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“highly recommended,a fantastic hotel,with wonderful friendly staff,” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Jesselton Hotel
Ranked #9 of 91 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“highly recommended,a fantastic hotel,with wonderful friendly staff,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012

We stayed here for 12 days in March 2012,The room was spacious,and extremly comfortable,and quiet,The staff were all so friendly and helpful nothing was to much trouble.
The food was very good and reasonable,It is in the heart of K K ,close to everything,we have stayed in much more expensive places in K K. But this is definetly our favorite,We look forward to staying here again next year,

Room Tip: 3rd floor front view is good,also the bigger double room.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank lLorraineCurtis
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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156 reviews
144 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

The hotel is very nicely decorted and harks back to the colonial era. Located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu (a city that serves mostly as a arrival/departure point for places of far greater interest on the island), the hotel has kept an air of old-world sophistication. These is also a decent italian restaurant on the ground floor. The only gripe was that the wifi was somewhat patchy, although always worked inb the lobby.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank johnny_5_bellys
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Makati, Philippines
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52 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2012

The best advantage of this hotel is its location: restaurants doors away, Suriah Sabah Mall 5minutes, Jesselton Terminal - 10minutes, Waterfront and Central Market - 10minutes. Gaya Sunday Market is at its doorstep. The bed was really comfortable and the room was ok given the building's age. The bathroom was a little small but served its purpose. Would recommend this hotel for those who are looking for a base to explore downtown KK.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank cmpfigueroa
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Oberursel (Taunus), Germany
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43 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012 via mobile

Spend 3 nights in the Jesselton hotel and were happy with the choice.

Very good location in the center of KK, very attentive and friendly staff.
We booked a tour to Poring hot springs with the hotel and the organization was done well. Without having asked for, the hotel staff called us the night before the tour took place to reconfirmed the pick up time etc. We felt very much taken card of.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Germaninjapan
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Warrnambool, Victoria
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2012

We recently stayed at The Jesselton Hotel with our family of 5. We required 2 rooms for our family (no interconnect) and didn't require a breakfast as we were leaving at 5.30 for a flight to Sandakan. The Hotel had loads of character, was well priced, the rooms were very comfortable - good bed and shower and we had dinner in the hotel restaurant "Bella" which the kids still talk about (great spaghetti bolognaise!!) Centrally located with a 5-10 minute walk to the promenade, we were more than happy to recommend this hotel!!

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor were very comfortable
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nearing40
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012 via mobile

Stayed 1 night after descending from Mt Kinabalu and coming to Kota Kinabalu.

Hotel is quite elegant, with a nice little lobby and bar on the ground floor.

Rooms are fairly clean, with visible attempts at updating its decor and fixtures.

Bed was slightly hard, but not a big problem. Bathroom was ok, but a friend in another room mentioned brownish water from the hot water taps.

Location is a big plus. The nearby street is full of little eateries that are filled with locals.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tempestblue
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London, UK
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232 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

We spent 3 nights here and found the hotel to be in need of a little care and attention. We had a suite and it was very comfortable, but there were lots of little things wrong. For example, the mini bar was broken and therefore empty. There was everything in the room to make coffee except a kettle. Dirty laundry and cleaning supplies were piled on the floor at the end of our hallway. The hotel shop was closed with a sign indicating they’d moved to another location. It gave the impression of a hotel in decline. The front desk staff was very nice but not very helpful. The location is good. This could be a great hotel if they would pay more attention to some of the little things.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Jesselton Hotel
Address: 69 Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
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Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#8 Romantic Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Jesselton Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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Also Known As:
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