Top Hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Budget Accommodations in Malaysia's Capital

Travelers to Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur need not spend a fortune on accommodation: the hostels and inns listed below provide an authentic hostel experience in more ways than one. Low cost, sociable atmosphere, and tourist-friendly services are all present in the hostels listed below, not to mention access to KL's efficient public transportation system. (read more about Kuala Lumpur Trains.)

And if you're traveling on a budget, you're in luck: most of these hostels can be reached by riding Kuala Lumpur's free Go KL bus lines

The majority of the hostels here are located either in the Chinatown area or in the Bukit Bintang neighborhood. For other hostel accommodations in the rest of Malaysia, check out this list of top Malaysia hostels.

  • 01 of 10

    Fernloft Kuala Lumpur

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    A berth at the Fernloft Hostel in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur puts both Pasar Seni LRT and Central Market right at your doorstep. A walk-up hostel with rooms starting at the second floor, the Fernloft's dorm rooms are stuffy and rather messy, but the common area is cozy (WiFi passably fast) and everything else in Chinatown only five to eight minutes' walk away.

    The Fernloft also offers free inter-hostel transfers between the KL property and its other branches in Malacca and Singapore. If you're a scrimping, border-hopping backpacker, that gives you some more wiggle room in your budget.

    For a more detailed look at this hostel in Chinatown, read our review of Fernloft Hostel Kuala Lumpur.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 60A Jalan Hang Kasturi, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
    • Phone: +60 320 220 688
  • 02 of 10

    The Travel Hub

    This family-run hostel in Chinatown has all the backpacker basics: free WiFi, access to public transportation (visitors can just walk to one of two LRT stations in the neighborhood), access to Chinatown's bustling food scene via Jalan Sultan and the Chinatown Night Market, and a 7-Eleven just a four-minute walk away.

    Rooms are small, bathrooms are shared; accommodations on the second floor are better (and somewhat quieter) than the rooms on the ground floor. Take advantage of the Saturday night barbecues to socialize with fellow guests. 

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 15A-17A , First Floor, Jalan Balai Polis, Kuala Lumpur
    • Phone: +60 123 902 339
  • 03 of 10

    Eclipse Guesthouse

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    The Eclipse Guesthouse provides 24 guestrooms, with dorm facilities included for the traveler on a budget. Its location in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown places its guests within a five-minute walk from the LRT and the Pudu Bus Terminal; Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and Merdeka Square are equally accessible on foot.

    This hostel is housed in a two-storey shophouse; rooms are located on the upper floor. The staff is ready to help its guests with anything, from sussing out the city bus schedule to swapping books to read (the Eclipse is one of the few hostels in Malaysia with an active book exchange). The rooms reflect the shape of the building - narrow and somewhat compact. Free basic breakfast is included in the stay.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 55 Jalan Sultan, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur
    • Phone: +60 320 220 836
  • 04 of 10

    Serai Inn

    The Serai Inn provides 17 tiny rooms with air conditioning - the accommodations may be small, but the dearth of size is more than made up for by the large rooftop lounge, equipped with TV, DVD player, microwave oven, toaster, refrigerator, coffee and tea making facilities, and Internet terminals.

    The inn has a no-shoes policy for the common areas; guests are asked to leave their shoes near the door. The entrance is secured with key cards, and locker access is provided to guests. The front desk provides tourist services like free maps and discounted tickets for KL Hop On Hop Off, Menara KL, and KL Bird Park.

    The location is the best part of every Serai Inn stay - the monorail and LRT is only a few minutes' walk away, as are the many shopping and dining outlets availablein Chinatown. Even attractions like the Menara KL and the Petronas Towers can be reached on foot without any trouble.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 2nd Floor, 62, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Kuala Lumpur
    • Phone: +60 320 704 728
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  • 05 of 10

    Hotel Arenaa Mountbatten

    Arenaa Mountbatten Hotel
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    The Arenaa Mountbatten wraps itself in history: the name pays tribute to the nearby road's former name, Mountbatten Road; and the hotel itself exudes a retro 20s vibe. Located in KL's Chinatown district, the hotel is just two minutes' walk away from Pasar Seni Central Market.

    With a total of 44 rooms divided over six floors, the Arenaa Mountbatten offers "Oriental Express" dorm rooms, sorted into two-, four- and six-bed affairs that comprise a total of 90 beds for backpackers. Each dorm room has a bathroom en suite with a rainfall shower. Elevator access is provided to all six floors.

