Best Hostels in Kuala Lumpur the complete guide and overview for backpackersWelcome 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.

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 …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

Are you in search of 5 Star Hostels? Then you’re in luck! Paper Plane Hostel is our one and only 5-star hostel in Kuala Lumpur.

In this Kuala Lumpur hostels guide we cover:

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.

Please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

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 full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Kuala Lumpur are…

Bundles of energy at the ready, let’s check out the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur perfect for all types of travelers:

  1. Paper Plane Hostel – a top pick for female solo travelers
    2. Mingle Hostel – great for couples
    3. Backhome Kuala Lumpur – one for friends

1. Paper Plane Hostel (5 Star Hostel – top location)

Step inside a remarkable 100-year-old colonial house and marvel at the design of Paper Plane Hostel.

This 5-star 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. 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.

Book Paper Plane Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full Review

The "Hostelgeeks" room at Paper Plane Hostel in Kuala Lumpur

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.

The new guest just arrived and hoped to mingle. At that point we got back, she connected us, and we actually became good friends. Even after 3 years, we are still in touch.

Paper Plane is the absolute TOP hostel in Kuala Lumpur; go for it!

Keen to know more? Check out our full guide to Paper Plane Hostel here.

Paper Plane Hostel is one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for:

  • Female Solo Travellers
  • Budget Travellers
  • Couples (private double room)
Book Paper Plane Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full Review

Wise words at the walls of Paper Plane Hostel

2. Mingle Hostel (super sociable + central)

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 Mingle Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Mingle Hostel one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Mingle Hostel one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.

Mingle Hostel is one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for:

  • Solo travellers
  • Sociable couples
Book Mingle Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Mingle Hostel one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3. Backhome Kuala Lumpur (couple dorms)

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.

Book Backhome Kuala Lumpur here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Backhome Kuala Lumpur one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Backhome Kuala Lumpur one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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

So even if you were looking for a backpacker hotel in Kuala Lumpur, better make it the coolest backpacker hostel in KL.

Backhome Kuala Lumpur is one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for:

  • Backpacker
  • Small groups
  • bit of Party Traveler
Book Backhome Kuala Lumpur here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Backhome Kuala Lumpur one of the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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 two of them and we stick by them strongly!

Hint: Choose Paper Plane Hostel if you’re a lady that likes a comfortable, intimate vibe. Mingle Hostel is for the social butterflies that love to be surrounded by people.

But what if you’re a non-female solo traveller looking for that intimate vibe? We’re going to have to suggest Backhome Kuala Lumpur once more. This is the one for all Kuala Lumpur Backpackers!

If we were you, we would stay at Paper Plane Hostel!

Got an idea? The light bulb in one of the private rooms

Best Party Hostel Kuala Lumpur has to offer?

Someone said party?!

Come on then, it’s time to get those party vibes flowing and check out the one and only fun hostel Kuala Lumpur has for travellers that enjoy a good time.

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.

Book Reggae Mansion here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Reggae Mansion one of the best party hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cheap Hostels in Kuala Lumpur

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.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Kuala Lumpur
  2. Order the listing by price
  3. 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.

Any Discounts or Promo Codes?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. So for now you can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.

We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.

Map of Kuala Lumpur Hostel + TOP 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:

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.

We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Asia including Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights in Asia

More Epic Hostels in Asia

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.

We at Hostelgeeks are here to help you to stay in safe and epic hostels around the world. Check out the finest hostels in the world, the 5 Star Hostels.

For more cool hostel guides around Asia, check out:

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.

But wait; are you left with any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Kuala Lumpur hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention. You will have your questions answered and help me and your fellow travellers by improving this article further.

Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

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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Best Hostels in Kuala Lumpur the complete guide and overview for backpackers

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