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Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu
Ranked #20 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Reviewed 23 February 2012

We have been visiting KK for 10 years but this was to be our first stay in a hotel that is not located on the beach. As we were staying for a week, we booked the studio - a stylish, comfortable and well equipped apartment on the top floor. It became our home from home very quickly! The hotel's central location made it easy to walk to most of our favourite places in the city. The reception team kindly helped us to arrange car hire for a few days. Staff were great and VERY helpful. Breakfasts were good. Wi-fi signal was good too.
The hotel was busy and clearly enjoys a high occupancy rate. Many of the guests we spoke to were regulars. After such an enjoyable week there, I suspect that we will become regulars too.

Room Tip: The studio (room 1202) is perfect for a longer stay.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

I have traveled to KK several times--sometimes on my way to other places, but regardless of the destination, an overnight stay in KK is always warranted. KK has a beautiful waterfront and is a great place to recover when traveling on a long trip to another destination. Cititel Express has a great location in walking distance to the Waterfront and City Center, shopping, money changers, restaurants, and any other services you need from the downtown area of KK. The rooms are clean but can be quite small. However, I have stayed in many other hotels in KK, and the quality has really varied from crappy and average to decent to good. Even though they charge a nominal fee for Internet usage, I was very happy with the quality and strength of signal that allowed me to conduct all my business on my computer. This was a welcome contrast to my previous KK hotel which had comfortable rooms but a weak wifi internet signal. I will be returning to Cititel on my next stay in Kota Kinabalu. It has the perfect mix of quality and value that businessmen seek when looking for a good mid-range hotel in terms of star value.

Room Tip: Nominal fee for WiFi Internet access but was well worth it because it was relatively reliable.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

This hotel is just a couple of blocks from the waterfront. The rooms are very small and the twin rooms are in the middle of the hotel so they don't have windows. It can be a little noisy outside if you do have the window open. Filtered water and ironing boards are located in a room beside the lift on every floor. The hotel reception were helpful. There is a cafe in the foyer which I did not eat in but others said the food was good.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

Great location, it's close to the various spots and eateries. Guardian (pharmacy) is right next to the hotel.

There is a complimentary car park for hotel guests in front of the hotel. Choose this hotel if you are driving and don't mind a small room. Also, hotel staff is friendly and hospitable. We had problem with the aircon on the first night, and the staff (technician) got it fixed within 15 mins. Applause!

Another plus point, It's also within walking distance to the famous Gaya Street where the Sunday market is held on every sunday morning.

It's good for single, business stay, but not so suitable for family which brings along their children. Rooms are too small for kids to move around.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

Spent 2 nights in this hotel. The room is small, as other reviews mention, yet it's quite new and clean. The location is good, only 10-15 min. away from the airport and 5 min. walk to the famous seafood restaurant, didn't try the breakfast as there is a great coffee and toast place in 100m away.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu

Address: No. 1, Jalan Singgah Mata 1 | Asia City, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
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Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range: RM131 - RM229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu 3*
Number of rooms: 275
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu, a 100% Smoke-Free Hotel since 1 November 2017, offering 275 guestrooms with all the essential amenities for a refreshing experience with great value. Guestrooms are cosy with eclectic mix of stylish feature wall, anchored along efficiency with essential amenities such as Wi-Fi (inclusive of all public areas), LCD TV with satellite channels, electronic safe and power shower. Each guest floor from Level 1 to Level 11 offers common ironing room and hot & cold water dispenser. Located strategically in the heart of the city within Asia City complex, a mere 10-minute drive from the airport and walking distance to several local shopping centres, the hotel operates on the philosophy of “Smart, Clean, Simple”, offering a different dimension of accommodation to the business and leisure travelers – simplicity with a value-focus experience. ... more   less 
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