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“Clean & great location”
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Pantai Inn
Ranked #37 of 79 Kota Kinabalu B&B and Inns
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Clean & great location”
Reviewed 5 November 2013 via mobile

Stayed here several times, although the room was small & outdated, it was clean. The best part about this hotel is location, location, location. Easy access to local eateries & shopping complexes, not to mention the Gaya Sunday Market is just right behind the hotel. Affordable rates too.

Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Warsaw, Poland
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831 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 393 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2013

We spent 2 nights in room no 307. We made a booking in advance via booking.com thanks to the opinions and appealing price (MYR 87 per night for a double room). What we found there was hugely disapponting. The reception is quite nice and the service is good.

I'll start with the good things:
- the reception is quite nice and the service is good
- location (hard to find better one)
- hot shower and good air-conditioning.

And now much longer list of drawbacks:
- although hotel claims to be non-smoking, the first room we were offered (no 308) had terrible smell of cigarettes. After our intervention we were given room no 307 (the same in size)
- size of the room - for 2 persons it was really tiny and not comfortable at all
- dirty walls in the room
- no soundproof doors - when people were walking at night through corridor it felt like someone was in our room
- dirty ceiling in the bathroom
- strange sounds after toilet flush
- wash-basin with separate taps for hot and cold water
- when someone's taking a shower in the next room you hear the flowing water very clearly
- broken bulb.

In our opinion hotel is very outdated and needs major renovation, also on the outside. To put it short - I would not stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2013

This s quite a basic hotel but it is very reasonably priced and it is central Kota Kinabalu so handy for the harbour front and the markets and restaurants. It s about 15/20 minute drive from the airport -the cst if the taxi ride us 30 RM - about £5. The one down side is that it was noisy at night as it is near a bar that has music till midnight.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

Bed bugs.!!
Stay anywhere else.!
We stayed at Pantai and the staff were lovely minus one.
Our holiday involved a visit to the doctors due to bed bug attack.
When we spoke to lovely staff they directed us to the female manager who quite honestly was uninterested and uncompassionate to our bed bug cause.
She offered no compensation or care at all.
It is a shame as as the staff were very friendly and helpful dispite their broken English.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

I agree with others when they say the location of this inn is it's only greatest feature. Otherwise the stay wa pretty horrible.
First of all the stink of cigarette smoke throughout the whole hotel is enough to give you constant nausea.
Second the walls are SO thin!
We couldn't sleep all night because we could hear every noise made by our neighbor!
I even went down stairs to ask whether it was a staff dorm as they had been up making washing sounds with the tv on and banterring from 9pm til 6am! They said it wasn't and told me they would ring the room... They didn't.
For 90rm it's reasonably priced but i would just pitch in that extra little money and stay somewhere decent so you don't have to stay awake all night or stress.

  • Stayed January 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2012 via mobile

We stayed for only one night and the thing that we really like about the place is it's location because it is near the night market and also just a walking distance to wisma merdeka and bayview waterfront and other restaurants and establishments. We booked through booking.com and the frontdesk personnel are friendly, thought they know a little english so some questions they can't really answer it's a good thing there's a Filipino standing by the frontdesk and he answered some questions, the receptionist originally gave us room on the first floor but the Filipino guy honestly admitted that the toilet is not functioning so they instead gave us room on the third floor. Upon entering the room the smell of the room gave me an headache so we bougth for a room freshener to the nearest convenience store. But overall i like the softness of the bed and the pillow which we really look for in a hotel because all we need is a nice place to relax our tired body.

  • Stayed December 2012
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UK
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2012

It's been a couple of years since I stayed here (March 2011), but I doubt much has changed in that time. Apologies for the late review.
The hotel is well located, and less than 10 minutes walk to the promenade, Jessleton Jetty, main shopping malls and high streets. There are lots of good cafes and bars along the road the hotel i on.
It's pretty basic and a bit dated, but reasonably clean and for the money you pay it's reasonable value. It's not a 5 star palace, but then again, you're going to pay far more for that kind of hotel.
I stayed for 4 nights, it was ok for that duration, but if I was staying in KK for longer I'd probably pay a bit more for a resort type hotel with a pool...etc.
It's OK.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Pantai Inn
Address: Pantai Inn No. 56 & 57 Jalan Pantai, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Pantai Inn 1*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
01 Jan 2017 is the start of a new year!!! We at Pantai Inn is glad to inform all our current customer and future customers we are finally unveiling our newly renovated rooms, lobby and restaurant! After a few years of designing and hearing feedbacks from our loyal customers we have incorporated your feedbacks into our rooms. We at Pantai Inn would like to extend a warm welcome to you soon!! See ya! ... more   less 
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