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Sabah Oriental Hotel
Ranked #34 of 91 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Perth, Australia
2 reviews
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“Shame a few things let it down”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

This is a nice hotel. Big rooms and facilities like pool, gym, internet.
However... the laundry service was ridiculously priced! Unfourtunatley we submitted our clothes during a post kinabalu climb haze and got a hell of a shock when the bill came back, almost $50 AU for 1 bag of clothes.
When we booked through Agoda we requested a airport transfer which was on our booking slip. On checkout they said it was 'per availablity' and they couldn't take us so we had to get a taxi. Bit of a shame these things tarnished our stay at an otherwise nice hotel.
It's about 10 minutes walk from the main shopping area and they have a shulle bus there 3 x day (just not the airport!)

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Its like being transported back in time when I walked into the room. Even though it has the basic necessities, I felt this hotel to be old and nothing was done to make it vibrant and pleasant. Stayed in Room 509 on the 5th floor for only a brief moment due to my work and outside activity and wanting a good rest only to be disturbed by the noise from the banging of doors (at around midnight) and had the feeling that people are in your room (I was alone). This is due to the low sound proofing of the walls and hearing the people in the next room talking and merry making. I wonder at that moment why they can't distribute the rooms evenly (since it was not that full) to leave a void between one and the other for such disturbance. The bed sheet was not satin white and the pillow was really thin, The bath towel was not that white and it was quite thin. Supposedly, this was to be a 4 star rated hotel.
The toilet amenities was just a tiny bottle of shampoo, a small tiny bar of soap and a equally tiny bottle of shower liquid. Toilet was really old with permanent stains on the ceramic tiles , shower curtain was really nostalgic. the Water Closet (WC) has a push button that need a great amount of force to push for the flush and it is in a very weird position.No slipper were present in the room and walking on the carpet (bare footed) bring some kind of itch to the foot.Nothing on the telly (just a few channels) and the lighting does not suit the already nostalgic environment.
Had to rush upon check in and have a very quick lunch at the cafe. It was basically empty when I was there at around 12.15PM.

Breakfast was not that great also. The garlic fried rice was not tasty at all (for me) and they do not have sambal or fried chicken to go with the rice for it was plain as Jane. (taste enhancement).

The only consolation was the hard working concierge people.

Wish I could give it more credit.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with better sound barrier. I wonder if there is any.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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We stayed here for one night and found it to be pretty standard. The decor and everything is pretty outdated, 70s - 80s-ish but the rooms are clean and simple. Location is a long walk or short cab away from central KK. Breakfast was pretty good, lots of options.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 September 2013 via mobile

The rooms are comfortable and clean. The aircond and tv works very well. Love d breakfast buffet at d hotel cafe oriental. All d condiments are stocked up. In the town area but quite far to walk to d shopping mall.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

The location is far from the city centre if you wanted to walk. Their selling point is it is a good place if you are looking for a quiet place to stay. The food choices is nice in their buffet. The pool is nice because it is rubberized.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

When I was staying there I had a good time having room service the juice was nice so was the steak the rice for my mum was pleasent soup well the design of the rooms were traditonal fitting the name oriental but the tubs were abit scary the pipes leaky at night and bath there was eerie enough so to speak hopefully they upgrade their rooms and freshen the decor otherwise the staff is helpful and polite the stay pleasent indeed.I even had my father in law and husband in the same room yet we had enough space.

Room Tip: I had a fine one facing the city skyline
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

Check in for a night there...
1st of all, the location is really not strategic for me.. to get to the waterfront area took me 30mins walking... Should have find a hotel closer to the town...
2nd , i bought lunch coupon from groupon, so i enjoyed my meal well at the cafe oriental... Morning breakfast was nice as well...
3rd, front desk staff are friendly...salute...
4th, actually during booking not sure whether misheard or what, but i booked the room because i was told the price was 150+. A bit suprised because have to pay 200. But nevermind...

  • Stayed July 2013
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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
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