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KK Suites Hotel
Ranked #37 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Reviewed January 6, 2012

We were recommended this hotel by the Lonely Planet’s 'top choice' Hotel Eden 54 that couldn’t accommodate us, and it was a great find.
Rooms are quite small but not at all cramped for a couple with two massive rucksacks and daypacks. They are stylishly decorated, modern and minimal, with the bird theme art on a feature wall tastefully done.
The bed was incredibly comfy with quality crisp white linen - a pleasant surprise.
The whole place was spotless.
Very efficient, quiet A/C.
There’s not really anywhere other than your room to hang out in - reception is sparse and functional and rooms are all accessed by a small lift.
Reception staff were friendly and helpful, but their English was surprisingly limited, so don’t count on them for anything more than the basics.
Only very minor gripe was that there was a kettle and mugs in the room teasing us without any tea or coffee (they were for sale!). There was a complementary bottle of water though.
Perfect location a short walk to restaurants, nightlife, night market and bus station - a rare combination of handy that offers a peaceful night’s sleep.
We actually reserved the room through Hotel Eden and seemed to get a preferential rate to the one advertised in the window, so might be worth trying that.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

Perfect for what we wanted. It is clean and cozy, nothing fancy. We were out all day, so all we wanted was a place to sleep and rest. There is a restaurant right beside it were we had kopi tarik every morning (coffee) and it is in a perfect location for walking everywhere. The pirce is very cheap and affordable. Only negative would be very small rooms, but we really couldn?t care less about that!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

small but deemed sufficient for me and my wife. Provided the basics. Great location.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

This bird-themed hotel has rooms fit for a sparrow, but definitely not raptor-sized! It had a very comfortable comforter - nice and soft - and the bed was a good one. Our room overlooked Gaya Street, where you can get a "birds-eye" view of the Sunday Market - yet sound-proofed enough where the noise didn't wake us up, which was a surprise.

As others have said, the plumbing isn't quite right. The toilet in our room (104), when flushed, took almost 2 hours to fill. When we told the staff, they said that we needed to jiggle it. It wasn't that it was running, it was just refilling a drop at a time. But that was the only real problem there. The shower (despite the door, the floor still got soaked) had good enough pressure and temperature, and the in-room safe (sparrow-sized) was good. Housekeeping did a nice job and the room was kept clean during our 3-night stay.

They were running a special for October and our double-bed room was 100 RM/night, which seemed like a good value for this area. We liked the bird-theme. We'd stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

No frills no problem! Sarangova is the perfect hotel for our IT!
We arrived KK at around 6 in the evening, and were scheduled to head to Kinabalu Park the following morning. Our thoughts were to just look for a decent hotel with comfortable beds and a reliable A/C to ensure us of a blissful slumber. We’re very much happy to have come across Sarangnova.
The room we got was clean and decent, fairly small for a triple room but nonetheless big enough for me, my wife, and 3yo son. Beds were comfortable, A/C was strong enough, and we had no problem with the bathroom whatsoever. For RM160 a night, I actually don’t have anything bad to say about it.
The receptionist and staff were friendly and casual, they didn’t have any uniform but that’s ok. They were all polite and helpful and that’s what really matters.
The best thing about the hotel is its location. It’s located in a friendly and quiet neighborhood, along Jalan Gaya. It’s a 5 minutes walk to the Atkinsons Clock Tower, and about 10 minutes to the Hyatt Hotel waterfront. It also only takes about 8-10minutes by taxi to get to the city center (night market area). The hotel does not offer breakfast or room service, but that’s not a problem since Jalan gaya has a string of eateries along its street which, pretty much like the hotel, are mostly cheap clean and simple. We enjoyed Bah Kut Teh for dinner, and Nasi Lemak and Curry for brunch. MMMM-MMMMMMM.
All in all it’s all but a simple decent and relatively new hotel. For the rate that we got, I don't have anything negative to say about it… The rooms did its purpose and made us happy campers.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

The rooms are small and even though they are mostly clean they are nothing special - definitely not as nice as shown on the website. The beds are comfortable and the shower good, but there is no space in the bathroom to put your toiletries and the towels are really small.
Location is good - right in the centre of town in Jalan Gaya (great Sunday morning market).
The receptionist was efficient but not very friendly and the lobby smelt of cigarette smoke.
Overall, an average hotel in a good location.

Room Tip: We stayed in a twin room (207) which is bigger than a double but still not that spacious.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

After spending one night in Hotel Eden 54, we transferred to Sarangnova as it was local, recommended and available. At first glance the room was nice, however our shower drained extremely slowly (took a whole night to drain a shower worth) and any shower water which drained came right up through the drain next to the toilet, flooding the bathroom. After using the toilet, this even came with a conspicuous smell (possibly sewage backwashing too?) Contrary to management's post below, this problem was NOT resolved (or even attended to); we were simply told if another room was available we would receive it, as well as some compensation.

The 2nd morning we had to ask whether another room was available (unlike being told), being downgraded to a cheaper room. We were told we would also receive the difference at checkout. When approaching the front desk, we were told that we would NOT be receiving ANY compensation, nor the difference. Apparently they had paid a commission to Hotel Eden 54 and thus, were unable to cover the compensation or difference.

On the bright side, they offered to hold our bags. That's probably the only positive about our stay at this hotel. Considering there are cheaper offerings with working amenities, I would never recommend or touch this hotel again in my life. Stay well away!

Room Tip: "Check the shower and drainage, they didn't work for us."
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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SarangnovaHotel, Owner at KK Suites Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2011

It is with regret that the guest experienced the drainage problem as it is a problem which we are still trying to solve these past few months. Indeed our maintenance contractor has tried various ways of unblocking the pipes contrary to what guest thought. All our queen rooms are the same price.
There is no question of having a '"cheaper "room as the guest was transferred to another queen room the next morning, albeit at his request..
Our staff have no authority to give discount hence it is with regret if guest was under the impression he would be compensated since he chose not to move that night .
We note he had no complaints on his second night's stay. Please therefore accept our apologies.
We are trying our best with the available expertise available to us.

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Address: 98-100 Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia (Formerly Sarangnova Hotel)
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Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #37 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range: $23 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — KK Suites Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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