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“NIGHTMARE - NO SLEEP AT ALL” 1 of 5 stars
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The Crown Borneo Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   23 Jalan Pinang | Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #57 of 89 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Moscow, Russia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“NIGHTMARE - NO SLEEP AT ALL”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I normally sleep with ear plugs when at hotels but at this hotel I was awaken at 5 AM with a terrible banging noise. I never heard anything like this before. I called the reception to find out what was going on and they told me that it is the next door restaurant cutting chicken for the day. They apologized and said that they have had million complaints about this noise from guests every night and they tried to talk to the restaurant but it does not work - there is nothing they can do about it. As a result I got only 2 hours of sleep; my night and the next day were ruined. So, my advice - AVOID THIS PLACE IF YOU WANT TO HAVE SOME SLEEP.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Arrived at k.kinabalu in an evening and arranged that the crown hotel picked us up, which was really helpful.
The hotel is clean, rooms are small, but have good bathrooms and lovely power showers.
Some airport noise but not too bad. Nice flat screen tv's with BBC news channel (always a bonus!)
Staff were friendly.
Located approx 1.6miles from k.k. city centre; we were able to get a local bus into town, from bus stop 5 mins from hotel. Supermarket and cafes close by too.
Breakfast was a choice from menu and was ok but took half an hour to arrive (for a bowl of cereal and 2 slices of bread! Maybe they had to milk a cow first?!?)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Teri G
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is a 5 minute taxi ride from the airport so it's great for early departures or late arrivals. The room was quite small with no window but as we arrived late it didn't really matter. It was clean, beds were comfy and they offered breakfast. The breakfast isn't the greatest but the price was so reasonable for everything that it didn't really bother us.
However, if you don't need to be close to the airport then move further into town. It's about 20 mins out, with only a few restaurants around.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Heather T
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hong kong
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Stayed in the hotel for 1 night, as we were catching the 7am flight from KK to Tawau, so it was great for our purpose. The hotel provides free pick up and drop off to the airport if your flight is between 6am to 11pm, or MYR30 per trip outside of those slots. Check-in and check-out were very efficiency, there two local restaurants right down the road that open 24 hrs, we tried the Chinese one, very good local food, we had freshly steamed fish at 1am. The room itself was fairly clean, small, bathroom needs improvement, but for the price you are paying and its location, it was perfect for our purpose.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Lois C
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Taipei, Taiwan
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Like most people, we stayed there one night because of the late night flight. The double room without breakfast was just about average for its price. Its located in a small community. Quite convenient for restaurants, supplies and a post office where can send post card. However, there're only one bus (#16) you can take to go to downtown KK or by taxi (around 20RM). It's still about 20-25 mins of walking distance to the airport or seeing the famous sunset by the ocean.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank Rex H
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Hong Kong, China
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56 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

My friends and I arrived at mid night after the free-transfer period, but they offer us reasonable price for the airport transfer. We choose this hotel because we have to transit to early fight on the next morning. The hotel is close to the airport, provide free transfer from early morning to 11pm. It is good for transit travelers like us.

The room is clean and basic, which is good enough for a few hours stay. The staff are friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Bibu H
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We came in a big group on our way to the interiors and stayed a few nights while in transit. Manager Edison and staff were very helpful from the time of booking till check out. Location is out of town but van transfers are available for small charge. Rooms are small (hotel is converted shophouses) but clean and neat. Breakfast is provided, and good food, laundry & convenience stores are within walking distance from the hotel. Homemade scones, eclaires, profiteroles etc are VERY NICE and not to be missed!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank BZmum
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Property: The Crown Borneo Hotel
Address: 23 Jalan Pinang | Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 89 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Crown Borneo Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Crown Borneo Hotel is centrally located within the Tanjung Aru town just minutes away from the city centre. The Crown Borneo has 28 rooms, offering queen bedroom and twin bedroom and comes with an attached bathroom with shower. All rooms are air-conditioned with an individual control, features a 32" LCD TV with selected satellite channels and tea/coffee making facilities. ... more   less 
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