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“Central Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #5 of 50 Kota Bharu B&B and Inns
London
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“Central Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

There are only 4 beds in the dorm room so try to call and book ahead.

Tel.01 3635 4612

Only 10 rm per night. Matt, the owner/manager is very helpful and friendly and speaks excellent English.

I was only going to stay here for two nights but ended staying 5. I hope you are not expecting too much. There's free tea and coffee, a tv and dvds to watch. Cold water only in the shower but this is more of a relief as it is very hot here. And yes, the walls are black.

The war museum, state museum and Islamic museum are definitely worth a visit. The central market is buzzing in the morning with fresh fruit, veg and the usual assortment of animal parts. The second floor is full of ladies clothing and sarongs.

The night food market is great and you can pretty much get anything you want here. (the jugs of water on the tables are for washing your hands, not for drinking!) There is also a china-town which is about 6 restaurants and a foodcourt. If you need a break from the local food, it's worth a visit.

If you catch the number 27 bus (every half hour) you can get to the crossroads of Cebang Empat. If you stay on the bus it will take you to the standing Buddha. If you get off at the crossroads and turn left (walk about 4 km) you will get to the reclining Buddha (largest in south east asia). Turn right and 1 km down the road is the female Buddha.

The number 19 will take you to the same crossroads but stay on the bus for about 4km past the female Buddha and get off at the school on your right. Down a little lane you will find the Dragon Boat Temple with the mummified remains of a monk. It's definitely the best temple in the area.

There's lots to see and the unhelpful tourist office may give you some advice. The people are super friendly.

Make sure you find out what is happening at the cultural centre, there are free shows three times a week at different times.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Berlin, Germany
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

After we read the reviews we did not expect much and we were not disappointed. A small room. No windows. EXTREMELY hot at night. I do not know who had the terrific idea to paint the walls black - it does not help. Rooms were clean but smelly. Shower was full of hair. Only one toilet for up to ten people. It's okay for a night and close to the bus station. but that's about it. Oh, and the owner is pretty nice. He gave us a card and told us what to know / do - big PLUS !

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Matt is a great host and person!
Friendly and helpful.
I have arrived at 5 am in the morning and he let me in and give me a room where to sleep before check in and without paying extra.
He is selling cheap tickets to Perhentian Island.
Good location.
I really felt like at home.
One of the best place I have been in 5 months of travelling.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I've stayed in Timur Guesthouse for only one night on my way to the Perhentian Islands. Timur Guesthouse is in the middle of the center, close to the shops, the night markets and the bus station. Max, the guy who runs the place, is kind and helpfull and will tell you where to go for food. If you need a boat ticket to the Perhentian Islands buy one at the hostel, you'll only pay RM 60.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

It's close to where all the other hostels so the location is good. We are paying 10rm for a bed. There is not a lot to do here but the host is really good and helpful, he leaves you to it and it feels like your own home. There is wifi, unlimited tea/coffee and a tv with lots of DVDs to watch.
Overall it's been a good stay and even though I don't know his name, he's been very helpful! Reccomended!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

The double room was very small, extremely hot with insufficient fan, no windows. Shared shower and bathroom were actually clean, but very old.
The owner was very nice and explain us everything about the city, the nice food market (unbelievably cheap and good) and public transportation for Perenthian Islands.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

Windowless room was very hot with only small wall fan was unsatisfactor and room 1 darkly painted made it very hot during the night. Room 1 comfy 2 queen beds together with soft British Queen 3/4 spring mattress's. 1 fluorescent tube and 1 power plug outlet was ample light for the small 10ft x 10ft room. This was complimented by a small tile wall mirror and round table was still value for money at 22.30 ringgit including tax after reserving thru Booking.com
Complimentary tea and coffee was a nice addition though water is a problem.

Stayed May 2013
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Address: Kota Bharu, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Kelantan > Kota Bharu
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Ranked #5 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Kota Bharu
Number of rooms: 12
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Timur Guesthouse Kota Bharu, Kelantan

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