Important Update: Due to the current pandemic, all of our top 3 hostels in Kuala Lumpur have permanently closed. Right now the situation in KL is uncertain, and we will update this guide once things are clearer. In the meantime, check out all open hostels in KL using Hostelworld.com and Hostelz.com.
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.
The city has so many hostels to choose from; it is quite a hassle. We condensed it to the 3 absolutely best hostels in Kuala Lumpur.
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.
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!
Paper Plane Hostel is one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for:
If you are looking for budget accommodation in Kuala Lumpur. Search no more!
Dorm KL is the best backpackers hostel in Kuala lumpur literary run by backpackers¡
They offer a great terrace bar for guests to party and socialize with a lot of activities.
The bar is open from eight to midnight, and afterwards you can continue to the pub street which is just a hop, skip and jump away from the hostel.
They have the best of both worlds, for all types of travellers.
If you are in the mood to chill like home, they have a comfy downstairs lobby with all the Netflix your heart desires. and they also have a 24 hour Indian restaurant directly out the front door of the hostel,
There is no better location for visiting all the sites in Kuala Lumpur as they are in the heart of the city,
There are many more best hostels in Kuala Lumpur that we have not covered here.
We only want to share with you 3 handpicked places we recommend 100%. We love to share the finest hostels. And we only share places we would recommend to our family and friends too.
The other hostels not mentioned in this article may not reach the Hostelgeeks standards. This guide gives you a full insight on the backpacker accommodations you need.
Of course, there is a lot of super cheap hostels in Kuala Lumpur with lower quality.
So, what about the cheapest hostels in Kuala Lumpur? These are easy to spot.
Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Kuala Lumpur
Order the listing by price
Pick the cheapest one
Simple. As. That.
Yet again, all these mentioned awesome Kuala Lumpur hostels are cheap and good quality. We recommend not going with the absolute cheapest one. It will make a huge difference in your overall KL experience.
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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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Last note: Our commitment
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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