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“Clean & simple, newly renovated (as of June 09)”

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Velvet Lodge and Lounge
Malaysia
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1 review
“Clean & simple, newly renovated (as of June 09)”
Reviewed June 18, 2009

When we tried booking for Velvet, none of the contacts(web/phone/email) listed online could connect us to it. The 5 of us decided to fly over to Sabah and hunt for it ourselves. Luckily, our persistence paid off when we found Velvet standing right where the address stated.

Apparently, the original Velvet was taken over by another company. It then underwent renovations, retained its name but all contacts have been renewed (except the address). It can now be contacted at +----------.

What I like about Velvet is that it's basic and clean, design with minimalism style in mind. There are less than 10 rooms here, with 4 solid, wooden bunk beds in each of them. The rooms are sufficiently spacious. There are quite a number of toilets and they are cleaned everyday. We were charged RM30 per person, but we have most of the rooms to ourselves unless the other rooms are fully taken.

Velvet is situated on a 3-corner column of shoplots. The rooms are on the top floor. On the 1st floor is Velvet's own open-air Lounge, where you can have a beer while listening to music. They even have a pool table. We spend most of our nights here drinking after a long day of outing. We basically had the entire Lounge to ourselves. On the ground floor is a restaurant(Talk 3 Talk 4) by the same owner. They are throughout the day, and this is where you have your free breakfast. You've gotta try their black-pepper lamb chop rice. It's really good. And the boss is kind enough to give discounts when we went there for lunch.

I wouldn't say location is Velvet's key attraction, but it's convenient enough from my experience. Across the street are 2 cinemas if you're bored. Sunday Market on Gaya Street is less than 10 minutes walk away. There's a foodcourt with mostly seafood just across the street, behind GSC Cinema, albeit abit on the pricey side. If you're looking for tours, you can always ask the owner for suggestions and contacts.

Overall, it fulfills what we looked for, basic and clean bread-&-breakfast, nice customer service, good food, and we missed the Lounge already!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Tokyo
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Reviewed March 11, 2008

Great place to stay! It was my first hostel and I am spoiled!! The staff were great! They were very outgoing, funny and worked well at introducing guests to one another. I heard their bar/lounge is very nice, but I didn't get a chance to see it THIS TIME around. On my next visit to KK, I will be sure to look them up again. Great job, VL. Keep up that kind of service and you'll have more business than you can handle.

Oh yeah, there were plenty of little places to eat within in walking distance. The round-a-bout out front does, present a challenge if you've had a couple drinks before heading back to VL, though. All in all a great place to rest your head and get a hot shower.

  • Liked — Clean Rooms and and plenty of bathroom space.
  • Disliked — No common room for guests to gather.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
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Thank Si3nal
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed February 10, 2008

We stayed for 3 nights and were thoroughly pleased. The staff are helpful, responsive and friendly. The rooms are modern, comfortable and most importantly, clean. Laundramats and eaterys are literally, downstairs, and everything else within walking distance. Joe, the owner, is a super sweet guy, and took care of us really well (as well as his staff). The Velvet Lounge is a great place to hang out (or party). The best hostel I've ever stayed at!

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
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london
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Reviewed December 14, 2007

When we arrived i was blown away with this place. Everything was spotless. Joe and Crystal made us feel so welcome. The rooms were immaculate, and had the most amazing quilts and sheets. The bathrooms were very clean, and had use of the washing machine.(which was added bonus). The bar downstairs was fantastic with a pool table, good drinks and very comfy soft sofas!!!! If you are in KK you must stay at this place. Oh and free internet. WHAT MORE COULD WE ALL WANT HEY!!!!
We will deff go back and would recommend to ALL.
Louisa and Elliott.

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  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed November 16, 2007

Stayed here in Nov 07 for around 3 weeks and the place is great.The staff are extremely friendly and pretty good at pool so be aware when challenging them for a game!!Rooms are comfortable,loads of space for showering...good facilities and most importantly great location only 5 minutes walk to ATM's,major shopping malls,restaurants,bars,clubs and the waterfront.

The lounge area is the star though,seriously one of the nicest drinking holes Ive been too so far, really good to sit back and relax on the comfy sofas and drink a SET or 2!!!

If your heading to KK this place is a must

DO IT

Nick,UK

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
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Thank NIKO83
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New Zealand
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Reviewed October 21, 2007

Stayed here in August 2007. Blown away by Velvet's attention to detail, from decor, services and facilities, customer service, ambience. A true gem in Kota Kinabalu, lodgers should not overlook this place if clean and value for money is a priority.

Velvet is very central, everything was within easy walking distance. Particularly useful was the long-distance bus terminal down the road (literally 2 mins by foot). Catching a bus to Sandakan, Lahad Datu etc was such a breeze.

The staff at Velvet were topnotch, extremely helpful and accommodated us to perfection. Late night chats with Adam was most enjoyable.

Oh the mattresses were great especially after a climb up Mt Kinabalu!!! Overall fantastic.

Stayed August 2007
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Thank Route_888
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Sydney
1 review
Reviewed October 12, 2007

Very nice place with nice decorations and colour scheme, comfy rooms. Not the typical hostel that is crowded and noisy. Perfect place to unwind and relax. Location quite good, with 24hr shops downstairs, taxi stand, cinemas across the road, bank and shopping centres.

  • Liked — Fantastic staff and service, great value for money
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
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Thank AllisonWangi
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Additional Information about Velvet Lodge and Lounge

Property: Velvet Lodge and Lounge
Address: 2nd Floor Lot 56 Ground, 1st, and | Jalan Berjaya 5, Bandaran Berjaya, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Velvet Lodge offers bed and breakfast accommodation at RM 30.00 nett per person is situated on the 2nd floor above the Velvet Lounge. It consists of 5 rooms with bunk beds for a total of 20 persons and common bathrooms separately for men and women and a pantry for in house guests’ use.The Lodge is also equipped with WIFI or internet accessibility. ... more   less 
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Velvet Lodge And Lounge Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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