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Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Ranked #4 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore
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“Good City Hotel”
Reviewed February 28, 2008

My wife and I have stayed at this hotel a couple of times on short weekend breaks, Novemebr being the most recent.

This is a good city centre hotel, with comfortable rooms and facilities. The customer service in the hotel is very good as one would expect from Le Meridien.

The hotel is close to local shops and restaurants as well as having good views to the sea and islands from certain rooms.

It is about a 20 minute walk to the jetty for trips to Tunku Abdaul Rahman Marine Park, however there is a taxi stand jsut outside the hotel which can take you there or any other destination in or around KK.

We always stay at this hotel when we are in KK and I would recommend to someone on a short stay in the city.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2008

Highlight about this hotel is probably the location.

Le Meridien is a modern hotel set right in the middle of city centre. The location is fantastic, overlooking the sea and the waterfront with the bars/eateries and night market where you can get delicious M'sian food. To the left is Warisan Square and Centrepoint shopping centres. We didn't stay at the resorts but I think this is a really good choice if you've already spent a few nights away from KK at an island or doing the Mt Kinabalu climb. It's nice to be back in the city centre where good food and shopping is all at your finger tips.

The hotel itself is quite modern with lovely spacious rooms - the bathroom was gorgeous, and the two double beds in our twin room could have slept 4.

The buffet breakfast was actually pretty good too - a good range of everything.

There is also a lovely pool to laze around and the gym has some pretty new gear. A pity that the jacuzzi had only luke warm water.

The only downer is that the walls do seem a bit thin, and the doors have the habit of slamming shut. Perhaps we just happened to live next door to a noisy family, but whenever they were in we could hear them as if they were in our own room.

Other than that, we were very happy with the Le Meridien.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — noise
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2008

A smart, modern and functional two year old hotel in the centre of Kota Kinabalu pretty well sums up this place, with the clientele being a mix of tourists and business people. Service is excellent, rooms are comfortable, complete with marble bathrooms and flat screen TV’s and otherwise well appointed. It sits directly opposite the fishing port and adjacent to the main hopping plaza and is less than a ten minute drive from the airport for which the standard 20 Rinngit charge (£3.20) applies. Outside it can be a bit smelly due to the port but this never ingresses into the hotel. The locals are amazingly friendly and I consider Kota Kinabalu to be very safe, subject to the usual precautions.

There are no outside facilities, i.e. pool, sunbeds etc, nor are there any in the vicinity which means that’s it’s not really a place to spend a holiday in its own right. It is however a great place to explore KK from and use as a stopover if you’re visiting Sandakan or Lahad Datu or are otherwise just spending a couple of nights here, and for those purposes I highly recommend it.

The Port View restaurant which sits almost opposite is outstanding and highly recommended if you have the opportunity; totally frequented by locals and only serves seafood which you pick from the various tanks!

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — Nothing significant
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled solo
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bremen08
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Reviewed January 8, 2008

Stayed at this hotel for one night and did not regret my choice. It is about 2 min from the CentrePoint mall, right across the street from the night market and, generally speaking, very conveniently located. The room I stayed in on the 10th floor was nicely furnished, had sea views and very quiet.The hotel staff went out of their way to make sure you had a pleasant stay. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2008
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2008

Staying at the Le Meridien makes a lot of sense. It's bang in the centre of the city, just 15 minutes from the airport.

Hence, if you're the kind who loves the local sights, sounds and smells, this place is for you. (If not, the Shangri La Rasa Ria is ideal, albeit totally laid back).

Back to the Le Meridien : our Deluxe Room was spectacular. It was a mile long (!) and worth the view alone.

The Negatives : the hotel seems to face a severe towel shortage. Every evening we needed to call housekeeping to claim fresh towels as the earlier set was never replaced.

Also, for some strange reason you can hear the sounds and voices from the adjoining rooms. Either that or the place is spooked !

The breakfast was adequate.

The big plus point is the location. If you're a foodie and love oriental cuisine, head for the " TWIN SKY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT " , just 2 blocks behind the hotel, at SEDCO Complex. It's an open air feast. What's more Ann Lin (Tel : 016801 - 0868) the Maitre De' is a delightful caricature. Serving you with style and panache. Plenty of seafood restaurants opposite the hotel, but 'TWIN SKY' was a very special and totally Value For Money.

In Kota Kinablu, don't miss the island tour. Specifically, the 'Ocean floor Walk' is a must do.

The Orang Utan (at the Rasa Ria) and the Probiscus Monkey tour were good, but not spectacular.

Overall, KK is a relaxed and refreshing diversion from KL (2 hours by flight). Great for those who've already done Genting (overhyped), Langkawi (so-so) and Penang (done to death).

All the best.........

  • Liked — location location location and the view!
  • Disliked — towel scarcity!
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Serdang
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Reviewed November 26, 2007

I frequently stay in hotels in Malaysia and all over the world when I attend conferences. After a while, one hotel tend to look like another. The Le Meredian in KK is no exception. From the outside and the hotel lobby, the hotel looked very ordinary. But the room I stayed was spacious -- for this, I was pleasantly surprised. I was given their Preferred Guest room, so I am not sure how different, if at all, my room was from other "normal" rooms. The bathroom was large as well. The room also had a Plasma TV and DVD player -- something not normally found in other hotels. I also had free (and very fast) internet connection (via LAN not WiFi, which is a good thing) in my room.

Overall, I had a pleasant stay here, and I recommend it to others.

  • Liked — Spacious room and free (and fast) internet in my room
  • Disliked — The hotel looked very ordinary
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2007

Booked with ratestogo.com for US $100 for 5 nights with breakfast.
Deluxe room with partial water view on level 5.

Hotel staff are fantastic, going out of their way on all occasions. My partner was ill, and they delivered some breakfast to our room when I went down to breakfast on my own.

Being based in the city, it feels more like a business hotel, so we only encountered children on one day as it was a public holiday. So we had the pool/steam/spa areas to ourselves. Our stay was just to relax as we are on an extended trip ( 3 months so far) When we stayed in KK a few years ago at the Shangra La, alhough beautiful, it was full of loud children. You do get plane noise in the pool area though, although never heard it in our room, but could see them fly over.

I would suggest requesting a room that does not have a connecting door. We were woken up on 2 mornings by our neighbours 5am wake up call.

Cant fault the room and hotel facilites, deserves its 5 star rating.

Found the food to be average, if not below, and the same boring menu in all outlets.

  • Liked — Quality facilities and staff
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Address: Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens | Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#5 Business Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#6 Family Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu 5*
Number of rooms: 306
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu is a contemporary 5 star hotel, strategically located at the heart and city center of downtown Kota Kinabalu across the fresh and handicraft markets and Kota Kinabalu waterfront. Overlooking the sea, Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu features newly renovated rooms, leisure outdoor pool and sundeck with sunset pool side bar. Convenient within easy walking distance of other local attractions like Gaya Street in less than 10 minutes walk, retail and entertainment facilities in less than 20 minutes walk like Centrepoint, Suria and Imago Shopping Malls. Enjoy access to local art gallery, golf courses and other island excursions. ... more   less 
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