With no presence of 5 star hotels in Kuala Terengganu, I had to find the best alternative. I was lucky to find Valya Hotel, situated in an area called Gong Badak. If you are having a hard time finding the perfect hotel, I think your search should end with this hotel.
Look, I am someone who values good quality and top rated hotels for a comfortable stay. This hotel has many of the things I was looking for:
- Free WiFi
- Close to shops, eateries, convenience stores (e.g. Jakel, Mydin, Watsons, 7-11, pharmacy etc)
- Close to airport (less than 10 minutes)
- Basic bath amenities and in-room slippers provided (towels, toothbrush are available)
- Strong rain shower pressure, proper bidet
These factors would suffice to ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience. The price point is extremely affordable. I booked a Superior Triple room with window. Although there is no "view" from the window, you can still have some light shining through, for a less claustrophobic environment.
Other things that were missing, but acceptable at the price you are paying:
- No breakfast
- No in-room safe
- No dedicated parking space for hotel guests (more on this below)
- No view from window (as mentioned)
My main gripe will be parking, as mentioned by other guests who reviewed this property as well. As there are many shophouses, you should expect a chaotic and congested area full of vehicles during the day. Parking is chargeable at RM0.60 per hour, and you can pay for parking at the various stations around the parking lot, with some not functioning at all. It is a challenge to find space close to the hotel, and you will end up having to move your car closer to your hotel when the congestion clears up in the evening.
Another plus staying here will be a self service laundromat on the other side of the row of shophouses.
Overall, Valya Hotel is a perfect hotel for a comfortable stay in Terengganu. You can reach the city centre in mere minutes, and the airport is within close proximity.