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Welcome to our handwritten guide to the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Word on the street is you’re planning a trip to the capital of Malaysia – awesome!
FRESH: We are doing a huge update of this guide in 2024! Stay tuned!
Whilst there was once a big collection of incredible hostels, this has changed over time. Regardless, we’ve handpicked our favourites to share with you. Are ya ready?!
- Sunshine Bedz - best for Backpackers
- The Freedom Club Hostel KL - best for Female Solo Traveller
- Mingle Highstreet - best for Solo Travellers
- Extra: Birdnest Collective Cafe & Guesthouse - best for Couples
Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.
Other than different bloggers, we visited all mentioned hostels personally! This busy city is towered by sky-scrapers, glass buildings. It’s a sight to behold!
And luckily for you, there are also striking Kuala Lumpur hostels. We’ve even included fun party hostel the capital has to offer. Solo travelers and couples that like home-from-home vibes and spacious dorms will love our handpicked collection.
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This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
- are tired of crappy hostels!
- want a social Hostel to actually meet people
- are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
- Introduction to Kuala Lumpur Hostels
- 3 Best Hostels in Kuala Lumpur
Remember to check the locations of all hostels, we included all sights and hostels on this map. It helps you to plan better.
Quick Introduction to Kuala Lumpur Hostels
The average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 5€ up to 21€ per night. A private room in a hostel in Kuala Lumpur starts from 15€ up to 42€ per night.
Hostels in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia can be quite cheap when choosing dorms. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Getting around Kuala Lumpur: The easiest way to get around is by Grab or Uber. Just download the app and go for it. At Paper Plane Hostel the staff called the taxis for us. They will make sure you are always safe! Other than that, you have the metro, train, and buses. It is very easy to get around.
Quality of Hostels: You will find a solid and high-quality standard of hostels. In fact, you have some budget accommodations really standing out; hence this guide! However, there are also many low-budget options. Make sure you choose a hostel that fits your needs.
Safety in Kuala Lumpur: A very safe and fun city to enjoy! You will most likely come to KL for transit at least. We recommend staying at least 2 nights in Kuala Lumpur. This is a great time to have a quick and intense KL experience.
🎁 New to Hostels? Read our guide to staying in a Hostel for the First Time here. We especially recommend reading:
- How to book hostels? (and websites to save $)
- 23 clever items: the hostel packing list to download
- How does the Hostelworld App work exactly? Our Advanced Guide
The 3 Best Hostels in Kuala Lumpur are …
Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Kuala Lumpur .
- Sunshine Bedz – best for Backpackers
- The Freedom Club Hostel KL – best for Female Solo Traveller
- Mingle Highstreet – best for Solo Travellers
- Extra: Birdnest Collective Cafe & Guesthouse - best for Couples
These are our favorite hostels in Kuala Lumpur . We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.
Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type
|🦸 Solo Traveler:
|Penthouse on 34
|🙎♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler:
|Birdnest Collective Cafe & Guesthouse
|🥳 Party Hostel:
|Penthouse on 34
|👨👩👦 Family Hostel:
|Birdnest Collective Cafe & Guesthouse
|👩💻 For Digital Nomads:
|Penthouse on 34
|🎒 For Backpackers:
|Sunshine Bedz KL
We also put all our recommended hostels, things to do, and restaurants on a big map. It makes your planning easier, right?! We actually know KL and all our places are handpicked.
1. Sunshine Bedz
Sunshine Bedz is a family-run bed and breakfast style hostel located along the famous Bukit Bintang Walk in Kuala Lumpur.
“Being newly renovated, Sunshine Beds is proud to boast of its new modern chic design, cleanliness and economically savvy rates!”
Whilst it’s definitely not as fancy pants as our #1 choice, Sunshine more than makes up for it in friendliness and homey-ness.
