First things first, this area is full of budget class choices so feel free to research to your hearts content before making a choice.
First, the pros: Location is a definite plus. Not only its near to the harbour, its also full of wonderful eats and convenience stalls. The lodge is within walking distance to a gigantic mall, just fantastic for a slow walk after a late night movie. It is also within walking distance of the signal hill observatory. The staff is also very knowledgeable and keen to help/assist you about getting around the area. Water dispenser is provided in house, saves you the trouble/money of buying bottled water. And well, they do provide clean towels ( taking into account that not all budget lodging provide towels)
Cons: Do note that there are aplenty.
I have stayed 4 nights in the lodge in different rooms so i would break down the issues in room level:
room 205: Shower water temperature was lukewarm at best and the TV (though there is not much programmes at all) was not working
room 201: This room is next to the main street. On Sunday, you could literally see the hustle and bustle beneath yourself but so can you feel the din! There are a family of pigeons residing in the false ceiling - trust me i hear them all the time whilst in the room. I bet its next occupants could tell too, the unmistakable smell of birds greeted me on my first entry to this room.
Toilet- Water temperature was great but there was a hole in the ceiling area of the toilet. It was hilarious yet disconcerting that i had to run out of the bathroom in the middle of using - a shocked bird decided to join me in the shower, flying in from that very hole. We managed to chase it out of the room within 3 mins. *phew.
Bed - i killed a grand total of 3 bedbugs on my stay here. My partner and i found it too much of a hassle to change accommodation since we were not bitten by bugs.
Note: since this room is nearer the office, you would be able to get wifi in your room. (201)
You get the feeling that this WAS a great place to stay. But overtime, they got famous and things got old, stuff didn't get fixed and they got complacent.
Despite all the complains, there is a special charm attached to this place and i would very much choose to stay with them the next time i go back to KK. Hopefully, they would hear my rants and pleadings and make the place indeed a better stay that next time.
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- Also Known As:
- Borneo Gaya Hotel Kota Kinabalu
- Borneo Gaya Lodge Kota Kinabalu, Sabah