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Review of Sabah Oriental Hotel

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Sabah Oriental Hotel
Ranked #34 of 91 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“worst hotel ever”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

This is probably the worst hotel I've ever been to. They boast about being a 4-star hotel, but they don't even compare to some budget hotels in Kota Kinabalu. The main door parson welcomes you with a cold stare while you carry your own luggage to the reception. The front desk people wont attend to you unless you call their attention (even if you're just in front of them). The non-smoking floor stinks like ashtray. We were checked-in at what is supposed to be a de luxe room at 1029 but it's just a big room and nothing more. Wifi isn't even available at the room. We complained about it at the front desk and voila their marvelous solutions was for us to go to the lobby and access the internet there! Finally there was a technical person who attended to our concern but even he wasn't able to fix the problem!!! The pool was closed for repair but the front desk people didn't even know that it was!!! we went to the gym near the pool and no one was there to attend to us! Since we could do anything at the room, and their recreational facilities were useless, we decided to head down and ask if we could stay at Tapai lounge with our snacks and work there since it seems to be the only place in the hotel where the wifi (which by the way could only be accessed using a PIN for ONLY ONE PERSON that they assign to you and change everyday) works. They said it was ok, so we sat and relaxed a bit at the lounge. 10 minutes later, we were approached by the waitress and told us that bringing of food is not allowed so we were directed to the lobby where i am now writing this stuff. And all these we experienced in our first day! I regret that we have booked and paid our stay for 3 nights in this terrible hotel!

Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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patrick60
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64 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

Our second stay at this hotel because we liked the big rooms, 3 x shuffle times into KK and good substantial breakfast. BUT and a big but is that they have a very petty policy with only giving one password per room. So if as a couple you have two laptops one of you has to sit in lobby freezing with the cold Air Con whilst the other sits in the luxury of your room. You can pay for another password in your room but seems madness when they issue you 2 but one has to be used in the lobby. During our travels for the past 6 months this was the worst wifi service we had received.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Shanghai, China
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2012

Poor location, old hotel, with a swimming pool the size of a bathtub, a TV from the 70's, .....and not cheap! Was expecting better. Much better choices in KK, in better locations. Need to take a taxi to get in town.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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106 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2012

The hotel is a bit out of the centre but it is still only 15 minutes walk to the nightmarket and some of the shopping malls etc. rooms are clean and good although some are a little run down. The hotel is of a good standard and has a small outdoor swimming pool aswell. rates often include buffet breakfast and is still quite good- although breakfast has gone downhill in recent years. The hotel is still very good for the price charged.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

The hotel rate is cheap, clean and comfortable room. The breakfast is ok. However, a bit far from eating and shopping places. Have to take expensive taxi to go to KK downtown. Small outdoor pool. Many government people stay here.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bangkok
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2012

The hotel is a bit far for the centre of KK, but we got a very good rate and stayed there for one night before we caught a flight. It was perfect for that. Everything about the hotel was fine. It seemed to be mainly used by business people. We had all we needed for a overnight on route to the airport, but to explore KK itself, there are better options.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Perth, Australia
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1,472 reviews
191 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 860 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2012

Stayed as part of a Kinabalu climb tour package so don't know exactly what it cost, but it was fine - nice big rooms.

Perhaps a bit charachterless but it does the job and makes for a comfortable stay.

Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Sabah Oriental Hotel
Address: Lorong Kemajuan, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia (Formerly Beverly Hotel)
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Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 91 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sabah Oriental Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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