The best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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How to find the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for your trip

Kuala Lumpur is often described as ‘a melting pot of cultures’, and you’ll understand exactly what this means as soon as you start to explore the city. You’ll encounter Malaysian, Chinese and Indian influences in all that you see, do and eat, and it’s this unique mixture of cultures that makes KL a city like no other. It’s a worthy stop on any South East Asian backpacking itinerary, and whether you’re visiting on a brief stopover or staying for a while, finding the right hostel will take your Kuala Lumpur trip to the next level.

From non-stop party hostels to chilled out dorms and romantic private suites, there’s a hostel for every type of traveller on this list. Accommodation hotspots include the bustling foodie heavens of Chinatown and Little India, the entertainment hub of The Golden Triangle or amid the crazy bars and clubs of Bukit Bintang. Wherever you choose to stay, it’s just too easy to fall in love with Malaysia’s one-of-a-kind capital.

Read on to discover how to find the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur!

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  1. Best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for couples
  3. Best party hostels in Kuala Lumpur
  4. Best hostels in Kuala Lumpur with private rooms
  5. Best hostels in Kuala Lumpur city centre
  6. Best of the rest hostels in Kuala Lumpur

Best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for solo travellers

The best thing about travelling solo in South East Asia? There’s no shortage of other people doing the same thing, and the easiest place to meet them is in a hostel. Stay in one of these KL hostels for an always social atmosphere and fun communal events. Here’s to new friendships!

Mingle Hostel

Found in Chinatown, Mingle Hostel is a fantastic place for solo travellers to connect with other backpackers. They’ve got plenty of social spaces, like a rustic rooftop terrace and speakeasy bar serving locally sourced cocktails. And you’ll never have to worry about finding a friend to explore the city with – there are free events for hostel guests every single day, from food discovery tours to waterfall excursions and communal dinners.

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Hostel highlights:

  • Central location
  • On-site café
  • Library/book exchange

🏠 Address: 53, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood: Chinatown

🚍 Nearest station: Pasar Seni LRT Station

Book your stay at Mingle Hostel now!


TWENTY5 is one of those hostels where travellers arrive solo, but leave with friends and memories for life. ‘Ohana’ means family in Hawaiian, and the motto here is to make sure every guest feels the warmth of family. And what says family better than food? The host here is a total foodie who loves sharing Malaysian cuisine with his guests. In fact, every guest is invited to bring a packet of instant noodles from their home country to trade for a Malaysian staple!

best hostels in Kuala lumpur -TWENTY5 by OHANA

Hostel highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Free breakfast

🏠 Address: Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood: Pudu

🚍 Nearest station: Imbi Monorail Station

Book your stay at TWENTY5 now!

Best hostels in Kuala Lumpur for couples

The following hostels are ideal for couples visiting Kuala Lumpur together and seeking some creature comforts. Think romantic sunset spots, beautifully designed private rooms and on-site dining to get those hearts racing ❤️.

Tuxedo KL

This lavish hostel on the 37th floor of a luxury tower block has been raking in the awards since it opened its doors in July 2017. They pride themselves on providing a bespoke, personal service to every one of their guests, which is why they only accept 14 travellers at any one time, perfect for couples seeking luxury from their hostel stay. Their fabulous amenities include a rooftop infinity pool, mini cinema, gym and steam rooms. Guests say the highlight is being able to watch the sunrise directly from their bed each morning!

best hostels Kuala lumpur - Tuxedo KL

Hostel highlights:

  • Super soft beds
  • Spa facilities
  • Incredible views of the city

🏠 Address: Regalia Service Apartment, 2, Anjung Putra, Block Madison or A, Off Jalan, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood: Central KL

🚍 Nearest station: Putra Komuter KTM Station

Book your stay at Tuxedo KL now!

Paper Plane Hostel

This beautiful, artsy hostel in Bukit Bintang is loved by couples for its quirky rooms and laid-back ambience. It’s got a glasshouse lobby for reading and chilling out and a rooftop garden for soaking up that sizzling KL sun. It’s perfect for couples who want a quiet place to stay while still being on top of the action, as it’s just minutes from the Jalan Alor Night Market as well as Changkat’s hundreds of pubs and bars.

best hostels kuala lumpur - Paper Plane Hostel

Hostel highlights:

  • On-site café
  • Amazing location for foodies
  • Impeccable cleanliness

🏠 Address: 15, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood: Bukit Bintang

🚍 Nearest station: Huang Tuah Monorail Station

Book your stay at Paper Plane Hostel now!

Best party hostels in Kuala Lumpur

Here for a good time, not a long time? These are the wildest party hostels in Kuala Lumpur, where you can expect the drinks to flow and the music to blast until the early hours.

Reggae Mansion

Parties on the Reggae Mansion rooftop start with an hour of unlimited free beer every night, and end…well, whenever they end! This is a true party hostel where the music is loud and the cocktails are cheap. Private pod style beds in every dorm ensure a great night’s sleep, and on those days you feel like just chilling out why not cook up a storm on the BBQ or catch a movie in their 40-seat private cinema room?

best hostels Kuala lumpur - Reggae Mansion

Hostel highlights:

  • On-site restaurant
  • Incredible rooftop views
  • City tours

🏠 Address: 53, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood: Chinatown

🚍 Nearest station: Masjid Jamek LRT Station

Book your stay at Reggae Mansion now!

