfast: Toasts with jam and peanut butter, and coffee or tea.
41, Jalan Sahabat, Off Tengkat Tong ShinAwesome 89%
andrea.k Sahabat says: "It is our goal that you return to your home with the feeling that you met new friends at Sahabat." Well congratulations, Thomas, Omar and the rest of the hosts/owners of Sahabat Guesthouse ! You've accomplished what you set out to do! I'd say I'm a rightfully cautious traveller when away from my home. The realist (but hopefully not pessimist) in me generally held the point of view that business owners and service people in the hospitality industry are your best friends until your bill is paid and you walk out their door. But this was not the feeling I was left with when I came to and eventually left Sahabat Guesthouse. I loved my stay here for many reasons ! Besides the basics: very clean, safe, all the amenities worked, plus free coffee or tea , but most important to me, the hosts/business owners (Omar and Thomas specifically, and Yum [hope I spelled that right]) were superbly hospitable, gracious, knowledgeable and helpful about KL and Malaysian travel in general. If they didn't know the answer - they'd find out for you. Sahabat Guesthouse was perfectly situated for me – on a quiet street for late night reading and emailing, and for perfectly paced slow mornings, while very convenient for getting out and about during the day. For my first stay in KL, I couldn't have asked for a better, helpful, welcoming experience. The perfect first impression of a very friendly Malaysia ! I'll come back again, if I'm ever in the 'neighbourhood'. Andrea (from Canada)
No 1-1, Jalan Angsoka, Off Jalan Bukit BintangAwesome 88%
Katsy29 The Nest is a basic inn that offers a good value for money. They have a free breakfast of toast, jams, cereals, milk, coffee and tea- it's not much but it is enough to jump start the day. We had a hard time finding the inn at first because all it had is a tiny signage in a small gate. I think it used to be Trekker's Lodge and they haven't changed the big signage yet. It is situated in a residential area and may get a little noisy at night depending on the happenings around the neighbors. Prepare your knees since it does not have a lift and their family rooms are located at the topmost floor. They have a nice and clean common area and shoes are stored in a shoe rack to keep the place clean. Their staff are very friendly and accomodating. There are also food shops nearby and Jalan Alor and BB plaza is like 1 KM away. It is also close to Raja Chulan monorail station.
49-59, Jalan Tun H.S LeeAwesome 87%
Fan1234 Probably the best hostel I ever stayed in! Clean, free WIFI, good breakfast, always friendly, nice mansion... Nothing more to say!
Jollydowndilly fantastic. very central location. excellent, helpful host. nothing too much trouble. good breakfast and great indian restaurant next door. order food and they deliver it to you. best laundry service ever. relaxed atmosphere and plenty to do. if you dont fancy going out, there are books and dvds to use. highly recommended
12 & 14, Jalan Sin Chew Kee Bukit BintangAwesome 87%
monstar Matahari Lodge was fantastic with super friendly staff who gave great advice - but we thought that the price wasn't comparable with other hostels in the area.
27 Jalan Mesui off Jalan Nagasari Bukit BintangAwesome 85%
travelmark A nice clean hostel, Good breakfast of cereals, toast . fuit . coffee and tea, as was said before , can be noisy at night because of the"lust" bar and music opposite until 2am, but only the Friday, Saturday was none, and cant blame the Hostel for that. 5 minutes walk to the Monorail and only 10-15 mins walk to lively Bukit bintang shopping area, Be nice to have more than 5 channels on cable TV
179, 1st floor, Jalan Tun H.S.Lee.Awesome 85%
kathybates Prefer the Nepalese over the Chinese reception. Could improve with knowledge of the city and making us feel safer.
56, Jalan Rembia, Off Tengkat Tong Shin Bukit BintangAwesome 85%
rochelle_bantog The staffs are kind, they would assist you if you need to go to a place and ask for directions... Near everything... just a walking distance from Chinatown, KL City Gallery, Central Market, Sri Maha Mariammam Temple... From here there's a GO KL free shuttle service going to Bukit Bintang and from Bukit Bintang to KLCC and Petronas Towers. Value for money superb! because a simple breakfast is already included in your payment, with unlimited coffee. The place is super clean and super spacious... and im thankful that although i have brought my kids, they allowed us to stay...More Power to Raizzy's =)
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