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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Jesselton Hotel is an old hotel that goes back to colonial times. It has been nicely renovated but as with most old hotels, the rooms are small. Other than the size, the rooms have all that you would expect including fridge and tea making. Nice furnishings and very clean. Breakfast is a little strange, you have to order the night before and it appears that the food is brought in from somewhere else. If not included, I would recommend that any guests have breakfast outside sampling traditional Malaysian cuisine. Location is excellent with Sunday markets outside the hotel and several shopping malls nearby. Surai Sabah Shopping Mall, one of the two biggest and newest in KK is just a 10 minute walk. An excellent place to stay when visiting Kota Kinabalu.

Date of stay: December 2022
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Thank HW08
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Reviewed 6 November 2022

Advertised as colonial, translates to old fashioned.. you have to order your breakfast in advance and specify at what time you want it, as the food is prepared elsewhere and brought covered in cling film. No on site restaurant anymore.
Staff helpful but hotel needs modernisation. Good location

Date of stay: October 2022
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank foxylady23
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Reviewed 24 October 2022 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights at the beginning of our stay in Borneo. Perfect location on Gaya Street for the weekend food markets and the Sunday Market.
Staff were very welcoming especially on reception.
The room was lovely, comfortable bed and spotlessly clean
Definitely worth a stay if you are in KK for a few days.

Room tip: Food market is on Friday and Saturday nights. Definitely worth a visit.
Date of stay: October 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Cowards
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Reviewed 23 October 2022

Comfortable stay in a spacious room with bar fridge, shower-over-bath and kettle/tea/coffee.
Great location with the waterfront an easy walk from hotel. Surrounded by convenience stores, restaurants, massage places and 7/11 if you feel like a cold beer!
Friendly efficient staff. We were able to leave luggage at the hotel until we returned from further travels in Sabah.
Hotel is an easy drive from the airport…less than 30 minutes.
This is not a modern hotel, but is very charming and authentic.
We would choose to stay here again.

Date of stay: September 2022
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2022

We stayed at the Jesselton for 1 night as were stopping over in KK between trips from Mulu to Sandakan.

The hotel itself was built in the 1940's after the war and retains many of these features which add to the charm of the hotel. Having said that the common areas and the rooms do all seem a bit tired and could do with a bit of a refresh. I do appreciate that the hotel has only recently re-opened following the pandemic and this could be a contributing factor.

The location is great and there are dozens of local cafe's and restaurants were we had a great bowl of spicy Laksa.

Breakfast was freshly made and served in a small room on the third floor...conveniently close to our room!

For a short stay in KK The Jesselton was fine and I much prefer these boutique type hotels to the main chain hotels.

Date of stay: August 2022
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Thank simsu66
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