My wife and I spent here a night at the end of February, and we found the hotel perfect for our purposes. Our flight landed late so it was already past midnight when (after a 15-minute 30 MYR taxi ride) we arrived at the entrance. The receptionist was all smiles, had our keys and check-in forms on the counter waiting for us. The check-in formalities took approximately two minutes.
Our room on the 11th floor was modern and clean, equipped with a king bed, 42" TV, quiet air-conditioner. The bathroom had a shower (no tub), with all the usual amenities (shampoo, razor, shoer cap, etc.). Internet connection was included in the price, and the service was quick enough to make a FaceTime call. There were the usual international cable channels (together with Chinese, Malay and Hindi stations), although I didn't watch any program, just scrolled through the channels. In general, it had the quality of a European or North American business hotel where you would pay US$ 200-300 a night; here it was $80.
Breakfast was a bit disappointing, although only in comparison with the unexpectedly high quality of the room. But this is the reason why I rate the place four-star, instead of five. They had the usual Asian and European breakfast buffet, but no fresh egg station, only scrambled eggs in a big bowl. Coffee was bad, but this applies to the entire state of Sabah.
In conclusion, it is a convenient place for and overnight stop, fully functional, relaxing and professional. Sabah has many great beachfront hotels for "holiday", but if you need a place for a quick stop-over with late arrival and early departures, don't look any further. This hotel won't disappoint.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step into Dreamtel and be captivated by the friendly charm of our service associates. Situated in the historical part of Kota Kinabalu, the hotel is just within walking distance to Padang Merdeka, the Atkinson Clock Tower and the Malaysia Monument. The hotel is also minutes away from the central district of food, shopping, nightlife, business and everything downtown Kota Kinabalu has to offer. With 160 guestrooms, we have a wide selection of room types in our hotel to suit varying guest requirements including Twin, Double and Triple. Whether you are travelling for business or on holidays with friends and family, we have just the room for you. Dreamtel Cafe is a 120-seat restaurant that combines international flavours as well as local cuisine. From formal board meetings to casual corporate affairs and special events, Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu has the appropriate venue for all your event needs. ... more less
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