Here's my take. 1.Room (approx USD100/nite) Comfy, snuggly and super clean. Non smoking. You can enjoy your puff downstairs outside... and meet new people. 2.Food (between USD5-25) There are really really good restaurant nearby. Just a stone thrown and within walking distanceFrom indonesian,Chinese and Italian.The Next Block, a mediterranean restaurant, serves fine food. Room service is... muuaah.. bellisimo. 3. Bar I don't drink. If I did, it would be here. See my pics. 4. Service Fast. Friendly and personal. Enjoy the warm chats with the staffs. They'll help you. And good tips on places and which tour agents are good. Local knowledge makes the differences. 5. Privacy Excellent. Period. Well..except on Sunday. 6. Happenings Friday nite food market. A must. Enjoy…
We spent a total of four nights at this lovely hotel right in the centre of Kota Kinabalu. The first two nights were with our son, and we got upgraded to the suite which was a lovely treat. The room had been well prepared for us with an extra bed, towels and water for three and was extremely comfortable and spacious. The included breakfast was good, and was prepared to order from a menu. After an absence of four days, we returned without our son for two more nights. We were in a standard double room this time, which was still very comfortable, but we were on the road side this time so could hear traffic and motor bikes at night. Breakfast wasn’t included in this stay, so we ordered from the menu and paid. It seems it is a separate company, because we were unable to put the…
We stayed here 3 nights - 2 at the beginning and 1 at the end of our tour. First 2 nights the rooms were ok but shabby and breakfast was a farce with 1 waitress bringing items one at a time to each table. However our last night was like a different hotel! We had lovely refurbished rooms, a good breakfast and went back a few days later for cocktails I would recommend but ask for a refurbished room!!
This old hotel is a charming relict from the past in the historical Gaia district. The staff are great- they let us wait in the lobby at 5 Am due to flight cancellation and were able to get us in early. Food and craft vendors sell their wares at night on the street outside and Sunday market. It is next to Signal Hill which has a great view of the harbor and islands, and the old clock tower, one of the few remaining structures after the allies bombed the occupied Japanese forces in WW II. Check out the old photographs of KK before it became a strip of malls and traffic jams. This part of KK still retains charm and some peace, and the Jesselton Hotel is a great place to experience it.
Spent one night here on arrival in Borneo before catching our flight to Sandakan. An ideal base for the night, close to the Waterfront and several bars/shops plus a quick transfer from the airport. Had 2 rooms which were a good size, had a huge comfy bed and air con was good. A little dusty in places and bathroom a little tired. The breakfast was okay and more convenient than having to find somewhere to eat before leaving. Staff were friendly. Can recommend El Centro which is nearby if looking for a tasty evening meal.
Stayed here for 3 nights, found the room and hotel, clean and comfortable. The staff were business like and friendly. The location is good with easy access walking to the sea front and downtown. WiFi works well. On Fridays and Saturdays between 6 pm and 2 am there is a food street market a little further down Gaya Street,mans on Sundays there is a general market outside the hotel which means that traffic cannot get to the front of the hotel. It has an attached restaurant Nextdoor which provides breakfast and food all day. I had a room at the rear which was slightly noisy, if i stayed again I would request a room at the front. Thank you Jesselton for an enjoyable stay.
The jesselton hotel is a lovely friendly quirky hotel , we asked to move after the first night as our air conditioning was not working but it was no trouble and they actually upgraded us to the penthouse suite. The rooms were lovely and clean as well as the bathroom with a separate shower . The staff were amazing , very welcoming and friendly and helped without a second glance, a special thank you to Saiful who was on reception what a lovely man who made us laugh and was very helpful. The only downside to the hotel was that the traffic could be a bit noisy in the mornings but this was fine with us as we were up and out exploring but if you need a nice hotel as a base with good staff this is a good one 😊😊
Stayed for 2 nights either end of our holiday. The first night we were upgraded to the suite which was a pleasant surprise. We went back to stay a week later for another night and had booked the boutique king, but we were put in a boutique extra, which included a queen bed and a single. Thought it was odd, but didn’t question at the time and we were only there 1 night so not a big issue. The room was very small! Great location but would more than likely stay somewhere else next visit. Breakfast wasn’t included but we did try the restaurant for breakfast and I would not recommend.
I was given a room in the original wing. The hotel is in need of TLC. You can see that the hotel had it's good days. The location is central. The power fuse blew in my room. Windows does not block much road noise, and you can hear the doors banging outside. I found it hard to sleep. Housekeeping staff are quite nice. However, more smiles are needed at the lobby, especially at the wine area. The security guard is constantly on his phone sitting around the hotel at various levels. There wasn't a colonial uniformed guard. I would probably return after a renovation. However, there are better hotels at this price range in KK. This hotel needs a new manager.
The Jesselton is very central (though not with a sea view) and reasonably priced. There was no breakfast but we found a good place for that a short walk away. We stayed three nights to get over the jet lag we anticipated from our flight from London and it served its purpose for that well though two would have done the trick. Kota Kinabalu is not the most exciting place to be and had we just spent the three nights we would have been satisfied. Unfortunately we returned, after our adventure up the river from Sandakan, for a further four. If you are going to spend such a time in KK it might be worth looking at the resort hotels. The staff are very pleasant and the room we had was comfortable and quiet whilst looking out over the Sunday market. There are plenty of restaurants…