Top 5 Outstanding Shoestring Budget Hotels in Malaysia
In this installment of the annual HotelClub Awards, we cast our collective gaze on Malaysia. The diverse country and inimitable tourist destination in Southeast Asia has it all, from cosmopolitan, dynamic Kuala Lumpur to UNESCO World Heritage George Town and Melaka, exotic Borneo to lush Pulao Tioman. Suffice to say that the array of accommodations options in Malaysia is just as diverse.
Read on as we honour five superlative hotels that cater to travelers on small budgets in magnificent Malaysia. Best of all, this notable quintet delivers best bang-for-your-buck goods with flair and exceptional service.
The vibrant capital of Malaysia is a metropolis where it truly pays to save a few dollars on accommodations in order to enjoy the best of the city. Needless to say, KL has a lot to offer, from world class gourmet restaurants to upscale shops, energetic nightlife to phenomenal museums. To experience it all, the Citin Hotel Pudu is incomparable, with access to Starhill/Bukit Bintang leisure and entertainment district, Merdeka Square and Central Market.
Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands is a lush paradise of tea plantations, exotic flower farms, traditional Malay culture and spectacular scenery. The Hillview Inn is a warm and amiable refuge in the town of Tanah Rata. The hospitable hotel provides visitors with clean comfort, attentive service and idyllic access to the fertile hinterland region. Guests also enjoy proximity to a wide range of shops, banks, transport hubs, cafÃ©s and restaurants.
Another tidy gem for budget-conscious Kuala Lumpur tourists, the Swiss Inn is a lovely sanctuary in the heart of the busy city. Terrific points of interest within easy pedestrian distance of the hotel include Chinatown, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the National Museum of Malaysia, Masjid Negara (National Mosque) and KL Tower. Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is a mere 2 km away, with two light rail transit stations less than ten minutes from the hotel. Additionally, the Swiss Inn features live music in the Monte Carlo Lounge and delicious local cuisine and excellent city views courtesy of the Terrace CafÃ©.
As a UNESCO World Heritage city, Melaka (Malacca) enjoys a special distinction within Malaysia. For authentic Peranakan charm and culture, visitors clamor for a room at the remarkable Baba House. The heritage hotel is full of character, from the antique furniture to the conscientious service. Best of all, Melaka’s peerless ensemble of colonial Portuguese, Chinese and Malay landmarks is just outside the hotel’s doorstep. For above par affordable comfort in Melaka, The Baba House sets the gold standard.
My Hotel is a convenient and delightful jewel within enviable distance of Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station. The KL gem offers spacious, immaculate and comfortable rooms at rates most travelers can well afford. With many of the city’s best landmarks, museums and parks close by, My Hotel is a popular option for savvy tourists. Enjoy WiFi throughout, a cafÃ©, 24/7 reception and nearby attractions like the National Museum, Planetarium, KL Bird Park and National Palace.