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“Be Careful with your valuables”
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D'Borneo Hotel
Ranked #58 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Fremantle, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Be Careful with your valuables”
Reviewed 16 March 2013

We were reasonably happy with most aspects of the stay here except for the fact that our young adult daughter had a $50 note stolen from a closed wallet in the zipper-closed front pocket of her bag left in the room we were absent from for several hours. Ok - she should been a little less naive to not have realised that you don't leave cash in easy to find places even in locked hotel rooms as cleaners & other staff have key access to the rooms and temptation can be strong in some people who may not be that well paid. We didn't make a big fuss but did report it to the management and strongly suggested that the hotel install basic CCTV cameras to at least monitor hallways and stairs as well as entry & exits as a deterrent to petty theft like this and for increasing the sense of security of guests and management alike..The two other hotels / backpacker lodges we stayed at in the city DID have basic working & monitored CCTV setup.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 19 February 2013 via mobile

We booked last minute so we weren't expecting much but were pleasantly surprised. A big room with really comfy beds, big bathroom and everything was clean. The hotel staff were lovely too. There is no breakfast which was a bit annoying as also not a lot of places nearby for breakfast.
However, the location in general is great. Just off the waterfront road.

Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2011

Hot water is an on off affair here, depending on your room. It's a little tired but good value for money, we paid rm150 a night for their top room, this is what they offered on 2 separate occasions stating it was the only room available, in hindsight I'd say that was a ploy to get us to book the most expensive room, but never mind still good price.
The location is excellent just a short stroll to the night food Market and famous phillipino barbecue.
However, just a little further away and for less money is Hotel Eden54, which is much nicer with excellent staff and a great supermarket serving breakfast lunch and dinner next door!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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50 reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

Have a deluxe room and ask for discount! Room is huge (for backpacker standards) with comfy chair and good bed! Tv with moviechannel and fridge. Bathroom is big but shower was getting a bit old, still fine. Service is good, friendly staff and the make sure your have Everything you need. Breakfast included, standard but fine.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Singapore
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2011

Stayed at this hotel conveniently located in town and easier for my mum & 10-yr old daughter to move around with nearby coffee shops & stores selling local food & souvenirs.

Close to wet market opposite and 5-10 mins walk to nearby shopping complexes too. There's a night market closeby and the hotel staff are equally courteous & helpful.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 27 March 2011

Stayed here for one night on business in a deluxe room (not quite sure what the differences were, except that the bed looked bigger, perhaps). The room was clean, although there was a large puddle of water in the bathroom, and it was generally worn (stains on floors and carpet). No lift, but the staff carried my bag up for me. No internet in the rooms, although on the 2nd floor, I could pick up the wireless internet from the cafe downstairs intermittently. The location seemed good - close to the waterfront and plenty of shopping and restaurants. The staff were helpful in giving directions and arranging a very early morning taxi. In summary, I would stay here again if I needed a place to stay and couldn't find somewhere else. However, it is looking a little worn and missing those extra things that are helpful for business travellers (wireless internet - or any in-room internet, hairdryer). Felt safe here as solo female traveller. There is a restaurant downstairs, but it only does lunch/dinner.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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Reviewed 10 November 2010

I stayed here before when it was still new...it must be 5 years now since that last stay and many things are starting to look average. The room is still spacious and clean. The only setback is there are lots of cockroaches scurring around. Just too many of them! I'm wondering whether the hotel has engaged a pest control company to manage these rodents.

The bathrooms are not that clean and the water pressure is bad! The management should look into this and improve for the convenience of guests.

Staff are friendly and helpful - I think the people in Sabah are simply built that way!

I would still come back to stay if only they do something about the cockroaches!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: D'Borneo Hotel
Address: Lot 6, d'Borneo Hotel D'Borneo Hotel Block L, Sinsuran Complex, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
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Ranked #58 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — D'Borneo Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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