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Hotel de Leon
Ranked #4 of 9 Lahad Datu B&B and Inns
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“stay only if you have to stay in a hotel in lahad datu...”
Reviewed 16 August 2012

Perhaps it was staying in the month leading up to Hari Raya: at another timke they may be better organised. But anyway, the hotel is located in the centre of the town, a newish 2-storey building with a half built row of shops on one side (i.e. a building site) and a car park on the other. More about the car park in a minute. Catering issues included no room service (at all). Be warned that the coffee shop closes at 8pm; the breakfast buffet is fairly dismal but in any case cold by 8am (heaters etc get turned off - even the tea is cold). Best to walk out and eat at the nearby seafood restaurants or hawker stalls.

Whilst the suite was spacious, the hotel wouldn't entertain any discount on the rack rate of RM388, which makes it expensive for Malaysia: with a corporate rate you could stay at a 5 star in KL for that price. Poor designs included a very gloomy bathroom with no power points. Very low, almost almost non existent hot water pressure: you may have to settle for a cold shower. The bed room aircon barely worked at the lowest temperature and highest fan setting. Just the thought of the difficult conversation with reception to explain the problem put me off calling: it was way easier to leave the bedroom door open to the lounge (where the air con did work). Bedroom TV didn't work at all and just two international channels available on the main room TV. Poor fuzzy reception on the three domestic channels provided. I'd recommend bringing a book, especially as the Maxis 3G roaming was actually faster than the complimentary wifi.

Have to say I wasn't impressed getting back to the room on the 2nd day to find that housekeeping had forgotten to make up the room. I know it can happen on occasion at any hotel, but considering the place seemed almost empty, it was a tad surprising. The hotel provides three free sachets of coffee: after that you pay. No mini bar, but there was a fridge (empty of course) and four free bottles of water were provided.

Outside at night was noisy until about midnight/1am. The local boy racers bring their cars to the back of the car park and compete to see who has the noisiest engine and/or biggest and loudest car stereo speakers. I think the winner was the guy with the souped up Mitsubishi Lancer. You may know the type: oversized tyres, go faster stripes, almost black windows that would do justice to a certain type of karaoke bar and rear spoilers to make sure the 1.3 litre engine doesn't cause the car to lift off. If loud, howling Malay rock music into the early hours is your thing, a room overlooking the car park will be perfect.

There's probably more, but I recommend reading my 'good room tips' below.

Room Tip: If your in business for Lahad Datu for a just a day, stay in KK and catch the early morning MAS Wing...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2012

Clean hotel right in the center. There are parking places in front of the hotel. A few chinese small restaurants at the door step.
The decoration is very modern. There is a TV and DVD player in the room.

Room Tip: We went twice and the second time there was a strong smell of cigarette. ask for non-smoking.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2012 via mobile

De Leon hotel is a 10 minute walk from the bus station and a few minutes walk to eating places.  The hotel is clean and the rooms are basic but clean, they are air conditioned and have wi if and english tv channels (this is important in Lahad datu as there is limited things to do there).  It's location is very central, however the walk to town at night can be a bit daunting as it is not well lit and a bit rough feeling (though we had no issues).  The hotel is good value for money.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 August 2012

The room was clean and I am very satisfied with the room overall with the price it offered. I took the executive king with the price of 178 with free breakfast.. The room is very spacious and modernly designed. Satisfied with the clean towels provided and the free wifi. Not much to comment about the service.. Very good overall. Definitely will recommend to others as there are not much good hotels around here

  • Stayed July 2012
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2012

Room was great, location good, service was OK but food was suck!

Room Tip: Ask for top floor room and dun face to the window....
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel de Leon
Address: Lot 1-6 Block L | MDLD 6893-6898, Darvel Bay Commercial Centre, Kawasan Bandar, Kg. Panji,, Lahad Datu 91100, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Lahad Datu
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Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Lahad Datu
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Hotel De Leon Lahad Datu, Malaysia - Sabah

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