Smart flashpacker digs in the heart of Chinatown
A relatively new addition to Kuala Terengganu’s accommodation scene, Suite 18 has smart and well thought out rooms at a good flashpacker pricepoint.
We had booked a double room (148 ringgit) here but due to a mix-up got upgraded to a triple (178 ringgit), which had a large double bed with a single bed arranged bunk style above the top of the bed. It sounds odd, but worked fine and would be ideal for a couple travelling with kids. The room was well sized and while it faced over the main street, the traffic noise wasn’t an issue. The bathroom was clean, though it was one of those set ups with the basin in the bedroom rather than the bathroom. There was also a small desk, flat screen TV and the WiFi worked fine.
Staff were friendly and helpful and delivered useful travel advice. Bicycles are available for guests. To the rear of the reception is Hidden Cafe, which does a good coffee and is, well hidden away—we preferred it to the ever popular Star Anise across the road—it also has better opening hours.
You pay a bit more here than at the neighbouring KT Chinatown Lodge, but we think this is worth the extra money. They also have capsule dorms (35 ringgit) on site though we were unable to see one.
The walk-in rate was slightly lower than what was available online, so perhaps give them a call if you are counting every ringgit. Reservations in advance are recommended on weekends.
Address: 65 Jl Kampung Cina
T: (09) 631 2288;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º8'2.77" E, 5º20'5.03" N
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Room rates: 60 to 120 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||35 ringgit||35 ringgit|
|Standard double room|
178 ringgit for a triple
|148 ringgit||148 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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