Kuala Terengganu has a reasonable selection of accommodation options, from the truly rustic to the backpacker friendly to quite comfortable midrange hotels.
Opened in 1972, Awi's Yellow House is absolutely not for everyone, but we loved it. A rambling, very, very aged series of wooden houses on stilts over the mangroves, Awi's makes for a very relaxing time out from travelling for those who require no creature comforts whatsover. There are a half dozen rooms on site in varying shapes and sizes, some overlooking the river, some not. Beds are old,... Read our full review of Awi's Yellow House.
Citi Point has clean, well looked after rooms and a friendly, English-speaking staff at the front desk. Very centrally located, it's a five-minute walk to the bus station and five minutes' from Chinatown and the waterfront. We were shown a standard room, which was quite compact, but once you opened the curtains, with an elevated streetview, it felt quite light and airy. Bathroom is equally... Read our full review of Citi Point Hotel.
If you're looking for a solid midrange hotel near the centre of town, Hotel Seri Malaysia, at the southern end of Jalan Kampung Cina, is a solid option. Easy walking distance to the best of Chinatown's eating, with a ground floor cafe that has great river views, and with reasonable rooms and facilities, this is arguably the best downtown option in this price bracket. Part of a nationwide chain,... Read our full review of Hotel Seri Malaysia.
KT Beach Resort is set near the waterfront to the far north of town, convenient to pretty much nothing except the Ocean Restaurant across the alley. Nevertheless very popular, especially with groups, it took us three visits before they had a room available to see and while the rooms are okay, we'd say the far better located Citi Point Hotel is a better deal -- unless all you plan to do is eat at... Read our full review of KT Beach Resort.
Well out of the way, we stumbled upon here after finding the nearby KT Beach Resort to be full. The oddity here are the deluxe rooms which have street views, but the windows have been boarded up save a small sliding section -- guess you don't have to worry about passing traffic eyeing you off in your wedding suit. Bedding is comfortable with cable TV and very clean bathroom with excellent water... Read our full review of KT Travellers Inn.
The backpacker pad in downtown Kuala Terengganu, Ping's has a bunch of rooms on the three storeys above the popular and same-named travel agent on the ground floor. Rooms are mostly with share bathroom (which could do with a scrub) and while they're not going to win any design awards, the rooms are functional and clean, with firm beds (though no top sheet -- not that you'll need it with a fan... Read our full review of Ping's Anchorage.
Just down from the YT Midtown, this is a poorer choice in just about every way, with the freight-like elevator setting the tone throughout. Rooms are dark and cramped, with the cheapest having no windows and equally cramped bathrooms. The only redeeming factor really is the more affordable price, though the property also has free WiFi and friendly staff at the front... Read our full review of Alamanda Hotel.