Cheap Hotels in Kuala Lumpur – Top Picks and Guide

For travelers on a tight budget, it is important to make sure that every expenses were kept at a minimum level. Undoubtedly, being on the road means you must spend quite a bit on accomodation. I watched a free travel documentary on Discovery Channel a few months ago. It was about two hitchikers that traveled around south american continent for free. I mean, at least for free. They worked for money or accomodation along the epic journey, hitchiking from one city to another. So, if this is your type of travel, then, I believe, you will be able to save a lot of money for both accomodation and transport.

However, if you feel like you deserve at least having some convenience by making sure to have a roof over your head dueing your stay in Kuala Lumpur, then, why not consider cheap hotels as an option? Usually, cheap hotels are just accomodation with basics ammenities. They don’t have elaborate facilities like swimming pool, gymanasium and even restaurant in the same building. This type of hotel usually targets the market segment of travelers on a limited budget.

But, you don’t have to worry. This kind of accomodation is abundant in Kuala Lumpur. Of course, when you are in abig city like this, you want to try cutting down your spending a little bit and reserve more for things like all the delicious foods around, transportations and of course, shopping!

For me personally, during travelling, I usually choose budget hotels when I know I will be spending more time outside rather than chilling inside my hotel rooms. Usually, this is the case most of the time. Unless when I purposedly went for a beach or resort vacation, then it is worth it to check in to a more expensive hotel. So, basically, it is all about convenience and just having a place to sleep and recharge myself.

On the other hand, people might feel  sceptical about choosing cheap hotels. Usually because of the perception about its hygiene. Yes! It is usually the case. I remember booking a very cheap hotel in Athens. I opted for the cheapest room possible. It turned out to be the worst hotels that I ever checked in. The room was filthy, the bedsheet was hideous, of course no breakfast, no en-suite bathroom, so I have to walk across a long corridor before I reached the bathing area, and obviously, the bathroom was dirty too.

The only silver lining was – its location! I can actually see the Acropolis from my window. Clearly! Without any obstruction. It was a million dollar view especially during the night, but as far as its room, I think, I just have to bare with it. It was what the value that I paid for. However, one thing that most cheap hotels share in common, like my experience – they are usually located in prime area. It is because their business model is to provide cheap accomodation in the prime and expensive location, and that is how they make money.

Guide to choose a cheap hotel

However, before you go crazy and book all the cheap hotels available online, you need to follow these steps first. I have learnt my lesson when I did not do any research before proceed with my Athen’s cheap hotel room. Luckily, there was that Acropolis vew that at least make the suffering worth it. So, before you book any cheap hotels, please remember the following;

  1. Make sure the location is where you want to be, or at least accessible to the main attractions
  2. Read the guest review first, make sure the hotel has a good score for cleanliness
  3. Make sure no hidden cost (hidden tax or charges), be sure the advertised price is the price that you will pay.
  4. Make sure its bathroom arrangement, if you want en-suite, make sure it is en-sute, check it first
  5. Other requirements or other charges, like charge for beddings or pillows if any.

If you have follow these steps, then you are already in a good position to proceed with the booking. In fact, if you do your homework well, you will most likely find the hidden gems. After all, there are cheap hotels out there that are great, and these are the best of the best cheap hotels for you to choose in Kuala Lumpur.

ZEN Rooms Near SOGO

Cheap Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

This is a perfect choice if you want to be surrounded by great shopping places. It is located in the Chow Kit Road district. One of the busiest area in Kuala Lumpur. So, you don’t have to be worried about its location. Other attractions nearby this hotel are;

  • Merdeka Square (9-minute walk)
  • Petaling Street (15-minute walk)
  • Petronas Twin Towers (18-minute walk)
  • Malaysian Houses of Parliament (26-minute walk)
  • Sultan Abdul Samad Building (11-minute walk)

The average price per night is only $21, and it has scored 4/5 guest rating in You can read more details and book the room here.

 Goldbrick Hotel

Cheap Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

This hotel will be suitable for people that is looking for a cheap hotel room in Bukit Bintang vicinity. This room will give you private bathroom with premium TV channels, free toiletries, private terrace with daily housekeeping and laundry facilities. Other attractions nearby this hotel are;

  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (9-minute walk)
  • Petronas Twin Towers (15-minute walk)
  • Petaling Street (17-minute walk)
  • Merdeka Square (21-minute walk)
  • Suria KLCC Shopping Centre (17-minute walk)

The average price per night is only $17. You can read more details and book the room here.

