Situated in the heart of Malaysia, Bukit Bintang is home to Kuala Lumpur’s most happening places to visit for both tourists and locals alike. Translated to ‘Star Hill’, the famed street is lined with some of the most glitzy buildings in the country, including luxury shopping malls, five-star hotels and high-end eateries. Here are six of the best places to bed down.
Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur
One of the fancier options, Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur is located within walking distance of the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur. Peppered with food shops along the way to Pavilion – one of the most illustrious malls in Malaysia – this five-star bolthole is ideal for both foodies and fashion lovers. An upgrade to serviced suites is also available, should a closer venue to the triangle be desired. The hotel is also within the vicinity of a monorail and bus stop, if a trip to the further parts of Kuala Lumpur is on the agenda.
Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2147 0088
Berjaya Times Square Hotel
Presiding atop one of Bukit Bintang’s most prolific complexes, Berjaya Times Square Hotel holds a strategic location; close enough to the central attractions, but just far enough to be its own monument on Jalan Imbi street. Worry not, this post-modernistic building is still within walking distance to Bukit Bintang road, with other more affordable shopping centres along the way, including its own mall directly beneath the hotel. In addition, Berjaya Times Square is also home to the second-largest indoor theme park in Asia, making it truly a standout from the other complexes.
Berjaya Times Square Hotel, 1 Imbi, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2117 8000
Rent an apartment
If you crave privacy and are willing to spend a little more for it, renting a commercially leased property could be the answer. Good for families or large groups, investing in an Airbnb-type of accommodation could prove easier and more sociable, with less strict times for checking in and out. A growing interest among apartment owners looking to gain a little more capital, condos around Kuala Lumpur are being offered as holiday rentals. Be sure to check minimal stay duration, however, and research locations for optimum planning.
On the other hand, if a backpacker’s lifestyle is more appealing, and communal bathrooms are tolerable, BackHome KL provides just that. Situated in the Old City Centre, this charmingly renovated colonial shop house offers a simple, laid-back and affordable adventure. Located on Jalan Raja Chulan, this boutique hostel prides itself on being one of the best in Asia. It takes a bus to get to Bukit Bintang, but if you can brave the hot weather, a journey by foot is bound to reveal some exciting insights into Kuala Lumpur, from heritage roads to modern-developed squares.
BackHome Kuala Lumpur Hostel, 30 Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2022 0788
Another venue to check out is Sunshine Bedz, located right at the crossroads of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Bukit Bintang. A two-minute walk from all local conveniences, this little B&B has the best location for someone who wants to see everything, from the glitz of upper Kuala Lumpur to its older remnants. The old shop-lot exterior may not look like much – strange even – for blocks like these to remain among the surrounding upscale developments, but that’s part of the charm.
Sunshine Bedz, 65B (2nd Floor), Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2143 5050
The Explorers Guesthouse
An adventurer’s favourite created by backpackers for backpackers, this fun-filled hostel can be found a stone throw’s away from Chinatown and the Central Market. It’s a quaint spot that’s ideal for someone who wants to detach themselves from the crowded, tourist-flooded areas, but still remain in the capital. Walking and public transport is the way to go, but patrons of The Explorers Guesthouse are also welcome to simply chill out on their rooftop terrace all day, with a free-flowing supply of coffee and tea. Venturing out takes you to Jalan Pudu, where an unique food-hopping escapade awaits on the trek to Jalan Bukit Bintang.
The Explorers Guesthouse, 128 & 130, Jalan Tun H S Lee, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2022 2928