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Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Ranked #6 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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Reviewed March 26, 2010

Get the one negative of our stay out of the way... when we arrived quite late at night the front desk had no record of our stay, even though we had booked on the Meridien website and had email confirmation... anyway, the front desk clerk honored the rate on our email confirmation so all worked out fine.
We stayed on the executive club floor, the view was amazing, both from our room and from the club lounge. We stayed 4 nights and only ate breakfast at the club lounge we didnt bother with the downstairs buffet because the food was so good and the view so fantastic. We also popped by in the evenings for a drink and some nibbles before going out for dinner. The lounge atmosphere was really nice. It was only spoilt one night by a group of drunk men who were making excessive amounts of noise and abusing the staff when they told them to quieten down, but this isnt the hotels fault.
The pool area is really nice for reading a book after a days sightseeing and there is a nice sauna in the changing rooms.
At the end of our holiday we wished that we had managed to find some nights to return to this hotel because we loved it so much.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2010

We spent 6 nights at the Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu and it is really the best hotel that I have stayed in, in Malaysia. The staff are wonderful, friendly and very helpful with local attractions to see, taxis, tours even packing a bag with towels for us for a day trip out to the islands. The breakfast buffet was amazing and you are spoilt for choice with pretty much everything covered. This hotel is in the best location. There are two big shopping malls directly across the road which have many spas where you can get any sort of treatments (massages, facials ect at a bargain price). To get to the harbour where the boats leave to go to the islands is about a 20 minute walk. There are the night markets just next door and the Gaya street sunday markets is only about a 15 minute walk away. The gym was fantasic with all of the equipment practically brand new and a view over the sea. Our flight was only late that night and the staff offered us the fitness centre facilities to shower and freshen up before our flight which was great.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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brunei
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

Perfect 2 thumbs up! everything was beyond expectation. we were upgraded to 11th floor, le royal eclub. it was perfect, our room was facing South China Sea. The hotel itself was located at the heart of all the shopping centers in KK. What interest me most was the hotel was located right in front of the handicraft market!!!!

all in all, we were very happy and satisfied with everything!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

The drive from the Airport to Le Meridien is less than 10 mins and costs RM30 per trip. Location of the hotel is EXCELLENT, with almost everything you could think of within reach.

Best thing is at the new mall; Warisan Square, there are numerous massage parlours with fantastic prices!! It is also within walking distance to Gaya Street, Jesselton Point, the nearby malls, Filipino market, eateries and waterfronts. But if the weather is too hot and/or you're too lazy to walk (saving your energy for a fun day under the sun), taxi rides to anywhere between Jesselton Point and Le Meridien is at a fixed rate of RM10. It seems as if the taxi association has fixed the price at RM10 so no need to haggle if they don't use their taxi meter.

The market right opposite comes alive at 4pm with stalls set up selling the local cuisine: fresh catch from the sea, ABC (dessert), satay, etc. I love the huge fresh Tiger Prawns (the size of a lobster, but these prawns have more flesh) the most!!! And the price does not burn a hole in my pocket. Met many other foreign tourists, one couple from the UK sharing the same table, hadn't savour enough of the delicious food had sworn he'll r savour eturn the next night and he did!!! =)

As many reviewers agree on a common point, Le Meridien is indeed situated at a central location PLUS you get to enjoy a splendid view of the sunset.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2010

• Travel group: 5 adults and 2 children.
• The front desk is superb. They are fast and servers you with a smile.
• The room and toilet is clean, and the house keeping provide clean towels everyday. The bed is heaven.
• Like the breakfast a lot. Their breakfast is nice. They have a variety of food to choose from.
• The location is the best. It is so convenient cause is so close to the Philippines Market and Wet Market. Walking distance to shopping mall too.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

We checked into Le Meridien after a really arduous and painful journey up to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu...our room was on the club level (11th floor) and facing the sea..it was really a great feeling waking up with the sea in front of you (and not the mountain, hah!)..

the room was really large for the 2 of us..the bed was really comfortable...the toilet was really nice and it had complimentary high speed internet for our use, complimentary breakfast etc..

aircon was a bit too cold even though we turned the temperature up to the max but i was enjoying it snuggly under the blanket...

location wise, it was centrally located in the heart of KK town. if i were to ever return to KK, which i pretty sure will, i will most definitely stay here again. very very value for money!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

Although not exactly a frequent traveller, over the past 20 years I have been to Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Bali. In the recent 6 years I have also done South Korea, Malaysia and the Islands of the Asia Pacific Rim, every one an adventure and an enjoyable experience. All fades into the realm of "just not quite there" when we compare with the exciting times at Kota Kinabalu.

The Le Meridien hotel, every member of staff, the sights and the people of Kota Kinabalu in general have made this a definate must go back soon experience.

Picture postcard beauty, especially if you do the island day trip, the magnificent food just the way it should be eaten, rather than "tasted down" for Western palates, the shopping and the smiles, make Kota the perfect holiday destination.

We chose two hotels to visit, however the Le Meridien is perfectly located in the centre of town, oposite the boardwalk restaurant precinct and night markets, and has a staff that need to be experienced to understand.

When you are there, be sure to check out the hotels resident band LiveWire in the main lounge adjacent to the restaurant. Those guys rock. With a repetoire covering Frank Sinatra, Pink, to The Stones and everything in between, I guarantee you will love them.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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:
#3 Spa Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#4 Luxury 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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