My wife and I stayed here before and after a stay in the rainforest. After having read so many good reviews here about this hotel, we wondered throughout our stay if we were at the same hotel. The start was not good. We arrived to a very lacklustre welcome that included not helping us with our luggage. Things only got worse after checking in to our room. Upon entering our room, we noticed a very strong smell of mold. There was clear evidence of previous water damage on the walls adjoining the bathroom. When we checked out the bathroom, the shower area was pretty disgusting. There was mold on the ceiling and edges. The sink drain was also clogged to a point of not being able to use it. We asked for another room but it also smelled bad and this time the toilet leaked badly. We asked to be moved again and this time the room was acceptable. The staff brushed it off as a problem in all hotels due to the humidity but there is a thing called paint that guards against mold buildup. This was not a problem in any other hotel that we had stayed in during five weeks of travel in Malaysia. The staff were friendly enough but I wouldn't exactly call them helpful. Wi-Fi access was a constant nuisance trying to get on. We tried the computers for guests downstairs but they were also constantly having problems or some kid was playing games on them. A really big annoyance here were the large Chinese group tours who seemed to think that everyone enjoys watching their screaming kids running around without supervision. They were noisy until late at night and slammed doors making it hard to sleep or enjoy any little time relaxing in the room as the walls are very thin. It was surprising to note that staff allowed this to continue knowing that this may bother other paying guests. The hotel advertises itself as smoke-free but judging by the smell of smoke in the hall and the ashes on the garbage can next to the hotel elevator, some guests are not abiding by the rules. When I brought this to their attention, it was shrugged off. The location of the hotel is fine and it does represent good value if you're a backpacker or in a tour group but this is not a place for a couple who enjoys tranquility. When we returned from the rainforest, we were given a room on the fifth floor which was much better than the horrible rooms that we tried on the second floor. Even though, had we not had a firm reservation, we would have moved to another hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sixty3 is a truly centrally located hotel in Kota Kinabalu city.It sits on the quaint, bustling, yet charming street of Jalan Gaya (formerly known as Bond Street during colonial times), with the State’s tourist information office right opposite the hotel. The street is flourishing with a myriad of restaurants, bistros and cafes, burgeoning with everything from lifestyle malls (Suria Sabah Mall, Wisma Merdeka) to local side-stalls, and being the city’s business high street, it is surrounded by financial institutions. Also famous for its colourful and vibrant Sunday market, it is evident that Jalan Gaya captures perfectly the essence of life in Kota Kinabalu and at Hotel Sixty3; all of this are just pulses away! ... more less
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