Best Places to Stay in Kuala Lumpur
1. KL Sentral
Dubbed the transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur, if getting around the city is one of your major concerns, then KL Sentral is the place for you.
Connecting a multitude of transportation modes, staying in this area means you’re just a ‘hop, skip and jump’ away from exploring the country (source).
Situated atop a small ‘hill’, this area is home to many commercial buildings and hotels due to its connectivity.
In recent years, there have been high rise condos sprouting up as well.
Suasana Sentral Condominium and Suasana Sentral Loft are such buildings that house a mix of expats and locals, alike.
In fact, the swanky new development that’s in the works – Sentral Suites – offers great living standards for city-dwellers.
Coupled with the Nu Sentral Mall right next door to the Sentral station, this area is as urban as it gets.
Like living in a city, but want the feel of a suburb?
Bangsar is a neighbourhood that offers peace and quiet, yet is home to the city’s best restaurants, bars and eateries.
Rows of bungalows and terraced houses line the streets of this neighbourhood, housing a blend of cultures from local Malays to foreign expats.
Property prices are on a higher-end here as the area boasts numerous shopping malls, a thriving night-market and even has the famous Pantai Hospital in the vicinity.
However, Bangsar doesn’t have many schools, local or international, close by (source).
As Bangsar is quite an old area of Kuala Lumpur, new property launches are limited.
However, it does have a few high-rise apartment complexes and multiple landed properties. A few of these include Suasana Bangsar, Bangsar Aman and The Nomad Residences.
3. Mont Kiara and Sri Hartamas
Mont Kiara is an affluent township that houses most of the expats in Kuala Lumpur.
Home to a number of international schools such as Mont Kiara International School and Garden International School, expat and local families mostly seek after this area.
It’s the perfect ‘suburban bubble’ with quiet streets, a few small malls and loads of greenery.
Housing is not a problem at all in this area, with large property developments in abundance.
From high-rise condos to gated communities, you can find semi detached houses, serviced apartments and stand-alone properties to name a few (source).
Properties in Mont Kiara do cater to a more upscale audience, but due to the sheer number of buildings in the area (supply), you can always grab a good deal or two.
You’ll find that the most popular buildings around the zone include Icon Residence, Verve Suites, Kinrara Residence and Seni Mont Kiara.
If you’re looking for a gated community, then Dusa Nusantara on the outskirts of Mont Kiara offers great amenities.
It’s good to bear in mind though, that Mont Kiara is around 20 minutes away from the city centre, and traffic during peak hours is quite the headache.
4. Subang Jaya
Subang Jaya is quite a big area in Kuala Lumpur, and you can find pretty much anything here. From hipster cafes to boutiques, Subang Jaya offers a compact living experience for many.
SS15 acts as the town central for the area, and here you can find commercial banks and international F&B outlets as well.
Further along, USJ and the Sunway development caters to the young crowd with loads of attractions such as malls (Sunway Pyramid, One City, The Summit) and even a waterpark called Sunway Lagoon (source).
Housing in this area is quite affordable, and there are various types of properties you can choose from.
Landed properties and high-rise buildings around USJ are easy to find. If you’re looking for a serviced apartment, USJ One offers all the amenities you would require and more.
Other properties include USJ One Park and One City (a ‘city’ within a city offering parks, recreation centres and retail outlets as well!).
A mere 18 kilometres away from the city centre, Subang Jaya has a great network of public transport that takes you around the area and even to Kuala Lumpur.
What’s more, Subang Jaya is termed an ‘education village’ with top universities such as Monash University, Sunway University, Taylor’s University and a number of schools around the vicinity.
5. Damansara Perdana and Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Damansara Perdana – an area originally occupied by the Orang Asli (source), this township has fast become a haven for investors and property developers.
A relatively newer area (things started kicking up during the 1990s), there’s a great variety of residential and commercial properties around the area catering to a wide range of home-dwellers.
In recent years, this area, also known as being situated in the Golden triangle of Petaling Jaya, has been the most sought after address in the city.
From business ventures to residential properties, Damansara Perdana is quite popular amongst investors who see great potential in the district.
While the majority of homes here are low-rise bungalows, some high-rise buildings include the prestigious Armenee Terrace 2, Perdana Exclusive and Ritze Perdana.
Here you’ll find the popular malls such as The Curve, Ikea, and many other entertainment centres.
People also flock to the nearby Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) and Mutiara Damansara for the local hawker joints that grace the area.
A five-minute drive and you reach Mont Kiara, and various highway lines such as the NKVE, LDP and Sprint service you to the rest of the Klang Valley (source).