To start off with, the rooms are kept small and intimate here. See for yourself:
- 4 and 6-bed mixed dorms
- 6-bed female dorm
- Standard double room
The only downside is that there are no privacy curtains on the bunks. Still, women can book the female only dorm which is a bonus.
It’s super easy to meet people here, especially during your free breakfast and in the evenings.
If you’re keen for a wild night out, you only need to walk a few minutes and you’ll find yourself in Changkat district home to ample clubs and wine bars.
Location: Steps away from things like pharmacy, convenience store, Berjaya Times Square and LOT 10 shopping mall. BUKIT BINTANG MONORAIL Train Station is literally a two minute walk from Sunshine Bedz’ doorstep!
Sunshine Bedz KL is one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for:
2. The Freedom Club Hostel KL
Nestled in the vibrant heart of Kuala Lumpur, The Freedom Club Hostel KL emerges as a beacon for globe-trotters seeking a blend of comfort, culture, and connection. This boutique hostel, with its chic, minimalist design, offers a refreshing contrast to the bustling cityscape. Catering to the modern backpacker, The Freedom Club ensures a stay that’s both stylish and budget-friendly.
The hostel boasts a variety of room options, from cozy private rooms for those seeking solitude to spacious dormitories perfect for making new friends. Each space is thoughtfully designed, ensuring every traveler finds their perfect fit. The communal areas are where The Freedom Club truly shines. The lounge, with its comfortable seating and warm lighting, invites guests to share stories and connect, embodying the hostel’s ethos of freedom and community.
Facilities are top-notch, including high-speed Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, and a rooftop terrace that offers stunning views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, perfect for evening gatherings or a quiet moment alone.
The Freedom Club Hostel KL isn’t just a place to stay; it’s a destination for those who travel not just to see the world, but to experience it. With its prime location, exceptional amenities, and an atmosphere buzzing with energy and camaraderie, it’s the go-to hostel for adventurers looking to dive into the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Location: The Freedom Club Hostel KL is strategically located in the bustling center of Kuala Lumpur, a stone’s throw away from the city’s renowned landmarks, including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the vibrant streets of Bukit Bintang.
A great choice for
- Female Solo Travellers
3. Mingle Highstreet
Nestled in the vibrant heart of Kuala Lumpur, Mingle Highstreet offers an exceptional blend of cultural heritage and modern comfort, making it a premier choice for backpackers craving an authentic Malaysian experience. Housed in a beautifully restored colonial building, this hostel not only stands out for its architectural charm but also for its prime location, ensuring travelers are just steps away from the city’s bustling streets, tantalizing food markets, and iconic landmarks.
Mingle Highstreet excels in creating a social atmosphere where travelers from all corners of the globe can connect. The communal areas, including a cozy lounge and a rooftop terrace, provide perfect settings for making new friends or sharing travel stories. The hostel offers a range of accommodations from dormitories to private rooms, catering to the needs of solo backpackers and groups alike, all at an affordable price point.
What sets Mingle Highstreet apart is its commitment to delivering a genuine local experience. Through city tours, cultural workshops, and culinary events organized by the hostel, guests have the opportunity to dive deep into the local culture. For those who seek a mix of adventure, cultural immersion, and the chance to meet fellow travelers, Mingle Highstreet is an unbeatable choice in Kuala Lumpur.
Location: Mingle Highstreet is strategically positioned in the bustling heart of Kuala Lumpur, offering easy access to the city’s vibrant street markets, historical landmarks, and lively nightlife.
This is one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for
- Solo Travelers
4. Birdnest Collective Cafe & Guesthouse
Birdnest Collective Cafe & Guesthouse started in 2009 starting off as very basic but improving over the years to become a travellers sanctuary in the heart of Chinatown.
“Birdnest is a labour of Love.”
All of the rooms here have air conditioning to keep you cool and ensuite bathrooms for that added luxury.
In fact, there is only one dorm room here and it happens to be female-only!
