Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Areas to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur at a Glance

Kuala Lumpur, or KL as the locals call it, means ‘muddy confluence’ in Malay, which alludes to the flash floods that routinely hit the city during the monsoon season. Founded in 1857 by Chinese tin miners, Kuala Lumpur wasn’t actually deemed a city until 1972; today it’s the largest metropolis in Malaysia.

The iconic Petronas Towers are the most famous landmarks in the city, towering above the city center. Until 2004 they were the world's tallest buildings, and they are still the tallest ‘twin’ buildings.

The city is a fashionistas dream come true, with over 65 shopping malls, including the fourth largest shopping mall in the world, 1 Utama. In the Northern suburbs of the city you will find the famous Batu Caves, one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, as well as the National Zoo.

Kuala Lumpur Neighborhoods

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