The Best Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Take an early-morning dip at the Mandarin Oriental
Take an early-morning dip at the Mandarin Oriental | Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental KL / Expedia
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27 January 2021

Millions of visitors head to Malaysia’s capital every year for food, shopping and culture. Whether it’s for tourism or business, a comfortable and classy place to stay is essential. Culture Trip rounds up the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur to suit any level of comfort and style.

Alila Bangsar

Hotel
4.5/5 (314 Reviews)
Alila Bangsar
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Occupying the upper portion of an imposing black-clad tower, Alila Bangsar is a high-rise haven. The aesthetic of the hotel is minimalist – lots of white, light and natural woods – and each of the 143 rooms has a view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Don’t miss the epic views from the pool on the 40th floor and the swish rooftop bar (the latter is only open on weekends).
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Villa Samadhi

Hotel, Villa
4.6/5 (221 Reviews)
Villa Samadhi
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Situated in Taman U Thant near central KL, Villa Samadhi creates a sense of serenity for guests, despite its proximity to the hectic city streets. The villas – equipped with timber floors, bamboo accents and plenty of greenery – overlook a large lagoon-style pool. The hotel has a child-free policy, meaning there’s no need to stare down a toddler for access to a luxury four-poster sun lounger.
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The Chow Kit

Luxury, Boutique Hotel
3.9/5 (9 Reviews)
The Chow Kit
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The Chow Kit pays homage to the neighbourhood it’s named after – a red light district with a seedy reputation – with luxurious gambling den-inspired rooms and decadent furnishings. Don’t let the rumours put you off – this area is on the up, with a smattering of new restaurants and hotels to complement the nearby sights such as Chow Kit Wet Market and the largest Sikh temple in Southeast Asia, Tatt Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara.
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MoMo’s

Boutique Hotel
4.5/5 (11 Reviews)
MoMo's
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The pink neon MoMo’s sign at the check-in desk gives guests an inkling as to what they’re about to experience: colour, style and lots of fun. The little sister and next-door neighbour of The Chow Kit hotel, MoMo’s has 99 rooms that are basic but functional, with tatami-style beds. There’s a satay bar and social space downstairs that hosts karaoke nights and local DJs – request a quiet room if you don’t want to join the party.
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Mandarin Oriental KL

Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.7/5 (987 Reviews)
Mandarin Oriental KL
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The Mandarin, an international chain, offers those travelling to Kuala Lumpur the ultimate luxurious experience. Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), next the shopping centre and city park, this five-star hotel combines a highly personalised touch with endless amenities and facilities. Reaching a height of 30 stories, the hotel has five restaurants, views of the Petronas Towers, two on-site nightclubs, a fitness centre and an infinity pool – placing it easily among the city’s top hotels.

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The Westin KL

Chain Hotel
4.2/5 (991 Reviews)
The Westin KL
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With a total of 380 spacious hotel rooms and 63 serviced apartments inside a 35-storey building, Western KL provides ample choice for guests. Located in the Golden Triangle in Bukit Bintang and near KL’s famous shopping malls, guests will not only enjoy comfort but access to a range of facilities including a fitness centre, a rooftop swimming pool and a kids’ club. Almost every visitor enjoys the luxury and high-class service given to guests by the attentive staff.

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The Majestic Hotel KL

Hotel
4.6/5 (991 Reviews)
The Majestic Hotel KL
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The Majestic Hotel is one of the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur for its setting inside an iconic 1930s colonial building and is known for providing high-class accommodation. Once hosting glamorous social events in pre-War Malaya and now catering towards a clientele with high standards, the opulent Majestic Hotel has 253 rooms and 47 luxurious suites along with 24-hour butler service.

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Impiana KLCC

Suite Hotel, Hotel
4.2/5 (998 Reviews)
Impiana KLCC
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Opposite Kuala Lumpur Convention Centres and within walking distance of Suria Shopping Mall, Impiana KLCC is ideal for business travellers and tourists. Each of the rooms inside this 25-storey hotel has modern designs with timber flooring to create comfort and space. Among the many facilities are a 24-hour cafe, gym and spa along with a rooftop restaurant providing one of the city’s best dining experiences. The location, facilities and restaurant are just a few of the reasons guests rate this as one of the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur.

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Traders Hotel

Suite Hotel, Hotel
4.5/5 (1048 Reviews)
Traders Hotel
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Shangri-La’s Traders Hotel meets the definition of luxury in Kuala Lumpur. Not only are all rooms fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows providing views of the city’s skyline, but the five-star hotel also has a plethora of facilities and amenities. From relaxing in the spa or hot tub to dining and enjoying a drink at the Skybar, the Traders Hotel provides a world-class experience. Apart from the comfort, this is also one of the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur for its location. Step outside the lobby and guests are within a few minutes from the capital’s top attractions, such as the Petronas Towers, KLCC and the shopping districts.

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  • Aloft KL Sentral

    Chain Hotel
    4.5/5 (1342 Reviews)
    Aloft KL Sentral
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    Aloft KL Sentral’s vibrant colours contrast to produce an enticing and modern interior. With a choice of rooms from twins and kings to suites, this four-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur combines an air of class with comfort. Not only do guests have access to a variety of amenities including a fitness room and an outdoor pool, but they can also enjoy a cocktail in the hotel bar. As a bonus, guests can soak in the rooftop infinity pool or dine at the airy and green in-house restaurant. Guests rate Aloft among the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur for its appealing and intriguing experience.

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    Le Méridien KL

    Chain Hotel
    4.6/5 (984 Reviews)
    Le Meridien KL
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    For a classy stay in a refreshingly minimalistic five-star hotel, head to Le Méridien in KL Sentral. The rooms have an elegant design providing unpretentious comfort, while offering views of the lake garden and city through its large windows. Guests can use the outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa, but the main appeal is the award-winning steak restaurant serving some of the capital’s best food.

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    Sheraton Imperial KL

    Chain Hotel
    4.3/5 (996 Reviews)
    Sheraton Imperial KL
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    No list of the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur would be complete without the internationally renowned Sheraton Imperial. Guests can expect homey amenities in a prime location along Jalan Sultan Ismail near the capital’s top fine dining and nightlife areas. As with every Sheraton Hotel, the one in Kuala Lumpur strives for excellence. As an extra, those craving Chinese food will enjoy the award-winning Celestial Court Cantonese restaurant.

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    Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel And Residences

    Hotel
    4.2/5 (995 Reviews)
    Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel And Residences
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    Tourists and business travellers consistently enjoy Pullman’s hospitality. Formerly the Prince Hotel and Residence, it maintains its reputation as one of the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur. Guests are sure to have a comfortable stay at surprisingly affordable rates. As a bonus, the central location is a few minutes on foot to several of the capital’s attractions, restaurants and shopping malls. Guests often give Prince Hotel a high rating for its spacious and comfortable rooms and convenient location.

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    Sun Flowers House Homestay

    Hotel
    4.1/5 (8 Reviews)

    While Sun Flowers doesn’t provide the world-class treatment that some other hotels in Kuala Lumpur do, it is a favourite spot for yoga enthusiasts. Located in a leafy suburb with its own lotus pond near Little India, the owner, Viven, hosts regular yoga and meditation classes. Yoga costs RM 20 ($5.20) per session while the three-hour meditation classes are free. Guests won’t find five-star facilities, but they will get a spacious room with air-conditioning and a private bathroom for less than $25 per night. Tourists looking to get reacquainted with their inner selves and enjoy serenity away from Kuala Lumpur’s bustle will find it at Sun Flowers.

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    Emma Sparks contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on January 27, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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