Lotus Hotel Masjid India

Cheap Hotel in Kuala Lumpur

Another great hotel with a cheap price. Located in the Masjid India compound. A very busy area for shopping and street food carts. It has received a lot of reviews in Tripadvisor and has attained 4/5 score. Therefore, it is an assurance for you to book this hotel without worries. Other nearby attractions are;

  • Merdeka Square (3-minute walk)
  • Petaling Street (9-minute walk)
  • Sultan Abdul Samad Building (5-minute walk)
  • Jamek Mosque (5-minute walk)

The average price per night is only $23. You can read more details and book the room here.

Adamson Park Kuala Lumpur

Cheap Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Another cheap hotel with a great review in Tripadvisor. Located in the chow kit area too. With only $15 per night, you will get a private bathroom, free toiletries, daily housekeepin and LCD TV installed in your room. As mentioned earlier, the Chow Kit road area is undoubtedly one of the main area in Kuala Lumpur, therefore, you don’t have to worry about its location and accessibility.

It has also scored 4/5 guest review point that can give you confidence to proceed witht the booking. Read more information about this hotel here.

Sovotel Boutique Hotel at Uptown 101

Cheap Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

This last hotel is located further away from Kuala Lumpur City Center. It is situated in Petaling Jaya area – another great area outside Kuala Lumpur. It is nearby Bandar Sunway and Subang Jaya, so if you want to explore a litte bit more, this might be the right choice for you. Nearby attractions around this hotel are;

  • Tropicana City Mall (11-minute walk)
  • 1 Utama (23-minute walk)
  • Centre Point (26-minute walk)
  • Camp5 (26-minute walk)

Although it is located a little bit far off the centre, it has a nearby train station named Taman Paramount Station that can give you the access towards the KL City Centre. Moreover, it has scored 4.3/5 guest review point in Tripadvisor which should give more reasons for your to book this hotel. The price per night is only $19. You can read about this hotel in details here.

So, that is it for this post.
Hope it will give you insight on choosing the right hotel with the lowest price in Kuala Lumpur.
Please drop your comments below for any enquiries.

Thank You

Posted in Accommodations, Travel Malaysia Guide.


  1. HI
    As soon as I found your website I realized that it was exactly what I was looking for. Load of information on a particular topic – travel to Malaysia. Mostly Kuala Lumpur hotels are not cheap, but you show a real knowledge of a local hospitality market in Malaysia.
    The places to stay are pretty attractive and sound affordable.
    My wife and I have been planning a trip to Malaysia for a while and the information you provided here is really helpful.
    Thank you.

    • Hi there, I am glad that you found this useful,
      if you need more assistance or anything that I can help, do not hesitate to contact me.

      Thank You

  2. Thanks for the rundown of reputable cheap hotels in Kuala Lumpur, I’m always intrigued by the budget option but then I chicken out, because I’m afraid they’ll be dirty or the bed will be too small (as giant westerners, it’s not the easiest thing on earth to find king-sized beds in Asia). But it would make traveling so much more affordable in the long-run, staying at $20/night hotels vs. the $80 5-star places! I definitely plan on returning to Malaysia and will check out your site when planning that trip!

    • Hi penelope, these are some of the hotel that are value for every pennies you spend. But of course as I said, this type of hotel will only offer basic services, but not to worry, your savings on hote will be wort it as you will be able to spend on something els

  3. Hi Ramlee,

    I’ve found your article very interesting and useful!
    I’ve never been to Malaysia, but I am planning to travel next summer with my children and my husband. I just would like to know if there are some fun activities for children in Kuala Lumpur? Sometimes pool is not enough, and the children get bored after a while:) The hotels look beautiful. I hope the food is as good as the look of the hotel:) That would be perfect!
    Thank you for this excellent post!

    • Hi Daniella, thanks for your comment.
      For your query, I suggested you to head down to ‘the things to do tab’ in the menu bar above.
      I have listed some of the activities that are suitable for everyone.


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