Any trip to Kuala Lumpur wouldn’t be complete without a great place to rest your head. If hostels are for you, check out my top 3 in today’s article.

Kuala Lumper. Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Welcome to Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s a city bursting with energy and littered with towering skyscrapers. I’m sure you’ve all seen or heard of the staggering Petronas Towers, perhaps the structure Kuala Lumpur is most famous for.

All year round, the temperature sits on average in the high twenties (Celsius) and as such, is a popular destination for backpackers. I spent four incredible days here in February 2020 and, due to it’s enormous breadth, stayed in three different hostels.

Hostels are affordable, convenient, and social. My one tip to live by is always carry a padlock. Most hostels provide them for a small deposit but you’ll do better with a heavy duty one you trust. I enjoy experiencing a little bit of everything when I travel, so there is sure to be a hostel here to suit you. I’ll add here that all of these hostels have WIFI, towels, and big lockers for your belongings.

These were my basic requirements while staying in Kuala Lumpur hostels, along with breakfast and being a good, walkable location. If I’ve got your attention, please read on to discover the three hostels in Kuala Lumpur you must visit!

Penthouse on 34

The highest hostel in Kuala Lumpur
The highest hostel in Kuala Lumpur
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This hostel was exquisite. It didn’t take me long to find where I would be staying on my first night, as the highest hostel in Kuala Lumpur blurb, had me at hello. After checking in to this hostel, I walked outside immediately and the view was just as good as they promised. There’s no better way to see the city upon arrival than up on Penthouse 34. The best way to get to this hostel is by ordering a taxi as it’s not overly central and a busy main road surrounds it. Don’t let that put you off this hostel, as the views of Kuala Lumpur from further out the city are second to none.

Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, breakfast included, free communal evening meals and drinks, fitness centre and the list honestly goes on and on. It was the little touches here and there that made a difference. It was a free for all vibe in the kitchen and anything you don’t want being eaten you just stick a post-it note on. Anything else is free game.

There is plenty of lounging space where travelers get to know one another. The beds were comfortable and each room had its own balcony. One thing to note about this hostel is the check-in process. You’ll be sent a long message explaining each step. It’s not an easy procedure but it’s all to keep you safe and protected while in Kuala Lumpur.

BackHome Kuala Lumpur

BackHome hostel, Kuala Lumpur has much larger beds
BackHome hostel, Kuala Lumpur has much larger beds
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Welcome to my second hostel pick for any stay in Kuala Lumpur. This hostel is much more central than Penthouse 34 and is on the larger side too. Just a short walk from the spectacular Chinatown and markets, this hostel is a great option for anyone wanting to get stuck straight in to life in Kuala Lumpur.

Aesthetically, this boutique hostel is gorgeous. We’re talking brick walls, concrete floors and naturalistic furnishings. Walking from your bedroom to the bathroom you’ll find yourself outdoors and then back in again. It makes use of the natural environment and attracts many travelers for this reason. What makes this hostel stand out are the beds. They’re much bigger than normal dorm beds and with much more space, meaning you feel less cooped in.

The hostel invites you to enjoy their lounge spaces and kitchen, all with plenty of supplies and books to keep you entertained. Check out the notice board for day/evening activities designed to show you the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur while making friends with your fellow roommates. There’s also a cafe joined to this hostel which serves delicious light bites.

Kitez Hotel & Bunkz

Beds in this hostel have curtains you can slide to isolate yourself
Beds in this Kuala Lumpur hostel have curtains you can slide to isolate yourself
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Hostel number three is fantastic. It’s a location tough to beat, with all famous Kuala Lumpur attractions just a short walk away. Petaling Street is known as a bustling shopping district but this lovely hostel somehow remains peaceful, so you don’t need to worry about getting those 8 hours in. I think this is a great hostel for any type of traveler and you can choose from shared dorms or private rooms.

Enjoy breakfast at this hostel two ways, as a buffet or a la carte style. The hostel bedrooms are modern and well-designed, with enough space for your belongings. For privacy, simply slide the curtain to isolate yourself while in bed. Again, there’s a little cafe for a quick bite before stepping out to enjoy what Kuala Lumpur has to offer.

It’s got work out machines should you want to squeeze in some exercise, copious lounge spots (with a pool table!), and a quaint balcony overlooking the road with Chinese decorations up above. Expect friendly staff and comfortable, clean beds. You can’t go wrong with a hostel like this. It’s a great option for getting stuck into central Kuala Lumpur.


If Kuala Lumpur is on your list, you have to check out these amazing hostels. Don’t be shy. Whether you’re traveling in a group, solo, or as a couple, there will be hostels to suit your vibe. They really are great for the price and awesome for meeting people. For my top tips on how to make friends in hostels, I wrote this article last week. See you again soon for another travel article!

Let me know what you thought of Kuala Lumpur if you’ve been! I’d love to go back and explore more.