This hotel, and several other high-star properties nearby, are stuck in an incomplete and uninviting urban development area an impossibly tiring and tedious walk from the city's downtown centre and waterfront. If the hotel intends to become a prime convention hotel, this will not inconvenience delegates. Ordinary visitors need to use the hotel's hourly but erratic shuttle bus services to various downtown drop-off points; the alternative is relatively expensive local taxis. During this area's re-development phase, arrival at the entrance to the hotel requires vehicles being driven circuitously round the back of the hotel, over speed bumps and through a decline, all of which gives the hotel an off-putting initial image of bad planning.
However, until the area is fully developed, the advantage for bargain-seekers is the favourable room rates offered via internet agents and at the front desk.
Most rewardingly, the hotel's modern-casual coffee shop offers vast top-rate breakfast buffets (included in room rates) and its dinner menu featured some Middle East-influenced dishes with gourmet pretensions and appearances that were inexpensive culinary pleasures. Study the menu's photographs to whet an appetite for fine hotel fare.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ming Garden Hotel & Residences welcomes you with warm Sabahan hospitality. Situated near the junction of several thoroughfares, our strategic location along the Coastal Highway allows fast access to Kota Kinabalu's central business, commercial and places of interest. Located within minutes from the airport, main bus terminal and jetty, this hotel is indeed the ideal choice of accommodation for business and leisure. ... more less
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