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Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens | Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia   |  
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“yes, the location is very strategic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2009

i choose the hotel because it situated near food market, night market and warisan square mall, the room is okay but we're given single bed, luv the amenities so refreshing, most i like is the room is clean and cozy. my son had a very great time playing around the spacious room. the swimming pool is not so big but it okay for me, in the night they turn the candle in the lobby and make it so romantic.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2009

Arrived from the airport which is only about a 15 min taxi ride away. Paid for taxi, 20MR with a voucher pre done at the airport counter, just as you leave the arrivals hall to the right.

Booked a Club King sea facing room inc of b/fast. On arrival met by porters then taken to the club floor reception on the 12th floor by a member of staff. check in quick with a cold drink. First impressions of the club lounge were good. I liked the layout with plenty of seats (leather sofas and large chairs) but the view was something else...... fantastic overlooking the sea, wonderful.......but please Le M clean the windows! Here is a USP for the hotel and the windows onto this fab view are filthy!

Room on the 11th floor, as mentioned before the rooms are large and spacious, and we had again the view (but with also the filthy windows). All the bits and bobs, flat screen TV (it was never switched on!), safe, mini bar (which kept everything very cold, makes a change) iron etc. Lots of hanging space, furnished in a traditional Le M fashion, The King bed was a little soft for my liking but the quilt and pillows were very comfy. Air con was quite cold and eventhough turned up to 28dg it was still chilly in the room.

Let down by the bathroom though, it is quite a good size with sept shower/bath (which had rust chips) but was badly in need of a deep clean. Tiles in the shower were not as clean as should be with the previous guests soap wrapper left in the corner (removed after 2 days) with long hairs at the outlet. Floor tiles had sticky stains and when I wiped part af the floor it was very dirty. Toilet not flushed from previous guest (??) and the seat was loose. This was reported, and asked for the floor to be cleand thoughly (3 times) still waiting.... Towels, although plenty of them, some had seen better days and really should not of been used. Shampoo etc plenty of and nice to have a bottle of mouthwash. 2 bottles of water left in both the bathroom and bedroom each day.

The Club lounge food was just ok, left out uncovered for a long time with no refrigeration. Selection of drinks fine and passed the G&T test....needed more tonic with the Gin! Good coffee made fresh. And of the fab view....did i mention that...

B/fast taken downstairs liked the selection, quite good for a buffet. It was nice to get a cafetiere of coffee per person instead of just a cup.

Did not manage to get to swim in the pool but it did look good, to many other things to do!

There is a bar called Rumba or somthing like that, part of the hotel, drink prices good (esp happy hour) and there was a band on, but to many reserved tables.

All in all the hotel is in a good location for getting around, taxis just outside and there is a free shuttle bus to 1 Borneo, the new shopping mall (if thats your thing) just to the side of the hotel next to Guardian. Plenty of food/drink places around the area catering for all tastes. And although it can get a little whiffy on the harbour side its worth the sunset view. And its a set 20Mr back to the airpot by taxi

Staff, like everywhere, so very good and some so-so but on the whole thought the staff were very good, and will stay again on our next visit to KK.

Hope they have cleaned the bathroom and the windows by then......

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2009

Stayed four nights at Le Meridient, on two different occasions, and was very pleased with the hotel, room, staff and restaurant. All the staff members were very professional and efficient, and the buffets for breakfast and dinner were extensive and of high quality. Rooms were nicely appointed, although it is recommended to request a deluxe seaview--rooms toward the back are above a very noisy nightclub with booming music until 1 a.m. The pool is small but nicely kept, and the fitness centre is very good.
We left for a week to Danum Valley rainforest and the hotel stored our luggage and had it to our room within minutes upon our return.
Best thing about Le Meridien is its location across from the night market and the great restaurants on the esplanade boardwalk--make sure you have drinks there and watch the tremendous sunsets.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

I can't get to sleep because of the city noise and freezing air-conditioning. The windows are locked and won't let the outside tropical air in, and the building air-conditiong is set as cold as an ice rink. My room air is off, but it doesn't help. There are no blankets, so I'm just freezing until morning. Don't forget to bring winter clothes if you stay here!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

Went to KK for a short family break and stayed at Le Meridien for 4 nights. It was our frist time in KK.

