Kuala Lumpur has a few big mega sales each year and not only are they huge, they have some of the best deals around. Big malls such as the Pavillion and One Utama are massive with most shops having 50% to 70% off in their stores every year during March, May and December. These dates are known to change though and I've been to KL in July/August for some amazing shopping!
Stay at the Parkroyal hotel in Bukit Bintang where you have about three big malls within walking distance.
Pavillion KL is a glitzy mall where you can get the latest and high end fashion. Sungei Wang Plaza is right opposite Parkroyal hotel and this is where you will find 500 retail outlets selling everything from food to clothes and score a bargain!
Behind Parkroyal hotel,there is a Low Yat Plaza which is THE malls for electronics and IT products. I have bought cameras and computer accessories from here at half the price!
At the end of a long shopping day, hang out at one of the big food courts in the mall for really good hawker food in a comfortable air conditioned surrounding. Lot 10 (Starhill Gallery) in Bukit Bintang is known for it's fantastic and tasty food court.
www.kuala-lumpur.ws/klshopping/ - Top 10 shopping malls
Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
+60 3 2147 0088
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A lot of lower-end accommodation options in Kuala Lumpur for backpackers and people/families on a budget are quite poor (bed bugs being a common complaint). For £20-24 you can get a double room at the Swiss Inn, located right in the heart of vibrant Chinatown, close to Central Market and importantly, light rail inter-city transport links. It represents a great value option and comes with an excellent buffet breakfast. Room has TV and tea making facilities etc. Book online for some decent deals. No extra cost for children though they do not provide an extra bed.
You get to stay in a very clean, and homely place right in the KL city. Cheap and good! Not many people have heard about them yet (i think.)
27 Jalan Mesui , Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
This place is awesome. I noticed a recommendation for the Backpacker Travellers Inn, well my brother and I went there first and this place after and it is much better in my opinion.
There is a really communal atmosphere, the Chinatown night market is a stones throw where you can buy cheap DVDs and watch them on the huge screen they have there.
Also if you can't go without a football fix during your travels this place has all the cable channels so you will never miss a match and there will always be someone to watch it with, even if it is at 3AM!
The best bit however is the food stalls right outside the hostel. Amazingly spicy fried rice for RM 3 and tasty chicken or beef satay cooked in front of you over charcoal for 60 Sen. Superb! If you do visit watch out for a guy named Aru - bit of a resident there and a great guy to chat to.
No.80 Jalan Sultan
This is a fantastic hotel right in the centre of the city's swanky Golden Triangle district. A top class hotel at a pretty reasonable price, friendly staff and nice pool too.
Jalan Conway, KL
I can recommend this hotel. If you book from the UK through a travel agent it is only £50-60. The Mandarin has an outdoor pool on the 11th floor, great views of the park below and is situated next to the Petronas Towers and close to bars and restaurants. If you want to go up the twin towers, make sure you go early to get your ticket.
Though not much to look at from the outside (just a steel gated door leading up some stairs) the Backpackers Travellers Inn is THE place to be for the budget traveller. Located in the heart of Chinatown, near the markets of Petaling St, the BTI claims to be the first backpacker hostel in KL and provides all the usual hostel amenities, including tourist information and organised tours to the local Batu Caves, etc. These are supplemented by the wide range of local facilities, including banks, shops and the bizarrely named Despotic Salon. There's no curfew, and the rooftop bar (four or five storeys up) provides an excellent spot to meet fellow travellers and have a cool beer (this is all they sell) while looking out over Kuala Lumpur. A very welcoming and lively venue.
60b, 2nd floor, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur
5 star hotel which costs less than 60GBP per night per room, and the rooms are modern, spotlessly clean, comfortable & large. The Lemon Cafe has an excellent international cuisine buffet, the main lounge bar has cheesy but fun entertainment, the gym is well equipped, and the service is as you would expect in SE Asia, impeccable.
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : +603 2032 2388 Fax : +603 2070 1514
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