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Kuala Lumpur is in the top 10 most visited cities in the world, which has created a great choice of hotels at surprisingly good prices, especially for luxury options. A 5-star hotel can cost about RM250 (about $65) a night, and prices can become even lower during weekdays and low season. Given the city’s relatively affordable rates, there are some excellent 4-star gay-friendly hotels with great facilities in the mid-range and budget categories.
Stay within KL’s Golden Triangle to make the most of your visit, as this places you conveniently close to most tourist attractions, as well as a few of the gay nightlife venues. The most popular area is KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center), next to the iconic Petronas Towers.
W brings its usual playful, luxe approach to design in this KLCC hotel, located just around the corner for the Petronas Twin Towers. Fun and colorful design elements can be found throughout, seamlessly blending Malay influences with glamour and kitsch. Every room comes with top-notch amenities like a Bluetooth soundbar, mood lighting, a Nespresso machine, and a cocktail bar. The excellent spa includes aromatherapy steam baths, traditional Malaysian treatments, and more. There’s also a colorful and well-equipped gym and a beautiful rooftop pool with Twin Towers views. Plus, a whole range of trendy neon-lit bars and restaurants. Whatever city they’re in, W is aways a gay favorite hotels and Kuala Lumpur is no exception.
Villa Samadhi feels like a remote island resort, which is particularly impressive given its location in central Kuala Lumpur. It is made up of 21 villas, each inspired by traditional Malay design and featuring design elements hand-crafted by Malay artisans using local materials. They are all extremely spacious, with a fully-equipped kitchen and separate living area. Some have whirlpools or plunge pools, and all have direct access to the hotel’s freeform central lagoon. Food made from sustainable local ingredients is served at the all-day dining room, all of it excellent. Villa Samadhi is a perfect boutique option for a luxury gay hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
This well-established luxury hotel is perfectly located next to KLCC Park, just a 5 to 10-minute walk from several gay venues like The Geytherin Pub, Elysium Bar & Terrace, and BlueBoys Discotheque. It offers extremely spacious, elegant rooms and suites with warm decor and large floor-to-ceiling windows, many with panoramic views of the KL skyline. The showers with adjustable privacy glass are an especially cool touch. A fresh and incredibly varied breakfast buffet is available in the mornings, and the food at the 3 on-site restaurants is equally delicious. There’s also a large tropical pool, a well-equipped gym, and a spa.
This multi-award-winning hotel is one of the highest-rated hotels in KL on Booking.com, thanks to its exceptional all-round service. It has gorgeous contemporary design with colonial influences, which speaks to both past and presents Kuala Lumpur. The rooms not only look great, but feature great amenities and impossibly comfortable furnishings and layouts. Every guest benefits from perks like 24-hour check-in and check-out and free breakfast, which is of course, delicious and varied. All the facilities are best-in-class, from the barber to the infinity pool and the sleek, wood-paneled gym.
Formerly known as the Equatorial Hotel, EQ Kuala Lumpur opened in 2019 with a brand-new look. As can be expected from such a new hotel, the contemporary interiors look incredible, all with a minimalist yet welcoming style. The luxury hotel occupies the higher floors of Equatorial Plaza, meaning all rooms have great city views, with some overlooking KLCC Park and the Twin Towers. All of the on-site bars and restaurants are excellent, both in terms of food and ambiance. The outdoor infinity pool is perfectly positioned for stunning sunsets, and the gym is both stylish and extremely well-equipped.
Part of the world-class Autograph Collection by Marriott, Hotel Stripes is an impeccably-designed modern hotel in Chow Kit. Every tastefully-designed room features state-of-the-art tech, custom furnishings and fittings, and vintage black-and-white photography of old Kuala Lumpur. The rooftop bar, Man Tao, is one of the most atmospheric spots to take in the city skyline, as is the adjacent swimming pool. One of the city’s most popular gay saunas, OTOT2, is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive away from the hotel. Hotel Stripes is one of the most booked luxury gay hotels in Kuala Lumpur.
This 5-star hotel has one of the best positions in town, directly facing KLCC Park and with incredible views of the Petronas Twins Towers available from throughout the luxury hotel. Make sure to book one of the view rooms, which make the most of this exceptional location. All of the rooms are super comfortable, decorated in a warm and cozy contemporary style. There’s a stylish indoor pool and a good gym, both overlooking KLCC, as well as a rejuvenating spa. Traders Hotel offers a free shuttle to Suria KLCC Shopping Center and the Petronas Twin Towers.
GTower Hotel is one of KL most gay-friendly luxury hotels in KL. The hotel has artsy contemporary design throughout, from the lobby to the warm, modern rooms. Every one of these boasts a large heavenly bed, a walk-in wardrobe, a marble tub, and a soothing rain shower. Upgrading to a Premier Deluxe Room will get you extra luxuries like a Nespresso machine and L’Occitane toiletries. Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools (both with top-notch city views), an exceptionally well-equipped gym, a beauty and wellness salon, a swanky bar, and a restaurant.
THE FACE offers a range of stylish, modern suites that feel like your own luxury city apartment in KL. Every suite includes a bedroom (with walk-in closet), a separate living area, and kitchenette, which comes with a microwave, hob, and kettle. The two-bedroom suites make for an awesome party pad for a group of friends. The largest ones even have an indulgent three bathrooms. There’s a rooftop restaurant and a bar, both with incredible views of KLCC, and an absolutely stunning Sky Deck infinity pool directly overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers. The Face offers the most booked hotel suites of all the luxury gay hotels in Kuala Lumpur.
The facade of this 5-star hotel screams old-fashioned grandeur, but the interiors are modern and sleek. The rooms are decorated in warm tones, complemented by wood paneling and large windows that let in lots of daylight. Renaissance KL has both a huge free-form outdoor pool and an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an exceptionally well-equipped and pleasant gym, a sauna, and tennis courts. Located in Bukit Bintang, it is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive to several of KL hottest gay venues like BlueBoy Discoteque, The Geytherin Pub, Elysium Bar & Terrace, and Day Thermos.