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The Crown Borneo Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   23 Jalan Pinang | Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #28 of 92 hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
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10 hotel reviews
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“Clean and cheap and friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

Booked on Internet based on trip advisor comments and was not disappointed. The place is clean and tidy, the room is small but has all it needs, tv, air conditioner, it's own bathroom and nice bed. The let down was noisy toilet and distance from KK's attractions (such as they are). In summary it's a good place to stay.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Thalwil, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

WE stayed only one night as we were flying to Sipadan the next morning.

The Hotel:
Located about 15 minutes from the airport. Rooms are small but our room was clean and the AC worked fine. The airport pickup worked perfectly and the also the dop off back to the airport. We did not try the restaurant at the hotel as it was already closed when we arrived but it was also closed in the early morning when we left. The room also had Wifi access for free which is great.

The area:
Like I mentioned it is close to the airport. There is a 24hrs restaurant right next door to the Hotel that serves good local food. But there is not much else in the area that we could see.

I recomend the hotel especially for a short stopover.

Room Tip: Get a low floor as there is no elevator.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for our first two nights in KK just to be close to the airport after a long travel from the uk. We used the hotel to get our bearings and to settle in before deciding where to go next (apart from the two nights here we had not booked anything else for onward travel). For this purpose the hotel was perfect.

We got a free airport transfer, the staff are really friendly and helpful, good breakfast included and free wifi (although we couldn't get it to work in the room).

The room was comfortable and spotlessly clean, there are tea and coffee facilities and the shower was powerful and good supply of hot water. The room was very small though.

The location is quite remote. There isn't much to do around here but for the purpose of a stopover to find your feet it worked well. There is the Tangjung Aru Plaza which had a few bars and restaurants in it which was about a 5/10 minute walk away and a bit further than that is First Beach. A small beach with a few bars and a hot food market along the front. We walked this no problem but the hotel will drop you off for 10 ringgit.

We walked into KK centre during the day but it was really far and we had to walk along main roads that weren't really designed for pedestrians (not really advisable). A taxi back was about 20 ringgit.

All in all this was a nice little hotel for the purposes we used it for. We couldn't fault the staff on anything and would be the main reason we would return or recommend the place.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Overall this is a nice place to stay. I might consider to stay here again if i'm going to KK again.
Pros: Free airport transfer (as it's very close to the airport), friendly staff, clean and cozy room, clean toilet, a laptop with internet access is available at lobby, walking distance to tanjung aru beach but it'll take about 10-15 minutes (they do provide transport to there but will charge RM10 if not mistaken), adequate breakfast.
Cons: Free wifi but the signal is weak and sometimes inaccessible, the double bed is very small (we stayed in triple room), so with the room.
* They provide car rental service but it's advisable to get car rental from other agents, unless you don't mind some of the payment will go into them (we knew this from the car agent on the day we returned the car).

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Quezon City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

The Crown Borneo Hotel totally exceeded my expectations

I found the rates to be rather reasonable
They faithfully responded to all my emails and patiently answered my queries
They picked us up from the airport
Arranged our tours and the like
However, the room, though not very spacious, was very sufficient in that it provided me and my family a quiet and cozy place to spend the night after staying out in sunny Sabah during the day

- Very near the airport
- Aircondition was really cool! Perfect for an Ice Child like me ;)
- Beds were not too soft but still were comfortable enough for a peaceful night sleep
- Bathrooms were clean and water was hot
- Coffee and Tea are provided in rooms
- TV is alright
- Breakfast was served hot and with a few options for one to choose from
- Airport transfers are available as well as tours
- Good places to eat are very near (Chinese, Malay, Indian, etc)
- It is not situated in the busy city center of Kota Kinabalu (Tanjung Aru Beach is very near)

Not to mention, Miss Grace and the rest of the staff were all very attentive and friendly to guests
I am impressed!
Staying here felt more like I was in a relaxed place!
I really felt I was on a quiet holiday

Give it a try!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

this place is right next to the airport. They pick you up and drop you off the next day. The rooms are comfortable and the aircon works well. There is a decent TV and the bed is kinda hard but otherwise fine. Breakfast was good and the staff very friendly. Not too much around but if you're short on time and just need a place to stay in transit this place works just fine. Some airport noise but the planes stop flying pretty early at KK airport.

Room Tip: I think the higher up you are, the more quiet the room.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

- A great transit hotel
- free airport transfer
- very near airport
- room was very small but clean
- toilet is covered by transparent glass which can be awkward if you are sharing the room
- simple breakfast
- friendly staff
- No lift but bell boy will help to carry luggage to your room
- No space for baby cot

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 23 Jalan Pinang | Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 92 hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Crown Borneo Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Crown Borneo Hotel is centrally located within the Tanjung Aru town just minutes away from the city centre. The Crown Borneo has 28 rooms, offering queen bedroom and twin bedroom and comes with an attached bathroom with shower. All rooms are air-conditioned with an individual control, features a 32" LCD TV with selected satellite channels and tea/coffee making facilities. ... more   less 
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