We chose the Hamin as a 'home' base while we spent 6 weeks touring Broneo. Altogether we stayed for 9 nights and booked the budget queen each time. We made all our tour arrangements ourselves and Dave was very helpful with emails at the planning stage and very understanding of our numerous changes!
We arranged all our airport transports through Hamin and it was very convenient to know that a taxi would be waiting for us on arrival at the airport and be booked to take us to the airport. All these transfers worked smoothly, even when we had to ring Dave to tell him we were catching a different flight! (Getting a taxi at the airport is easy, but it was good to be met by the same driver and meant we were quicker away from the airport, so worth doing for the convenience.)
We left our bags in their safe storage room, swapping dive kit for walking gear when we returned to 'home'. This was very convenient and saved having to carry all our luggage with us everywhere and pay the excess baggage costs this would have incurred. There was no charge for this service and one that was very much appreciated.
Dave manages the hotel efficiently and is very friendly and helpful. The website talks of the Hamin family and we did feel we were coming home. He is supported by a team of youngsters who are willing, friendly and do their best. The Lodge is very commendably offering training and job opportunities to the young people and one has to accept that they are training.
The rooms we stayed in were small, but adequate for overnight and with en suite shower . The shower always had hot water and the towels/sheets provided were always clean and changed daily. The air con was efficient. The bed was firm, but no harder than any that we slept in in Sabah and as we prefer a firm bed suited us well.
Breakfast was coffee, fruit juice toast and cereal and served in the communal area on the first floor. This provided a small sitting area with tables and chairs, a couple of easy chairs, TV and a pleasant sitting area on an outside balcony. There is a computer with Internet access and guests can use this whenever they wish.
The Lodge also provides, at no cost, safety deposit boxes and we left some of our valuables here when we went off on our travels.There is a hot and cold water machine on the second floor and the hotel sells tea/coffee and cold drinks.
The Hamin is well located, away from the busy centre, but close enough to only be a short walk to the Centre Point Shopping Centre, the sea and all the markets. Next door is a food court, and surprisingly there is no noise from it to disturb in the evenings. There are a range of restaurants serving seafood (and more) at reasonable prices. We recommend Twinskeys having eaten there on several occasions.
The Hamin has a range of rooms from dormitory with shared showers and toilets to en suite family rooms. For an overnight stop in KK or as a base for wider travel in KK it's a good base for backpackers or couples/individuals wanting a reasonably priced room.
While we were there another guy came and went, doing the same as us and it was nice to catch up with him. It really did feel like coming home! The service is friendly and helpful and they do live up to their promise of a refund. We stayed an extra night elsewhere and Dave refunded the money we'd paid for the room.
We'd stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hamin Lodge in Kota Kinabalu is a unique boutique budget hotel in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City. Services include Borneo Deco Hotel rooms in Kota Kinabalu, Exciting Borneo Tour packages, a Traditional Massage Spa, Restaurant and Bar. Fully air conditioned for comfort, rooms range from budget Hostel types of rooms suitable for backpackers to deluxe rooms with ensuite. Discover Borneo with us and experience your Best Value Holiday in Sabah, Malaysia. Definitely we have the Best location for a Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hamin Hotel Kota Kinabalu