Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for families with kids: 4 Best areas

Hi guys, on my website, I already wrote an article about safe areas in Kuala Lumpur for first-timers (I will put the link to it at the end of this article). In today’s article, I will help you to find the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur for families with kids.

I will share with you what I believe are the best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur for families, along with a map. I’ll also share where I stayed in Kuala Lumpur and recommend some of the best family-friendly hotels for various budgets.

Kuala Lumpur, often abbreviated as KL, is the capital and largest city of Malaysia. It is the cultural, financial, and economic hub of the country, known for its modern skyline, diverse culture, and vibrant street life.

The city is home to the iconic Petronas Towers, once the tallest buildings in the world. They house offices, a shopping mall (Suria KLCC), and a skybridge that offers panoramic views of the city.

Batu Caves, a popular Hindu pilgrimage site, is a series of caves and cave temples set in limestone hills. It is known for its giant golden statue of Lord Murugan and the colorful staircase leading to the caves.

A famous food street in Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Alor is known for its diverse range of street food and local delicacies. It’s a popular spot for food enthusiasts.

Is Kuala Lumpur a good place to visit with family?

Yes, absolutely. KL is a great destination for a family vacation, offering a mix of cultural, historical, and modern attractions. Your family can explore various cultural neighborhoods, such as Chinatown, Little India, and Kampung Baru, to experience different traditions, cuisines, and customs.

You can visit family-friendly attractions like the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, the KLCC Park with the iconic Petronas Towers, the National Science Centre, and the Islamic Arts Museum. These attractions cater to a wide range of interests and age groups.

Kuala Lumpur boasts numerous shopping malls, such as Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC, where families can enjoy shopping, dining, and entertainment. The city also has indoor theme parks like Berjaya Times Square Theme Park and KidZania Kuala Lumpur.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for families with kids?

The best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur for families with kids are Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC), Chinatown, and KL Sentral. These areas provide many family-friendly accommodations for all budgets and needs.

Bukit Bintang is known for its central location, vibrant atmosphere, shopping districts (Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Lot 10), diverse dining options, and proximity to attractions like Jalan Alor.

KLCC is a more modern and upscale area in central KL. It is home to iconic landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Park, upscale shopping (Suria KLCC), and a variety of dining options. 

Chinatown (Petaling Street) has rich cultural experience, vibrant street markets, historical sites like Sri Mahamariamman Temple, and affordable local food. KL Sentral is the major transportation hub with easy access to trains, buses, and the KLIA Express for the airport.

On one of my trips to Kuala Lumpur, I stayed at the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur. It was a great hotel in a prime location right in the middle of Bukit Butang, a short walk to the MRT, the Pavillion shopping area, and restaurants. It is also a family-friendly hotel with comfortable family rooms.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Kuala Lumpur for families. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur for families with kids
Map of the best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur for families with kids

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur, especially for families. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Kuala Lumpur have been carefully selected by me from well-known and secure booking sites such as booking.com, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. 

If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

4 Best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur with family:

1. Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is a popular base for families who want a central location with a vibrant atmosphere with lots of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. 

Bukit Bintang is a shopping haven with numerous malls and retail outlets. Pavilion, Berjaya Times Square, and Lot 10 Shopping Centre are some of the major malls in the area, offering a wide range of international and local brands.

The area comes alive at night with a vibrant nightlife scene. Jalan Alor, a famous food street, transforms into a bustling night market with a plethora of street food stalls. There are also numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues offering a diverse nightlife experience.

Bukit Bintang is well-connected with public transportation, including the Monorail and LRT (Light Rail Transit) stations. This makes it easy to explore other parts of Kuala Lumpur and its surroundings.

Best places to stay in KL in Bukit Bintang with kids:

Luxury ($$$): Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences, 5-star family-friendly hotel located in front of the Pavilion mall, close to Raja Chulan MRT station and Bukit Bintang. It has an outdoor pool, kids’ club, paid babysitting service, free parking, and airport transfer. Two-Bedroom Apartment is a great option for families of 4, while Three-Bedroom Apartment is great for families of 5 and 6.

Mid-range ($$): WOLO Kuala Lumpur, 4-star child-friendly hotel in central KL, at the Corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail, a short walk from Lot 10, Fahrenheit88 Mall, Pavilion. Within walking distance to many eateries, shops, and Jalan Alor Food Street. 

Mid-range ($$): The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel, 4-star kid-friendly boutique  hotel, welcomes children of all ages. It is conveniently located in Bukit Bintang, surrounded by specialty bars and shopping malls. Easy access to Monorail station and Alor Street. It has  a rooftop infinity pool, and good breakfast. Family Double Room is great for families of 4.

Budget ($): Indie Hotel Kuala Lumpur, lovely family-friendly accommodation in Bukit Bintang, featuring 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space, and comfortable family rooms. Close to KLCC Park, Berjaya Times Square and Suria KLCC.


2. Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC)

Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) is a great base for families to book their accommodations in Kuala Lumpur. It is a modern and upscale area in the heart of KL, known for its iconic landmarks, luxury shopping, and vibrant urban environment. 

This area is home to The Petronas Towers,  KLCC Park, Menara Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC high-end shopping mall, Avenue K, Aquaria KLCC, and  Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

KLCC offers a range of dining options, from upscale restaurants with city views to trendy cafes and bars. The area comes alive at night, especially around the vicinity of the Petronas Towers.

