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Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Ranked #6 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Nice sea view”
Reviewed 29 July 2010

The outside of this hotel is a bit scary. It's shabby. Although the lobby keeps fine, the room is also lack of maintanence. Absolutely, it's not up to 5 star standard. However, it's location is very good since it's just opposite to the waterfront's food market. The seaview rooms can provide fabulous sea view, Famous seafood restaurants are nearby and Warisan Square is just next to it. A short taxi ride can take you to Jesselton Port for the trips to islands. The beds are not comfortable, but it's still a good city hotel choice.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2010

We moved to Le Meridien after some laid-back days enjoying the pool and water sports in a resort hotel in KK.
Le Meridien is centrally located facing Handicraft market, Wet market and the night market. Opposite are Marisan Square and Centre Point, THE malls of KK. Waterfront Promenade is also just a road apart.
Shopping, dining and night life are convenient in this part of the city. Even on rainy hours, one stay dry because of the covered walkway between malls.
Room setting classic as expected. Electronic control out of order in room. Room slightly worn, though the wall paper and carpet seemed renewed.
As recommended by previous Trip Advisors, we requested to stay on higher floor. On 6th floor, the noise and drum beat from G/F hotel Nightclub is still faintly affecting us after midnight.
Excellent concierge staff. Cafe staff in black and white; very business like.
Swimming pool catches smell from market and waterfront nearby.
Jetty to islands is 15 minutes walk away. Think is more convenient to visit islands from private jetties of Sutera or Shangri-la Tanjung Aru where you can just jump onto the speedboats in swimwear.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Emerald Beach, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2010

recently stayed at the Le Meridien with my Fiance. It has an impeccable location, but the hotel is in need of an upgrade. The whole complex is looking very tired and so are the staff.
The rooms are comfortable enough, but do not have any warmth.
Staff do not seem as responsive to requests as they are at other hotels. In particular the breakfasy wait staff seemed to be asleep on their feet. It took over 15 minutes and 4 requests to get a cup of coffee, when finally two pots arrived almost simulataneously.
There is n o doubt that the location is very good. However if you are looking for a great hotel in downtown KK then the refurbished Hyatt offers far better value for money.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

Le Meridien is an excellent hotel in the perfect location for exploring KK. From the moment you arrive, you are made feel very welcome with friendly staff greeting you. Check in (and check out) was quick and smooth. We stayed 4 nights and had a harbour view room with a lovely vista over the sea and islands. Just gorgeous! The bed was so comfy and not rock hard like everywhere else we’d stayed in Sabah. Good mini bar, TV, air con. in a very spacious room with modern furnishings. Bathroom was large with great shower. The only slight down side is that the walls are a bit thin and we could hear people in the hall and next rooms. Thankfully they weren’t too noisy.
There are malls next door to grab a snack and wonder around. The market is across the road that sells mainly fresh fruit, veg and seafood, with the handicraft centre only a few meters further along. The waterfront restaurant precinct is only 100 metres away offering heaps of choice for dining. We loved the Indian restaurant so much, we went back twice.
We also had dinner in the hotel restaurant one night from the ‘al la carte’ menu which was OK, but too expensive for what you got. We also tried ‘Rumba’, the tex-mex / bar at the rear of the hotel. It looks like a great night spot (but we didn’t stay up that late). The food was very ordinary. We thought we’d start with a snack after a long day snorkeling and ordered some nachos to start. I reckon if a restaurant can’t get nachos right, what will the rest of the food be like? Honestly, it was a plate of cold corn chips with heaps of cheese spread layered over the top with a couple of pieces of tomato… Needless to stay we didn’t order mains and ate elsewhere. Head to the waterfront for much better food.
Breakfast in the hotel is a huge buffet, with so many choices! Probably the best breakfast spread I’ve ever seen (and I travel a lot). Many types of fruit, salads, breads, pastries, including 7 types of fruit juice! Then there was hot food with many types of western, Malay, and Indian style food. You could also have eggs cooked to your liking, or noodles cooked fresh with the ingredients you want. The highlight for me – they had vegemite for my toast (which some Aussies would appreciate after 4 weeks away from home).
We didn’t use the pool but it looked lovely. Everything was superb – particularly the staff. When we return to KK, we’ll be staying at Le Merdien again for sure.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Berlin
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Reviewed 12 July 2010

The Meridien in Kota Kinabalu offers an excellent location and very good services. Located right across from the night market and next to two shopping centers we were right in the heart of action in Kota Kinabalu.
The views from the ocean-facing rooms are great - we marveled at the sunsets and the small islands.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Trondheim, Norway
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Reviewed 9 July 2010

Good hotel and clean hotel with the best location in Kota Kinabalu. Be sure to book a room with ocean view and you will get great view of the sunset over the ocean and islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman.

What you pay for is the location, which is right next to the biggest attraction in KK, the night market. Service was great, the rooms ok, and the pool ok. The pool is overlooking the ocean and has a nice bar. Being right next to the market it may get a little smelly at times when the wind blows from over the fish market, but nothing to worry about.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide Australia
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

Have just spent 4 nights at Le Meridien KK and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and KK itself. Rooms very spacious, had all amenities and were very clean. Only criticisim is that occupants of adjoining rooms were very audible, so we just upped the fan on the AC by another notch and that appeared to assist. All staff at the hotel were extremely friendly and helpful.

Location is great with shopping at almost the hotels doorstep, and regular local markets operate directly accross the road - well worth a look for dinner!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Address: Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens | Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#5 Business Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#6 Family Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu 5*
Number of rooms: 306
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu is a contemporary 5 star hotel, strategically located at the heart and city center of downtown Kota Kinabalu across the fresh and handicraft markets and Kota Kinabalu waterfront. Overlooking the sea, Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu features newly renovated rooms, leisure outdoor pool and sundeck with sunset pool side bar. Convenient within easy walking distance of other local attractions like Gaya Street in less than 10 minutes walk, retail and entertainment facilities in less than 20 minutes walk like Centrepoint, Suria and Imago Shopping Malls. Enjoy access to local art gallery, golf courses and other island excursions. ... more   less 
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