Set on a corner of Gaya Street, opposite Oldtown White Coffee, the Jesselton Hotel was perfectly placed for us to explore Kota Kinabalu, as it's easy walking distance to everywhere from here and also just a quick drive from the airport to reach!
We arrived on 2nd May for one night then set of to climb Mount Kinabalu, returning to the Jesselton 2 days later for a further 5 nights. The hotel very kindly stored our luggage during the climb which made things really easy for us.
When we first arrived my husband wasn't too impressed, the outside and lobby still hold their old school colonial beauty, though the rooms are a little tired around the edges, however, once we came back from the mountain he did change his mind.
We were in room 205, and yes some of the paper is peeling off the wall and there´s a touch of mold in the bathroom (but this was also the case in our room at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria, I think it's because the country is so damp), but honesty we really liked it, it has a relaxed charm and the staff are great, especially Nora who was extremely helpful.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to stay in the centre of KK and, like us, prefers character hotels to new but bland ones. Like I've said above the staff here are half the joy of staying here so make sure you take the time to chat with them, some of their English isn't great but patience reaps it own rewards and they really did improve our stay.
We enjoyed our time here and really missed it's friendliness when we moved on to the Shangri-La's Rasa Ria for the last few nights of our stay in the area.
- Also Known As:
- Jesselton Hotel Kota Kinabalu
- The Jesselton Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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