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“Well located comfortable and modern hotel”
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Gaya Centre Hotel
Ranked #21 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Singapore, Singapore
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“Well located comfortable and modern hotel”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

We were 3 adults and stayed one night in a studio suite after climbing Mount Kinabalu. The large and comfortable beds were very welcome for our tired legs. We were on the 3rd floor and the room was well insulated against the outdoor noise.
The hotel is well located at the end of Kota Kinabalu seaside walk, right next to the outdoor seafood stalls and a few minutes walk to the wet market or to some good main street restaurants. It is also conveniently located in front of a new shopping mall.
The breakfast was fairly good with varied food and offered a nice terrace overlooking the harbour.
Since we drove, the staff offered us to park right in front of the hotel for RM10 a night which was well appreciated.
All in all a nice haven of comfort right after the hardship of the climb. I would recommend this hotel to any mount kinabalu climber.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stayed on the 12th floor in a deluxe room for 7 nights. Check in and check out were very efficient with friendly staff. We had a great view looking out to the stilted fishing village. The rooms were just as pictured and kept very clean. The breakfast buffet was one of the best we had in the two months we visited Malaysia and Indonesia and included in the rate. The choice was outstanding as was the quality. The friendly staff was always making sure everything was topped up, clean and making sure we were happy and it was nice having the choice to sit inside or outside while eating. The location of the hotel was perfect. Between two malls, Suria Sabah Mall a modern mall with name brand stores and great restaurants downstairs and another good restaurant at the side entrance closest to the hotel and a food court upstairs and Wisma Merdeka Mall a more traditional mall on the other side of the hotel. A taxi from the airport at the taxi counter was 30,000 ringgit and the same back to the airport. My only issue was the internet was not working well in the lobby and at times was not working at all. If you have to have internet this may not be the hotel for you. Otherwise it was good value for this hotel and I would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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34 hotel reviews
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

I stayed in a Deluxe room for 8 nights. The room I had was 1115. I booked through booking.com and got breakfast included in my deal.

I would classify this hotel as a budget hotel (3 star), but it is still a great hotel with great value for money. My room was on the 11th floor and had great views of the South China Sea. To get the kind of view I had in one of the major hotels EG: Le Meridian or Hyatt, I would've been paying 3 x the price.

The hotel is located in a great spot, right across the road from the sea, as well as Suria Sabah shopping centre. It is also a short walk from the marina and Filipino market.

There is a good travel operator included within the hotel. There are also other operators at the back of the hotel, but all the travel operators all charge roughly the same price. See Rita at the Gaya Centre, she is really switched on and will look after you well.

If there was one down side to my stay, it was that the hotel has a habit of playing music in the hallways at a very loud volume. So loud that you can hear it in your room, even above your TV. I had to ring on 3 occasions to get staff to turn it down.

Also don't use any of the taxis outside of the hotel. If you need transport to the airport, book through the travel agent, located within the hotel. It will only cost you 30 ringgit. The drivers out front will charge you more!

Overall, I enjoyed my stay here.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

Dont expect anything great here, but for the price it is a good option, well located in the centre within walking distance of the fish markets and malls, close to services and clean and functional. Its a good option if you are just staying in KK before moving on to Mount Kinabalu or other parts of Sabah. Rooms are average as is service compared to the more expensive options, no pool, but is all ok. No complaints and for the price its good value for money.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Checked into Gaya Centre Hotel after conquer Mt. KK for two night stay. We stayed in studio suite room with 2 queen bed and it's more than enough space for 3 of us. Room is clean & spacious and overlooking the sea and island opposite, but no wifi available in the room.
The hotel is located at the end of Jalan Tun Faud Stephen and it is stone throw distance to Jesselton Point, jetty where you can set off to Tun Abdul Rahman Marine Park for island hopping. It is also about 10 min walk to Filipino market (night market selling bbq seafood) and KK Waterfront where you could chill out at a nice bistro pub or lounge.
A shopping mall Suria Sabah is located opposite the hotel.
Breakfast spread is limited but good enough to make ourselves full.
Overall, the hotel matches with the value that we paid for.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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George Town, Malaysia
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

I booked the studio suite and the room is a bit small but ok for the price i paid.
The hotel location is excellent - walking distance to Jesselton jetty (the marina park), all the markets (handicraft, fish etc), seafood stalls. The supermarket is on the 3rd floor. Take the lift from the Suria Sabah back entrance opposite the hotel. Tour operators are at Wisma Sabah which is behind the hotel - car rental, tours etc.
Unfortunately , no wifi in the room.
Breakfast selection was fine for me. No shortage of tables or food.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Hongkong China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Good location, close to Jesselton Point, where to take ferries to several outlaying islands such as Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan etc...And Suria Sabah, a good shopping mall is just oppositing this hotel...

Average amenities, almost every inevitable hospitality amenity is available in the room, and how about breakfast? Also average by taste but abundant by choice...rooms are not so big but acceptable.

No wifi, a very strange point is, there is no Wifi in the room and guests can only use wifi in the lobby on the ground floor...so every night you can find some guests sitting in the lobby and then surf on internet, it's a disaster for the youth if there is no internet somewhere...

Room Tip: No wifi in the room, no free transfer bus service from the hotel.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Gaya Centre Hotel
Address: Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens | PO Box 13751, Kota Kinabalu 88843, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #21 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Gaya Centre Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 260
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