Translating to “Star Hill”, Bukit Bintang is the heart of the entertainment district in Kuala Lumpur, home to the most glitzy buildings in Malaysia. Shop at Starhill Gallery, ride rollercoasters in the Berjaya Times Square theme park and finish the day partying in Changkat, before bedding down at one of these top hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.
Located smack-dab in the heritage district, this charming boutique hostel is strung across six colonial-era shop-houses. The contemporary interiors feature exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and plush furnishings, making it a comfortable home away from home. Whether you choose a shared dorm or a private room, there are plenty of communal spaces for hanging out – from the movie room to the open-air courtyard, where you can mingle with like-minded travellers.
Take backpacking, make it glamorous and you’ve got the Hexa. This premium budget hotel features clean, comfortable and fully air-conditioned rooms as well as an on-site cafe serving a decent selection of pasta and pastries. Its convenient location puts you within walking distance of bars, restaurants and shopping malls like Berjaya Times Square and Starhill Gallery – making it an ideal base to explore the capital city.
With a brand that’s synonymous with unfettered luxury, you can expect to live it up at this sprawling property in the heart of Bukit Bintang. While the hotel has over 500 well-appointed rooms, a stay here never feels impersonal, thanks to the warm, attentive service. You’ll also never go hungry, with five dining establishments on-site, including a dim sum restaurant and a gin bar serving a New York-style afternoon tea. Keep up your daily workout at the capacious fitness centre and rooftop pool.
Planning a slightly longer visit to the capital? Check into this luxurious serviced complex that offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, each one beautifully furnished and including a full kitchen, washer and dryer and all the essentials. After a day of action, unwind in the loft-style lounge, replete with ultra-high ceilings and magnificent views of the city. There’s also an Olympic-size pool and a concierge on hand 24/7.
Despite its central location in Bukit Bintang, this 325-room property offers quiet respite for the weary traveller, with plenty of space and a soft, neutral palette. Make a beeline for the gorgeous infinity pool on Level 18 for city skyline views. If you’re craving modern Japanese cuisine, head to Ebisu, but if it’s local delicacies you’re after, book the Courtyard, which offers an array of Southeast Asian classics. Afterwards, kick back with a tipple or two at the Cove.
With its neon pink walls, stylish furniture and offbeat artwork, this boutique bolthole close to Changkat – the city’s party district – exudes a subtle Wes Anderson vibe. Rooms are surprisingly spacious, with huge floor-to-ceiling windows that allow in plenty of natural light. Of course, the star attraction here is the 20m (66ft) saltwater pool. Accompanied by a poolside bar, it’s reminiscent of Miami pool clubs from the ‘70s.
If you’re the sort who avoids cookie-cutter business hotels, this chic spot will check all your boxes. Featuring mood lighting, playful contemporary artwork and eclectic rooms designed around a copper, gold and titanium colour palette, there’s something for the ‘gram around every corner. For those feeling extra fancy, splash out on the WOLO Suite. This opulent space is decked out with designer furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Sarah Anne Lee.
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