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Petronas Art Gallery are located in the KLCC area, providing opportunities to experience cultural and artistic performances.

KLCC is well-connected in terms of transportation. The KLCC LRT (Light Rail Transit) station and the KLCC Monorail station provide easy access to other parts of Kuala Lumpur.

Best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur City Center with kids:

Luxury ($$$): InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, an IHG Hotel, 5-star children-friendly hotel, located in KL city center, close to everything. short walk to Suria mall and twin towers. Short taxi or Grab ride to Batu Caves. Easy access to the train station and bus stop.

Mid-range ($$): Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur by Far East Hospitality, 4-star family-friendly hotel located in a great location, within walking distance to the main landmarks. It has a rooftop pool, fully furnished rooms, outdoor pool, and free parking. They have comfortable rooms for families of 4, 5, and 6.

Mid-range ($$): Perdana Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 4-star family-friendly hotel in central KL, in the Golden Triangle, offering free shuttles to the 1-Utama and Mid Valley malls. Within walking distance to KLCC, and Ampang LRT station. Your family can choose to stay in a Two-Bedroom Apartment. It has free parking, saltwater pool. 

Budget ($): Apartment near KLCC/ KL City Centre, good value for money 3-star accommodation located in a prime location, Walking distance to KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers, Bukit Nanas MRT station. Good base for a big family or group of friends. THe Three-Bedroom Apartment can accommodate up to 12 family members. It has paid airport transfer, a shared kitchen, and bicycle rental services.


3. Chinatown

Chinatown, located between KL Sentral and Bukit Bintang, is a great place for families to go shopping, dining, and experiencing local culture. It is a vibrant and bustling area with a rich cultural heritage. 

The heart of Chinatown, Petaling Street is a lively market known for its vibrant atmosphere, street food, and a wide array of stalls selling everything from clothing and accessories to souvenirs and electronics. It’s a great place for bargain hunting.

This area also offers easy access to the Central Market, Kasturi Walk, Guan Di Temple, and Merdeka Square. Merdeka Square is where Malaysia declared its independence in 1957. It is surrounded by colonial-era buildings and is a popular gathering place for events and celebrations.

Best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur in Chinatown with family:

Mid-range ($$): AnCasa Hotel Kuala Lumpur by Ancasa Hotels & Resorts, 4-star family-friendly hotel located close to ChinaTown and Independence Square. Easy access to Plaza Rakyat LRT Station and Urban Transformation Centre. It features a buffet restaurant, outdoor pool, and very good breakfast.

Budget ($):  Space Hotel @ Chinatown Kuala Lumpur, 2–star children-friendly good value for money accommodation, in a  prime location close to Chinatown and the Bukit Bintang district. It has a shared lounge, a terrace, and family rooms with shared bathroom and private bathroom options. Children can be excited sleeping in the space capsules.

Budget ($): BIG M Hotel, 3-star family-friendly hotel located next to Masjid Jamek LRT Station, 5 mins walk from Merdeka Square, Petaling Street, Sogo Shopping Mall and Central Market. It is in a nice neighborhood with many restaurants.


4. KL Sentral

KL Sentral is an excellent choice for families who prioritize easy transportation access, especially if they plan to explore various parts of Kuala Lumpur and use public transportation extensively. 

KL Sentral is a transportation nexus, connecting various rail services, including the KLIA Express (airport train), KTM Intercity trains, LRT (Light Rail Transit), MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), and Monorail. This makes it convenient for travelers to access different parts of Kuala Lumpur and beyond.

Adjacent to KL Sentral is Brickfields, also known as Little India, offering a vibrant cultural experience. Here, you can explore colorful streets, visit temples, and enjoy authentic Indian cuisine.

This area offers easy access to Lake Gardens, aka Perdana Botanical Gardens, a large public park that includes the National Museum, the National Planetarium, and the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. It provides a peaceful escape in the midst of the city.

Best places to stay in KL Sentral for families with children:

Luxury ($$$): Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, 5-star family-friendly hotel located very close to KL Sentral Station. It has fabulous breakfast, 24-hour front desk, currency exchange and laundry services. They have  Playground for the kids and a slide at the swimming pool.

Luxury ($$$): Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur, 5-star child-friendly hotel near KL Sentral Train Station and NU Sentral Shopping Mall. It has modern apartments, an outdoor swimming pool, and free scheduled shuttle services. Short walk to the neighboring Little India, where you can find many restaurants serving local and international fishes. 

Mid-range ($$): KL Sentral Bangsar Suites, 4-star family-friendly accommodation in Brickfields, close to Bangsar LRT Station, offering trains to KL Sentral, NU Sentral, Little India, Mid Valley Megamall. It has an infinity pool, and spacious rooms with a fully equipped kitchen. They are a great base for families of 4, 5, 6, and 7.


In conclusion, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC), Chinatown, and KL Sentral are the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur for first-timers and tourists. These areas offer plenty of family-friendly accommodations, and easy access to many child-friendly attractions and activities.

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There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas and neighborhoods that you can stay during your family trip to Kuala Lumpur. I hope you enjoyed my article and find it both informative and helpful.

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