Kept to just 4-beds – each of which has a privacy curtain – this is just ideal for female solo travellers that may be relatively new to staying in hostels.
There is also a budget double room and standard triple room if you prefer your own space.
Make the most of:
- Large rooftop cafe
- Chill out area
- Clean drinking water
- Wifi and seating for getting some work done
The rooftop is a prime spot for enjoying a sunset view over the city so don’t miss it!
Location: Less than 3km from Berjaya Times Square. It’s just outside Pasar Seni LRT which means it’s super easy to get anywhere in the city. The Mini Mart just next door is super handy!
Birdnest Collective is one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for:
- Female solo travellers
Best Hostels in Kuala Lumpur for Solo Travelers
We’re glad you’ve got this far as we love to support travellers on their quest to explore the world solo.
So, what are the most recommended backpacker hostels in Kuala Lumpur for solo travellers we hear you ask.
Actually, we’ve already mentioned three of them and we stick by them strongly!
Best Party Hostel Kuala Lumpur has to offer?
Someone said party?!
Our recommendation for a hostel where you’ll have fun is our hostel #1 – Sunshine Bedz
More Hostels worth a mention
Here are a few more hostels you might want t consider when making your choice.
- Travelogue Guest House
- Space Hotel @ China Town
- Chinatown Hostel by Mingle
- Penthouse on 34
Travelogue Guest House
Nestled in the vibrant heart of Kuala Lumpur, Travelogue Guest House offers a perfect blend of comfort, style, and affordability for backpackers and social travelers. This hostel stands out with its welcoming atmosphere, ensuring a memorable stay with opportunities to meet fellow travelers from around the globe. It boasts clean, modern facilities, including a cozy common area, shared and private rooms catering to every preference. With its strategic location, guests have easy access to the city’s major attractions, public transport, and a variety of local eateries. Travelogue Guest House is the go-to spot for those seeking a genuine Kuala Lumpur experience without breaking the bank.
Space Hotel @ China Town
Space Hotel @ China Town in Kuala Lumpur redefines the hostel experience with its futuristic concept and capsule-style accommodations. Perfect for the tech-savvy and budget-conscious traveler, this hostel offers a unique blend of privacy, comfort, and social interaction. Situated in the bustling heart of Chinatown, guests are steps away from street markets, culinary delights, and cultural attractions. The facilities include high-speed Wi-Fi, secure locker space, and a communal lounge for guests to mingle and share stories. Space Hotel is an ideal choice for those seeking an innovative and affordable stay in the midst of Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant city life.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Hostelz
Chinatown Hostel by Mingle
Chinatown Hostel by Mingle, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s historic Chinatown, is a haven for backpackers seeking both adventure and a touch of nostalgia. This hostel excels in blending the charm of the old with the convenience of the new, offering a comfortable, sociable environment ideal for meeting fellow travelers. Its close proximity to local markets, street food stalls, and cultural landmarks makes it a prime spot for those eager to dive into the local scene. With its friendly staff, clean facilities, and a variety of room options, it ensures a memorable stay for guests looking to explore Kuala Lumpur on a budget.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Hostelz
Penthouse on 34
Once you look at the photos of Penthouse on 34 you’ll quickly see why we put it in this list.
This pretty much sums it up:
“This is an incredible duplex penthouse converted co-living space with amazing rooftop terrace and garden overlooking Kuala Lumpur Skyline.”
But ok, let’s keep going with showing off this KL hostel.
“Bright and sumptuous fabrics” fill the communal spaces, and the deluxe furniture give it a real boutique vibe.
Of course the infinity pool is an absolute highlight – it is on the 37th floor!
Good to know: Registration at reception is required for the pool, and each time slot for a swim is one hour.
What else do we love about this place?
- Fully stocked kitchen
- High-speed Wifi in every corner
- Regalia Residence amenities access (fitness centre, cafe, convenient store)
- KL twin tower balcony views
There is also a great range of rooms here, including private and shared accommodation. Mixed dorms come with 4, 6 and 8-bed options, and there is a range of budget, superior and deluxe double rooms.
