I visited Sabah for the first time with a group of friends, and stayed here for 3 days. I have never dreaded going back to the hotel room so much before. The reception area was at the first floor of a shophouse, and we were assigned rooms. We walked through a shabby area leading to another block where the "lift lobby" was, and took the lifts up. The lift was small and doors closed too quickly (open button was not working). My friends and I had to run into the lift. There were also suspicious characters lurking around and we were all quite shaken.
The lift led to an even shabbier looking level where construction works seemed to be ongoing, and it was even worse than the shabbiest public housing estate I've seen in Singapore. When i stepped in, it looked decent, with a kitchenette and beds. But the floor was sticky, the bathroom lightbulb was faulty, and the aircon had strange whirring sounds. Not to mention that the kitchenette was not well maintained. We called the reception to fix the lightbulb and they did - leaving specks of cracked ceiling plaster on the toilet floor.
We then realised that there was the smell of sewage (like rotting food) drifting into our apartment from the ventilator fans. It seemed like whatever output from our toilet was deposited in some place that was near enough for the odour to drift into our room.
Thankfully, the other parts of Sabah made up for this bad experience. Although the price is cheap, I would dare say that such standards do not even meet the minimum threshold. Steer clear of this place unless you are able to put up with the possibility of the above happening to you.
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