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3/4 days, first time wich central area to stay

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3/4 days, first time wich central area to stay

Hello

I will be in Kuala Lumpur for 3 to 4 days, my first time, where is a central area to stay,with good public transport, my budget is between $50 to $75 Canadian dollars. I am travelling solo.

Merci

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1. Re: 3/4 days, first time wich central area to stay

When searching on accommodation booking sites stick to Bukit Bintang, or "Golden Triangle". That will keep you centrally located in the tourist zones. There's lots of smaller hotels that will have rooms in your budget - some will offer a window some won't. None will be fancy.

Personally I found the Victory Exclusive to be reasonable quality for the price (around your target bracket for the Queen bed, no window option) and it's basically in the side of a mall, with every amenity no more than 100m walk away, and only a couple hundred meters to the Mono Rail. The monorail will get you to trains, and trains will get you anywhere (sort of).

However at the price-point there are probably 50 places that regularly come up, just keep respective on the price you're paying and what your expectations are.

Edited: 02 August 2014, 09:02
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2. Re: 3/4 days, first time wich central area to stay

Hi

Agree that the area known as Golden triangle is the popular tourist area that includes KLCC / Petronas Towers and Bukit Bintang (the main shopping area). It is generally the area within the Roads or Jalan of Imbi, Sultan Ismail and Raja Chulan but has grown to include KLCC / Petronas Towers

Personally we prefer Bukit Bintang, because it offers the best choice of most things and a good connection to the rest of the city.

There are so many hotels, and everyone will have their fav. Why not look at somewhere like hotelscombined.com then check the reviews on thttp://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g293951-Malaysia-Hotels.html then come back with the shortlist so folks can comment on what best meets your requirement [which you will have to indicate of couse!]

Your price range is around 159-220myr!

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3. Re: 3/4 days, first time wich central area to stay

To add further, I've normally been using hotels.com and had good success but hoteltravel.com is throwing up some decent pricing options lately too.

For public transport, being near the monorail is a safe bet, using a mypass card you will be able to swipe-on-off most public transport without fumbling for the correct change all the time. in 3-4 days you should have a good time.

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4. Re: 3/4 days, first time wich central area to stay

Hi sb_enfrance,

We would certainly recommend the area around Bukit Bintang for a first time visitor to Kuala Lumpur (though we probably wouldn't call it right in the thick of the tourist sights - more on that later).

Bukit Bintang is great for first time visitors as:

- it is the location of a number of shopping centres (Pavilion, Starhill Gallery, Fahrenheit 88, Lot 10, Sungei Wang, BB Plaza, Low Yat Plaza all "on" Jalan Bukit Bintang, and Times Square one street back on Jalan Imbi) - shopping heaven!!! Or if you're Sabrina who doesn't like shopping, a bit of a nightmare ;-)

- there is an abundance of restaurants from fancy Hotel restaurants to international cuisine restaurants to tasty street food (predominantly on Jalan Alor and Jalan Imbi) to local 24 hour Nasi Kandar and Mamak restaurants to international fast food brands (McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Burger King, Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf).

- the main strip is well lit and populated throughout the day and evening, with lots of fellow travellers. This can be comforting for first time travellers to a new place :-)

- there are plenty of hotels at all ends of the budget spectrum from the very high end Ritz Carlton / Westin / Grand Millenium to the cheap basic hotels down at the end of Jalan Bukit Bintang on Jalan Pudu or on Jalan Imbi (eg. Cube Hotel - a budget chain with apparently Cube shaped rooms; the aforementioned Victory; the V'La Garden Hotel - part of a budget chain; MyHotel Bukit Bintang - also part of a chain, a friend stays at their Brickfields location and speaks very highly of them, she travels as a solo traveller too)

Staying in the Bukit Bintang area gives you easy access to the KL Monorail, though to access the other train lines (2 LRT or Light Rail Transit lines, the KTM Komuter, the KLIA Ekspress and Transit) you'll need to connect via the Monorail to an interchange station (eg. Hang Tuah Monorail station to switch to Sri Petaling LRT line, Bukit Nanas Monorail to switch to the Kelana Jaya LRT line, KL Sentral Monorail station for the KTM and KLIA lines).

