Most of the traveller-orientated accommodation in Kuantan is down towards the river, while the best budget bet is close to the Rapid Kuantan Hentian Bandar local bus terminal near Stadium Darul Makmur.
Set just off the busy Jalan Besar thoroughfare, on the river side, the bright yellow Classic Hotel is easy to spot among the dingy grey-blue neighbouring businesses. It may not look like that much from the street, but the three-storey hotel, while not exactly classic, remains solid flash packer fare in Kuantan. Rooms are dated but a good size, bathrooms are clean and some of the rooms have a... Read our full review of Classic Hotel.
If the Classic Hotel a couple of doors down is a bit too dated for you, then the budget-business-traveller orientated Hotel Sentral Kuantan would be our first nearby suggestion -- the rates are cheaper too. The hotel has a smart, well presented lobby and six floors of rooms above in a modern, well finished building. The rooms are spartan but very clean and of a good size for the money (we had... Read our full review of Hotel Sentral Kuantan.
If you're travelling on a budget and looking for solid backpacker-style accommodation, look no further than Kuantan Backpackers. Located on the first floor above a row of shopfronts, (the mint-green coloured) Kuantan Backpackers offers female-only and mixed dorms with enough space to move around in. There are also lockers (bring your own padlock) that are large enough for valuables and a daypack.... Read our full review of Kuantan Backpackers.