A Foreigner’s Guide to types of accommodation in Malaysia

As Malaysia remains as one of the top travel destinations in the world, accommodation options for travellers to the country has mushroomed in recent years so that they can have a fulfilling and diverse experience during their visits. Here is a guide to the different types of accommodation choices and what you can expect.

International Hotels – You can find the usual international hotel chains in major towns and cities around Malaysia. This includes the likes of Hilton, Sheraton and Le Meridien among many others. If you are in top resorts like Langkawi Island and Penang, you can find the 5 or even 6-star resorts as well.

If you are looking for a luxurious and hassle-free stay, then you can opt for these choices. Rates usually range between RM400 to RM800 per night (which is approximately about USD125 to USD250 per night with world-class facilities and services.

Local Hotels – Malaysia has its own set of hoteliers like Palace of the Golden Horses, Sunway Resort Hotel, The Mines and Federal Hotel. While they are rated between 3 to 6-star as well, you will normally get to enjoy some local culture in these hotels.

Such hotels are competitively branded with the global names and can range between RM300 and RM600 per night.

Budget Hotels – Budget hotels usually reside in shoplots and commercial areas. These options are not rated but provide acceptable and quality places to stay. You might not get dedicated-butler services but you will be sure to get basic amenities like own bathroom, complimentary coffee and tea, Wi-Fi and laundry. Rates can be as low as RM80 per night depending on the location.

This is one of the most popular options of late as more foreigners prefer a basic place to stay as they spend the day sightseeing.

Bed and Breakfast – Very popular in places like Malacca and Penang known for their backpackers’ streets. This is quite the same as the usual B&B you get elsewhere. Rates is about RM25 to RM50 per night (which is about USD7 and USD14).

Homestay – A great choice if you like culture and traditions. You get to stay in the home of a local family which is very popular in villages and rural areas. You get a room to stay in with home-cooked food provided (you get to choose between 1, 2 or 3 meals per day). Basically, you get to live the way the locals do. Charges are usually about RM50 per night and more if you want meals.

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