Kuala Lumpur, the underrated city extraordinaire, has so many excellent places to stay. So how do you decide exactly which hotel to book?
Well, never fear, because I’ve put together a list of my absolute favourites. Here you’ll find luxury and mid-range options, family-friendly apartments, and some more resort-style options too.
Luxury hotels in Kuala Lumpur
The usual luxury hotel chains are well-represented in Kuala Lumpur. My favourites are:
The St Regis
The St Regis is located right next to KL Sentral (where the train to the airport departs) and the National Museum. Brickfields (Little India) is a very short walk away too. At the St Regis, you’ll have your own 24-hour butler service. Food-wise, you can choose from Japanese restaurants, mediterranean fare, and English High Tea. For children, we really like the kids amenity kit. Rooms start from approximately $520 AUD for a King room with City View.
The Ritz-Carlton is located on Jalan Imbi, one of the borders of the Bukit Bintang/Golden Triangle area. Being in Bukit Bintang means you’re in close proximity to fantastic food (Jalan Alor or Food Street, as well as some excellent upmarket options) as well as great shopping and nightlife. At the hotel itself, you’ll find an oasis in the heart of the action, with five restaurants to try (and 24-hour room service if you’ve explored too much), a delightful spa (try the sound bath!) and rejuvenating swimming pool. Something I really love about Ritz-Carlton properties all over the world, (but particularly in Southeast Asia) is their Ritz Kids program, and the Kuala Lumpur version is no exception. They just do kids clubs so well – adding an immersive learning experience to an incredibly fun and lively program. Rooms start from approximately $210 AUD for a Deluxe King room.
The Mandarin Oriental
Kuala Lumpur’s Mandarin Oriental is located right by the Petronas Twin Towers/KLCC. The Mandarin Oriental’s views are absolutely incredible, especially at night. A particular highlight is looking over the city from the hotel’s infinity pool. I also love the tropical vibe – just because you’re in the middle of an urban metropolis, doesn’t mean you can’t get away from it all. Room rates start from approximately $310 AUD for a Deluxe King Room with City View.
The Four Seasons
The hotel’s contemporary design seamlessly blends with the vibrant energy of Kuala Lumpur, offering guests a tranquil retreat from the bustling city below. As you step into the lobby, you’ll be greeted by warm smiles and gracious hospitality from the hotel’s staff, who are dedicated to ensuring your stay is unforgettable. The Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur boasts beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites that feature breathtaking views of the city skyline and luxurious amenities that will make you feel right at home.
Indulge in the hotel’s award-winning dining experiences, from the authentic Cantonese cuisine at Yun House to the Italian fare at Bar Trigona. Sip on a signature cocktail at the hotel’s iconic rooftop bar, which offers panoramic views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Relax and rejuvenate at the hotel’s world-class spa, where you can indulge in a variety of treatments, from a soothing massage to a revitalizing facial. Take a dip in the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool, which offers sweeping views of the city below.
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, the Four Seasons Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the city’s most iconic attractions.
The Four Seasons is located on the other side of KLCC from the Mandarin Oriental. Rooms start from approximately $490 AUD for a Double Room with City View.
Mid-range hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is an amazing destination in terms of affordable places to stay. These options in particular are lovely and, importantly, in a great location.
Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade
With its sleek design, modern amenities, and prime location, Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade hotel is a fantastic base for exploring all that Kuala Lumpur has to offer.
The hotel features well-appointed guest rooms and suites, all equipped with high-speed internet, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable bedding, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The hotel also offers a range of dining options, from casual snacks to fine dining, with something for everyone.
Rooms start from approximately $80 AUD per night for a Deluxe Double Room.
The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel
The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel is a chic boutique hotel offering a unique blend of heritage and contemporary design, making it the perfect destination for travelers seeking a modern yet authentic Kuala Lumpur experience. This is one of my favourites design-wise because it’s just so funky!
The hotel’s guest rooms are elegantly designed, featuring modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, LED TVs, and luxurious bedding, offering guests the ultimate in comfort and convenience. The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel also offers a range of dining options, including a rooftop bar, perfect for enjoying stunning views of the city skyline.
Located in the heart of the city’s shopping and entertainment district, The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel puts you within easy reach of some of Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, and Bukit Bintang shopping district. After a long day of exploring, guests can unwind at the hotel’s fitness center or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool.
Rooms start from approximately $85 AUD per night for a Deluxe King Room.
Apartments In Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has some fantastic apartment/condo options, which can be fantastic if you’re staying a bit longer, or traveling in a larger group. Here are some of our favourites.
Ascott Kuala Lumpur
I really like the Ascott Kuala Lumpur for families looking for more apartment-style accommodation. The Ascott is located in Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant Golden Triangle. This luxurious serviced residence offers spacious and elegantly furnished apartments, perfect for families, business travelers, or those seeking a home away from home.
Each apartment is thoughtfully designed to provide the utmost comfort and convenience, featuring a fully equipped kitchen, living area, and bedroom, all with contemporary furnishings and state-of-the-art amenities. The Ascott Kuala Lumpur also offers a wide range of services, including housekeeping, laundry, and 24-hour reception to ensure a hassle-free stay.
Rooms start from around $180 AUD per night for a Premier Studio Apartment.
Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur
The other apartment complex I love is Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur. These apartments are elegantly furnished and come fully equipped with modern amenities, such as a fully equipped kitchen, a living area, and a bedroom, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to cook, work, and relax at their own pace. The Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur also offers a range of services, including daily housekeeping, a 24-hour reception, and a fitness center.
The hotel’s prime location puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s most popular shopping malls and restaurants, such as Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, and Jalan Alor food street. After a long day of exploring, guests can relax and unwind at the hotel’s outdoor pool and sauna, offering stunning views of the city skyline.
Outside the city centre
There will be times when you need to stay outside Kuala Lumpur proper. For example, if you have business in Petaling Jaya or Subang Jaya (this region is known as Malaysia’s Silicon Valley).
You may also feel like staying out of the city centre to avoid the rush. Either way, here are some good accommodation options.
The Saujana Kuala Lumpur is located in Subang Jaya and offers exceptional amenities, making it the perfect destination for travelers seeking a tranquil retreat.
This gorgeous hotel offers beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, all designed to provide the utmost comfort and luxury for guests. The rooms feature stunning views of the resort’s verdant gardens or the nearby lake, providing a serene escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Dine in style at the hotel’s award-winning restaurants, which offer a range of culinary options, from authentic Malaysian cuisine at Charcoal to contemporary Italian fare at Senja. Unwind and relax at the hotel’s world-class spa, which offers a range of treatments, from soothing massages to revitalizing facials.
Rates start from $120 AUD per night for a Deluxe King Room.
If you’re looking for something fun and a bit different, why not try Sunway Resort?
The resort features a wide range of accommodations, from the opulent Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa to the family-friendly Sunway Pyramid Hotel, all designed to provide the utmost comfort and convenience for travelers. The resort also boasts a wide range of entertainment and recreational options. Splash into the water park, seek thrills at the theme park, and explore the adventure park. This resort is perfect for families and thrill-seekers.
Shop to your heart’s content at the sprawling Sunway Pyramid Mall, home to over 800 retail outlets and numerous dining options. After a day of exploring, relax and rejuvenate at the resort’s award-winning spa, which offers a range of treatments to help you unwind and rejuvenate.
Rooms start from approximately $260 AUD per night for a Deluxe Room.
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