Much like the ladyboys who ply their trade in the area, first appearances of this hotel can be deceptive.
The interior is modern and clean, but poorly designed, with a strange toilet-shower room setup that just meant you got water everywhere and the air conditioning was too weak and gave no protection from mosquitoes, I found I had to cover myself in deet when I went to bed to avoid being bitten.
Having said that, the staff were helpful (if you managed to bridge the language barrier), and the room was regularly cleaned. The hotel is ideally situated for exploring KK and is just around the corner from the long-distance bus station. It is certainly a step up from the bug infested hostels in the area for a not much greater price.
Gaya is maybe one of the seedier parts of KK, but has a little more vibrancy for that reason.
I would consider staying at the hotel again if I returned to KK.
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- Also Known As:
- Hii-5 Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Sabah