The Best Airbnbs and Holiday Apartments in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Get up close and personal with the Kuala Lumpur skyline from a city-centre pad
Get up close and personal with the Kuala Lumpur skyline from a city-centre pad | © Prasit Rodphan / Alamy Stock Photo
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8 April 2021

Make no mistake, Kuala Lumpur has some truly world-beating hotels. But sometimes, it’s nice to flop back into a bed that feels like yours, or rustle up some dinner instead of eating out again. Add in extra hotel perks, such as swimming pools and fitness centres, and a self-catering apartment could be the perfect way to get to know the Malaysian capital. Book one of the best with Culture Trip.

The Establishment Bangsar by Modern Vision Home

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
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Located in the Brickfields area, known as Kuala Lumpur’s ‘Little India’ for its large Indian community, shops and restaurants, this stylish block of two-bedroom and studio suites is ideal for those looking to experience an authentic side of the city. Inside, think neutral palette with comfortable, inviting furniture and lots of natural light, as well as access to a large onsite swimming pool and state-of-the-art gym.

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Taragon Residence Family Suite AirPlan

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Bringing together bold feature walls, happy pops of colour and cute, quirky furniture are the rooms at Taragon Residence in Bukit Bintang, just south of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. The one-bedroom rooms range from the traditional to Loft Suites, the latter with twin beds on a second floor. Ample windows provide views on the city.

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Parkview Apartment by Sweet Home

4/5 (1 Reviews)
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Rattan-style furniture, pot plants and a stylish, dark-wood kitchen make these four- and six-person studio apartments and suites feel more like home than a hotel. That said, as well as all the cosy comforts, you’ll also have access to a stunning rooftop pool, with views out across Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. Located right in the heart of the action, you’re just moments from the iconic Petronas Towers and lush KLCC Park.

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BBHomes @ Casa KL

4.2/5 (5 Reviews)
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The rooms here range from cosy studios to spacious three-bedroom apartments – the latter ideal for families or large groups. Furniture is contemporary and functional, and the rooms boast kitchens and tonnes of natural light. A linked pool and fitness centre are perks, and a location in Bukit Bintang, just south of KL’s city centre, means that exploring the city is a snap.

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Amena Home at Setiasky

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Located just north of KL’s centre, in Kampung Baru, this two-person studio offers a sleek, modern stay in the city. Rooms are spacious and minimal-chic, with squishy sitting areas, contemporary dining tables and compact but well-equipped kitchens. House plants dotted about make it feel more like a home, and guests also have access to a fitness centre, sauna and vast swimming pool, shaded by floppy-headed palm trees.

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  • Robertson Residence By Iriana Suites

    4.4/5 (5 Reviews)
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    All the style of a boutique hotel, with the warmth and personality of a local apartment – that’s what you get from this two-bedroom option. Plus huge windows which allow a flood of natural light over the plush sofas, beds and designer kitchenette. You’ll have complimentary access to the plant-surrounded pool and high-spec fitness centre in the building, too. A location just east of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre means super easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment.

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    One-Stop Residence Hotel & Office

    3.6/5 (307 Reviews)
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    Inside this somewhat imposing tower block in the centre of the city are a range of stylish, contemporary apartments and studios perfect either for couples looking for a romantic place of their own, or families travelling with kids. Whether you opt for one bedroom or two, each apartment comes equipped with a modern kitchenette and trendy wood-accented furniture. You’ve also got access to an onsite swimming pool and fitness centre.

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    Est #6

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    Homey and modern, this luxury loft is located in a new apartment building near KL Sentral, the city’s central transportation hub that connects straight to and from the airport. It’s also close to Little India and Bangsar, where the bars are excellent. The loft is painted a sunny yellow to complement the bright Malaysian sunlight streaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows. With a fully equipped kitchen and an LRT station nearby, this listing is the perfect intersection between comfort and convenience.

    Spaceship Capsule

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    Calling fans of science fiction! Sleep in spaceship-themed capsule cabins at night while exploring the city centre by day. Each cabin comes equipped with wifi, plug points and AC to keep out the baking Malaysian heat. The interior will delight any retro sci-fi geek. In fact, with its royal blue cushion, the spaceship cabin looks a little like the bedroom R2-D2 would have, were he not a droid.

    Wei Li Ng contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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