This is Part 1 of The Ultimate Guide to Kuala Lumpur series. For Part 2: 14 Must Try Food Places & Places To Go In KL!

Need an escape from work or planning a shopping trip to Kuala Lumpur (KL) but not too sure where to start from? Don’t worry cause our Ultimate KL Guide will help you manoeuvre around the capital city of Malaysia like a pro!

1. Getting there: Ways to travel to Kuala Lumpur

  • Plane & train

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The most common (and my personal favourite) way to get to KL is by flight. Upon arrival (KLIA and KLIA 2), you can hop on the KLIA Express Train (RM55) which will take you to the city in about 30 minutes.

If you’re travelling in a group of 3 or 4, taking a taxi into town from the airport (about an hour) might be more value for money.

Do note that there are 3 types of taxi services: Budget Taxi (buy a coupon from the counter), Metered Taxi (fare calculated by distance),and Premier Taxi (bigger vehicle, more expensive). Alternatively, you can also take the bus from the airport to KL Sentral.

*If you’re flying via FireFly, your plane will land at Subang Skypark Airport, which is about a 30 minutes ride to KL city centre.  

2. Accommodation in KL

For the shopaholics and hip trendsetters:

 1. Ansa Kuala Lumpur

Smacked in the centre of several top malls and the most happening spots in KL is Ansa. With super chic and comfortable rooms, Ansa is perfect for those who are in town for a shopping spree.

Price starts from RM210++/night ($73++)
Parking facilities: Complimentary parking for in-house guests, limited lots
Website:  ANSA Kuala Lumpur

2. WOLO Bukit Bintang

Just across the street from Ansa, WOLO is an artsy fartsy new kid on the block that has just recently joined the hotel game in Bukit Bintang. It is extremely hip and vibrant, making it a top choice among youngsters.

Price starts from RM 200++/night ($70++)
No parking facilities. Driving guests can park at HSBC Tower, which is opposite WOLO, at a rate of RM12/day.
Website: WOLO

For the couples who want to keep it private and intimate:

1. The Majestic KL

Built in the 1930s, this iconic colonial heritage landmark is one of KL’s greatest hotels of all time (just like it’s name). The ambience of the hotel is intimate and the rooms are luxurious. While you’re at it, don’t forget to try their famed English Afternoon Tea too!

Price starts from RM375++/night ($130++)
Parking facilities: Self parking (RM10/day) and valet parking are available
Website: The Majestic KL

2. Villa Samadhi by Samadhi

Villa Samadhi may be located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, but this dreamy and peaceful oasis is strategically hidden from the crowded street. Equipped with a high plush bed, huge bathroom with over-sized plunge tub, private balcony…perfect for a honeymoon trip!

Price starts from RM600++ /night ($206++)
Parking facilities: Available for free, limited lots
Website: Villa Samadhi KL

For the fun and loving family:

1. DoubleTree by Hilton KL

Famed for their signature warm chocolate cookies, DoubleTree by Hilton has an amazing saltwater pool that screams ‘take a dip!’. They also have a lovely kids pool for the junior to have some fun under the sun. Also, check out the hotel’s signature restaurant – Makan Kitchen for some yummilicious local food.

Price starts from RM348++/night ($120++)
Parking facilities: Complimentary for in-house guests
Website: DoubleTree by Hilton

2. Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

If you want to stay in KL, but not right in the city centre, Aloft is the right place for you. This trendy hotel houses a spacious splash pool, fitness centre, lounge, and is fitted with free Wi-Fi access. Also, they’re really close to KL Sentral railway station.

Price starts from RM300++/night ($103++)
Parking facilities: Available at RM6/day
Website: Aloft KL Sentral

For the city explorers:

1. BackHome KL Hostel

BackHome is a boutique backpackers’ hostel located in the heart of KL’s financial and historical district. Described as a 5-star backpacking experience, they are always 80% booked. So make sure you chope your place in advance.

Price starts from RM60++/night ($21++)
No parking facilities.
Website: BackHome

Now that you’ve decided on your logistics, what’s fun to do there? Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Ultimate KL Guide on what to do in Kuala Lumpur and where to get the best food!

(Header image credit: mcgroup)

This is Part 1 of The Ultimate Guide to Kuala Lumpur series. For Part 2: 14 Must Try Food Places & Places To Go In KL!

 
 
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