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Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu
Ranked #20 of 91 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

Was there between 10th - 12th Feb, and again 13-14th Feb

Location - Hotel is stragetically located. Stone's throw to many shopping mall such as CentrePoint which is just across, Asiacity and many others.

5 minutes walk to Esplanade, Sedco seafood restaurants. There are 4 outlets there.
10 mins to Fillippino, central, wet markets & night market. Please take note that there are many setup stalls located next to Fillippino markets at night. The seafood are fresh catch of the day. We had Giant prawns, Fish & sotong & 2 fresh coconut juice. Cost us R$54
15 minutes walk to Gaya Street where sunday market are being held in the morning.

Surrounded the area are many eateries.
The chicken wing located wihin 2 minutes walk from the left side of the hotel is to die for. As there are about 4 stalls selling similiar food, look out for the stall located next to the road.
Yee Fung Sarawak Laksa located at Gaya Street is simply delicious. It's always packed even at 10+ in the morning.
Seafood at Sedco - We had White pepper crabs, veg, prawns & geoduck + 2 bottles of tiger beer and fruit juice. It only cost R$80

Staff - They are cheerful, friendly & helpful. No professional smile.

Room - They are small, but shower room are spacious enough without you having to bang your bum against the tile. We booked the room with Agoda. And for $5 more, we have the room that faces the seaview. They are tidy and clean with basic necessities. Do bring your own toiletries though. It's worth paying the extra $5.

We intend to go back again as the lst trip we had were too short a time for us to explore around. We were exhausted after climbing Mt Kinabaru when we came back.

Room Tip: Choose the room at number 01 or 02 as they are located nearer to the exit and water dispenser. They...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

Was stay at here for the 2nd time. The room is quite small but clean. It's ideal for a short stay or business trip. The location is just ok. No worry to look for foods as there a quite a few or coffee shops around there. But I'm quite disappointed with their breakfast menu. The fried rice was over fried and hard. No cereal foods, milk, and fresh juice available. Only Coffee, tea and syrup available at the drink's corner. Beside, they didn't provide mineral water and iron board inside the room. But there is an amenities corner available at every level so you can refill your water and iron your clothes at there.

Anyway, If you're looking for a simple & nice hotel with a budget price, this could be your choice.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Property: Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu
Address: No. 1 Jalan Singgah Mata, 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:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Price range (per night): RM128 - RM189
Hotel Class:3 star — Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu 3*
Number of rooms: 275
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