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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 £19 per night.
No.17, Jalan Tun H S LeeExcellent 94%
65 B, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang,Excellent 90%
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.
49-59, Jalan Tun H.S LeeAwesome 85%
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
41, Jalan Sahabat, Off Tengkat Tong ShinAwesome 85%
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)
First Floor, No.13, Jalan Balai Polis Off Petaling StreetAwesome 85%
27 Jalan Mesui off Jalan Nagasari Bukit BintangGreat 84%
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
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 =)
56, Jalan Rembia, Off Tengkat Tong Shin Bukit BintangGreat 83%
No.35 Jalan Pudu lama Off jalan PuduGreat 82%
EnoughRope Strongest point: very, very friendly staff who went out of their way to help me with directions and general advice about the city. Other than that this is a pretty good example of a budget guesthouse - you probably won't find better for such a low price (40 ringgit per night for a single room), which includes breakfast (toast and coffee - surprisingly tasty, considering). The rooms are basic (mine literally had just a bed in it) but clean, and all have windows (surprising how many of the budget places don't). Bathrooms are fine, they're all shower-toilet cubicles, which takes a little getting used to, but clean. There were lots of common areas to hang out in, which is good because the rooms can get a little claustrophobic. Sofas and TV in reception, a spacious kitchen area (no stove, just kettle and toaster), and a huge verandah out the back. Good wifi reception. And a great location - a few minutes away from the subway station, and just off a busy road with plenty of convenience stores, cheap restaurants etc, though the actual street is on is quiet. Walkable to all the main shopping/ sightseeing areas. Overall, I'd recommend this for anyone on a budget. It's definitely not the Hilton, and the walls are a bit thin, but it's unlikely you'll find anywhere better at this price.
179, 1st floor, Jalan Tun H.S.Lee.Great 80%
kathybates Prefer the Nepalese over the Chinese reception. Could improve with knowledge of the city and making us feel safer.
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