I hadn’t planned on visiting Kuala Lumpur while I was in Asia, but I’m so glad I did. If you travel in that part of the world for any extended period of time it will actually be hard to avoid at least flying through KL – that’s how I ended up there. Honestly, I just love the place. It’s not overwhelming like Asian capitol cities can be – ie. Manila, Bangkok, Shanghai, and so on – and it’s not eerily quiet and clean like Singapore. It’s a lovely in between. I’m not suggesting you spend a week there, but rather, if you are flying through it’s worth stopping for 2-3 nights.
I was there twice in 2015, and both times I stayed near the KLCC – Kuala Lumpur City Center Park.This is where the iconic Petronas “Twin Towers” are located. Just about anything you could need or want is within walking distance of this park (or in it) so for that reason I think I chose location well and would recommend it. First time there I stayed at the Shangrila, second time at Traders. Click on the links to read about my experience at those hotels in more detail, but in summary, the Shangrila was superior, in the quality of its rooms, amenities, and service, but Traders is right on the park (had a view of the towers) and has a famous rooftop bar (yay???). Shangrila is about 7 minutes walk to the towers, and on the way to Bukit Bintang.