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“In the centre of Kota Kinabalu” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu

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Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu
Ranked #18 of 89 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Kuching
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
“In the centre of Kota Kinabalu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

The hotel is strategically located in the centre, near to Centre Point. Secure lift with key sensor card, with water dispenser at each floor. Great LCD TV, the image is clear. I was staying at the standard single room, is pretty small but is ok for light traveller like me.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Berlin, Germany
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

I stayed here for a night and although the rooms are tiny, you have everything you need and everything's very clean. I stayed in the Standard Double (sea view) and I found the bathroom to be even bigger than the room itself. The bathroom was clean, modern and felt spacious. There were lots of restaurants right outside the hotel and Gaya Street was only a short 15-minute walk away.

The only downside is that you will need to pay to access the Internet, but it wasn't too expensive. The Wi-Fi connection was a bit sporadic and didn't work all the time, but I think that might have been KK thing as I found the Wi-Fi connection here to be rather unstable.

I highly recommend this hotel to travelers who are out and about during the entire day and only need a comfortable place to shower and sleep. If you're the type who wish to hang out in the hotel room a lot, then I would probably upgrade to a bigger room or head to another hotel.

Room Tip: The sea side view really just looked onto the main road with a hint of the ocean, but it was nice to...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Yiie
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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167 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

The Superior Triple room configuration was lovely, one queen bed and another single and at 23 sq m it was spacious enough for the 3 of us as compared with their other standard single or double rooms which were very much smaller.

What I liked most about Cititel Express in KK is that it is located right smack in the heart of the city & yet is only about 10 mins from the airport. How about that for convenience? It sits in a commercial area called Asia City where there are many shops, offices, restaurants and also smaller eateries all around.

KK has a beautiful seafront and from the hotel it's just about a 5-minute walk to the esplanade where many local & western restaurants spring to life as night falls. And a short distance after these trendy restaurants is the much-talked-about but nothing-to-shout-about Filipino market, which is an open air hawker square selling mostly grilled seafood.

The highly strategic & centralized location of this hotel makes everything within easy reach, and this more than makes up for its other shortfalls. I will definitely recommend Cititel Express to anyone coming to KK because above all else it's the convenience that any traveller would cherish most so as to maximize on his holidays.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Danny K
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Silicon Valley, CA
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82 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

Hey, you didn't come here for the hotel. You came to KK for a whole lot of other stuff! This hotel is right in the middle of KK - within walking distance of the nite markets and dozens of restaurants. (Massage places very close by also!) Take a taxi if your going to the jetty otherwise its a 20+ minute in the hot sun! Seems like a very safe place. Security room card needed for elevator access also. One of the few hotels where the window opens slightly. (I don't know why you'd want to open the window tho and let all the heat in) Floor 12 has mini-fridge each room. complementary water. Book online and get free wifi. Walls somewhat thin but one bang on the wall will let your neighbor know that you can hear them. Lots of worldly travellers stay here. All of them polite. Most everybody speaks some english. Staff attentive. Helped out booking some tours. Upgraded our room.

Room Tip: Nice view if sunny - can see the south china sea if on that side of the hotel. Not all rooms have m...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank NorCalBigRedDog
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Singapore, Singapore
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50 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

Price
Very reasonable.

Location
The city is pretty small so almost everywhere is walkable, or just flag down a taxi at the entrance for RM10-20. Alot of eateries, must try the Bak Ku Teh next to the hotel. Theres many nearby banks too.

Accommodation
First night, we stayed at the double room, its really really small so we upgraded ourselves to twin beds on the 2nd day, must bigger but no windows.
The last 2 days we upgraded again to triple rooms with connecting rooms (there's 6 of us), its super comfy and spacious!Great sea view and worth every penny.
The bathroom is very clean and spacious too. A/C is great!
Will definitely book the same hotel again.

Food
Dont eat at the cafe, try the local food, cheap and good.

Whats best?
The room of course. Look at the pixs. :)

Room Tip: get the triple room, its super comfy, high floor and sea view!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank yvonnesher
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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:
Ranked #18 of 89 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Price range (per night): RM125 - RM192
Hotel Class:3 star — Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu 3*
Number of rooms: 275
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