As for tourist sights and Bukit Bintang - from the intersection of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail:

- Menara KL (KL Tower) is a 1.8km walk. By public transport you would take the Monorail to Raja Chulan Station (one stop) then walk 1.3km;

- the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Park, Aquaria KL, and Suria KLCC are about a 1.5km walk utilising the Bukit Bintang-KLCC Walk. By public transport (which you just wouldn't do given the walking distance) you would take the Monorail to Bukit Nanas Station (2 stops), then walk to Dang Wangi LRT Interchange (300m) and take the LRT to KLCC Station (2 stops);

- Merdeka Square (home of Malaysia’s Independence, and location of beautiful heritage buildings) is a 2.3km walk. By public transport you would either take the Monorail to Maharajalela Station (3 stops) and walk from there 1.3km via Chinatown (Jalan Petaling) and Masjid Jamek to Merdeka Square OR take the Monorail to Hang Tuah Station (2 stops) and switch to the LRT and travel to Masjid Jamek Station then walk roughly 700m to Merdeka Square;

- Chinatown (Jalan Petaling) is about a 1.8km walk. For public transport take the Monorail to Maharajalela (3 stops) and walk 450m.

- the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens (which incorporates the National Museum, the KL Bird Park, the KL Butterfly Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden, the National Mosque, the Islamic Arts Museum, and at the very top end the ASEAN Sculpture Garden and the National Monument) are around a 3km walk. By public transport you could either take the Monorail to Bukit Nanas station (2 stops) interchanging to Dang Wangi LRT to travel to Pasar Seni station (2 stops) and walk (this is a map we’ve done for others in the past - there is actually a walkway from near KL Railway Station under the very busy road that takes you out near the National Mosque - https://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms… ) or take the Monorail to KL Sentral Station (5 stops) and then walk (also shown on the map linked)

In terms of places to stay, Chinatown (full of budget hotel options) is actually closer to Merdeka Square, Little India, Chinatown (of course), and the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens. The Chinatown area gives you easy access to the Monorail and the two LRT lines and the KTM Komuter, however there are not really any major shopping centres in the immediate vicinity. Lots of Chinese food, Indian food, and of course international fast food chains.

The area around KL Sentral (known as the Brickfields Little India) is closer to the Lake Gardens and the Brickfields Little India (of course). The area around KL Sentral (full of budget hotel options) gives you easy access to the Monorail, one LRT line, the KTM Komuter (which takes you to the Batu Caves or Mid Valley Megamall etc…), and the KLIA Transit and Ekspres (the KLIA Transit takes you to Putrajaya, the Ekspres and Transit to both KLIA and KLIA2 airports). There is a fairly new shopping centre - NuSentral - and plenty of local and Indian eateries in the area.

We do travel on a very similar budget to yourself. As we’ve been visiting Kuala Lumpur for a long time now we choose to stay in Chow Kit which is fantastic for public transport links, with plenty of food options, but probably not where you want to stay on your first visit! We generally stay either at the Tune Hotel (this way we can get a room each for the same price as one room elsewhere) or at Hotel Prescott Medan Tuanku which often has good deals and is a hotel rather than hostel with good sized rooms, in room fridge, TV, free WiFi and safety deposit boxes at reception.

When we want to stay closer to Bukit Bintang we’ve found a great little spot at the Rainforest B&B Hotel ( http://www.rainforestbnbhotel.com/ ) which is tucked in to the area bounded by Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Sultan Ismail, and Jalan Bukit Bintang. It’s 8 minutes walk to Jalan Bukit Bintang, about 5 minutes walk to Raja Chulan Monorail, 5-6 minutes walk to Jalan Alor food street, about 1km walk to the Petronas Twin Towers, about 1.3km walk to KL Tower. Your room rate includes a simple continental breakfast, they have rooms both with and without attached bathroom. Rooms have an in-room safe and some have TVs. Some have windows, some do not. There is a communal fridge and kitchenette on the 3rd floor, and there are communal areas on the ground, second, and third floors. It is nearby a number of 24 hours Nasi Kandar (Indian Malay) restaurants, and close to Changkat Bukit Bintang strip of bars. This is our review: tripadvisor.com.au/ShowUserReviews-g298570-d…

Have fun planning your stay - Kuala Lumpur is a fantastic city especially if you put in the time and energy to learn what there is to see and do!

Lise & Sabrina

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5. Re: 3/4 days, first time wich central area to stay

Hi

My starting point is normally hotelscombined.com - it is a comparison site that includes most of the popular booking sites - great for finding the deals!

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6. Re: 3/4 days, first time wich central area to stay

I would recommend Bukit Bintang area, it is very centrally located, quite busy area, with good transport facilities and lots of places for (affordable) shopping.

A very good hotel in that area is Melia Hotel, which is just opposite Berjaya Times Square.

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7. Re: 3/4 days, first time wich central area to stay

One thing I have noticed with the hotel aggregator sites (like hoteltravel.com, or hotelscombined.com) is that they can't by default show all prices including all local taxes where most non-aggreator sites do include them.

In KL this can amount to 6-7% difference between the listed rate and the actual rate, but if the site feeding the aggregator provides a tax-inclusive rate then it appears less competitive to your search, if you get my point.

So it can be worth getting a number options using an aggregator, then using a single site or two to compare the rates. Even then different deals drop out at different times...

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