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Imperial Boutec Hotel
Ranked #63 of 91 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Hong Kong, China
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“Good location, average room quality”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Pro:
Its located in the middle KK city, 15mins to the airport, easy to go around the city without car.

The price is very good!!

The room design is good/clean, but the condition is a old.

Con:
The lobby located in the 7th floor without a sign on the ground floor.

No wifi, refrigerator in room

The shower is leaking, the Water closet was sucked.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

I just came back (07/2012) from KK trip with my female friends. We are very disappointed with their service and working attitude.

1. You have to figure out how to use the water heater.
2. Air-cond leaking, even though we had been changed of two rooms but in the end still the same. room 702 & 202.
3. Front Desk staffs have no smile & no welcome greeting. You will feel helpless when asking for assistance.

Don't doubt that is a good location hotel but we will not stay in anymore in future.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

On a recent weekend excursion to the city of Kota Kinabalu, in Sabah, Malaysia, I booked two nights at Imperial Boutec Hotel located right smack in the city centre. The rates were hard to pass up given the location and the reviews so hey, I gave it a go.

First up, Imperial Boutec Hotel is a mouthful and it's oddly located on the 7th floor of a shopping mall, Warisan Square to be exact.Additionally, it's just across from the famous waterfront where the Filipino Market is and beside Le Meridien. Being there is really convenient as it's quick access to the airport, to the shops, and to the city.

The thing though, Warisan Square is essentially 3 interconnected buildings and within it, there are 2-3 other hotels. Imperial Boutec doesn't really make it that easy to find. FYI, it's located on the only building (the middle one) which has 7 floors. Parking is available on the few floors just below the hotel, accessible via the same lift.

On arrival at the hotel (after getting briefly disoriented in the mall), you come to an odd lobby. It reminded me of an office for one of those multi-level marketing outfits - tries too hard, directionless, and plain unsettling. But small matter since I wasn't planning to spend time in the lobby (though free WiFi is only available here). The service though is deplorable. No smiles, no welcome, nothing... the whole process felt like going to a bank 5 years ago. Come on people, you can do so much better.

Now, remember the hotel is on the 7th floor. I was then given a room number beginning with 6. So naturally, I started to look for an escalator or lift to go down a floor (she pointed me away from the elevators in which I came up in). After not finding any, only then did the totally unhelpful receptionist said that ALL rooms are on the floor but numbered differently based on no apparent system that was clear to me. If you imagine a broad empty space and then start arranging the rooms in parallel lines but leaving a gap between them (picture below), you can imagine the layout of the hotel. I guess the only reason for the gap is to justify having windows but really, will you leave your window open so that other hotel occupants can come up and look at what you're doing?

In any case, the most important element is the room and in that area, thankfully, the hotel delivers (relative to price of course). The rooms are not too small, comfortable, and clean. Plus there are some nice fringe pluses, not all needed. The things I liked are the bed and pillows, lighting, safety deposit box (though mine wasn't working) and bathroom layout. The things I don't are the space hogging chaise lounge, the shower apparatus, and snowy TV reception. So overall, am happy with the room. There are some finishing annoyances like floors that aren't well locked, airconditioner that drips, and low water pressure but for a short stay, it's not a deal breaker.

Standard things you expect from a hotel and from a 'budget' hotel, well, it's nice to have. Too bad in-room Internet is LAN only, but it is complimentary. If you get a room that's close to the lobby, you might be able to access the free WiFi.
TV channels are decent but reception is snowy.

The shower apparatus (whatever this is called) is quite a monstrosity. It's plasticky (read cheap) and took me awhile to figure out how to operate it. Really, would it be that hard to place a sign? Water pressure is a bit low though and shower head mount is way too low.


PLUS:

Great location though the Warisan Square mall has seen better days.
Rooms are nicely furnished and comfortable.
The room rates are very competitive.


MINUS:

No free WiFi in the rooms.
Poor customer service.
Water pressure is a bit low.

Visit my blog for photos: http://www.danjumbuck.com/2012/06/hotel-review-imperial-boutec-hotel-kota.html

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2012

its really a nice interior budget hotel.
yet, d facilities in the room are not that good....
me & 2 of my colleagues stayed in a room. my bed was an extra bed...a very dirty extra bed...
luckily, end up the hotel had another bed to change for me.
another thing bad was the shower room. the water sometimes has sometimes dun has,

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2011

It was my second time staying in this hotel and I personally think it's really worth staying. The hotel is located on 7th floor of the Warisan Square building thus you must take the lift in order to go to the lobby. There was no fridge in the room but hair dryer, safety box were available and even internet connection through lan cable; wi-fi however was very weak. One thing I dislike bout the hotel is that their shower heater is not user friendly. It took us long time to figure how to turn it on and we ended up asking help from the staff to show us how to on it. And the heater produced loud noise each time when we use it. Other than this, we had pleasant stay with this hotel :)

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2011

Don't be put off by the odd entrance - through a run-down shopping mall. The rooms are very nice. When I realised that most rooms do not have any real windows - i.e. opening up to the inside, I upgraded to a seaview room. These are actually very, very nice - with great views and fine facilities. Maybe a bit over-specced - who needs a jacuzzi-shower in a budget-end hotel. Cleanliness is fine - but the rooms seem a bit worn, so could do with a lick of paint. Starbucks downstairs, and the sea promenade right across the street makes it a good choice for a few days stay in the city overall.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

We stayed there for a day.The TV was okay.Service was a bit disappointing,though,cause when we asked the manager to send someone to fix the leaking air-conditioner,it took them like,10-15 minutes to get to our room and they can't even fix it.So it (the leaking air-conditioner) ended up leaking and we had to use our towels to get rid of the water on the next day.But,the receptionists were very friendly.Overall,okay hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Imperial Boutec Hotel
Address: 7th Floor Jalan Puri Warisan, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
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Ranked #63 of 91 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Hotel Class:3 star — Imperial Boutec Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 96
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