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“Great location, Clean Rooms plus a 10% service charge & No free breakfast”

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The Jesselton Hotel
Ranked #10 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
237 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
“Great location, Clean Rooms plus a 10% service charge & No free breakfast”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Hotel Jesselton is located on a 2-way shady street within walking distance to inexpensive restaurants, a bakery a block away, supermarket and a shopping mall a short 3 block walk. Also, the Kota Kinabalu tourist office is within 2 blocks to pick up a free city map, brochures and helpful information. Check-in and check out was good. The reception staff are polite, very friendly and they speak good English. The Doormen and bell-hop are very courteous and helpful which is a big plus. Free in-room Wifi is another plus and clean rooms too. However, pillows are too hard. The hotel management should stock softer pillows to offer tired traveling tourists in need of a soft pillow. No small wash cloth provided to use for a shower. No small door knob sign indicating - please do not disturb or please clean room. 2 bottles of complimentary water are provided - a big plus. Wake up call was on time. Our room 204 faced the street and it can be noisy with motorbikes passing on the road. There's a 6% government tax on top of a 10% hotel service charge that hopefully the hotel management gives their room cleaning staff, reception, bell hop and doormen personnel a share of it. There's no free breakfast not even a welcome juice drink or hot fresh morning coffee and that's unusual for hotel's now-a-days. In the USA we call charging extra for breakfast = "nickel and diming" - another way to make more money from hotel quests.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michelle C, General Manager at The Jesselton Hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Dear Veegee,

Thanks for the informative comments and we are delighted to have a seasonal traveller like you that could share on their hotel-stay experience. In one of your suggestions for Pillow Choice indeed was a great idea and we shall study the possibility for array diverse of amenities to be imposed together in our upcoming refurbishment plan in this 3-star hotel set-up. It is definitely a challenge for us to achieve for 100% sound-proof room considering that we are in a low-rise set-up and located on the busiest street in KK, however rest assure that your comment will be taken note for better room assignment during your next visit at Jesselton Hotel. By then, hope we have our newly refurbished room ready for you to experience.


Warmest Regards,
Michelle
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

I stayed 5 days 4 night. Location was good. there were many restaurant and shop nearby. But all reception stiff were unkind. No smile no hospitality. I felt very uncomfortable when talked to them.
I don't want to stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Michelle C, General Manager at The Jesselton Hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for sharing your stay with us at Jesselton Hotel. It is great to know that our strategic location gives you the best choice in your hotel selection. I would like to apologise on our shortfall and this concerned me as we often conduct hospitality trainings from time to time in order to maintain our warm and courteous service standard. Your comment will definitely help us to improve further.

Look forward to have you back in the immediate future for us to serve you better in our warm and courteous service experience.


Warmest Regards,
Michelle
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We stayed at the Jesselton in August 2012 for 3 nights so we could explore Kota Kinabalu.
If you are looking for location over luxury then this is tha place for you.
The location is absolutely perfect - on the corner of Gaya Street - KK's "high street" where the market sets up every Sunday.
The public areas on the ground florr, reception & lounge/restaurant area are very well presented and clean however the rooms could most certainly do with a bit of a revamp!
We opted for a Superior Double (the lead in room type) which cost MYR500.00 approx £110.00 total for the 3 nights - Room Only.
The room was spacious and comfortable, but just looked a little run down and although the bed was huge and comfortable, the other furniture was a bit worn and tattered.
Maybe the Deluxe rooms are better on the eye but for the price we paid this was ideal and great value for a short stay.
We did not eat in the hotel as ventured out and about the whole time we were there - lots of choice!
The reception staff were extremely helpful & friendly and booked excursions for us through "THY Borneo Tours" very good value and well worth the money.
We were even able to store our luggage there for 3 days after we checked out to go on a Jungle Tour - this was completely free of charge.... EXCELLENT!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Michelle C, General Manager at The Jesselton Hotel, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Dear Zoguff,

At Jesselton Hotel, all guests are prioritised with our best hospitality. Your feedback plays a vital role in allowing us to meet and exceed the expectations of our guests and your suggestions have definitely help to contribute on our next refurbishment plan.

We look forward to welcome you back to Kota Kinabalu and hopefully with a new refurbished room to accommodate you.


Warmest Regards,
Michelle
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

This was absolutely the most disgusting hotel I have ever stayed at. I felt that the employees found it funny to give us a room that looked like something from Psycho's Norman Bates home. Right when we walked in the room, there was a sense of paranormal activity. There was a layer of dust over everything, which showed that this room was not used by any guestfor over 6 months.

In less than a minute, we immediately asked for another room. THey gave us a smaller room. Someone's red jacket was in the closet, which means that none of their employees bothered to check the room properly after a guest stayed there.

The water that came out of the sink faucet was brown for the first 5 minutes. It looked like sewage water. The water was dark brown, not light brown. A thick layer of dust covered the night tables, again, another sign that nobody used this room for months.

We checked out and found a better hotel down the street which was even LESS EXPENSIVE than Jesselton. This better hotel was newly renovated and fantastic furniture and ambience.

Room Tip: THe best room is in another hotel.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Michelle C, General Manager at The Jesselton Hotel, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Dear SlimJims,

Thank you for taking time sharing your feedback with us. We would like to apologise on your unfortunate experience. While the incident that you experienced is unusual and not the standard of our hotel, there is no excuse for the hotel to have allowed this to occur in the first place. I would appreciate if you could write us directly at reservation@jesseltonhotel.com and to provide us with your full name and check in date in order for us to investigate further as this is not excusable in our all-year-long full house situation.

Rest assure you will be "woved" with our impeccable service standard in your next stay which we are here to request for this opportunity.


Warmest Regards,
Michelle
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We were thoroughly looking forward to staying here, having sense this would be a complete step back in time. To a certain extent it was, but we both felt that they could do a little more.

Although the bar area had some life during the day, it was appeared empty at night. It would have helped having someone play the grand piano which sits in the bar area, perhaps playing some old tunes. Though, I would have liked to have spoken to the barman who has been serving there for decades, I'm sure he has some old colonial stories.

There was supposed to be a London black taxi outside, but we never saw it throughout our duration.

Just a few little extra touches could make this a real gem.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mumble_Swerve
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Michelle C, General Manager at The Jesselton Hotel, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Dear Mumble_Swerve,

Thank you for loving the colonial touch at The Jesselton Hotel. I shall convey your suggestion to the management of the restaurant and I trust that they will be pleased to bring some live music back to the restaurant & lounge again!

You are absolutely right that we do have a London Cab in red but we normally park the London Cab at the carpark unless there is any special request from guests for transfer. Please do not hesitate to check with our reservation if the cab is available for airport transfer should you be visiting KK again.


Warmest Regards,
Michelle
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Deal
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We didn't stay but we enjoyed a very pleasant lunch with friendly and attentive service in this historical hotel slap in the middle of town. A cool haven from the bustle and heat and well worth a visit.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Faulkland Somerset
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2013

We have stayed in this hotel previously. and it only gets better and better, We wouldn't stay anywhere else when we vist Borneo,
The location is fantastic, so close to everything you could need,and great for the famous Sunday market.The food is great, the sevice wonderful,and it is very reasonbally price,excellent value for money.
The showers/bathroom were lovely ,extremly clean,
All the staff were fantastically helpful,in the hotel and resturant.
we would highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: The third floor, over looking the main street, is quiet,you can hear birds singing in the mornings...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 Class:3.5 star — The Jesselton Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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