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“Not recommended even for a budget hotel.”
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Mandarin Hotel
Ranked #14 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Certificate of Excellence
Kuala Lumpur
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Not recommended even for a budget hotel.”
Reviewed February 9, 2007

Recently, I have stayed in the Mandarin Hotel for 3 days. The hotel is budget enough, but yet, i think that the conditions of the rooms can be better. I'm surprised to see the corridors near the stairs are full of unwanted furnitures, pillows and mattresses. And the stench is just unbearable. The rooms are spacious enough but (in my room) the plugs are loosen and quite dangerous. You can even see sparks flying out from the plug and in numerous occasion, the TV was switched off on its own due to the faulty plug heads. Overall, the service was quite friendly but the room's conditions are well below average. With a MYR79 per night for a single room, you can get a better and cleaner room in other budget hotels. The only positivity bout it is its location on the infamous Gaya Street which provided easy access of public transportation. But then again, there are lots of budget hotels on the street.

  • Liked — Cheap, and superb location
  • Disliked — Cleanliness and facilities
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 21, 2007

We have been at the Mandarin Hotel in August 2006.

At first the lobby seems not bad even if bunches of sheets and towels are constantly stored in a corner.

Corridors are quite awful: low, dirty, ceilings do not help, exactly as the various mattress and furnitures along the steps.

Our 601 (6th floor) is a corner room looking on the square (and with a sea sight) where on the Sunday night a song contest took place and lasted until 4.30 am! So, avoid this hotel if any contest or festival (August 31st is Merdeka, the independence day in Malaysia) is next to come...

The room was quite large, with fridge, tv (with a "fantastic" remote control set in the bed headboard but not working... never seen something like this!), telephone even in the bathroom (but in 601 only the wire was available...).

The room is really loved by ants (but even at Kinabalu Daya hotel, which is better, were present so we can consider them as guests).

In the bath each tap was leaking after having opened it (laterally, I mean, where the tap connects with the sink) so on the floor you'll always find some water while in the bathtub the shower hose was so short that the shower has to be taken hunch-backed. Nevertheless, the hot water is always available.

Average cleaned, you will have at your disposal a "fantastic" pair of flip-flop for your comfort (I guess who has weared them before... brrrr!).

A boiled water bottle per day is included.
Air conditioning was working properly.

But the less nice thing is the door communicating with the room next to the 601: you will have the sensation of living with your neighbours (in our case a family with crying baby).

For this reason, after the first night we asked to change the room: they give us the same positioned room on the 5th floor (501) without communicating door.

So almost same space but here the aircon has probably been modified by some guest so that it will continue working even after having removed the key from the electricity hole, so the room has the same temperature of the fridge and we need to open the window and sleep with our clothes to prevent any illness.

The bath has the second telephone...

At the end, if you do not find any other hotel (and it may happen), the plus are the large room (at least the king bed rooms) and the fridge (at an acceptable price, 105RM). Position is good (song contest apart). Minus: staff not very helpful and kind, average cleanliness. Incence stick are recommended for "a better atmosphere" as long as pillowcases.

  • Stayed August 2006
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4 Thank Anatroppolo
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Property: Mandarin Hotel
Address: No. 138 Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu 88809, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Mandarin Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 52
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