Whichever you go with, expect a cloud-like mattress, fluffy linen and privacy curtains… need we say more?
Location: Less than a 5-minute walk from PUTRA train station which connects you to Kuala Lumpur International Airports and Batu Caves.
Penthouse on 34 is one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for:
- Solo travellers
What about the cheapest hostels in Kuala Lumpur ?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Kuala Lumpur .
- Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Kuala Lumpur
- add your dates
- Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
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How to book?
The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Kuala Lumpur best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand, ask questions, and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app.
Our Favorite Hostels in Kuala Lumpur put on a map + sights
Now that we’ve introduced you to the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, let us pinpoint them on the map!
There are a lot of great sights to check out in this big city, including:
- Petronas Twin Towers
- Batu Caves
- Bukit Bintang
- Dataran Merdeka
- Central Market
- Taman Burung
- Perdana Botanical Gardens
- Sri Mahamariamman Temple
I recommend staying at least 2 nights in KL, it is worth it and there is a lot to see. Here is a cool guide on 3 days in Kuala Lumpur.
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What are the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur?
You don’t need to start all over again, this guide covers this topic from start to bottom.
We have hand picked the three best choices in KL:
And, what are the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for solo travellers?
Lucky for you, one of our best top three hostels in Kuala Lumpur are also best for Solo Travellers!
Paper Plane Hostel, not only for solo traveller but also female solo traveller.
And if you’re planning a travel in a budget, this could be the perfect for you.
What are the best backpackers hostels in Malaysia ?
Great, you are backpacking around Malaysia, So we highly recommend Dorm KL. Kuala Lumpur best location to stay and the best backpacker hostel in Kuala Lumpur run by backpackers.
Flights to Kuala Lumpur ?
Kuala Lumpur is a hub and you will come here for a transit for sure.
Same as Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur is a good airport with awesome connections.
For instance, we took a cheap flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi. We even scored sweet flight deals to Bali and Lombok.
Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.
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Alright alright. By now you have found one of your best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, and the top hostels in Malaysia.
You know what, we have written even more guides for you.
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- 3 best hostels in Bangkok
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- Best Hostels in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
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Find all our hostel guides around the world here.
Over to you
How cool do the hostels in Kuala Lumpur look! There’s nothing left to do but choose your favourite and secure a bed.
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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
It is our commitment that we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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CLOSED: Paper Plane Hostel
Step inside a remarkable 100-year-old colonial house and marvel at the design of Paper Plane Hostel Kuala Lumpur.
This hostel is quirky, sparkling clean and an obvious choice for female solo and budget travelers.
If you love small, friendly hostels with a social vibe and cool design, THIS IS YOUR PLACE!
For us, this is absolutely one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for solo travellers. Congrats, you just found your accommodation!
The many room types on offer here are simplistic, yet attractive. The options include:
- 4-6 bed female dorms
- 6-8 bed mixed dorms
- Private queen rooms
Fun fact: there is a ‘Hostelgeeks’ themed room. Although not designed specifically for us, we hope it will catch on.
Walk around the building and discover fun decor with thought-provoking design. There’s no doubt you’ll have a giggle to yourself when you look inside the bathrooms.
If you’re looking to relax and meet new people, you’ve picked the right hostel.
At Paper Plane there is a glasshouse lobby and rooftop garden to help settle you in.
What about the location? Safe, central location with cool stuff around.
All of the best spots are in walking distance, including Bukit Bintang and Petaling Street. You’ll find plenty of local foods nearby.
China Town is also within walking distance. In 10 minutes you are in the heart of China Town and can buy a cheap football jersey in surprisingly good quality! We paid $5 for an FC Barcelona jersey – sweet deal! For us, this is the perfect location for hostels in Kuala Lumpur.