    If socializing outdoors doesn't sound like a good idea, you can just relax at the in-house White Hart Bistro. Breakfast is not included in the stay, but you can have your meals instead at one of many restaurants nearby.

    • Star rating: ★★★☆☆
    • Address: 23 Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur
    • Phone: +60 320 780 808
  • 06 of 10

    Transit Point Bed & Breakfast

    An unassuming-looking property from the outside, the Transit Point's interior is far more welcoming: a 17-room bed-and-breakfast with air conditioning and free WiFi for the guests. From the property, Puduraya Bus Station is a few minutes' walk away, and Petaling Street is just the next lane over.

    The common areas are cozy and encourage chit-chat; you can socialize at the TV lounge, or over breakfast (free) at the kitchenette equipped with toaster and refrigerator. If you don't have an iPad or laptop of your own, you can use the hotel's at the common area. Ascend to the roofdeck to get great views of Chinatown and Kuala Lumpur beyond.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 49 Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur
    • Phone: +60 320 220 049
  • 07 of 10

    Paradiso Guesthouse

    Paradiso Bed and Breakfast
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    The Paradiso's location at the corner of Bukit Bintang Road and Sultan Ismail Road places it in the middle of everything of interest in the Golden Triangle: just across the street from the Bukit Bintang Monorail, a few minutes' walk away from Jalan Alor's popular hawker center and Bukit Bintang's nightlife, and next door to a money changer, ATM terminal, Starbucks, and 24-hour convenience stores.

    Accommodations are distributed over two floors, with a choice between single, double, twin, quad and family rooms, and two dormitory rooms (4- and 6-bed). All rooms come with air conditioning, hot showers and hair dryers. A rooftop garden provides views of the surrounding neighborhood. A free basic breakfast is served every morning. Laundry service available upon request (MYR 4 per kilogram).

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 118B Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
    • Phone: +60 321 440 888
  • 08 of 10

    Hostel Cosmopolitan

    The Hostel Cosmopolitan is located some distance away from the tourist areas of Kuala Lumpur - the clientele tend to be more local/regional than Western, and the neighborhood itself is a mostly Malay neighborhood. Accommodations are basic, with an eight-bed female dorm, a ten-bed mixed dorm (both air-conditioned) and a number of fan-only dorm rooms. Single/double/twin private rooms are also available.

    The common lounge features a ceiling-to-floor glass window looking out to the Putra World Trade Centre and the Grand Seasons Hotel. Guests can watch TV on the 29-inch set with cable access. Free WiFi reaches up to the rooms, but laptop-less guests can use one of the four desktop Internet terminals in the common area. Laundry available upon request, costing MYR 15 per 5 kilogram load. The kitchen is equipped with a gas range and microwave oven.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 73 & 75 Jalan Haji Hussein, off Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Chow Kit/Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur
    • Phone: +60 123 915...MORE 686
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  • 09 of 10

    Serenity Hostels

    Serenity Hostel
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    If you're looking to stay right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur's nightlife, then you can hardly do worse than stay in the middle of Changkat Bukit Bintang, preferably under the Serenity Hostels' roof. Not only are Bukit Bintang's bars and lounges just a few minutes' walk away, the Bukit Bintang monorail station is ten minutes' walk away, and the the Petronas Twin Tower is a fifteen minute walk away.

    For a low price, you get a berth in the Serenity Hostels' air-conditioned dorm, and more besides: free breakfast, free WiFi, and a linen towel. Lockers and CCTV security ensure your safety within the property. Laundry and luggage storage available upon request.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 20 Jalan Changkat, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
    • Phone: +60 102 218 273
  • 10 of 10

    Anjung KL Guesthouse and Hostel

    Located in Bukit Bintang, within the Golden Triangle area, the Anjung KL is set in a two-storey traditional shophouse refurbished as a hostel and incorporating 13 rooms. The interior has been fully renovated to meet modern standards of comfort, with a modicum of Malaysian décor and up-to-date facilities for the budget traveler.

    All rooms (even the dorms) come with air conditioning and access to shared bathrooms. WiFi is fast and free. Getting out of the hostel, you'll find Kuala Lumpur's attractions close by; for street food, Alor Street is just the next lane away, and Bintang Walk, Little India, Chinatown, and Petronas Twin Towers are all just a short walk from the hostel's front door.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 13A Jalan Tong Shin (off Jalan Bukit Bintang), Kuala Lumpur
    • Phone: +60 321 486 812