Kuala Lumpur is a wonderful city, in one moment ultra slick and modern, the next ancient, traditional and cultured. Its a city everybody should experience at least once and a city that many of us these days visit because of the great connections Air Asia offer.
Lets have a look at the accommodation we always in Kuala Lumpur , what it costs to stay there and what you will get for your dollar.
Don’t be put off by the fact Back Home is a hostel, this is one of our favourite places to stay in the world, with private rooms ideal for families, a great atmosphere, wonderful staff and a movie room and kitchen. It’s perfect for family travel.
The location is ideal for exploring China Town and the Colonial District on foot and for catching the free public transport into the the city centre for spectacular malls, the Petronas Towers and some world-class kids facilities.
The bus stop for Batu Caves is in the next street.
Back Home is near to train and bus stations, convenient for your arrival from the airport or for onward travel.
We always use Back Home if we possibly can, but if you’d like to compare other hotels, hostels and guest houses in Kuala Lumpur, we always recommend Agoda, below.
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This is what we wrote about Back Home after our second stay. Time for another Family Accommodation Malaysia post before we pack up and leave for Sri Lanka. By choice, we stay at Back Home , we must have stayed here for a month in total now because we love it so much. Don’t worry, staying in a hostel with kids is fine! We searched online for days before booking Back Home, including AirBnb and all the usual sites, this was the best deal we could find and we had a great WOM recommendation. You may find cheaper places if you search Agoda below. By our standards it’s expensive at $45 to $55 per night for the 4 of us, it’s over our ideal budget, but we think it’s worth spending the extra for quality, peace of mind and loads of amazing extras.
Costs in Malaysia Generally
Although accommodation is a bit more expensive in Malaysia, we feel that overall the country works out quite cheaply. Bus and taxi fares are low and the city rail network in KL is a bargain. Local food, particularly Indian is really good value, about $1 for a big thali ( or “banana leaf”) meal sometimes. Roti and dosa ( thosai) meals come in at around $0.50. Street food, paticularly Indian, is dirt cheap, you could easily have full tummies all round for under a dollar a head if you eat vada, bhajis, curry puffs, maybe fruit, even in KL. If you go to more upmarket eateries, prices sky rocket. Prices for clothes and electrical goods seem really high to me, certainly higher than Australia. Drinks prices vary enormously. The cheapest beer we’ve found is 4.5 MYR/can for Tiger or Heineken, in a local type shops away from tourist areas. 7-11 is more expensive for beer, as are the supermarkets. The most expensive beer, 10MYR/can. Wine is pricey but you can pick up a cheap bottle of red for 45MYR, $15.
Back Home Kuala Lumpur, Quality Family Accommodation
Cost per Night:
$45 to $55 per night for 4 of us. I can’t give an exact figure as we have stayed in a triple room, where we payed for an extra adult, and in the couples dorm in double bunks. Back Home operate a stay 6 nights get the 7th night free discount system, so if you can stay longer you can save a decent amount of money, we book around this system to make our stay as cheap as possible. We also had a small discount.
Number of Beds:
The triple rooms have a double bed below and a single bed above. The bottom bunk is easily big enough for the children and I, we had to pay for an extra mattress on the floor , but rules is rules. In the couples dorm the three of us shared one double bunk bed, my husband wasn’t with us on that trip.
What we got for our money:
Good WiFi in all areas. Air-con in room. Shared, very clean, showers and toilets. Spotlessly clean sheets and a blanket, no top sheet ( this is normal in Malaysia). No towels. Sink in room. Basic breakfast ( toast, jam, peanut butter, fruit) and tea/coffee are included. There is a gorgeous movie room with loads of kids’ and adults’ movies on demand. There is a basic kitchen for guests to use, fridge, microwave, plates and cutlery. There are toasters at breakfast time. Hot water and filtered chilled water are available all day. Staff at Back Home are excellent, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Plenty of communal areas for sitting. Outdoor smoking area, luggage storage. There is a laundry service available on site, or there is room to hang out your hand washing to dry. They have a coffee shop/restaurant attached to Back Home.
Back Home hostel is a very short walk from Masjid Jamek train station and the Telekom Museum stop on the free GO KL bus system. It’s easy to walk into China Town or the Colonial district, a longer walk will take you to the Central Mosque. The next street houses a South Indian community with great food. There are plenty of shops in the area, including a big pharmacy, a Mc Donalds, 7-11 and other food outlets and shops selling beer and wine. In just a few minutes on public transport you can be in any of the huge malls, KLCC ( under the Petronas towers) or Bukit Bintang ( where you’ll find the roller coaster in a shopping mall). The bus to Batu Caves leaves from the next street and the main bus station for buses to Penang is roughly a 10 min walk. There is plenty of really cheap Indian street food nearby, along with fried bananas, curry puffs, juices, all sorts of things. There is a great little bakery up on the main rd selling cakes and tarts for $0.5. You could easily stay here and eat for a few dollars a day.
Note: I always point out a few negatives. Obviously, if they’d been a big deal we wouldn’t have stayed, I just find a few for the benefit of others who may be sensitive to noise or the fluffiness of towels. They’re not my negatives, I’m usually very happy with everywhere we stayed.
This place is great, but if I had to be picky I’d say the following. It’s a bit pricey, but accommodation in Malaysia is more expensive than in the rest of S E Asia, particularly in KL. Back Home is popular and in demand, you should book. Laundry is expensive here too, at 10 MYR/Kg (over $3), more than twice the most expensive laundry costs we paid in Thailand. It can be a noisy at night sometimes if guests bang doors or stay up late socialising. If you are in one of the rooms facing the road the traffic noise is a little irritating, the road is very busy. There is double glazing but it’s still noticeable. I’ve slept through much, much worse! If you have small children you couldn’t let them wander around the hostel without you, the stairs and upstairs walkways don’t have railings designed for children, they could fall. We have been warned about bag snatchers and pick pockets in the area, although we haven’t experienced this here ourselves.
We really love Back Home . The kids are blissed out by toast, jam and movies. We love the design and decoration, it’s sort of industrial funky. There are plenty of power points and clever little storage spaces. Our triple room even had a built in desk. Having our own sink in-room makes life so much easier, as does being able to get up and have breakfast on-site. The included basic breakfast saves us a fair bit of money and plenty of aggravation. We bought extra food supplies ( real cheese and Marmite!) from the Cold Storage supermarket at KLCC. It really does feel like “home” we can live a normal sort of family life here. Since our last visit all the pavements in the area have been fixed, it’s much easier and safer to get around now. The traffic and air quality in KL remain terrible.
This post is part of our Family Accommodation series. We tell you where we stayed and what we thought of it. If any money has changed hands in the form of discounts, I will tell you. I will not give fake reviews ever. We want to let you compare what budget family travel in various countries will cost you and show you roughly what you’ll get for your money. We have already published Family Accommodation in Laos. Family Accommodation in Malacca. and Family Accommodation Johor Bahru for Legoland Malaysia. More posts are still to come.
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