Kuala Lumpur

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

It’s hard to believe that Malaysia’s largest city was once a small tin mining community. These days Kuala Lumpur is a bustling metropolis, known for its towering skyscrapers and melting pot culture. Known locally as ‘KL’, the city has passed through Malay, Chinese, Indian, and English hands over the years. Every culture has managed to leave a stamp, making Kuala Lumpur pretty unique.

Eating, partying, and shopping are the highlights of any visit to Kuala Lumpur. If you’re visiting the city, accommodation can usually be found in the following districts.

Old City Centre

The place where it all began, Kuala Lumpur’s old city centre sits at the muddy confluence of rivers for which the modern city is named. This is where you’ll spot some of the city’s most famous historical sights, including Independence Square and the Jamek Mosque. Pastel coloured colonial buildings play host to shops and restaurants. KL’s bustling Chinatown neighbourhood can also be found in this area.

Golden Triangle

Kuala Lumpur’s new city centre is the main destination for shopping and clubbing. It’s presided over by the massive Petronas Twin Towers, which briefly held the title of tallest buildings in the world. Five star hotels are clustered around the Jalan Sultan Ismail, while most of the city’s best nightclubs can be found on Jalan P. Ramlee. Shopaholics will love a visit to Bukit Bintang, an area packed with excellent shopping malls.

Chow Kit

You’ll find the traditional shopping district of Chow Kit squeezed between the Golden Triangle and the Old City Centre. This neighbourhood comes alive during festival time, particularly during Eid ul-Fitr and Deppavali. It’s a great place to find a bargain, with cheap eateries and shops attracting savvy locals as well as budget travellers. It’s also known as the best area in KL to find low-cost accommodation.

Brickfields

Also known as ‘Little India’, Brickfields is home to the city’s main train station, KL Sentral. It’s a great place to base yourself if you’re planning on exploring Malaysia by rail. Most of the accommodation in Brickfields is budget; however some large hotel chains have opened up beside the train station. Browse through the sari shops, enjoy a traditional South Indian banana leaf meal, or relax with a massage in one of the traditional salons.

Bangsar and MidValley

Lively nightlife and a fantastic restaurant scene can be found in these two neighbourhoods just south of the Golden Triangle. The area is best known for the MidValley Megamall: a huge entertainment complex featuring over four hundred shops as well as a selection of themed

restaurants and two hotels. Vibrant nightspots can be found along Jalan Telawi in Bangsar, as well as English bars and Irish pubs which are usually packed with expats.   

more

Images by Flickr/Khalzuri