Cheap Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (Petronas Twin Towers)

The stunning city skyline of Kuala Lumpur with the unmistakable twin towers of Petronas.   [credit: flickr/J P]

Do you know the best budget hotels in Kuala Lumpur city are located near the Pudu Sentral bus terminal?

Travelers staying near Pudu Sentral can take advantage of the close proximity to the bus terminal (previously known as Puduraya) and book cheap coaches up north towards Penang, Butterworth, Ipoh, Cameron Highlands and Hat Yai (Thailand).

Another advantage for travelers staying at the Pudu Sentral area is the easy access to Chinatown, a must-visit place in KL where you can find some of the best street shopping and food.

You’ve got to checkout the Allexsis Hotel (4th on our list), located right in the heart of bustling Chinatown. And it’s the ultimate bargain with rooms starting from just $16 per night!

At the end, you will also find tips on where to get free transport in KL as well as where can the best shopping be found!

1. A Hotel Above the Bus Terminal

Ancasa Express at Pudu Kuala Lumpur Superior Room
Ancasa Express at Pudu is one of our top picks for cheap hotels near Pudu Sentral, because it’s almost right top of the bus terminal. It’s less than 1-minute walk from the hotel doorstep!

It offers clean cozy rooms and plenty of space. Free WiFi, cable television and complimentary beverages. The large guestroom windows let in plenty of light and offer a view over the city.

From the doormen to the receptionists, staff here are super friendly and there’s an all day restaurant called Saffron onsite, which serves hot meals and a decent buffet breakfast. This simple but charming hotel is our top pick for location.

Room rates from US$29 per night.
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2. A Hotel Packed with Great Facilities

Ancasa Hotel and Spa Kuala Lumpur Guestroom
If you want to treat yourself and have a little more to spend, we recommend the Ancasa Hotel and Spa, just 4-minutes walk from the bus terminal.

It’s still a great value stay, but has awesome facilities including the spa (of course), fitness center and restaurant.

Rooms here are spacious. The large beds are the definition of comfort and amenities include cable television, free WiFi, tea/coffee maker and a safe.

Another great thing about this hotel? It’s only 3-minutes walk to Petaling Street in Chinatown!

Room rates from US$40 per night.
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Do you know our five hotel picks are all within walking distance of Chinatown? It’s a place that almost never sleeps and is also a well-known bargain hunters paradise.

At the heart of this vibrant area is Petaling Street (aka Chee Cheong Kai) that is famous for its covered street market where you can try your hand at bargaining and pick up anything from t-shirts and handbags to souvenirs.

Food is also a great reason to visit the street. There’s street stalls serving throughout the day, with more setting up in the early evening.

If you want to take a seat and enjoy some local fare, we recommend Restoran Kim Lian Kee, which serves some of the best Hokkien Mee (noodles in rich and dark soy gravy) in the city.

3. Stay on Petaling Street in Chinatown

City Hotel Chinatown Kuala Lumpur Standard Room
If you want to stay in Chinatown, probably the most vibrant and exciting part of KL city, then City Hotel Chinatown is your best option. It’s about 10-minutes walk to Pudu Sentral bus terminal.

This lovely hotel has complimentary WiFi, a business center and laundry service.

The rooms have a smart and modern look, and for those traveling with children there’s a family room. They come equipped with work-desk, coffee/tea maker and en-suite bathroom.

Room rates per night from US$21 only.
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4. Ultimate Bargain Hotel – from US$16 Only

Allexsis Hotel Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
If you’re looking for the best value hotel amongst our top picks, then it would have to be Allexsis Hotel.

Also located in Chinatown, it takes 5-minutes to walk to Pudu Sentral Bus Terminal. Nearby you’ll find a 24-hour convenience store, pharmacy and fast food restaurants.

There’s a range of accommodation including dormitories and private rooms. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. The public spaces include a library and lounge where you can get free-flow hot tea and coffee.

From here, you can walk to the amazing shops at Bukit Bintang, but we recommend taking the free GO-KL bus, which stops at Kota Raya, a few minutes from Allexsis Hotel.

Room rates from US$16 per night.
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5. Hotel with Superb Transport Connections

Mayview Glory Hotel Guestroom
Mayview Glory Hotel ticks those essential location boxes, especially if you want an easy journey to the shopping and food areas.

Walk 3-minutes and you can get to a GO-KL bus stop for Bukit Bintang or head in the other direction and you get to the Pudu Sentral Bus Station in 2-minutes.

This hotel is also lucky to be located near two LRT stations (Pasar Seni and Plaza Rakyat) and 5-minutes on foot to Chinatown. It’s a stone’s throw from 24-hour convenience stores and local restaurants.

There’s a friendly welcome here, fast check-in and the classic-styled guestrooms have plenty of space, cable television, free WiFi and a work-desk.

Room rates per night from US$25 only.
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That’s our top five cheap hotels in Kuala Lumpur, all with a fantastic location close to the bus station – meaning great access to the airport, central shopping and entertainment areas and northern Malaysia as well as being within walking distance of Chinatown and Bukit Bintang.


Tip No.1 – Transport and Getting Around from These Hotels

Staying near Pudu Sentral is a great point of departure and arrival, with connections to Northern Malaysia including the Langkawi Island piers and Hat Yai in Thailand. For those arriving by air, there’s a shuttle bus service goes from Pudu Sentral to KLIA and LCCT.

Getting around from Pudu Sentral is a breeze as well, the LRT (Light Rail) stop at Pasar Rakyat is on your doorstep. If you’re looking to get around for free, then we are big fans of the Go-KL buses, which run from the bus terminal, into Chinatown, past Central Market towards Bukit Bintang and Pavilion KL on the purple line.

Here, you can connect to the green line, which goes all the way to KLCC and the Petronas Twin Towers. You don’t have to pay a cent!

Tip No.2 – Where to Shop in Kuala Lumpur?

One must definitely head for the shopping paradise at Bukit Bintang for there’s so much shopping that it can be hard to know where to start. Giant mall Pavilion KL is the main attraction, with shops including Forever 21, Mango, Nike, Fred Perry, Polo Ralph Lauren, etc.

Berjaya Times Square is another giant mall, with over 1,000 stores including a Borders bookshop and an IT zone which includes Apple, Samsung and Canon shops. It also has an indoor amusement park, state-of-art 10-screen cinema and a 48-lane bowling alley.

The Bukit Bintang area isn’t just shopping though. Head up the needle-shaped KL Tower for amazing city views, or spend an evening at Changkat Bukit Bintang, where you’ll find lots of restaurants and bars or perhaps Jalan Alor for amazing street food.

As we mentioned, there’s a great free bus service called GO-KL, which runs along this area and goes towards Bukit Bintang, with stops within walking distance of the hotels.