Back to Articles

12 Affordable & Trendy Boutique Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is home to a variety of hotels, from luxurious 5-star hotels to unique beautiful boutique hotels. Having stayed home for most of the last 2 years, if you are heading into the city for a quick getaway, where would you stay?

The fad of trendy boutique hotels is in and here to stay and here are the boutique hotels we would like to put up a night in. 

1.The Chow Kit - an Ormond Hotel

Simplified Luxury. A hotel that focuses on the things that matters coupled with luxury meant for the simplified contemporary traveller. This hotel is the first of Ormond Hotel’s design-led, experience-driven hotels. 

Located as the name indicates, in Chow Kit, an area within the city that is rich in culture, history and character-building stories. A location which provides an experience in itself to travellers and an inspiration to the unique identity that is The Chow Kit hotel.

Everything is to be loved at Chow Kit, every inviting space to the many room types available, The Den, The Twin Den, The King Den ,The Little Towkay Suite, The Towkay Suite and The Towkay Soh Suite. For longer stays or travellers who need space, we suggest trying out The Towkay and Towkay Soh Suite.

Ps. “Towkay” translates as “Boss” and “Towkay Soh” translates as “Lady Boss” in the Hokkien dialect.

The Chow Kit is a great location in terms of dining and drinking. The options are PRIVATE at Chow Kit which offers a private dining experience in the comfort and safety of the tastefully decorated hotel room or to dine at The Chow Kit’s Restaurant & Bar which transports you back to a time of old-world glamour.

Ranked 20th on the New York Time’s list of 52 Places To Go in 2020, you know The Chow Kit has the chops. With rooms starting at only RM190, this is a win!

Address: 1012, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Chow Kit, 50100 Kuala Lumpur

2.KLoe Hotel

KLoe Hotel calls itself a hotel for creative nomads and the moment you set foot into KLoe you get it. It is a boutique hotel that outdoes itself in creative spaces such as artist lofts surrounding a central courtyard.Not only creative in the spaces and interior, KLoe hotel is luscious with greens inviting nature into the city. 

If you are a creative person, this hotel and a staycation here will inspire you while allowing you to express your inner self.

Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the most vibrant district of the city, KLoe makes for the perfect stay with loads to do and loads to see.

Address: 227, Bukit Bintang St, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur


MoMo’s tells you to Stay & Drink. Calling itself a social hotel, you know this hotel is definitely trendy and IN. The interior and exterior of MoMo’s is fun and quirky with a splash of poppy pink! 

Focusing on simple micro rooms, made for guests with a major personality. The 99 rooms start from the price under RM150 per night! This is a comfortable stay for those on a budget. Rooms range from bunk beds, to queen beds or a Tatami-style raised platform. 

Socialise at MoMosita Taco Bar with some tacos and margaritas or at The Playground, a space for events, performance and of course, food! Think MoMo’s, think art fairs, performances & parties.

Address: 316, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit, 50100 Kuala Lumpur

4.WOLO Hotel

Sleep, work, rest, play and explore. Do it in a WOLO state of mind. WOLO located right smack on Jalan Bukit Bintang prides itself in inspiring freedom, boldness and innovation and attracts creative and curious travellers. 

An eclectic, inspired and contemporary space, each of WOLO's rooms are designed with a type of traveller in mind. The Copper Room is for a compact cosy night reflecting value for money. The Gold Room is designed intricately and adorned with handpicked art. The Platinum Suite is modernly designed for speed of ideas, innovation and deadlines yet relaxing. Lastly, The WOLO Suite, spacious with breathtaking unbeatable view, is for the trendsetter and tastemaker.

WOLO Hotel, may be one of the most instagrammable spots on Bukit Bintang, so don’t just stop for a picture outside, imagine a staycation in this eclectic space.

Address: Corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang & Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

5.Indie Hotel

Indie for Independent, Authentic and Individualistic. Indie Hotel is a hotel that strives to be different from regular hotels with a vision for affordable luxury believing in giving back to the guests with no hidden extras.

Aesthetically pleasing all in white, with a fun-loving environment with minimalistic contemporary rooms, the rooms start from only RM100 per night! Indie has definitely achieved its vision of affordable luxury.

Nestled in Changkat Bukit Bintang amidst buildings with character adds to its charm.

Address: 9, Jalan Ceylon, Bukit Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

6.Tian Jing Hotel

Tian Jing Hotel, is an aptly named hotel for its location, Chinatown. A gem of a hotel, set in a lively street, only 10 minutes away from Petronas Twin Towers, Shopping malls and within walking distance to delicious street food. Though, this boutique hotel itself houses Lim Kee Cafe, serving good coffee along with roti bakar. 

