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The Jesselton Hotel

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#16 of 116 hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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The Jesselton Hotel welcomes business and leisure travelers alike with a central location in the heart of the city and an array of selection for places to visit; encapsulating the full lifestyle of a city life within a tropical haven. Located on 69 Gaya Street, the hotel doors open to a Sunday Market which has become the place to go on for some retail therapy. Another great place to experience the culture and the livelihood of the Sabahan families on a Sunday outing. The hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the Sabah Tourism Corporation office, KK Heritage Walk and Night Market, Shopping Malls and about a 20 minutes’ drive from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA). The prime location also provides an easy access to a whole range of dining options including Italian, French, Western, Asian and fusion cuisines, which are all available within walking distance to the hotel. Experience for yourself this wonderfully inspiring one of a kind colonial jewel in KK!
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Baggage storage
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24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
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Non-smoking hotel
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Smoking rooms available
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Malay
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WorldGlutton wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom20860 contributions669 helpful votes
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At the front desk , check in was a breeze, and we were assigned to rooms 101/108 and 301 for our stay from 24 – 26 Jan and 29 – 31 Jan respectively. Rooms are spacious and clean , it has fast speed wireless internet connect including a safe box and comfortably supplied with all the necessary amenities. It is a heritage boutique hotel , nicely decorated with colonial furnitures and fixtures . The location of Jesselton Hotel is very central , it is right in the centre of town where all the tourist spots is located . A mere 10 mins walk lead us to the restaurants alongside the waterfront boardwalk , harbor for the ferries /boats to take passengers for cruises or island hopping, wet and dry markets and the handicraft market. There is a convenience store just opposite the hotel ,
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Richard T wrote a review Jan 2020
Perth, Australia41 contributions30 helpful votes
we spent 2 periods at The Jesselton, with a trip to Kuching in between. I cannot speak more highly of the Management and Staff of this small boutique Hotel. It is old (1956) but very clean. Some of it is dating but it is undergoing restoration at the moment. It lacks a restaurant at the moment as this is part of the restoration effort. There are eateries all around within 1 minutes walk, so no problems there. Night markets virtually outside the door 4 nights a week. I'll be back, thats for sure.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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junara wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore578 contributions87 helpful votes
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This historic hotel is located at the end of a row of shophouses along the famous Gaya Street. A new annex is formed from the 2nd story of the next lot of shophouses which is where we had our room. It looked out onto the back street and further into a main road, and is reasonably quiet. The rates are very good value. The room was very cosy, with good furnishings (open cabinetry) and fittings. The bed and pillows were very comfortable and we felt very much at home throughout our time there, considering this is one of the few stays we spent a lot of time in the room. Our stay was quite enjoyable and staff were very helpful especially when we had to extend another night as one of our party was not feeling well. Lots of channels and cable TV helped us tide over that too. We
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Date of stay: December 2019
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James A wrote a review Dec 2019
Montpelier, Vermont264 contributions390 helpful votes
We had a three night stay. The room was clean and freshly appointed. Fluffy white sheets and pillows. Very comfortable. The staff was helpful and attentive. Well located with lots of shops and restaurants nearby. Very reasonably priced for the quality of the accommodations.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Velle San wrote a review Dec 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia21 contributions
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First time stay. Love the hotel. It’s clean and with nice Christmas Deco. It look super cute with the colonial beauty. During check in, I have requested early check in which is at 12noon due to I had an event at 1pm. The lady at front desk was friendly enough to provide the room. They upgraded us to the new wing room. Room is clean. But it’s quite small though. Unfortunately the bath towel that are provided is smelly. I guessed it was smoke smell. Otherwise everything is perfect. Will be back by Jan 2020 to KK. Will definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Kumi N wrote a review Dec 2019
Osaka, Japan205 contributions75 helpful votes
This Hotel is old but convenient to go anywhere around the city. and value for money. especially This hotel is located at Gaya st. so You can go to Sunday Market there is infront of Hotel. You can go to famous and popular Reastrant at gaya st.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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gary202020 wrote a review Nov 2019
Scarborough, United Kingdom24 contributions16 helpful votes
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Even before I arrived I was impressed by the service.I emailed the hotel 2 weeks before my arrival to ask about day trips around Kota Kinabalu.Nora sent me a list of all the tours available and a good description of what each tour entailed and very kindly offered to book my tours.I did 3 tours and each one was great with good guides.I had a new boutique room which was large,very clean and contained everything I need for a comfortable stay.There are plenty of choices for breakfast which you choose from the breakfast menu.All the food I had was very nice.What makes the Jessleton hotel stand out from many hotels is the kind and friendly staff who work there and the attention to detail.If I were to visit Kota Kinabalu in the future the Jessleton hotel would be my first choice as
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Date of stay: November 2019
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David_Mcld wrote a review Nov 2019
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions8 helpful votes
Stayed for the second time, this is certainly the place to stay if you are looking for a convenient location with great rooms in Kota Kinabalu. This time we stayed in their newly renovated rooms for 5 nights, the boutique category, stylish and comfortable. The staffs are friendly and very helpful. Love the wine area next to the lobby too. Amazing stay and will definitely return again.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Jen K wrote a review Nov 2019
Oakville, Canada10 contributions4 helpful votes
It is centrally located but KK has very little to offer a tourist in comparison to the rest of Borneo. Use the airport to get out of there. The Jesselton, a once famous hotel, is not a decrepit hole with nothing to offer the traveller. There was broken glass in the bathroom, 50% of the room had wet carpet from the overhead AC, and the water was brown. You definitely don't get the feeling of Hollywood here!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Jesselton_Hotel, General Manager at The Jesselton Hotel
Responded 25 Nov 2019
Dear Jen K, Thank you for sharing your comments and we are sorry to hear of your less than satisfactory experience. Though the incident regarding the broken glass was being rectified immediately when informed, please accept our sincere apologies that we fell short of your expectation on this occasion and rest assured that your valuable comments were personally brought up to the attention of the departments concerned in order to make the necessary improvement. Meantime, I would highly appreciate if you could connect with us at hkm@jesseltonhotel.com with more information regarding the wet carpet in order for us to investigate and follow up with you directly. We greatly appreciate your kind patronage and hope your experience on this occasion will not mar your overall impression of the hotel. Your positive feedback on the hotel’s strategic location in the city is much appreciated. We hope that you will give us another chance to recover your impression of the hotel and look forward to a chance to welcome you back again. Warmest Regards, Michelle
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nasserdr wrote a review Oct 2019
George Town, Malaysia3 contributions6 helpful votes
The location is great. Right on Gaya Street where there is always something going on, on weekends (Gaya Market). Food shops within walking distance from the hotel. Do try the Vietnamese Restaurant, the local Kopitiam and small restaurant across the street behind the hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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PRICE RANGE
RM 196 - RM 225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
jesselton hotel kota kinabalu
LOCATION
MalaysiaSabahWest Coast DivisionKota Kinabalu DistrictKota Kinabalu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
44
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