Its like being transported back in time when I walked into the room. Even though it has the basic necessities, I felt this hotel to be old and nothing was done to make it vibrant and pleasant. Stayed in Room 509 on the 5th floor for only a brief moment due to my work and outside activity and wanting a good rest only to be disturbed by the noise from the banging of doors (at around midnight) and had the feeling that people are in your room (I was alone). This is due to the low sound proofing of the walls and hearing the people in the next room talking and merry making. I wonder at that moment why they can't distribute the rooms evenly (since it was not that full) to leave a void between one and the other for such disturbance. The bed sheet was not satin white and the pillow was really thin, The bath towel was not that white and it was quite thin. Supposedly, this was to be a 4 star rated hotel.
The toilet amenities was just a tiny bottle of shampoo, a small tiny bar of soap and a equally tiny bottle of shower liquid. Toilet was really old with permanent stains on the ceramic tiles , shower curtain was really nostalgic. the Water Closet (WC) has a push button that need a great amount of force to push for the flush and it is in a very weird position.No slipper were present in the room and walking on the carpet (bare footed) bring some kind of itch to the foot.Nothing on the telly (just a few channels) and the lighting does not suit the already nostalgic environment.
Had to rush upon check in and have a very quick lunch at the cafe. It was basically empty when I was there at around 12.15PM.
Breakfast was not that great also. The garlic fried rice was not tasty at all (for me) and they do not have sambal or fried chicken to go with the rice for it was plain as Jane. (taste enhancement).
The only consolation was the hard working concierge people.
Wish I could give it more credit.
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- Also Known As:
- Sabah Oriental Hotel Kota Kinabalu