I stayed here one night in March 2013. on a business trip, I didn't really have the time to explore the town, or the hotel all that much. my first impression was a clean, higher-end hotel, as this chain rightly is.
One of the less developed cities in Malaysia, Kelantan doesn't receive enough tourist/visitor traffic to justify top end hotels, so the renaissance stands its ground as one of the top, if not the top hotel in town.
the rooms are spacious, which I like. internet was free, and that is the minimum I expect. the sleep was peaceful, and the views of the low-rise city was really really welcoming. you can see the ocean from the higher floors.
downside was the bathroom. so much space in the room, and yet you have to squeeze yourself just to sit on the throne! ridiculous! watch your elbows, knees and even your head.. sit up straight at all times!
yes, I would stay here again - maybe in the royal suite, which hopefully has a larger bathroom.
if the hotel had one thing to shout about, it would have to be its breakfast spread. wonderful! so much food and variety - the only chance I had to taste local cuisine... fine fine..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the rich Malay culture at Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel, a Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel and the city's only five star international class hotel with premier convention and wedding venue. Conveniently located in the heart of Kota Bharu's commercial and shopping district and also close to the domestic airport. For business or leisure traveler, the 298 spacious accommodation rooms and suites provides world class service and facilities including High Speed Internet, 2 Executive Floors with dedicated Club Lounge,Business Centre, wireless meeting rooms with Grand Ballroom, an on-site event management to create exhibitions, conventions, meetings and most extravagant weddings. The Renaissance Fitness Centre is Kota Bharu's largest gymnasium equipped with latest fitness equipment, steam rooms, sauna, Jacuzzi and a heated outdoor swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel Kelantan
- Kota Bharu Renaissance