We went straight to the hotel from the airport. A very short journey, less than 10 mins. Very impressed. Those at the reception at the hotel however, did not leave much impression on us. Nothing special. But the room was a very pleasant surprise. Spacious n very nicely laid out. The whole family was pleased, indeed. Breakfast was rather good. Wide selection ranging from local to western food.

Location-wise....Le Meridien is well located as a base for tourists wanting to explore KK, and beyond. It seems that most of what KK is famous for are just within walking distance - the Philipino market, the nite market, the handicrafts market, etc. It was comforting being able to just walk across the road for a quick fresh-up after sweating in the sweltering heat at the various markets opposite Le Meridien.

All in all, I would stay there again for the nice rooms, and the good location. The staff....I don't really have much to say. Nothing special. They seem to be just there to do their work...nothing more. None, I would say, were overly eager in any manner to be of assistance.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for 8 nights on a room only basis.

We were lucky to get a sea view room on the 10th Floor (total of 12floors), which was Great as the sunset is superb and the views in General are worth the extra outlay.

The room itself was very spacious, comfortable Bed, Flatscreen TV etc etc.

Locatiin wise the Hotel iswell placed for thhe nearby shopping centre (which has a great food court in the basement for extremely cheap and great tasting food) and the Night Market which is great if you're into Seafood.

KK itself is not a very big city but unfortunately the Ferry Terminal is at the other end of town if you want to catch a boat to the Islands (Great Snorkelling). Plenty of taxis around if you'd prefer not to walk in the heat.

Nice swimming pool facing the sea with a small gym attached.

Overall Le Meridien is good base to explore the city and it has all the amenties you'd expect of the chain. There are probably better value options available in the city if you were on a budge, but we booked ahead paying upfront and were happy with the cost (around £60 per night, no breakfast).

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2009

The town made us feel like singapore in the 70's, no frills, no fuss and no rush. There's not a lot to do if you dont intend to go to the surrounding islands. That's why the large room with great views, tasty satay at the WaterFront plus great kopi/nasilemak made our stay a simple and comfortable one, a little getaway from the modern hustle and bustle back home.

We enjoyed our stay and I will definitely recommend the hotel. Having said that, I wouldnt however recommend this town for honeymooners unless they are using this town as a base for other travels.

Fellow reviewers were spot on when they commented about the size of the rooms. Our deluxe seafacing room on the 9th floor was about 1 & half times larger than many 4 or even 5* hotels..

Toiletries were generously topped up. Bathroom and shower was pretty spacious.
The 2 queen size beds were very comfortable. Best was the large windows for viewing the sunset, sea and boats. 2 free bottles of drinking water are provided each day. Don’t drink the tap water.

We were on a simple getaway for 5 days, wanting to enjoy simple malaysian food and relax. The nice room made our stay a very comfortable one. Service was good on the whole and we find the Sabahans very friendly wherever we went.

Strangely we didnt get any of the fishy smell others were talking about from the fish market- not sure if it's because we only went out for breakfast at 10.30am.

Although the hotel itself is pretty quiet and you dont get much external noise, one negative thing we did notice was what other reviewers mentioned - thin walls. We could hear the Tv from the next room one night. That made us mindful about keeping our noise level down. Thankfully we had a fairly quiet stay as there werent any rowdy neighbours or screaming kids running around. We only heard guests when they were returning to their rooms.

The pool looked nice although the area is too small for more loungers. Had a peek into the ladies changing room but found the jacuzzi area was a little stark and humid.

