Having been to One Borneo for so many times that I have indeed lost count and spending most of the times ensconced in my room in Tune Hotel each time I visited Kota Kinabalu, I have yet to try out more expensive hotels to say the least. And when the opportunity arise, I quickly turn myself delightfully to the invitation.
I stayed in the Novotel just recently for two days and two nights for a course and I was taken away by the pleasant lobby alongside the room. The reception and checking in was brief and quick, partially due to the fact that the organisers of the seminar might have gotten everything in check before they dish out the cards. I couldn't much verify with the other comments left here for the hotel which didn't augur very well for their reception service.
I had the chance of staying on the 17th floor, apparently one of their premier lounge floors and the room was spaciously pleasing to the eye. Though it isn't what one would describe state-of-the-art, it is definitely the better hotels that I've put up with in Sabah by and large. My room looks out towards housing areas and some of the major roads but since the room was sound-proofed adequately, I could only admire the pleasant view from atop. The bed was comfortable and inviting as I experience no difficulty falling asleep and that would be the main apogee of all of my hotel's stay. The showers were fine and the toilet was nothing fancy. One couldn't have expected anything more for a short stay. TV remote's a bit of a bummer, but since I wasn't much into watching the idiot box, I had a great time indulging myself in several novels through the proper lightings by the bed.
Buffet breakfast was a quick affair though I'm not much of an eater. But at a glance, the variety isn't much with a section dedicated to the local cuisine (Nasi Lemak for two days) and the other section dedicated to a more Westernised breakfast - your typical sausage, eggs and baked beans. In the middle of the restaurant (aptly named the Square) are three separate areas serving salad dressings with cereals, a bread section and one the other one that serves drinks, fruits and cheese.
Food connoisseur won't find that a delight, but my stay was without fault and I would recommend one to put up in this hotel if you don't mind the distance to town. To make up for it, the hotel is connected to the One Borneo Hypermall through a short walk off the lobby and you could literally shop and dine there for as much as you want. A cinema is on the third floor of the hypermall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within a 25-minute drive from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, The Klagan Regency offers exceptional comfort and value in Kota Kinabalu. The hotel has direct access to 1Borneo Hypermall which houses a selection of over 300 shopping, leisure and dining outlets. The Klagan Regency is also an excellent venue for any events with the capacity to hold up to 1,800 persons. It's close proximity to many corporate and government offices as well as several tourist attractions in Kota Kinabalu, making this the preferred hotel for leisure and business travellers alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Kota Kinabalu 1borneo Hotel Kota Kinabalu
- Accor Kota Kinabalu
- Kota Kinabalu Novotel