I booked rooms directly to the manager, Peter for 5 nights -- fast response, no fuss, no deposits, no problem. I was even able to request the rooms I wanted based on the previous reviews, which was at the 3rd floor seaview room. Great service too.. We DIYed our tours, and Peter gave us great info on how to best get there. IMPORTANT: if you want to go island hopping (which you should), tell the staff. Peter, Alvin or Anise will give you a voucher so you could do the tour at a discount!
The hotel location is great: right across night market, and food stalls (which would be another review), the entrance is just beside a grocery shop which closes after midnight so you'll never run out of supplies. The other side of the stairs leading to the entrance is a dried fish shop hence the fishy smell on the stairs -- it doesn't go beyond that though so it shouldn't be a problem.
At room price ranging from RM55-65 Net, you get private airconditioned room with wifi, astrotv, ensuite bathroom with hot water supply, this place can't be beat (except the A&J Hotel, right at the next block, with King Sized Bed AC Room with Intercon & LCD TV for only RM70... you can upgrade/transfer to the hotel if you can't stand the fishy smell, or just wanted a bigger bed. just tell Peter -- we did!
*at the Budget Hotel, if you want a great view of the sea, get a seaview room at the 3rd floor. Non...
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