Friendly with bland rooms
Set on the main drag through Chinatown, KT Chinatown Lodge boasts an attractive shophouse street frontage which is not quite matched by the rooms inside, but the older couple who run it more than compensate with their friendliness.
Rooms (Standards 88 ringgit, Superior 98 ringgit) are large for the money, but decor is sparse to the point of non existence and, somewhat weirdly, the beds do not have pillows—perhaps they are not handed over till you check in. Rooms are set across a couple of floors above reception, with the best on the upper floors with multiple shuttered windows that can be opened to let more light and perhaps a sea breeze drift in.
If you’re on an upper floor, note the historic pics of Kuala Terengganu on the hallway wall, including those of the waterfront before it was demolished to make way for the road and neglected public park. The location is good and by the lobby there is a more in-theme veranda that matches with the street frontage, but it is a shame the rooms are so bland. Still will do at a pinch.
Address: 113 Jl Kampung Cina
T: (09) 622 1938;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º7'59.17" E, 5º20'3.08" N
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Room rates: 60 to 120 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||88 ringgit||88 ringgit|
|Superior double room||98 ringgit||98 ringgit|
|Deluxe double room||108 ringgit||108 ringgit|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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