Around the corner, you have the awesome hipster café VCR. This coffee shop serves great coffee and vegetarian food. It is also quite affordable, compared to the very central cafés.
Another big advantage, you have the night market just 5 minutes walking distance from the hostel.
That is perfect for having a drink at night.
Right behind the night market, you find the huge shopping mall, called Times Square. They have an interior roller coaster and super fun escape rooms. We tried it, good times, great fun!
Last but not least, the staff at Paper Plane is AMAZING!
They take care of every single traveler. We stayed here already 3 times. One time we just got back from exploring the city, when the staff came over introducing us to a new guest.
Paper Plane is the absolute TOP hostel in Kuala Lumpur; go for it!
CLOSED: Mingle Hostel Kuala Lumpur
Mingle Hostel was the first upscale hostel in Kuala Lumpur and the best option for sociable butterflies looking to, well, mingle.
Located in Chinatown, Mingle is within a 1920s former clubhouse. The building is now a mix of original aesthetics and modern hostel facilities. It’s gorgeous!
From Paper Plane Hostel is also just a 5 minutes walk. The location is similar: Quiet, near China Town, lots of food around.
The difference is a bit the design and setup: Paper Plane Hostel has a rooftop terrace, Mingle Hostel has a small garden.
Book a bed in a shared dorm and enjoy privacy when needed in the pod beds.
Whether you opt for:
- 4-bed female dorm
- 4-bed private
- Double deluxe en-suite or
- Double bed in a shared room (great for couples)
You’ll be greeted with a privacy curtain, charging socket and personal cabinet. Linen is also included – bonus!
These are certainly some of the coolest dorms KL has to offer.
Did someone say they’re feeling thirsty? Perhaps a locally sourced cocktail will quench your thirst.
Head on up to the open air rooftop terrace and speakeasy bar, open day and night. This is also where you can enjoy your FREE daily breakfast.
Staff are on hand 24 hours so no worries if you’re arriving late.
Exchange a book in The Literary Lounge, plan easy with the free use IMAC and cook up a storm in the shared kitchen.
Oh and one last thing… there are awesome events every day of the week including off-the-beaten-path excursions.
CLOSED: Backhome Kuala Lumpur
If you’re looking for a unique stay in a converted pre-war building, Backhome Kuala Lumpur is the choice for you.
We consider this hostel number one among the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for Backpackers!
The surrounding historic neighbourhood is filled with many textile and food outlets run by local families. Popular destination such as local bazaars and 100 year old temples are also close-by.
The hostel itself is modern and simplistic. The rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Once again there is a super cool ‘couples dorm’ here – 4 double beds in one room, perfect for sociable couples!
All dorms come with a wash basin, lockers and heaps of space. The private double also has a courtyard window view.
Possibly the best place to hang out is in the LOKL cafe.
Not only is there delicious coffee here, but also a lunch and dinner menu. This buzzing hipster cafe is open for the public, too.
The staff really want you to feel welcome. So much so they go that step further by offering…
- Popular guided walks
- Food tour in Malay Village
- Biking tours
- Hikes up Limestone Ridge
CLOSED: Reggae Mansion
So even if you were looking for a backpacker hotel in Kuala Lumpur, better make it the coolest backpacker hostel in KL.
Reggae Mansion is widely known as the #1 party hostel in town, and for good reason.
There is a rooftop bar here that stays open late, hosting lively parties and awesome views over KL and Petronas Twin Towers.
Enjoy the licensed bar with affordable booze, DJs every night and an equipped BBQ area.
Finish the night by collapsing in pod-style privacy beds in a range of room sizes at reggae mansion Kuala Lumpur. Stay intimate with a 4-bed dorm or keep it social with a 24-mixed option!
After a very long night partying, maybe it does not make a difference anymore which dorm you got.
Keep in mind, you can also join fun Pub Crawls at night, and then actually sleep in one of the super cool places we have mentioned above.