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Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu
Ranked #9 of 91 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Beijing
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“Good choice, clean & modern”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

Had a good stay here, just overnight, but I was pleased. Seems new, and it was clean and comfortable. Breakfast buffet pretty decent, they had a proper coffee machine so the morning caffeine hit was a little nicer tasting than the usual. Good mix of Asian food and western stuff (even cereal, though it's more the kind kids enjoy). Wifi throughout, seemed to work well.

This place is popular with visitors from the PRC so there was a generally slightly higher level of hubbub than some western visitors might be used to - didn't bother me after 8 years living in China. The demographic is guided by the price so it's generally middle class families. Those seeking the world's quietest hotel might want to take note. But it absolutely did not affect my sleep. Just a general level of activity around!

It is very nicely located, easy walk to the main malls, restaurants and the waterfront area.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

Great location near night market and lots of restaurants and can walk to shopping centres, room is small however new and clean walls are thin so hope u have quite numbers. Staff are ok but when asking for help for places and complaints they don't really know how to assist you. We eat at the restaurant but I asked for 2 things on there menu but the didn't have them both which was a let done so we didn't go back. Breakfast was ok basic buffet

Room Tip: Stayed on 7th floor not much to see really
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Timbuktu, Mali
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

If you're in KK to explore the islands and surrounds, rather than spend your day in your room, the Dreamtel is a good choice.

Location is pretty good and much better than all other hotels I found in this pricerange - it's 5 minutes walk to the waterfront and its various restaurants and markets, and to a few large shopping centres and supermarkets, and 10 minutes from the main jetty for ferries to the islands. It's also infront of the long distance bus terminal so there are plentiful buses and taxis at all hours of the day and night. Despite this I had a front room and it was perfectly quiet.

Rooms are small but clean and modern. The air con took a while to cool down and can't be left on when you leave the room, but you expect this from a budget-focussed hotel. The breakfast had an average selection of hot and cold food. Nothing special but did the job. The staff were excellent - very friendly, welcoming and helpful - something that comes naturally to Malaysians in this part of the world I think.

Overall for the price of this hotel its rooms are fresh and the location is central. Great value, will most likely come back.

Room Tip: High street-facing rooms have ocean views.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Dhaka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

Very nice hotel. Friendly too. Although the rooms were pretty small and the bathrooms tiny but very clean. The staff were extreamly friendly. Location is good. The only drawback was that they charged 30 MYR surcharge over the coated price per room due to Christmas. Anyway that we could ignore because the rest of the attributes were better than good.

Room Tip: Well we had a deluxe double, superior twin and a triple room . All are of equal standard although th...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

The Dreamtel is much better and not much more expensive than other hotels in KK. We came there after climbing Mt Kinabalu so we basically needed rest and a hot shower. The room was clean and quiet, the bed very comfortable. The bathroom has a big shower with hot water. The breakfast is ok. Our luggage was already stored at the hotel during our climb and again on the day we checked out. Minibusses to Mt Kinabalu leave in front of the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

We bought a Groupon voucher for 3D/2N Kota Kinabalu tour including hotel stay. We are supposed to stay in 'Shangri - La' however they made other arrangement for us, which we ended up staying in Dreamtel. We stayed in the standard room with no windows (our travel agent must have booked the cheapest room) which equipped with basic facilities ie. mini bar, tv with selected astro channels, hairdryer and room slippers. Though eveything seemed ok, we were not into the toilet. With a very limited space between sink and shower area, you will not be comfortable doing your 'business'. There's barely no space for you to rest your leg while sitting on a toilet seat. Breakfast was quite good with variety of selections. Staffs were quite friendly and attentive. Located in town, we took 15 minutes to walk to the Philippines Market. We don't mind to stay in Dreamtel again, maybe for our future trip to KK.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

The title of my review has told our experience. We give full score to this new hotel for our 2-night stay. This is a budget hotel but the service is beyond our expectation.

Staff: We received considerate service at the front desk at check in, and warm service in the restaurant at breakfast time. The staff arrange and reply sincerely what we asked. They are actually providing 5-star hotel service.

Breakfast: More than basic. That is a little decent breakfast buffet. And the waiter and waitress served us like in a 5-star.

Room: Clean, basic and quiet. The towel the house keeper sent to us was warm. The window view is open (room 707). This is a new hotel as I know and therefore the amenities condition will be subject to the ongoing maintenance I guess.

Cost: It just costs "lodge" price but provide hotel service. Surely value for money.

Room Tip: good view in room 707
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu
Address: 5 Jalan Padang, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu 3.5*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Step into Dreamtel and be captivated by the friendly charm of our service associates. Situated in the historical part of Kota Kinabalu, the hotel is just within walking distance to Padang Merdeka, the Atkinson Clock Tower and the Malaysia Monument. The hotel is also minutes away from the central district of food, shopping, nightlife, business and everything downtown Kota Kinabalu has to offer. With 160 guestrooms, we have a wide selection of room types in our hotel to suit varying guest requirements including Twin, Double and Triple. Whether you are travelling for business or on holidays with friends and family, we have just the room for you. Dreamtel Cafe is a 120-seat restaurant that combines international flavours as well as local cuisine. From formal board meetings to casual corporate affairs and special events, Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu has the appropriate venue for all your event needs. ... more   less 
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