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“Worst Massage/Spa Experience Ever”
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Hamin Lodge
Reviewed September 21, 2009

This review is for the spa associated with the Hamin Lodge. It is located right next door, and is the spa that you go to on the tour packages on the Hamin Lodge website. Please note that this review is NOT for the Lodge itself, because we did not stay there, but for the SPA only.

My boyfriend went into the spa for a 1 hour massage. The ambience of the spa was peaceful and quiet, and he felt as though he would have a good experience. What actually happened is the complete opposite. Though my boyfriend paid for an hour massage, he received about 45 minutes. Add in the fact that the "masseuse" left the room every 10 minutes to send text messages and talk on his cellphone!! The total length of the actual massage was probably 35 minutes, and the quality of the massage was awful. It's as though they called some random guy in off the street to do the massage...because he obviously had no experience. Not only did they provide a terrible massage, but we felt horribly taken advantage of as tourists and travelers. We should not have paid for the massage at all!!!

Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2009

Location was great! Near to a shopping mall,great seafood restaurant just down below. The lodge was clean,staff was helpfull...nice deco but the room was a bit dark. I had a great time staying at this lodge. It a "two-tumbs" up!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 14, 2009

I was planning to stay at a hotel when I heard from my best friend to try this lodge instead. It was indeed reccommended as the place was clean, with a beautiful deco plus, with a helpfull staff who always try their best to show areas which mostly I would like to visit. Personally, this is great place to be.

The location was ideal for travellers like me and my friends who likes to see new things,taste new food and even got the chance to taste homemade wine. David was so nice to drive me to see the local cultural show personally. The seafood restaurant located downstair was excellent! This was my first visit to Sabah and it was a memorable experince at hamin.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled on business
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Thank mika_weatherbee
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Reviewed September 6, 2009

Stay for 4 days in Aug 09. Book the room with transport but no one was there at the airport. In the end, we have to go to the lodge by ourself. Luckily KK was not a big place and the taxi driver knew his way.
Although we order for daily breakfast but was surprised we can only have 1 of of the 3 choices thruout the stay hence we opt out.
The room was not cleaned daily as what they had promised. They only clean it on the 3rd day when we mentioned about it but the floor mat was the same one.
Cob web on hanging on the wall and above the room light. Aircon was so noisy and dirty looking and staff don't really understand English hence there was communication issues.
And as we walk around the city for the few days, we realise that there are many new lodges and budget hotels around which offer very competitive price compare to Hamin.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 15, 2009

This place does not pander to Western tastes or demands. It has simple, clean rooms in a basic setting. There are lots of timber fittings.in the rooms and local wood carvings in the common areas.

We squashed a family of five into a queen family room - with a bamboo partition and bathroom. Bunks are fine and no traffic noise. The seafood market restaurant next door is well worth sampling. You can look out over the fish tanks from the common balcony. Some nights have dancing on-stage.

The city block is nothing special. But it's a short walk to shopping centres and the Waterfront . You will find a good selection of restaurants at Warison Square. And there are taxis everywhere to go places like Jesselton Pier (to the islands).

Basic breakfasts are available at the Lodge if you order in advance. Free internet (including wireless) is a nice bonus. Staff are cheerful and helpful. Basic - but good value. Handier to town than other options.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Thank wandring1
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Reviewed August 7, 2009

Disappointed with their service... Location is great. Nothing else leaves good impression. Rooms are clean but no one comes in to tidy or clean up when someone leaves the dormitory. The toilet were cleaned once in 4 days!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank PoppyPotatoe
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Reviewed June 1, 2009

Hamin Lodge is perfect for the budget traveller. I booked the basic queen with private bathroom. The room was basic & small but had everything you need. Unfortunately my bed & pillow were quite hard. The location is a winner with a huge seafood restaurant next door & within two blocks of a huge shopping complex & cinema and the waterfront area. Staff are friendly & helpful. Provision of washing machine, iron, drinking water, hair dryer & internet all free were a real help. Basic breakfasts are available for RM10.5. I booked a nice day trip out to one of the islands for a reasonable price through the hotel. The only negative thing I would say was that leaving the hotel at 5am for an early flight there were a few homeless people sleeping on the balcony/stairs at the entrance but security seemed to be ok for the hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled solo
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Thank PrincessKiwa
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Additional Information about Hamin Lodge

Address: Lot 19 Block C | Sedco Complex, Kota Kinabalu 88830, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 124 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range: $20 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hamin Lodge in Kota Kinabalu is a unique boutique budget hotel in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City. Services include Borneo Deco Hotel rooms in Kota Kinabalu, Exciting Borneo Tour packages, a Traditional Massage Spa, Restaurant and Bar. Fully air conditioned for comfort, rooms range from budget Hostel types of rooms suitable for backpackers to deluxe rooms with ensuite. Discover Borneo with us and experience your Best Value Holiday in Sabah, Malaysia. Definitely we have the Best location for a Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Hamin Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Hamin Lodge Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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