You may have heard tales of people leaving a hotel without paying. We did the opposite and paid without staying!
We planned to stay at Kota Belud overnight on a Saturday so we’d be in town for the Sunday Market. I chose the hotel as it seemed to be the only one in town with a website, though it took numerous attempts using the online form and sending emails before I got a response.
We arrived in a rental car around 5pm on the Saturday and located the hotel. It was in an uninspiring position facing the backs of a row of scruffy shops in the town centre. The reception was clean though and we weren’t expecting much as the ‘de luxe’ room was only about 100 MYR ( about £20), though interestingly a leaflet we picked up at the hotel showed the price as 85 MYR.
We were showed up some stairs and through some scruffy corridors with filled laundry baskets outside the doors.It looked as though the hotel was being used as a dormitory for visiting workers, probably from the building trade judging by some of the work boots outside the doors.
Our room was of a decent size, seemed clean but would be best described as shabby. There were old, half peeled stickers on the mirror and wardrobe, and a well chipped old desk and chair. The view from the window was a pile of rotting rubbish being picked at by a pack of pariah dogs. A plus point was that the air con worked. As the room was clean we decided to stay and set off to see the sights of Kota Belud.
Unfortunately, it was Chinese New Year and the whole town seemed to be packing up to close early. We asked around and it seemed that most restaurants (there aren’t many anyway) were closing at 7. This wouldn’t have been a problem had we had a nice room , but we didn’t fancy sitting in our somewhat depressing room so made the decision to leave town and drive onto Mount Kinabalu. It was now 7pm and dark and entailed a 2 hour drive over the mountains but this was preferable to a night in KB at the KB Travellers Hotel. Make of that what you will!
Maybe we didn’t see the best of KB as it was holiday time but there seemed little to see and no quality hotels, and few restaurants. We got the impression that KB is a bit of a one horse town, and unfortunately at the time of our visit the horse had left! If you’re visiting the market it may be best to get up early and drive from KK. The Travellers hotel looked to be the best option in town but thats not saying much. Shabby but clean would be my summary.
- Also Known As:
- Kota Belud Travelers Lodge Sabah, Malaysia