Photo: Old and new in Kota Bharu.


Kota Bharu

Accommodation options are convenient and plentiful in the area surrounding the central bus terminal and central market area. Most sightseeing venues are within walking distance or a relatively short bus journey as well as plenty of restaurants and modern specialty shops.

Crystal Lodge
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
124 Jalan Che Su, Kota Bharu
T: (09) 747 0888?

Crystal Lodge could easily carry a higher price tag with its professional uniformed staff, grand lobby and reasonable amenities. Most of the rooms are spacious, but the single bed option rooms are a tight fit and may be a bit claustrophobic for some. However, throw in a breakfast buffet, hot and cold-water showers, WiFi and TV and you have a perfect place to recharge before or after any roughing... Read our full review of Crystal Lodge.

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Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
Lot 3761 Jalan Temenggong, Kota Bharu
T: (09) 744 7558

Located next to the Kota Bharu City Clock Tower, it would be difficult not to be able to find your way back to the bright yellow Hotel Harmoni, which you'll find within walking distance of the central bus terminal, markets and museums.Overall this is a pretty good option with very simple but quite spacious rooms and it is worth it to spring the extra fifteen ringgit to get a room with large... Read our full review of Hotel Harmoni.

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Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
Lot A-05-01 Blok A, Pelangi Mall, section 9, Jalan Pasar Lama, Kota Bharu
T: (09) 747 7000

Conveniently located to museums, a few local eateries and the central market area of Kota Bharu as well as the riverfront, Ridel Hotel is actually two hotels in one, with two separate entrances side by side. The interior is sleek and modern, with the lobby appearing more like a nightclub than a hotel. But above the ground floor are vast well-lit hallways, sparklingly fresh the way white-colour... Read our full review of Ridel Hotel.

Royal Guest House
Midrange - 120 to 250 ringgit
Lot 440-443 & 448-445 Jalan Hilir Kota, Kota Bharu
T: (09) 743 0008

Royal Guest House is smack dab in the middle of museums, plenty of eateries and key sights. For those with a few extra ringgit to spare, this non-pretentious accommodation option is a decent choice based on convenience, comfort and perks. The rooms are cosy but on the small side, especially the standard single, which seems designed more for the overnight business trip patrons then travellers who... Read our full review of Royal Guest House.

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Cerana Guest House
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
First Floor, 39521,Jalan Padang Garong, Kota Bharu
T: (01) 9960 6734

This little diamond in the rough has only seven rooms but the cosy ambiance and quiet backstreet location is perfect. Add the sunny top floor veranda and you have your own home-away-from home in Kota Bharu. Their single room with fan option and shared bath or double room with air-con and ensuite bath are a serious budget contender. The living room serves as the common area with a few computers to... Read our full review of Cerana Guest House.

Hotel Politan
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
Lot 1121 Jalan Doktor, Kota Bharu
T: (09) 741 8887

Hotel Politan is located a couple of blocks away from the central bus terminal on rather heavily trafficked Jalan Doktor. Although still a convenient walking distance from traveller necessities, nothing is in the immediate area -- but the price can't be beat for this corner of Kota Bharu. They have 40 clean, spacious rooms fully equipped with air-con, hot- and cold-water showers, TV and free... Read our full review of Hotel Politan.

KB Backpacker's Inn
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
No 2981-1 Jalan Padang Garong (between Azam Hotel and Azam Photo), Kota Bharu
T: (01) 9945 6557

Not much to look at from the adjoining street, but these folks have been in the business since 1995 and know how to meet your needs. Located a short walk from the central bus station, they have 50 rooms ranging from 10 ringgit dorms to private rooms with ensuite baths for as low as 55 ringgit (negotiable for longer stays). Although it looks lived in, the rooms and toilets are clean and spacious.... Read our full review of KB Backpacker's Inn.

Sabrina Court Hotel
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
117-181 Jalan Padang Garong, Kota Bharu
T: (09) 744 7944

Conveniently located within a short walk of the central bus station, the functional Sabrina Court Hotel has staid but fairly spacious rooms with attached baths, air-con, hot and cold water showers, WiFi and free breakfast. With a Chinese restaurant within their lobby area and an in-house laundry service, this could be a good choice for travellers with a family in tow (or travellers who like... Read our full review of Sabrina Court Hotel.

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Azam Hotel
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
8/10 1872 A & B (Beside Azam Photo), Jalan Padang Garong, Kota Bharu
T: (09) 747 8800

Azam Hotel is within walking distance of the Kota Bharu bus station on busy Jalan Padang Garong. The front desk staff are especially friendly and accommodating. Despite its older looking decor, housekeeping is a priority and the simple rooms are neat and clean, coming with a TV, air-con, hot showers, working WiFi and a small desk as well as a hot water maker, making this a good choice for those... Read our full review of Azam Hotel.

Where to stay in Kota Bharu
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit

Many of Kota Bharu’s primary sights and activities are scattered through the central part of town near the main bus terminal, along with plenty of restaurants, specialty shops and hotels and guesthouses. To save you a little bit of time, here’s our wrap on the cream of the hotel crop in Kota Bharu. X marks the spot at the Kota Bharu bus terminal. Across from the Central Bus Terminal on... Read our full review of Where to stay in Kota Bharu.

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