5-Star Hotels in Kuala Lumpur – Location Review

In this article, I will try my best to help you choose where to check in. I will solely write and make appraisals based on the locations of these hotels. After all, convenience is what we all sought for. There is no point to spend so much money for your hotel rooms if it is very far from the hot spots, lack of eateries and basically has nothing to offer. Unless you are really looking to purposely isolate yourself in a deserted resort, it is another kind of story.

In this article, I will write about 5 Star Hotels first. I will add the links for booking for each hotel in this review as well.

Normally, when I travelled, I use Hotels.com because of its attractive price packaging (Best Rate Guarantee), especially for luxury hotels. In addition, it allows you to pay in your own currency and also it has an excellent loyalty program. Most importantly, it incorporates the ratings from TripAdvisor reviews, that surely help to make my mind up.

So, yeah, you can click the links provided to check for current rates, availability and more genuine guests reviews.

Alright, moving on, let me talk about Kuala Lumpur as a whole first.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Map of KL. The marked star is the very heart of KL and sometimes refer as the Golden Triangle.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Like other big cities, Kuala Lumpur can also be divided into several zones or constituencies. You may imagine it be like zoning system of London, Paris and maybe Beijing. Each zone will offer you different things. Of course, to be safe, or for the first timer, in order for you to get the best out of your first vacation in Kuala Lumpur, I would suggest for you to choose Hotels in zone 1. Obviously, zone 1 or Bukit Bintang is where all the actions take place. This is the place where you can find the famous Twin Towers, Petaling Street, Pavillion and other tourist attractions. If you have very limited time to spare in KL, just head to this zone first and slowly make your way out to other zones.

In addition, maybe for more expert travellers that are looking to get off the beaten path a little bit, you can try searching for hotels in the next happening zones like in Lembah Pantai (8), Seputeh (9) or even Titiwangsa (2).

On the side note, for your information, the biggest expats enclave in Kuala Lumpur or most probably in Malaysia is in Mont Kiara of the Segambut (7) constituency.

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur City Centre

1 – Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

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What can I say, the brand speaks for itself. Location wise, I think it is definitely the best of the best. Creme de la creme. I cannot say it enough. You are only 500m from the best shopping mall in KL – Pavillion (Harrods of Malaysia) and within 1km of the Twin Towers. I wonder the view that people get from this hotel, it must be amazing. From my research, the average cost per room to stay in this hotel is only 145USD. Please check out the guests’ reviews and the price details here at Hotels.com

2 – Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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This hotel benefits from the very great view of the Twin Towers too. Situated in the very heart of zone 1, everything is just around your corner. It also incorporated the garden feel to its decor, so for a while, you might forget that you are actually living at the very centre of the bustling city. It is only 2 minutes walk to the iconic Twin Towers. Merdeka Square and Petaling street are also within reach. The average cost to stay in this great hotel is only 132USD. Please check out the guests’ reviews and the price details here at Hotels.com

3 – Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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This great hotel is located in the very heart of Golden Triangle. Its address is as premium as it gets. Only 5 minutes walk from the Twin Towers. The view must be really mesmerising. It received very good feedbacks and reviews in TripAdvisor which I believe because of many right reasons. In fact, this hotel is one of the most reviewed hotels in Kuala Lumpur. If I could guess what makes it so special, I think it is because of the SkyBar that it has to offer. Just imagine the view. With an average rate of 101USD per night, you should definitely consider this hotel for your next stay. Please check out the guests’ reviews and the price details here at Hotels.com

4 – Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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Shangri-la is also another giant in the hotel industry. It is also located in the zone 1. Very close the city centre. In addition, it is located in one of the famous streets of Kuala Lumpur which is Jalan Sultan Ismail. You can find so many good eateries here and other great tourist spots. Most importantly, the connectivities that you will get when staying in this hotel is superb. There is a nearby train station in case you feel like venturing to city’s outskirt, and of course, it is very near to the twin towers and Bukit Bintang as well. So, this will be a very great hotel to spend your nights in Kuala Lumpur. The average rate this hotel is only 97USD. Please check out the guests’ reviews and the price details here at Hotels.com

 5 – Le-Meridien Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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As for this hotel, it is situated a little bit off from the golden triangle. However, if I can describe it with one word, I would choose ‘convenient’. It is located just beside the central train station of Kuala Lumpur or known as KL Sentral. There are numerous eateries nearby. The most prominent attraction will be the little India of KL known as Brickfields – an interesting place to discover Malaysia. Although you are a bit far from the Twin Towers, you can always catch a train there, and why not explore Bangsar, a nearby area that you should visit once in Malaysia. Another worth noting point, this hotel is very near to Kuala Lumpur Bird Park in case if you into bird watching activities. The average cost per night is only 68USD. Please check out the reviews and the price details here at Hotels.com

Booking tips

That’s all for now, oh yeah, my tips for booking and getting the best deal for hotel in Malaysia are;
1) Avoid Weekend if possible
2) Avoid peak season – for Malaysia, it is normally during school holidays like in March, November and December.
3) If possible, try to pay in local currency during checking in as sometimes it will cost you less (with the exchange rates)

Thank You.
Hope you will find this useful.

Posted in Accommodations, Travel Malaysia Guide.


  1. You did a wonderful job covering the best hotels to stay at in Kuala Lumpur! I really loved the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. And as you say, a Grand Hyatt anywhere is going to be awesome. The view is to die for, and I think if I were visiting this place, I would splurge and stay here. Very informative and wonderful post!

    • Hi there, thanks for you comment.
      Indeed it is a great place for stay. Glad you find this useful.

      Thank You

  2. Nice selection of hotels and you give a good idea of the surrounding area’s. Sounds like an interesting place to visit.
    I’m curious about if there are any medical concerns when travelling to this country. Any safety precautions I should be aware of?
    Thanks for your birds eye view of the accommodation near the heart of the capital.

    • Hi Steven, may I know exactly what do you mean by medical concerns? If you are referring to taking certain vaccine prior to your visit, maybe something similar to taking malaria vaccine before going to Africa. I can say no. This is a safe place for everyone, come and witness it yourself.

      Thank You

  3. Hey Habil,
    I love Traders, I used to work there and although I don’t own the hotel or anything, sometimes its fun being able to say “I worked there!”

    But all jokes aside, the best attraction is Skybar because at night, the view from up there is absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention the gorgeous-only waitresses that they choose to employ there, highly recommended for anyone dropping by KL!

  4. Awesome information about Kuala Lumpur. As a tourist I really appreciate knowing that zone 1 is where all the action takes place and is the are to stay. The hotels reviews gives me an idea of the surrounding area and how nice the accommodations are. This site is very valuable to anyone visiting the area!

    • Hi Keith, how is it going?
      Hope you find this article beneficial, I have tried to shortlist the best hotels in terms of location.
      Sometimes, it is hard to move around when we checked in to hotel with lousy location, the worse thing to happen to you during holiday is to waste time commuting from one place to another.


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