There's not much to choose in between low end backpacker joints and luxury beach resorts in KK. This hotel is ideal for those who shun the former and can't afford the latter. It's also well located and has great sea views over to the islands, which are well worth a visit from Jesselton Quay. Here you can arrange diving trips. Avoid boat touts near the market. There is no hotel pool or fitness suite. The hotel is clean and pleasant. The staff are great. The breakfast was good, but the evening meal was a let-down. Never mind, you have some terrific dining options nearby, namely Chilli Vanilla and Little Italy. If you want a good deal on excursions speak to Peggy who has a diving gear shop/travel agency right next to Air Asia on the main street behind the hotel. She will look after you if you want to visit Kinabalu National Park (unmissable) or the wetlands/proboscis monkeys/fireflies trip (ho hum). Save your money and see the monkeys and other wildlife at the wild animal sanctuary which you can do by taxi. I wouldn't trust the guys on the hotel door who seem to have a scam going with the local taxi drivers. (Think of a number and double it.) Instead walk around the corner to the nearby taxi stand and negotiate a fair price. The tourist information office near the hotel will give you an idea of what the taxi fares should be. The drivers never use their meters.
I digress. Our room was quite large, clean and comfortable with a great view over the South China Sea. Shame about the trash floating in the blue, clear water. Breakfast was adequate with a choice of eastern and western food. Just ask and they will rustle up an omelette, scrambled eggs, boiled or fried eggs. Plenty of fresh fruit was available. We were charged a refundable "deposit" on arrival. 100 MYR. Not sure why. Don't forget to ask for it back when you check out. If you don't ask, you wont be offered it back. I wrote a reminder to myself on the front of my keycard wallet. Overall, with certain provisos, this place gets the thumbs up.
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