Back Home Guesthouse KL by backpackies

They don’t win awards for nothing! Welcome to Backhome Kl , backpackers hostel in KL!
Winner of the Number 3 hostel in Asia and Number 1 hostel in Malaysia for year 2010 and 2009  respectively. (awards by hostel world)

Apart from all the other guesthouses, hostels, dorms and budget hotels in KL, back home  manages to stand out from the bunch. Back home incorporates a minimalist and modern look to its designs that makes guests feel right at home. Couples with its friendly staff, spacious toilets, comfortable and clean rooms, you can be sure of a great nights sleep here at Back Home KL.

Our story:
A few points that you need to take in to account when you are looking for accommodation in KL. In a city like KL, location is everything. You don’t want to choose a place to stay (even though it is like a 5 star hotel but takes you 2 hours to get there). Because if the taxi fare don’t kill you, the walking and transiting from one LRT ( light rail transit) to another will! (KL public transportation is terrible)!

When we first googled out hostels in KL, after skimming thru the non-important sites, we came across Back Home Kl on the second page. And because we have already heard of this place previously from the local newspapers. We decided to check it out.
First thing that struck us was the prices of the beds. At Back Home KL, they are charging something like 40+ per dorm. So that is like a premium compared to the other hostels and guesthouses along Bukit Bintang (who are charging around RM 25 to RM 35).

The other thing is the location. On the map it looks like it is very far from every thing else.
Where as, if you stay at Changkat Bukit Bintang,Chinatown, Tengkat Tong Shin or anywhere around these areas, you are practically in the center of everything (shopping, food etc).

Taking these two things into account (location and price), we were still very attracted by the reviews and pictures.
So we decided to give Back Home a try.

Back Home KL hold to the saying
“So whatever rocks your world, we’ve got it”
And they promote on their website:

* Clean and Comfortable!
* Central location in Kuala Lumpur. Walking distance to LRT and convenience stores.
* Contemporary design.
* Cool attached Cafe.

Just the slogans we are looking for at

Expecting to walk quite a distance. Surprisingly it only took us like 5 minutes walk from the Masjid Jamek LRT station. Back Home Kl was very conveniently found.

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BACK HOME KL is 5 minutes walk from Masjid Jamek LRT station

Back Home is easily recognisable by the white wash exterior. You can also look out for the banners by the side

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look out for the white washed building along Jalan HS LEE

The main door of Back Home KL looks something like this. It shares the same entrance as this Yong Tau Foo shop. Back Home Kl’s entrance is on the right hand side. The door is electronically locked so you either need the key code or just ask someone from reception to buzz you in.

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front entrance of back home kl

The staffs were really friendly! Simply loved them! Dewi (the indian lady) keeps laughing! She cheers the customers up easily.

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friendly staff taking care of the reception!

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Awards for this place. Year after year- back to back

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small but cozy lounge that is very tastefully decorated

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We stayed with them during hari raya (a malay celebration), and they served us some satay, ketupat and lemang for free

The wifi signal was strong enough to cover the courtyard as well

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small court yard to chill at

If you don’t have your own computer, there are work stations at the lounge area that you can use.

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in the lounge : there is cable tv on a wall mounted LCD tv, reading corner and some computers where you can acccess the internet

Really strong beds for the dorms. No creaking and no movement at all! Just careful not to kick the bed or stairs, as in the end, your legs will be the one hurting ! Unlike other places, Back Home Kl uses welded steel to custom make their beds.

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dorms @ back home kl

There is a small wash up area inside the dorms. (this was in a 4 man dorm)

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dorms come with a sink inside

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very strong steel ladder to climb up to the top bunk

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we checked! they used slumber land mattresses and pillows. No wonder you can sleep like a baby

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notice for guests

It gets a little too noisy especially if you are in the rooms facing the main road (Jalan HS LEE). Traffic honking their way thru the day can be a nuisance. The reception sells ear plugs for RM 4- RM 6. I guess if you really cant stand the noise, and if jamming toilet paper in your ears don’t work, you just need to buy the ear plugs!

Another thing you need to pay attention to, is that the reception closes after 12 midnight. If you are out clubbing or drinking and intend to get back after this hour, please do remember to get the security code so you can access the door.

Lockers are provided, but you will need to have your own lock. If you don’t, you can rent if from the reception at RM 5. You will get it the RM 5 when you return the lock and key.

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common showers are clean and the water pressure is powerful

The showers are spacious and clean. The tiles are non slip tiles, and the showers are very powerful. Hot shower and cold shower is available. However there is no shower gel provided. You will need to buy some yourself from the shops outside. They don’t sell it either.

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clean toilets and thank god you don't have to buy your own toilet paper

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wooden stair case leading to the top floor

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upstairs corridor heading to the other rooms

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walk way leading to the toilets on the second level, the courtyard is directly below

There is no proper place to hang clothes. So guests resort to using the railings to hang their wet clothes.

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view of the courtyard from the second floor

Our Verdict: they deserve every inch of the small award they have displayed on their reception!

Clean and comfortable place to stay in. Only complaint is the prices! 😀

If you are interested in staying at backhome kl, you can either check out their website at backhome kl or find them at

Backhome Kuala Lumpur
30, jalan Tun HS LEE
50000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60320787188

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2 responses to “Back Home Guesthouse KL by backpackies

  1. i always like to stay on 5 star hotels because the ameneties and the ambiance is always great ::

    • Hi there Sublingual Vitamins.
      We totally lurve 5 star hotels too. Love the sheets, the pillows, long bath, and the service. But sometimes the pocket doesn’t agree with the mind. Just need to find rooms that are almost as good as those hotels…i guess.

      🙂 Happy traveling!!

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