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“Good service and basic rooms at a fair price”
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Crystal Lodge
Ranked #3 of 40 Hotels in Kota Bharu
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good service and basic rooms at a fair price”
Reviewed October 9, 2009

This hotel is nothing special, but in a good way: decent prices and friendly service. The staff is clearly used to tourists heading for the nearby Perhentian Islands, with all information, ferry tickets and transportation arrangements available right away.

Rooms are basic but comfortable. Free internet access is available in the lobby. Breakfast is claimed to be served on a roof terrace, but was available in a plain banquet room on the 4th floor at the time I took it. The buffet choice was OK, with some Western and Malaysian dishes.

The hotel itself is in the centre of town, walking distance from the (limited) dining options. Don't rely on the map on the hotel website though, as that one seems to miss out quite a few streets!

A clean place with good service, value for money.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Numansdorp, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2009

Its a very nice and very clean hotel in the city off Kota Bharu.
Parking free behind the hotel. Rooms are clean and very comfortable beds. Bathroom also very nice. Price and quality is great. Staff is friendly and advice you were to go for shopping and to eat out. Little misunderstanding about taxi who was coming to get us from the shopping mall.......but we had some laughs about that. Overall a very good place to stay...but do not expect a great breakfast!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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threeweeds
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2009

I stayed here for one night to rest and look around Kota Bahru before moving on to Perhentian Islands. I am very fussy (especially cleanliness) but quite budget conscious so being one night, decided to stay somewhere cheap. Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised at how clean the room was and quite pleased with myself that I had chosen this place. I did encounter a problem of being bitten by many insects (probably mosqitoes) at night which triggered an allergic reaction. They may have got in through the bathroom window which was left open at night??? But the staff took every possible measures to alleviate this problem and I also asked other guests whether they had encountered similar in their rooms and they had NOT. I believe mine was an isolated incident. To summarise, customer service here is exceptional, the place is very clean, great value for money, it is central to walk around and take in the sights. If I was in Kota Bahru again, I will definately be staying at Crystal Lodge again!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
132 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2009

Clean, functional, minimalist decor, value for money. Not much choices around to eat however. The breakfast spread was only average. The room was small but is fine for only RM130 (with satelite TV and wi-fi!). There is no bathtub but a functional shower and a sink.

The online booking system via their website is superb. No deposit needed, just email correspondence with a follow up call on the day. However, the internet was very expensive at RM10 an hour. Internet at a standard internet cafe should be around RM3 max

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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Singapore
1 review
Reviewed August 13, 2009

A cheap, neat and safe place to rest while in Kelantan. The hotel is suitable for those with a small budget. The staff is friendly and the breakfast is good. It is within walking distance to the many shops in the town.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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Hamburg
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2009

We arrived late in the evening in KB and tried to find a place to stay somewhere downtown but believe me it wasn't exactly fun to step into one hotel after another that would have an ok lobby at best but then again only smelly rooms, bugs in the not exactly superclean bathrooms and leave the impression that they haven't had guest here for quite a while.
We really just wanted to find a clean and basic place to stay but it appeared that no matter how posh a place looked from the outside the rooms would always be too smelly to stay there - even if it was just for one night. So we were quite telieved when we got to the Crystal Lodge and since the place was almost booked out they even offered us to share a suite and put two extra beds inside. We had a pleasant stay there, breakfast was great too even though the roof top garden was pretty much ander a roof and inside the building.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Oporto
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 9, 2009

We found this a very friendly, clean and comfortable hotel at a decent price. We would definitely stay here again if passing this way (but would aim to avoid being in KB on a Friday, when the town closes!).

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Crystal Lodge
Address: Crystal Lodge 124 Jalan Che Su, Kota Bharu 15000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Kelantan > Kota Bharu
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 40 Hotels in Kota Bharu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Crystal Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 88
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Crystal Lodge Kota Bharu, Kelantan

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