Where to sleep at brickfields
You’ll find the two extremes in this district – sleazy hole in the walls which only rent out rooms on an hourly basis (mostly in the old Brickfields area), and the two of KL’s newest five-star hotels within KL Sentral.
* YMCA Hostel, 95 Jalan Padang Bella, ☎ +603 2274-1439, . Like most YMCA Hostels this one feels sterile, but for RM 80 per night you can’t ask for more. It is clean and safe. Make sure to check their website for guest restrictions.
* Jeumpa D’Ramo, No. 102, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Tel:+60320944522. Jeumpa D’ramo is a boutique hotel situated right after the traffic lights to Jalan Bangkung. Its exotic name has Achenese origins and when translated to Malay, it means “berkumpul di serambi”. Rooms’ rate begins at RM170 for standard room, RM220 for Duluxe and RM320 for suites. The bungalows resembles a quaint colonial house from outside, but once inside, one can see distinct Asian touches, whether its in the handcrafted Indonesian teak furniture or art pieces from budding local artists like Fizjedar.
* Ritz Garden Hotel, Lorong Kapar, off Jln Syed Putra (Federal Highway), between Brickfields and Mid Valley. Rates RM100, more at weekends.
* Hilton, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral. Tel: +60-3-22642264 – Stylish new luxury hotel adjacent to the KL Sentral train station and the Le Meridien. The Hilton has funky, trendy rooms with open bathrooms and plasma TV. Plenty of restaurants and a cool executive lounge on the 33rd floor. Excellent Clark Hatch gym and one of the best spa/pool complexes in KL.
* Le Meridien, 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral. Tel: +60-3-22637888 – Adjacent to the KL Sentral train station, this luxury hotel opened in 2004 has a splendid lobby and modern rooms with great views of the nearby gardens (or the roof of KL Sentral if you pick the wrong side). Shares spa and pool facilities with the Hilton next door. The pool is one of the best you’ll ever see.