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“Best Location & Best Price In Town” 5 of 5 stars
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A & J Budget Hotel
No.8, Tingkat 1,2 &3, Block M | Sinsuran Complex Jalan 19,, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #47 of 90 hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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“Best Location & Best Price In Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

After seeing the recommendations in the Lonely Planet,i decided to look elsewhere. Im glad i stumbled across this budget hotel. Firstly the price for getting air con, own bathroom and TV with fox movies & ESPN for 55MYR is outstanding in KK as you're usually looking at 60-70 for a shared bathroom.

Peter the owner is a fountain of knowledge and always helpful when asked a question.

Location is ideal, right in the centre, with a smashing food market across the road. In addition your halfway between the Jetty(port) and the bus station, so gives you easy access if you wish to visit the neighbouring islands (ask peter he will give you a voucher for a discount) or visit the beach for 1.5MYR on the local beach.

The only negative thing i have to say is the smell leading up the hallway (not to the room), as there is a dried fish store next door, but hey that is for you to decide.

Thanks for the stay

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

most happening place in kota kinabalu. the handicraft market building reminded me of old wet market, gambir street, kuching, sarawak.
I moved to the 3rd Floor after the 2nd day which gave me full view of the ocean. remarkable.
Lots of pigeons around too. easy access to the City Bus and Mini Bus Terminal. it cost RM0.50 from the Terminal to the bus stop in front of Warisan Square. Costing about RM1.00 from the city to Tuaran.
A&J Budget has the most friendly staff and atmosphere.

Room Tip: Stay at the 3rd Floor for full view of the ocean.
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Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

We arrived in KK fairly late and it was raining cats and dogs. Hence, we followed the obvious step: Lonely Planet, budged accommodation, step in lodge. But they had only a room with out windows (nothing for us) or a dorm room with bunk beds exclusively for us for 90 MYR (nothing for us!) or two dorm beds with window (definitely nothing for us!!!).

But they were so nice to give us some ideas where to look.

Just down the road at the main road along the waterfront opposite of the handicraft market lies the A&J. At first we didn't want to go in, as the entrance is a stairway next to a shop, selling shark fins and other horrible and smelly things made out of once beautiful animals (but that is a completely different story and not relevant to this evaluation). But the smell is relevant.

On the first floor is the lobby where we were welcomed. They had a corner room on the 3rd floor with sea view for us. The man in charge was really sweet and apologized many times for the inconvenience of having the bath room not in the room. But that isn't much of a deal to us. Especially when there is no one else using it besides the people sleeping in 307. It is the only room with out en-suite.

The location is ideal for exploring KK bye foot.

Tea and water is accessible for free at the lobby.

The staff was nice and friendly and spoke enough english to help us in any situation.

Tour booking through them is possible.

Well, that's it for this one. Cheers

P.S.
if you don't like being woken up by the singing of a muslim muezzin at around 5 am than you might consider a room with out window or to the back side of the house.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
A & J Budget Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Address: No.8, Tingkat 1,2 &3, Block M | Sinsuran Complex Jalan 19,, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
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Business Center with Internet Access
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Ranked #47 of 90 hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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