Paper Plane hostel, KL: A 100 year old converted building with a modern and artistic spirit

Kuala Lumpur is a city of many sides, many cultures and a mixture of huge skyscrapers to historic architecture. Upon our first visit to this city we had dreamt of visiting for years we wanted to stay in a place close by to the action but with a local feel and a connection to the history of KL. In Paper Plane we found the perfect balance, this 100 year old converted colonial home has been transformed into a beautiful and creative boutique hostel. With trendy and functional features, comfortable rooms, great socialising spaces and original artwork around every corner… oh and amazingly warm and welcoming staff we found the perfect place!

An amazing 100 year old property with embedded culture and history

What we really loved about this hostel was the building, an almost 100 year old colonial house transformed into a cosy and welcoming space in which to stay. This place still retains many original features and has been tastefully converted to keep that historic and homely feel whilst also becoming a clean, trendy and artistic boutique hostel with a great vibe.

The house is also on a small row of old style buildings that have stood here for generations as the area around has changed and developed, it almost feels like an oasis in the middle of this wonderfully chaotic city! You don’t even need to leave to sense the history and stories this space retains.

A perfectly designed and artistic space in which to relax and socialise

Converted houses for us always make the best hostels, they allow a smaller scale which creates a more interactive and social environment, just like a home rather than a cold and unwelcoming hotel. The size also allows for each and every corner to be well designed and unique rather than having a mass produced style, each room for example is different, with original paintings to discover all around the property!

The hostel also values art and design which makes the whole place feel that much more special. Each wall has been painted by hand to create a humorous and inspiring feel. They have even invited local artists to hang their work here in the main downstairs corridor which basically means you are staying in a gallery! What could be better?!

Wonderfully welcoming and helpful staff that know KL inside out!

Another lovely benefit to having a smaller and much more personal hostel is how well you can get to know the staff and other guests. With a downstairs front yard area, conservatory with sofas, computer area and upstairs terrace area you are bound to get talking! The staff here are all locals too who are passionate about KL and the unique culture here. They are more than welcoming to sit down with you and let you know the ins and outs, the must do’s and the off the beaten track highlights only a local would know!

A great local vibe with amazing food but also close to town!

Paper Plane hostel is also in a really great location, out of the hustle and bustle of the busier areas it has a quiet and local feel to this residential street. All around here are great places to get food, from the various cheap and local joints ran out of the bottom of peoples houses to hipster cafes and coffee shops are all on the same block! Or just around the corner is the famous hawker street of Jalan Alor, so you will never go hungry here! 

But getting right into the mix is easy too, you can actually walk to the Petronas Towers from here if you can stand the heat, or you can cross the road and take the short monorail journey right into the centre of the city or connect with any of the lines and head anywhere you like with ease!

Have you ever stayed in such a cool and unique boutique hostel?

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Disclaimer: This post was in partnership with Paper Plane Hostel. As always, all opinions are our own!