Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Where To Stay

Finding a place to stay in Kuala Lumpur is usually is not a problem. You get a wide range of accommodation in Kuala Lumpur to suit your budget ranging from bed and breakfast facilities to five-star hotels. Motels are also available as well as youth hostels, including the YMCA.

Generally, hotels are located along main thoroughfares such as Jalan Ampang, Bukit Bintang, Pudu, Raja Laut, Sultan Ismail and Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Most five-star facilities are located at the Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle area comprising Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Pudu.

The hotels in Kuala Lumpur are categorised by the Tourist Development Corporation or Tourism Malaysia based on a Star (*****) rating system, depending on the number of rooms available, facilities offered and other amenities.

While there are plenty four and five-star luxurious hotels in Kuala Lumpur for the discerning, there are also many cheaper hotels - three-star and below - which offer the basic comforts for travellers.

Many of these hotels are also located near public transport hubs such as Light Rail Transit systems, as well as within walking distance to the city's attractions.

The rule of thumb, if you are a first-timer to Kuala Lumpur, is to pick a hotel that is near transport hubs and food and entertainment outlets.

Suggestions include Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Petaling, where major shopping complexes such as Lot 10, Times Square, Sungei Wang Plaza, Berjaya Times Square and Bukit Bintang Plaza.

Kuala Lumpur hotels offer competitive walk-in rates. But if you are not familiar or if you are pressed for time, stick to your travel agent to book your hotel while you are in Kuala Lumpur. Hotels may also charge an additional surcharge during peak periods.

Generally, the peak periods are the school term holidays in March, May, August, November and December. Other peak periods include the major festive holidays such as Chinese Lunar New Year (January/February), the Hari Raya Puasa (varies), Christmas year end holidays, and sometimes, during major conventions (PATA Conference, Organisation of Islamic Conference Summit, etc).

Below are accommodation you can find in Kuala Lumpur, based on the star-rating provided by the Tourist Development Corporation. The phone numbers may change, and where available, we ave also included links to their respective websites.

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