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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Velvet Lodge And Lounge Kota Kinabalu, Sabah