Exit the arrival hall, turn left and you will see a row of counters. Look for the official taxi booth - there's a sign. Tell them LeMeridien and they will charge you a flat rate. After payment (I think it was Ringgit 20) they will hand you a coupon .Walk out to the taxi stand, hand the coupon to the attendant who will get a taxi for you. It took 10 - 15mins to arrive at the hotel.

From the hotel back to the airport, it was also hassle free. The hotel staff called for a taxi and it cost a flat rate of 20 ringgit as well.The airport is modern but there isnt alot to see in there. There are very limited shops or eateries. However, waiting areas are quite comfortable.

I suggest you get a map from the reception as it’s much easier to find your way around.
We ate twice at the hotel's coffee house. Service was very friendly and it was relaxing dining there. We only had their breakfast on the morning of departure to the airport. If you buy the breakfast coupon from the reception, there's a discount compared to just paying directly at the coffee house. Breakfast was the the usual buffet spread.

On the other mornings, we frequented the Old Station Café. We found this simple malaysian style modern cafe with super duper aromatic local coffee and tea. It's inside the Warisan Mall (this mall has 3 lots, the modern Kopitiam is located where Esprit is. See my photo if you are interested). We enjoyed the nasi lemak here (opens at 9am I think), a tasty and cheaper alternative to the hotel's breakfast. They also have other local food like penang laksa, noodles etc . The kopitiam's local coffee is really good and aromatic. There’s some kuay around 11am. The aircon in the cafe was fine in the morning till late afternoon. It did get a little stuffy in the evening though - perhaps saving on power?

The other sections of the Warisan mall houses other eateries like Fish and Co. HK style noodles etc There's a small Times Bookshop for guys to browse around if their partners want to walk around.

The Waterfront Esplanade has a good view of the sunset. Just be aware that the breeze isn’t the kind of pure fresh wind you get at Maldives. It’s more of a fisherman’s kelong sea air instead. The tables are set up and it's quite a relaxing place to get a bite. We found the one and only satay stall a few doors away from the Northern Indian restaurant. Most of the restaurants by the Waterfront have western menus so we were really happy to find this local satay stall (meat on skewers...) It's been a long time since we ate in these surroundings - together with a cool one and mango juice to down the beef and chicken satay (skip the mutton..) it was a relaxing time to spend the evening.

These are set up opposite the hotel at the wharf. Quite amazing how the wharf comes alive at 6pm suddenly with all these stalls. They sell vegetables, fruits, local food and BBQ seafood. We were too chicken to eat the BBQ because of hygiene standards - I doubt if our stomachs are as hardy as the locals. Wondering how clean the utensils are somehow kept us from being adventurous. Nevertheless, it was interesting to walk through the place just for the markets and night atmosphere (suggest you leave your expensive footwear at home). We bought some pomelo and mangosteens though.

This place is where you get to pick the stuff from the tanks before they weigh it) - the seafood "village" is about 15mins stroll from the hotel.. It's not at the waterfront or nightstalls (ask the reception for a map inorder to locate this area at night). You have to walk behind the hotel. This place has about 6-8 seafood outlets - the stall had a minimum of 300gms for type of seafood. We ended up with only prawns and a plate of noodles + vegs. There was no way we could eat 5 squids or a large fish between us because of the weight. They should come up with a seafood platter for 2...

Forget about using the hotel's computer. It's expensive and they admitted the connection can be slow. Head for the Internet Cafe near the PUBLIC BANK building which charges 1ringgit for half an hour. That's really cheap! From the hotel's lobby exit, turn left and left down the driveway ramp. Look for the the PUBLIC BANK building (see my photo) after the traffic lights near the police post. There's an orange sign that say Internet Cafe.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens | Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#3 Luxury Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#5 Family Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#5 Business Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu 4.5*
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Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu embraces the aesthetic and eclectic beauty of Sabah while showcasing superb views of the city, Mount Kinabalu, and the South China Sea. Located in downtown Kota Kinabalu, and within easy walking distance of local attractions, the commercial district, and retail and entertainment facilities, the hotel provides easy access to some of Malaysia’s finest beaches and golf courses. ... more   less 
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