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“Great accomodation near to KK, with good facilities and friendly service” 4 of 5 stars
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KM 20 Papar Road | Kampung Laut Kinarut, Kota Kinabalu 89600, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #46 of 97 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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“Great accomodation near to KK, with good facilities and friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

We stayed 6 nights in Feb/March as part of a tour around Sabah. The Inn is located at Kinarut, which is about 20 min bus ride from KK (RM3 fare - buses run every few minutes up to about 7pm - after that its a RM15 taxi ride !)
We had a "deluxe" room (room 1) which had a double bed and two singles. The room looked out over the beach, and you stepped outside onto a walkway which led to the restaurant. The airconditioning worked fine, (although we found the ceiling fan quieter and perfectly effective at night). The electric shower provided limitless hot water, the Wi-Fi functioned fautlessly (and was free), and the small pool was kept clean and inviting for a refreshing dip. The staff were happy to arrange laundry at a very reasonable price.
Our room rate included breakfast, which consisted of homemade jam, toast, fresh fruit, and on some days a cooked option. Tea & coffee was also available. The Restaurant offered cooked food almost all day, with seating indoors or overlooking the Ocean. We ate there several times, and the food was consistently good, particularly the local receipes. Dinner for two, including a couple of large beers, typically came to about RM70.
The Inn also hosts an office of "Josway Tours" - a tour company that can arrange transport and visits to attractions in Eastern Malaysia.

I suppose I should give some "negatives", to provide a good balance. But there was nothing serious to complain about. On one night the neighbours held a birthday party, which was a bit noisy - but they shut up around 10pm. And on some days the beach looks a bit scruffy - depending on what was washed up by the tide. You will need some decent insect repellent to sit outside - but that is standard practice almost anywhere in Borneo !!

Overall, we found this a terrific place, and all the staff were always friendly and eager to please. Highly Recommended !!

Room Tip: There are a variety of rooms - some ensuite & some with separate bathrooms. Some have aircon, so...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

We stayed a couple of nights here and found it clean and comfortable. It is a 20 minute (3 ringgit) mini bus ride to the centre of KK which is fine for getting in and back to see the sights.

The beachfront restaurant serves a simple continental style breakfast with cooked options charged extra. The sunset view over supper was fantastic.

The laundry service was good -10 R for a bag of washing which came back spotless and fresh.

If you are travelling on a tigth budget and don't want to pay for a taxi from the airport you can catch minibus 20A or 17C. This doesn't leave from the airport so you'll need to leave the terminal, walk a couple of minutes to the main road, cross it to travel south, and catch your taxi. The driver will probably guess where you're headed.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Seaside is a family run business. Don't expect the Sangria La - but a small resort - clean and affordable - but simple. It has a small pool and a restaurant. A small beach area that is kept clean and a fantastic view over the ocean and islands. We stayed in a family room with 3 kids for 12 days with a fantastic view and our own balcony. The Seaside is 30 minutes outside of Kinabalu and you should keep that in mind. The bus is cheap only 3 RM into town. Seaside is a quite place and really nice for families and people who want some quiteness. If you are looking at something more modern - this is not the place. It is authentic and out of the turist area. It is not turist you are likely to meet on the beach (that is not very clean) but locals.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We booked 2 nights and stayed 7! The property is absolutely amazing. Pool area is small but great since the sea is not nice to swim in as when the tide is out it's full of rubbish although hotel staff clean it daily. Staff are all helpful, food in the restaurant is so good and a lot of choice, even for vegetarians. The rooms are simple but clean and we had a sea / pool view, very nice.

Room Tip: The rooms upstairs are the best since they have the best view!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

Lovely simple place for chilling out. Nice pool. Excellent food in restaurant. Beach not suitable for swimming - all rubbish became visible once tide out. Avoid the massage lady - more like joint manipulation and knuckling than a massage - most painful massage I have ever had! Sit by the pool a d relax for 24hours is perfect though. Free wifi.

Room Tip: Above the reception has great views
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

We had a lovely room, Sunflower I think, nice and big, but no view sadly. Spotlessly clean. There is a lovely pool with beer on hand from the restaurant. The food was excellent at night - really fresh and the beer and wine comparatively cheap - everywhere is on a par for UK prices for beer.

Staff were very helpful, big taxi into town can be arranged for bigger groups. Night market in KK is well worth a visit and so cheap it makes up for the taxi price.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

We stayed with our two offsprinig aged 16 & 23 for four nights at the start of our 17 day holiday. The place was clean, staff very helpful, rooms simple but clean with air conditioning. The taxi to KK was a 20 min trip costing £10 or a bus outside for very little. The pool was small but hardly anyone in it and the food in the restaurant was good. The sunsets over the sea were amazing!
At the end we stayed at Pacific Sutera for one night at decided that we would have preferred to be at Seaside Travellers Inn.
Peter Heather Abigail and Henry

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: KM 20 Papar Road | Kampung Laut Kinarut, Kota Kinabalu 89600, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
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Ranked #46 of 97 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Number of rooms: 25
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Seaside Travellers Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Seaside Travellers Inn Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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