Step-Inn Too Guesthouse

Situated in The Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur’s busiest entertainment hub, the party comes to this hostel every night of the week. The vibes are good, the crowd is lively, the drinks are cheap and they don’t stop flowing! There are drinking events almost every night, from club crawls to beer pong tournaments and outrageous happy hours. One of our guests says, “the atmosphere is electric – if you’re up for a good time and love a drink this is the place!”

best hostels kuala lumpur - Step-Inn Too Guesthouse

Hostel highlights:

  • Crazy events
  • 24-hour reception
  • Tour booking desk

🏠 Address: 64&66, Jalan Pudu Lama, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood: Bukit Bintang

🚍 Nearest station: Plaza Raykat LRT Station

Book your stay at Step-Inn Too now!

Best hostels in Kuala Lumpur with private rooms

Because staying in a hostel doesn’t always mean sharing a room. Whilst dorm life is an incredibly fun part of any backpacking trip, when you’ve been on the road a while it’s only natural to want your own space every now and then. That’s where these bad boys come in handy.

1000 Miles

Foodie travellers love this stylish hostel, located in the heart of KL’s Little India. Step outside your door to discover the city’s fascinating Indian influence, as well as some of the best curries you’ll ever taste! From the hostel’s roof terrace you can admire the colourful buildings, arches and shops which characterise the area. They have dorms and private rooms, both offering AC and en suite bathrooms at a bargain price.

best hostels kuala lumpur - 1000 Miles

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Iconic location
  • Great staff

🏠 Address: 17 & 19, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood: Little India

🚍 Nearest station: Masjid Jamek LRT Station

Book your stay at 1000 Miles now!

iO Hotel

Private rooms, but not as you know them! iO Hotel’s futuristic pod style beds ensure that every guest gets their own space and privacy without having to sacrifice the fun, social experience of staying in a dorm. Each pod has a fully-closing sliding door, as well as an individual AC unit, mirror, lights and even a TV! But don’t worry, if you’re travelling in a couple or just prefer your space, traditional single and double private rooms are also available.

best hostels kuala lumpur - iO Hotel

Hostel highlights:

  • 24-hour reception
  • On-site café
  • Large password-controlled lockers

🏠 Address: 18, Persiaran Jubilee, Off Jalan Loke Yew, Pudu, 55200 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood: Pudu

🚍 Nearest station: Pudu Starlink LRT Station

Book your stay at iO Hotel now!

Best hostels in Kuala Lumpur city centre

Kuala Lumpur is an incredible city with so much to see and do, which is why it makes sense to base yourself in the thick of it, especially if you’ve got limited time. Stay in one of these hostels to have the best of KL right on your doorstep.


BackHome Kuala Lumpur is a chilled out, modern hostel located next to some of the city’s most exciting attractions. It was named as the best hostel in KL at our 2018 Hoscars, so you know it’s legit. It’s got a super cool coffee shop/workspace downstairs, making it the perfect place for digital nomads to set up camp. Guests can also catch some rays in their sun-trapping courtyard, unwind in the movie screening room or tag along to one of their free walking tours to get to know one of the most fascinating areas of the city.

best hostels kuala lumpur - BackHome

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Book exchange
  • On-site café

🏠 Address: 30, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood: Chinatown

🚍 Nearest station: Masjid Jamek LRT Station

Book your stay at BackHome now!

Sunshine Bedz KL

If you’re looking for a prime location in KL, you can’t get much better than this hostel. It’s located near the iconic Petronas twin towers on the bustling Bukit Bintang walk, as well as being just minutes away from the Changkat club and bar district. They throw exciting events every week, from BBQs on the roof to pub quizzes and bar crawls to help you get to know your new hostel-mates. When you’re ready to explore the rest of the city you’ve got a monorail station a short walk from your doorstep.

best hostels kuala lumpur - Sunshine Bedz KL

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Awesome parties
  • Amazing staff

🏠 Address: 65B (2nd Floor), Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 57000 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood:Bukit Bintang

🚍 Nearest station: Bukit Bintang Monorail Station

Book your stay at Sunshine Bedz now!

Best of the rest hostels in Kuala Lumpur

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Skyline Hostel

You know that iconic Insta shot of someone looking out over the Petronas towers from the edge of a rooftop infinity pool? Total perfection. You might not expect to be able to recreate this on a backpacker’s budget, but at Skyline Hostel you can enjoy an unbeatable view of the city while you swim from just £10 a night! When the KL sun gets too hot, head inside to the comfy air-conditioned common room where the PS4 tournaments can get a little… competitive.

best hostels kuala lumpur - Skyline Hostel

Hostel highlights:

  • On-site bar
  • Pizza nights
  • Free to use gym

🏠 Address: Block C Regalia Suite and Service Apartment, 2 Anujung Putra, Milan, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

🚍 Nearest station: PWTC LRT Station

Book your stay at Skyline Hostel now!

Space Hotel @ Chinatown

We bet you’ve never stayed anywhere like this before! The theme of this fantastically wacky hostel is all things outer space. It’s got spaceship-style pod beds, life-sized space suits and is even complete with an astronaut’s tube slide to get you downstairs in a hurry! It’s more than just novelty though – our guests say that the beds are wonderfully comfy, the cleanliness is outstanding and the staff are out of this world – see what we did there?!

best hostels kuala lumpur - Space Hotel @ Chinatown

Hostel highlights:

  • Air-conditioned pods
  • Lively common areas
  • An actual slide!!

🏠 Address: No 5, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

🏘 Neighbourhood: Chinatown

🚍 Nearest station: Pasar Seni LRT Station

Book your stay at Space Hotel now!


Ready to start exploring Kuala Lumpur? Let us know in the comments which of these hostels gets your vote!

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