We stayed a total of 4 nights in three tranches while flitting to other parts of Borneo. We had two rooms (one for our sons). The hotel are gradually refurbishing the rooms and our sons had a new room each time we checked in while my wife and I had the old ones (though they did upgrade us to The Suite for one night).
The rooms are large, comfortable beds, good wifi and cable TV, pleasantly furnished and with attractive bathrooms. The refurbished rooms have good carpets and new paint etc. One odd thing we found was that while there was a doorman on duty (sometimes two), there were no porters to take bags to and from rooms. We had to squeeze into the single tiny lift with bags. Not sure what would happen if the lift failed, though there are only three floors. The hotel restaurant is Kudos which is also open to the public. The hotel breakfast allowed for a choice of the a la carte breakfast menu plus juice and coffee/tea. I had the smoked salmon scrambled eggs each morning, which were delicious topped with a little fish roe.
We also ate at the restaurant one night and the food was excellent. Two diners had different fish and they were a little overdone, which was the only criticism. This seems to be normal in many asian restaurants to avoid any food poisoning (a previous trip to Club Med in Malaysia gave me 14 weeks of intense gut problems after a meal of sashimi, so I can accept a little overcooking at times).
Overall the staff were very pleasant and helpful, the rooms were clean, the location is good with easy access to many restaurants, shops and the waterfront. Given the price/quality of other places we stayed in Borneo, I was surprised to see how little The Jesselton cost when I checked on the web (our private tour just had one bill for everything).
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- Also Known As:
- Jesselton Hotel Kota Kinabalu