The building which houses the hotel along with the architecture, design and interior transports guest back in time. inspired by traditional Chinese architecture, Tian Jing Hotel also focuses on natural light and air circulation which then balances room temperature. The rooms house furniture sourced from all over Malaysia, adding to the character of the hotel.

Address: 66-68, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

7.The KL Journal

The KL Journal is a cool hip trendy retro stylish (note all the cool adjectives being used, well deserved) boutique hotel. One can imagine it is set in the 70s in Los Angeles.

The hotel emits a vibe that is cool even for its location in the entertainment district of Bukit Bintang. Loving the pool area, called The Swimming Club, also available just for fun and not just for hotel guests at RM50 per person which includes 1 drink, a towel and 4 hours swim time.

Of course, for hotels, what is most important are the rooms and the rooms at the KL Journal do not disappoint. The rooms are spacious, stylishly furnished with floor to ceiling height windows, the picture perfect window to the city. The best part, the rooms starting price is at RM180 per night only!

Address: 30, Jalan Beremi, Off Jalan Sultan ISlamil, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

8.MOV Hotel

Simple Sleek Stylish & Sexy. MOV Hotel is located in the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur City Centre. The hotel is perfect for the savvy shopper, nightlife peeps and fun travellers! The rooftop lounge and pool is a great place to chill and unwind after a day of shopping and a night of partying. 

The location is why MOV is perfect, 3 minutes from Jalan Alor, the street of scrumptious local food abd 1 minutes away from Changkat Bukit Bintang.

There are 133 standard rooms and 9 stylish designer lofts. Families can opt for the family loft for more capacity.

Address: 43, Jalan Berangan, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

9.Hotel Stripes

A hotel under the Autograph Collection by Marriott Bonvoy, it is a hotel that features a distinctive vibe and character to the locality blended with an edgy style.

Located on Jalan Kamunting, a neighbourhood synonymous with The Row, 22 1940s shophouses featuring restaurants, nightlife, cafe and art galleries. It is smack in the middle of the lifestyle and culture of urban Kuala Lumpur.

The rooms range from standard to deluxe to spacious studio units and if you choose to stay in, pack a swimsuit for a refreshing dip overlooking the city skyline as the sun sets with a cocktail or two.

Address: 25, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

10.Citizen M

There are only 3 Citizen M hotels in Asia and one of them is in Kuala Lumpur. Strategically located on Jalan Pudu, putting it right at the border to the Golden Triangle but away from the buzz and the traffic jam. Yet, close enough to walk to where you need to, be it shopping or for food.

Citizen M facade stands out aesthetic wise in its uniqueness. The interior is designed and furnished to resemble a designer living room with designer furniture and commissioned artwork adorning the wall. A great hotel for a work trip as well with meeting creative meeting spaces within the hotel or hot-desk to get some work done.

The rooms though not spacious are smartly designed and all equipped with an XL King-Sized bed. The rooms are controlled via iPad which also controls the MoodPad with 4 settings to choose from in terms of mood lighting for the rooms - romance, party, relation and movie-time.

Address: 128, Jln Pudu, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

11. Alila Bangsar

Alila Bangsar’s external aesthetics is sleek with a dark cladded façade and its interior is the total contrast of white tranquil interiors.

Alila is a signature hotel collection from the Hyatt group and with every, Alila Bangsar being the first of foray into Malaysia. As with all ALila Hotels, the destination is the heart of the Alila experience. Located in Bangsar, a cool cosmopolitan district of Kuala Lumpur and a hive of cafe’s, restaurants, bars and indie retail, Alila blends in with the lifestyle and social sense.

A dedicated butler service in the Living Room located on every guest floor provides a highly personalised level of guest service. Alila Bangsar’s Bar and dining is an experience in itself. With such luxury and such a setting, the price per room starting below RM300 is considered affordable.

Address: 58 Jalan Ang Seng, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

12.The Majestic Hotel

The Majestic Hotel was built in the 1930s and was ranked as one of Southeast Asia’s grandest hotels. Reopened in 2012, the Majestic is not just a boutique hotel, its heritage and heritage is always trendy now.

The rooms are accommodated in the Majestic Wing and the Tower Wing. The Majestic Wing is the original building and houses 47 luxurious suites that exudes old world charm.

Dining in The Majestic is such an experience, in terms of the ambiance and the food. Choose to have afternoon tea on the lawn or at the Orchid Conservatory or private dining at the SmokeHouse. There is so much to explore just within the hotel inclusive of the Majestic Spa, designed in art decor style, the spa offers something different.

You would think that the price per room for such a majestic hotel would be beyond affordable. Be surprised, as it starts at RM250 and is very affordable for the experience one would receive.

Address: 5, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Tasik Perdana, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Having gone through the list of affordable and trendy boutique hotels in Kuala Lumpur, are you reading to head into the city for a good time? Check out great travel deals with Malaysia Travel!